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Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods: 100+ Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes Paperback – September 24, 2013
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"[The Mayfield's] passion and experience come through in their writing... and the amazing quality of their meals. A fantastic cookbook."
-From the foreword by Robb Wolf, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Solution
"I find cookbooks fascinating, as they are a glimpse into the people and cultures that created them. Charles and Julie are very talented and their creations have quickly become staples in the Welbourn household I consider their book a must-have for Paleo/Primal eaters."
-John Welbourn, NFL veteran, founder of CrossFit Football, creator of Power Athlete and one of the founding members of Well Food Company
"What a perfect follow-up to their bestselling cookbook, Paleo Comfort Foods. This is the perfect cookbook for those who are in a hurry and need something tasty and simple. Bravo to the Mayfields."
-Mark Sisson, bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint and publisher of Mark's Daily Apple
"If you're still on the fence about following a Paleo diet, the Mayfield's easy recipes will win you over-they prove that eating healthy can be delicious." -JJ Virgin, New York Times bestselling author of The Virgin Diet
"The 'I don't have time to cook!' excuse is no longer valid. If you're a busy parent sprinting between soccer practice and the dinner table, or a bachelor entrepreneur like me, you can't manufacture time. So your best bet is putting this book in your arsenal!"
-Kyle Maynard, 2-time ESPY award winning athlete and author of the New York Times bestseller No Excuses
"It's generally assumed that eating healthy and eating well, as far as taste goes, are mutually exclusive. Charles and Julie turn that idea on its head and prove that you can eat great tasting food that's great for you. Combine that with the fact that these recipes are all relatively quick and easy and you've got a go-to resource for any cook. Eating Paleo has made a huge difference for me. Healthy, tasty, and convenient: what more can you ask for?"
-Chris Hall, Executive Chef, Local Three
"Hunting for ways to get nourishing and flavorful meals on the table in a flash? Look no further than the masters of healthy comfort food, Julie and Charles Mayfield. With their impeccable palates and deliciously simple recipes, the Mayfields expertly show us how to cook hearty Paleo-friendly dishes from jalapeño poppers to cioppino to blueberry muffins-all without toiling in the kitchen or sacrificing flavor. Pick up Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods, and you'll be savoring fantastic fare in no time flat."
-Michelle Tam, award-winning blogger and author of Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans
From the Back Cover
Lose inches while enjoying pan-seared steak? Restore your health and boost your energy through chipotle mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed Brussels sprouts? Absolutely. Millions of people are embracing the health benefits of the Paleo movement and transitioning to a diet based on protein, healthy fats, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Julie and Charles Mayfield’s easy, inspiring recipes will help you put healthy, delicious meals on the table without spending hours in the kitchen.
Jalapeño Poppers • Bacon- and Basil-Wrapped Shrimp
Eggs Benedict Florentine • Almond-Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Green Turkey Chili • Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie • Paella Szechuan Stir-Fry
• Molasses Ginger Cookies • Berry Scones
These are simple-to-make dishes that soothe the soul after a stressful day—food you’ll want to share with family and friends. Written by home cooks for home cooks and filled with photos, Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods helpfully instructs on cooking techniques, pantry staples, and must-have kitchen equipment. With these warm and engaging authors as your guides, healthy eating becomes less complicated and infinitely more pleasurable and satisfying.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Before I review this book, please permit me to tell you my perspective on food preparation.
I have been a vegetarian (lacto-ovo, pesca(or is it o), lacto). I have eaten vegan for an extended time as well. Due to some experiences, changes over time, and more enlightened information, I have had to change to an anti fungal approach to eating. I currently use a combination of Doug Kaufmann's Phase 1 diet and a raw foods diet. Doug Kaufmann's approach to anti-fungal eating is similar to Paleo somewhat so the recipes are pretty easy to use.
WHAT I LOOK FOR IN A COOK BOOK
Since I do a lot of raw foods preparation, I have a pretty good arsenal of raw foods cookbooks, most of which are vegan in nature. However, when I have to prepare meals for others in the household as well as others who might need me to prepare food, I like to have access to some easy to prepare foods which I can do in a hurry, adapt to my own eating, and also have others who have no desire to eat the diets we do like them too. That is not an easy task.
WHAT IS THIS COOKBOOK LIKE?
The Quick and Easy Paleo Comfort Foods book is a lot better than I anticipated. First of all, it is gluten free which means anyone who I have to accommodate with that type of diet will benefit from using this. Also, there are 30 minute recipes in this book- that helps a lot when I am in a hurry and don't have time to peruse books looking for a recipe.
Another thing I like about this cookbook is that there is a very appetizing full page color photo of each recipe on the page facing the recipe. This is extremely helpful as I am a visual person and need that boost when I am tired and can not process words very well.
RECIPE SET UP
What I love about this book is that you will get the recipe title, a bit of helpful background, serving information or other useful input. Then you will get the actual ingredients and preparation instructions. The bottom of each recipe has a pie chart on it which reflects the actual amount of time you spend interacting along with the time spent waiting for it to be done. This visual aid as silly as it sounds is very helpful to me in considering each recipe.
The recipes all have ingredients which I tend to have in my pantry or stash, and I would say many people probably do or have access to relatively easily. There are not too many exotic food choices that people who are rural or have no resources might be frustrated with. When there is something (such as purple sweet potatoes) the recipe has a box on each photo which tells of substitutions you can make so that this recipe is still accessible.
DIET BACKGROUND INFO
There is a brief but informative introduction in the book which explains the Paleo diet as the people who wrote the book perceive it. There are charts and lists of things you might need to make what is in the book and pursue the diet lifestyle- including links to web sites that might help further.
We have made quite a few recipes in this book and it has quickly rocketed to a position in my top ten recipe books, including another that I discovered earlier this year called 6 Ingredient Solution. Despite us liking all that we have tried, the Shepherd's pie was a favorite for the entire family (who rarely agrees on what is delicious). The twist of sweet potatoes/coconut milk on top and the southwestern flavor made this so exciting that the family begs to eat it repeatedly. Our least favorite was the Quick Skillet Fritatta. Eggs, Kielbasa sausage, and sweet potato combination just didn't strike our fancy as well as we would have liked. I think the sweet potato threw it off a bit and made it a bit too rich.
There are plenty of recipes in this book for a variety of tastes and moods from fresh and raw (Tomato Tartare) to the unusual (Herb Crackers made with no grain). Each recipe is interesting, easy to prepare, and quick with under an hour waiting time. They are easy to adapt and seem to appeal to a wide range of tastes. I highly recommend this cookbook to anyone who is interested in avoiding starches or grains, eating healthy, and doing Atkin's, Antifungal Diet, Doug Kaufmann Phase 1 or 2, or Paleo Diet. It is delicious enough to appeal to those who might not join you in that endeavor but that you have to eat with in the future on occasions too.
Overall this is a cookbook that I like enough to keep as part of my collection but it's far from my favorite. It's useful but just not up to par with some of the better Paleo cookbooks available.
Here are the recipes I tried:
Curried Deviled Eggs: I thought they were bland and wasn't crazy about them.
Tomato Tartare: This was one of the recipes I was looking forward to trying most. It's pretty good. I used heirloom late summer tomatoes. I think anything less and it wouldn't be worth making. If you can get good tomatoes though it's very nice. I liked the presentation too. Nice and fancy but simple.
New Brunswick-ish Stew: Not good! It was like slurping overly smokey bbq sauce with meat and vegetables in it. I followed the recipe exactly and two other people tasted it and agreed with me.
Clam Chowder: Just OK! Not great not bad. It was better after adding a squirt of lemon to it. It needed a small amount of acid to brighten up the flavors.
Shrimp Cobb Salad: Very good!! This was a nice idea and one I will make again. The shrimp was flavored very nicely.
Speedy Gonzales Chili: Bland and uninteresting. I don't think chili is a dish that should be rushed.
Creamy Cauliflower Soup: Like the clam chowder this was bland and uninteresting. I rescued it with lots of bacon and roasted garlic cloves to make it into something OK.
Jicama, Pear, and Grapefruit Salad: I don't like grapefruit so I subbed in an equal amount of orange. It was delicious. I can imagine anyone who enjoys grapefruit would love this. I would make this again for sure.
Beef Kabobs: Mediocre. I think the marinade needed more acid.
Fried Chicken Tenders: I found the breading to lack flavor. Dipping them in a flavorful sauce somewhat solved this but if I make these again I'd use a more flavorful breading. More spices and salt.
Vegetable Meatza: Very good! I regularly make meatza type dishes. I just don't think this was that creative or different than any of the other recipes available on the internet. It was delicious though.
Chicken and Broccoli Casserole: Another bland dish that initially looked promising. Was quite a bit of work too.
Creamy Shrimp Fra Diavolo: This was amazing! I've made it three times and it came out delicious each time. My favorite recipe in the book.
Pan Sauteed Steaks with Creamy Leeks and Mushrooms: My second favorite dish in the book. Love the sauce. I've had it on burgers too and it's great.
Spicy Salmon Cakes: Just OK. There are lots of other salmon cake recipes that I've tried and this one isn't really that great.
Sweet and Savory Cauliflower: Very good! This is one of the more creative recipes in the book. It's not complicated just different and not something I would have come up with on my own. I wish there were more recipes like this in the book.
Over half of the recipes I've tried have been mediocre to not good. Most of my favorite cookbooks have one, maybe two, recipes like that. There are definitely enough good ones to make me keep the book and I have several recipes from it on my list to try soon.
I can't give it an enthusiastic recommendation but coming from a cookbook fanatic I do think it's worth buying to try out. Maybe your tastes are different from mine and you'll love it.