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Primal Palate double whammy.

November 15, 2013  |  Food, Uncategorized  |  Share

So, I feel like a little bit of a jerk. Bill and Haley were nice enough to send me copies of their two amazing new books and I forgot to post it. You might have noticed that we have been a little absent around here lately. I love this blog and sharing with you all, but I am trying to spend more time with my family and more time working on two other business ventures. More to come on those lately. The reason recipes of also been scarce is pretty plan and simple. We haven’t been creating new recipes. We have been keeping our diets pretty simple lately. For health and time reasons. It seems to be working for us. I am trying to decide wether to keep this site going. My time is just spent elsewhere right now. We will see.

Now for the review…

I have in my hands a copy of “Gather” and “The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking” from Bill and Haley over at Primal Palate. If you have seen their website or their first book “Make it Paleo” you know they set the bar high. Their recipes are always amazing and the photography is some of the best food photography I have ever seen.

Let’s start with “Gather“. This book is all about good food with good friends. And after thumbing through it you will see, if you cook one of these menus your friends will want to come over every week. They have done an excellent job providing you the tools you need to make your party a hit. All while making it as easy as possible on you.

Not only do they provide you a shopping list, but they tell you what you can do three days all the way up to when the guest arrives to help you throw your party as easily as possible. I don’t think it could be made any simpler. I haven’t thrown a whole menu together yet, but thats one of the beauties of this book. Any item in here can be made individually and served with your own menu. Its like two cookbooks in one.

Now let’s go through some of the menus. These are organized by season so if you like eating seasonally. Which we do, it helps save money and the food is fresher. You can start out in the Spring with a Takeout Fake-out. This seems to be the blogging worlds favorite menu so far. It is a Chinese takeout inspired menu that starts out with Wonton soup and finishes with almond cookies. Yum yum. And the General Tso’s Chicken is amazing.

When Summer comes around you could cook up a Tropical Getaway. Serve your friends some Caribbean inspired dishes like Stuffed red Snapper and Fried Plantains with Mango Salsa.

In the Fall your kids or fellow grown ups will have a ball eating the Halloween themed Spooky Supper. How does Spaghetti and Eyeballs sound? And you can’t forget the Caramel Crab Apples.

Then you can end the year off with the New Year’s Cocktail party and serve your guests Pigs in a Blanket and Mini Chocolate Martinis.

I only touched on a 1/4 of the menus and only a few items from each. All the parties include apps all through dessert. I am so excited to host summer BBQ’s this year and feast on an excellent Thanksgiving feast.

This book is for everyone. I don’t see how it couldn’t be. Parties are stressful to host and the most stressful part is always preparing the food. With this book it would be hard to fail. Check it out at your local book store or you might even find it at Costco. If you open it you won’t put it down. Its worth every cent.



Now Part Two.

“The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking”. I will start off by saying that I wish I had this book when I was transitioning to a Paleo diet. This book is so good that a let someone borrow it and haven’t seen it since. This will be  tough review without the book in front of me, but we will make do.

Just to start off this book has a 30-day meal plan that includes Breakfast Lunch and Diner. It also includes tear out shopping lists and even shows you when to eat your leftovers. The folks over at the Primal Palate are known for their amazing recipes, some of which can be extravagant by some standards. If this is you, you are in store for some amazing recipes that aren’t time consuming and are still delicious. I have made the Bacon Wrapped Mahi Mahi and the Garlic Ginger Chicken multiple times. That being said, you don’t have to use the 30 day plans that are broken out week by week. You can just use this book like a regular cook book or replace one of the meals for the week with your own meal.

And I can’t forget to mention the express eats section of the book. There are 24 recipes that are divided up by Protein, Sauces, Spices and Vegetables. All that you can use in a pinch.

This book makes it super simple for you to succeed. Isn’t that what we all want. Eat good healthy food that doesn’t take all day to make. Sound good to me.

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