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Primal / Perfect Health Diet / WAPF / Traditional Food Cookbook Recommendations

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Created September 11, 2013 at 11:56 PM

I'm looking for Paleo cookbooks, and I was wondering if I could get some community feedback on them before buying.

It's becoming obvious to me that we've evolved quite a ways from our mainstream Paleo roots. Our diet is now a mix of Primal, WAPF, Perfect Health Diet, and traditional/real/locavore foods. I realize that there's not going to be a perfect cookbook for us, but I'd rather not get something really off base. I was hoping I could outline our wants and get some feedback as to whether the books I'm considering are an okay fit. Other book suggestions are also welcome!

So, wants:
  • Saturated fats, the more the better. :)
  • Dairy: doesn't have to be ubiquitous, but I generally prefer heavy cream to coconut milk, for example
  • Safe starches, a la the Perfect Health Diet.

Dislikes:

  • Over-reliance on nuts. I'd much rather use a starchy flour like tapioca or rice.
  • Unnatural substitutions of any sort. We are lucky enough to not have any food sensitivities, so I'd rather it be natural.

Here are the books I was considering:

  • Primal Cravings, by Brandon and Megan Keatley
  • Well Fed, by Melissa Joulwan
  • Everyday Paleo Italian Cuisine, by Sarah Fragoso
  • Gather, by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason
  • Primal Blueprint Sauces, by Mark Sisson and Jennifer Meier

Thank you SO MUCH for your help!

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598 · September 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

*Bows head politely, not as to worship* I'm reading your book right now. I've never felt like health and diet made so much practical sense. This could change my life dramatically!

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20 · September 12, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Yay!! Looking forward to them!

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20 · September 12, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I do the Google thing too! :) But I thought I would try a cookbook just to see if it works better for me. I had looked briefly at GF sites a long time ago, but that was before we did safe starches. It hadn't occurred me to try them again. Thanks!

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20 · September 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Thank you! All great suggestions.

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5929 · September 12, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Both Russ Crandall (The Domestic Man) and Shou-Ching and I will have PHD cookbooks out next year.

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20 · September 12, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Yay!! Looking forward to them!

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598 · September 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

*Bows head politely, not as to worship* I'm reading your book right now. I've never felt like health and diet made so much practical sense. This could change my life dramatically!

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0 · September 12, 2013 at 6:13 PM

@ Joyce paleodietlifestyle.com has many online recipes and you can buy the book.

@ Methodician you should try squash or zuchinni for pasta. It won't taste the same, but it'll look like pasta, somewhat.

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598 · September 12, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Personally, I rarely look at a cookbook. I just Google for recipes based on the ingredients and general ideas I'm looking for. Especially now with Paleo I feel it pays to check 3-5 recipes and learn a little from each one, then experiment. It's hard to do that with a cookbook. Keep an iPad/tablet, superphone, or cheap laptop on your kitchen counter while you cook :-)

Aside from that, I second gluten free cookbooks, at least for inspiration then you go adjust and experiment to fit a more PHD ethos. For instance, Paleo cook books will tell you to make pasta with that noodlie squash instead of starches. Gluten free will point to safe starches. I haven't made a pasta since going Paleo though.

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20 · September 12, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I do the Google thing too! :) But I thought I would try a cookbook just to see if it works better for me. I had looked briefly at GF sites a long time ago, but that was before we did safe starches. It hadn't occurred me to try them again. Thanks!

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8150 · September 12, 2013 at 7:14 AM

I don't think the paleo books you mention do not use dairy or tapioca and rice flour. I have Well Fed and it certainly does not. What you're really looking for is a PHD cookbook, but they haven't published one yet.

You may want to try these books out at your library or through inter library loan before committing to purchase them.

You might also like Sally Fallon's Traditional Foods book for the dairy component (plus a lot of WAPF stuff fits your criteria) and peruse gluten free sites for tapioca/rice flour creations.

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20 · September 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Thank you! All great suggestions.

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