Even before I went Primal, I was still a foodie who didn't often eat processed foods, loved to cook from scratch, and loved eating five-star food. I'm a Food Network / Cooking channel junkie!
Do you have a favorite chef or food celebrity that prepares a lot of Paleo/Primal friendly dishes, or dishes that can very easily be adapted?
(I'll share mine soon!)
Michael Simon is pretty great.
Made this grilled chicken recipe recently (not the salad, though); http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/recipe/grilled-marinated-chicken-watermelon-feta-salad-16660613
Also, his Detroit restaurant is pretty awesome: http://www.roastdetroit.com/
I love me some Bobby Flay-- and I find that his spice rub recipes are out of this world (and almost always paleo!), it's also fairly easy to adapt many of his (protein) recipes to be paleo compliant. Plus, on a shallow note, he's not bad to look at, too-- he can grill me up a steak anytime ;)
Alton Brown. Not paleo, but I learned to cook from that guy. I can thank Good Eats for setting me on the path to discovering and enjoying real food. Plus, the bits with the nutritional anthropologist were enlightening.
I haven't seen much in the way of Michael Symon, except an episode here or there of Iron Chef, but his stuff does seem exciting and paleo-adaptable. He's big on meat+offal+animal fat.
I'm a fellow cooking show junkie. (Not the competition shows...hate those. But I love the ones where they show me how to cook something.) I can't say any of my favorite chefs are Paleo, but most of them make dishes that can be altered to fit. I still read a ton of cookbooks too, not all Paleo (although there are a lot more of them now than there used to be). I like them b/c I can still get good ideas from 'em.
I dunno...there's something about cooking shows that I find very relaxing. When I'm worked up, they calm me down.
But I have to say, at this point, are there any restaurants left in the U.S. Guy Fieri hasn't been to? ;-)
I personally love Michele Ragussis! She doesn't have her own show (yet, I hope!) but she's been on Chopped, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, and she's currently on Next Food Network Star.
Her signature dish, mussels with chorizo, is Paleo/Primal friendly if you choose organic ingredients (mussels, Portuguese chorizo, olive oil, butter, white wine, onions, salt). Most of her other dishes are also Primal friendly, too, some as-is, others with a few substitutions or omissions.
Also, I happen to think she is the hottest chick ever, so that really doesn't hurt my appetite! :D
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