Easy to understand, 13 ingredients to most recipes, not effortless as claimed, large variety
Reviewed in the United States on 25 May 2020
This is a book of recipes that are options for a paleo diet. The beginning has an introduction, benefits, listed foods that are fine and food that should be limited, differences from Keto, foods that should be kept on hand in the pantry for recipes and supplies to cook with. I would've been happier if there was information on how best to balance this diet so you don't crash or feel off from cutting grains out. There are sections for breakfast, soups, vegetable main dishes, seafood, chicken, beef/pork. The back has measurement conversions and an index which is a plus. Each recipe has ingredients, directions, supplies needed, nutrition facts, macro nutrients, and time involved, and tips. Everything is well labeled, color coded, and bold font. It is easy to read and understand. The photos are pretty and add to the book. For me, I have been on a whole food, non processed, dairy free, and sugar free(even natural sugar such as maple syrup and honey except for Stevia) diet for 2.5 years to try to heal from chronic illness. I also have to avoid many other foods that are hard for my gut to digest and absorb such as tomato products, pepper, many spices, greasy foods, etc. Recently I've also cut out grains and legumes, which has been the hardest restriction and I've not felt balanced without grain yet. The problem for me is that most of these ingredients contain maple syrup, or tomato ingredients, and I was surprised about all of the pork recipes considering pork isn't the healthiest of meats. There were a couple recipes I'd like to try to add some variety to my bland diet. I also don't like that the front cover refers to the recipes as "effortless" but each recipe has around 10 ingredients not including salt, pepper, and oil, so make that 13, and preparing that many ingredients when you are debilitated isn't effortless or quick. I appreciate that it is one pot but the ingredients to prep on top of cooking makes it difficult. There are many ingredients that aren't common such as coconut aminos, hemp hearts, scallions, shallot, fish sauce, shirataki noodles. I understand that if you are healthy these recipes won't be so hard and if you don't have as many restrictions you will have more options from it, and depending on where you live or your ability to do shopping the ingredients may not be as hard to find. For these people I can say I maybe recommend it but if you are debilitated and have similar diet restrictions that I say you may be better off with another book.