Melissa Joulwan is a rock star. Ever since she started sharing recipes on Fight Back Fridays, I knew this fellow Austin blogger was on to something game changing — a way to throw deliciously healthy meals together for people who don’t really have the time, energy, or desire to cook. Apparently, she realized she was on to something, too, because she turned her system into a cookbook full of mouthwatering recipes.
But it’s more than just a collection of recipes. It’s a guide — a how-to manual geared at helping the laziest among us run our kitchens and feed our families. Please don’t equate lazy with boring. This is by no means a boring cookbook, full of boring recipes. Like Melissa, this book has attitude, and the recipes have spunk.
This week, I’m giving away a copy of her book, Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat.
Any regular reader of this blog knows that I’m not a hard core Paleo dieter. I’m more prone to define myself as a Real Food lover. By Real Food, I mean the kind of food that people ate before the advent of the industrialization of our food supply — food that’s old and traditionally-prepared. Obviously, as a proponent of ancestral diets, I see a lot of overlap with those eating a Paleo diet. The Paleo diet is, after all, based on a hunter-gatherer variation of an ancestral diet.
Perhaps the single most appealing thing to me about the Paleo diet is that it’s simple. It appeals to the lazy side of me — the part of me that thinks that sprouting, grinding, and soaking grains is a lot of work. Because I am a lazy person, I usually fall into a pattern of either making Paleo dinners or dishing out the extra cash for store-bought sprouted grains. And, because no one in my family is trying to lose weight, I happily include the easy-to-prepare rice or potatoes or raw dairy in our meals to make sure we’re satisfying all our carb-cravings.
All that said, you won’t hear me knocking the Paleo diet. For a lot of people, it works. It’s been the key to unlocking transformed health. After all, how could it not? Particularly if you’re switching from a Standard American Diet?
My main point with diets is this: stick to Real Food and find what works for you. Each of us is so unique, with such a complex cocktail of hormones and blood chemistry, all with a varying ancestral heritage. There can’t possibly be one optimal human diet, but rather a myriad of ones traditionally eaten by successful pre-industrialized people groups. My main goal is to see the similarities between these diets and apply these principles towards a definition of what constitutes Real Food (rather than the edible, food-like substances our society gorges itself on).
What You’ll Win
Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat makes preparing Paleo dinners a snap. Even if you, like me, aren’t a Paleo eater, you will love this book. Scout’s honor.
It’s fun. It’s beautiful. It kicks ass. It combines flavors in ways I’d never imagined before, ensuring restaurant-quality meals without a lot of fuss.
One of you lucky readers will win a printed copy of Melissa’s cookbook, Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat.
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