Have you ever had a friend do something truly awe-inspiring? I have. They’re sticky, those moments. I once had a friend teach herself how to play the guitar within a matter of months, then start composing award-winning music. As I sat listening to her latest song, it felt like every conceivable emotional response twisted in my gut. But the greatest of these was awe. My most recent adventure in feeling awe at how … accomplished … a friend is came while reading my friend Jenny’s newest cookbook, The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle.
This weekend, I’m helping my parents move. It’s their first move in nearly 20 years. My mother has generously asked me to help arrange and decorate their new home. I’m opening up boxes, holding each of their treasures in my hands, and thinking “what am I going to do with this?” They have a LOT of stuff. Now, I’ve moved many times in my adult life — an average of once every two years. And every time I’ve moved I’ve used it as an opportunity to part with a lot of clutter. My father once said, “The very idea of moving makes me want to pile all my possessions in the middle of the living room floor and light a match.” I understand.
When people first hear about the Paleo diet, it sounds intimidating. No grains? What’ll I eat for breakfast? No dairy? Are you kidding? If you’re used to eating out a lot, or buying convenience foods at the grocery store, then the Paleo diet can seem even more daunting. Not only are you supposed to prepare your meals from scratch with well-sourced ingredients, but you are supposed to do it while eliminating entire food groups AND magically keeping your kids and spouse happy. That’s where 3 Phase Paleo by the Paleo Parents (Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry) comes in.
Ah, breakfast. It is a universally acknowledged truth that breakfast can be the single most challenging meal of the day to routinely prepare WITHOUT falling into ruts — particularly if you’re trying to eat a gluten-free diet, even more so if you’re trying to break out of the cereal box. After all, just how many different ways can you prepare eggs and/or oatmeal before you die of boredom?
In the world of clean eating, it’s hard to satisfy your sweet tooth while steering clear of common allergens like dairy, gluten, and eggs. Recipes are often too sweet, trying to make up for the lack of refined sugar with excessive amounts of natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. They often try to imitate cake-like favorites with alternative flours like coconut flour or almond flour, but end up falling flat for the truly picky palate. In her latest e-book, The Paleo Sweet Tooth, nutrition consultant Alison Russo overcomes these obstacles to bring you — I kid you not — Paleo candy recipes.
Imagine a book that teaches you not only how to identify and harvest wild edibles, but also how to prepare those plants into mouthwatering recipes. Now, imagine if that book were a feast for the eyes as well, showcasing beautiful hand-drawn and painted, scientifically-accurate illustrations of the plants you’re foraging. Now, imagine if the recipes weren’t just one recipe each, but master recipes that can be adapted in more than 40 different ways depending on the particular plants and quantities your foraged. My friends! Such a book exists. I have it in my hands at this very moment. It’s called Foraging & Feasting – A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook. And this week, I’m giving away a copy to one of you lucky readers!
What happens when a certified holistic nutritionist and Paleo eater marries a classically trained Algerian chef? Mouthwatering Mediterranean Paleo Cooking, that’s what! This is a cookbook I’ve been anticipating for months. Ever since my brother and his family moved back from Morocco singing the praises of tajines and slow-cooked meats, I’ve been experimenting with Mediterranean cooking in my own kitchen. So when co-author Caitlin Weeks contacted me about reviewing a copy of the cookbook she and her husband wrote, I could barely contain my excitement waiting for it to become available for sale.
Even if you don’t need an eczema cure, I’d be willing to bet you know someone who does. That’s because more than 15 million people in the U.S. are suffering from eczema at this very moment. Eczema is an itchy, often painful rash. The typical treatment of steroid creams? Doesn’t really work. Why’s that? It’s a short-term solution that doesn’t treat the real cause.
Remember the best-selling, totally kick ass cookbook Well Fed by my favorite fashionista and fellow Austin food blogger, Melissa Joulwan? GOOD NEWS. Melissa’s back with an all-new cookbook,\Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat. You will want this book, even if you’re not a Paleo eater. That’s why I’m also giving away two copies this week to a couple lucky readers.
Are you a chocolate lover? I am. While I adore eating locally and in season, I’ve always known that one non-local food I would never give up (barring a zombie apocalypse) is chocolate. Yet being a chocolate lover is hard for Real Foodies like us. That’s because too many yummy chocolate desserts are full of…