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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Book Review: Make it Paleo

I've been mentioning Make it Paleo by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason a lot recently. While the book is written specifically for Paleo dieters, it fits right in with Jorge Cruise's Fast Track and Belly Fat Cure diets as well. It has tons of ideas on dishes that are very low in carbs and completely grain-free. The book is big and thick, with over 200 recipes. The recipes are very simple, almost basic, but it has lots of new ideas and a beautiful photo accompanies each recipe. You will never get bored eating grain-free with this book. The book is broken into segments that include Breakfast, Appetisers, Entrees, Seafood, Soups and Salads, Sauces and Dressings, Side Dishes and more.

Jamaican Jerk Salmon
Paleo (and Primal) dieters will find this book pitch perfect. But Paleo isn't so much about losing weight as it is about living a grain-free lifestyle. Atkins and Fast Track dieters will need to modify many of the recipes to lower their sugar content. Maple Syrup and other high sugar fruits in place of sugar are smartly used, but need to be replaced with small amounts of Stevia to work with Jorge's plan.

So far I have made three recipes from the book and thoroughly enjoyed them all. The Jamaican Jerk seasoning for the Salmon was really different and refreshing. I LOVED the Coconut Macaroons and can't wait to serve them to guests. I also made the simple Coconut Fudge and have it in the evening instead of dark chocolate. On both of the dessert recipes I replaced the Maple Syrup with a small amount of Stevia. All of the recipes are extremely low in sugar and carbohydrates, but you have to use you best judgement to get them to the sweetness your lifestyle needs.

Coconut Macaroons
It is not uncommon for me to be flipping through the book and see a recipe for a variation on a dish I have recently adjusted for the Fast Track. Coconut Pancakes are there, all they need is a swap for the maple syrup. And Zucchini Lasagna is there too! That one actually frustrated me, since I thought I had SUCH an original idea (oh well). But that tells you, there are lots of great ideas in here. New and creative ideas (grain-free sushi wrapped in riced cauliflower for example) that will help you give up grains and sugar.

There is an extensive segment of desserts as well. I like how it makes the distinction that the desserts are not exactly Paleo, but they are perfect if the grain-free eater who wants to indulge smartly.  The shelf price is $34.99, but Amazon has it for $23.07 with free shipping and I think it is well worth that. The authors also blog at Primal Palate and have lots of recipes and ideas they share there too. Check it out!


  1. This book sounds good, but is okay for the regular BFC? Thanks.

  2. I NEED to look into this book!

  3. Thanks for the book information. Do you do grain free, even when you run? I run somewhere 10 -15 miles a week. I love eating grain free, feel no craving & normal, however I think my gallstone is acting up & I notice when I do add a little grain the weight tends to come off quicker? Mary

  4. Thanks for the book and blog suggestions. And I can't wait to try the macaroons! Last night I made your chicken wings and my picky child even loved them (I didn't use cayenne and even she said they could use some heat). Next time I will make them spicier, but she's usually sensitive to heat :)

  5. Thank you Amber!
    You are making cooking enjoyable again. I need to look into Make it Paleo, as I do follow Mark's Daily Apple but haven't found his recipes to my liking much.
    I tend to use xylitol to sweeten, but I need to start experimenting with stevia, I can't get the ratio's right and it turns out tasting a bit bitter. I think I still have a bit of a sweet tooth.

  6. I've been thinking about getting that book as well. There is so much info out there that will help us with BFC/FT'ing. Thanks for the info-

  7. Thanks for sharing this info with us. I just bought the Wheat Belly book and am excited to read it. I know my skin did better not eating it, I just never felt great doing so. I think trying to eat less grains for me is better then no grains at all.

  8. Sounds like a great book that would fit in my eating philosophy. I'll have to check it out.

  9. I need to buy this for my husband!! Thanks, as always, Amber!

  10. I bought the "Paleo Comfort Foods" by the same couple...found there were too many oddball ingredients i wouldn't buy (ie: Rabbit...i'm just not going to make Rabbit Stew). Was going to return it to Amazon...but maybe i will just exchange it for this one! Sounds like it's a bit more mainstream.

  11. Well I think this book has a rabbit recipe too! lol! It also has Bison, etc and I just substitute with what I have. I usually ignore the meat they recommend in most recipes!

  12. Very interesting subject, thank you for putting up'''

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