For Christmas this year I have decided to get my mom and dad the book called Practical Paleo. My parents have really gotten into healthy living so I figure I will support their new way of life. Though I hesitate to call Practical Paleo simply a cookbook, because it supplies so much more information than simply recipes. In fact the reason I selected it for my mom and dad is because of the broad-spectrum approach the book requires to explaining why and how you should apply paleo eating.
Before I go any further I should say my friend Dallas helped me pick the books out for my parents. He’s a great personal trainer and runs www.themusclereview.com. It’s a great place to find honest reviews of supplements, diets or even find out what the best wrist wraps for lifting weights are. You should check it out.
Ok, back to the books. The very first half of Practical Paleo is more of an infographic lesson in science and nutrition than a cookbook. Whereas numerous paleo cookbooks will have a chapter or section discussing the basics of the viewpoint, Practical Paleo actually dives into the nuts and bolts. Due to the great graphic design and layout, the book delivers this details in an intellectually available and aesthetically pleasing way. Insets, lists, tear-out guides, charts, and lovely pictures all work together making the science clear and the application simple.
After discussing the science of paleo and a wide variety of other things, the author enters into the individual factors that you the reader may consider when taking on the paleo way of life. This starts in the second area of the book, which is consisted of the 30-Day Dish Plans.
The secondary title of this book is A Customized Method to Health and a Whole-Foods Way of Life and it’s the 30-day meal strategies that make up this portion. There are eleven different dish plans described, each based on a different goal or health priority. Each dish strategy not only includes an outline of breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals (all referencing recipes in the 3rd and final area of the book), also it suggests particular supplements, herbs, and foods that will help meet your goals.
The following dish strategies that are included in the book help you deal with:
- Autoimmune Conditions
- Steady blood sugar levels
- Digestive Health
- Thryoid Health
- MS, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Tiredness
- Neurological Health
- Heart Health
- Cancer Recuperation
- Athletic Performance
- Weight loss
I am on the opinion that even if you didn’t follow the specific dish plan, you might still get a lot by following the recommendation for supplements, herbs, and foods based on your specific goals.
The 3rd section of the book comes the actual dishes for the meal plans and a lot more. There are over 120 recipes, a number of which are ideal for individuals still familiarizing themselves with the kitchen area. To that point, the book likewise includes some essentials on knife skills and recipes for kitchen staples like spice blends and bone broth.
Something I did find frustrating with the book was the spice mixes. I do not specifically like when I check out a recipe and it needs me to first make other recipes just to complete the original recipe I wanted to make. Throughout this book the dishes list ingredients such as “2 tablespoons Chorizo Spice Blend.” When you come to the page with the spice mix, you discover a recipe that leads to 6 tablespoons of the blend. So you are left with the issue of either making more spice mix than you’re going to utilize– and squandering it if you do not like it, or at least making use of a large supply of spices that’s going to sit for a while. I found it rather frustrating and it prevented me from making some dishes that needed it whenever possible.
That being said, all the dishes I tried were good. They consisted of:
- Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Root Vegetables
- Quick and Easy Salmon Cakes
- Thanksgiving Stuffing Meatballs
- Chorizo Meatballs
- Sweet and Savory Potatoes
- Baked Beets with Fennel
- Sauteed Red Cabbage with Onions and Apples
We enjoyed all the dishes and the Sweet and Savory Potatoes have actually ended up being a weekly habit in our home now. The recipes cover a vast array of likes and tastes and I believe can keep a more experienced cook interested, but also won’t overwhelm a new cook. This is not my favorite book of recipes however, nor would it be based upon the dishes alone that I would suggest it.
In the end, it was the first section of this book discussing the “why” and “how” of paleo that was excellent. I would recommend every coach or trainer purchase a copy to carry in your gym library though. If you or someone you know is looking to eat healthier then this is a good book to get them started in that area.