Monday, April 27, 2020

Clean Paleo Family Cookbook: 100 Delicious Squeaky Clean Paleo and Keto Recipes to Please Everyone at the Table

Clean Paleo Family Cookbook is a tutorial and recipe collection for paleo and keto compliant food. Released 21st April 2020 by Quarto on their Fair Winds Press imprint, it's 192 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

The introduction includes a very good overview over the paleo diet, what it includes (and doesn't) and some theory behind the food selections. There's also an introduction to basic cooking equipment and ingredients.

The recipes are grouped by category: sauces & appetizers, breakfasts, salads, sides, mains, electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot) and slow cooker recipes, kid-approved recipes, sweet treats & drinks.

The recipes have their ingredients listed bullet style in a sidebar. Measurements are given in US standard with metric measures in parentheses (yay!). Special tools and ingredients are also listed, along with yields and cooking directions. Most of the ingredients are easily sourced at any moderately well stocked grocery store. Nutritional information is not included.  Tips and variations on each recipe are included in a text box at the end. Special dietary comments (squeaky clean paleo, keto paleo, traditional paleo, etc) are included in the headers.

The book also includes a short heartfelt and interesting author bio, and a general ingredients index.

The recipes are attractively and very well photographed. I really liked being able to see finished dishes and serving suggestions. It is also a very well written book for anyone who needs a good introduction to paleo eating and lifestyle. I liked that the author seems very reasonable and that the book lacks that tinge of fanaticism present in a lot of keto/paleo lifestyle and cooking books. (Admit it, you know what I'm talking about). 

Four and a half stars. This would make a superlative selection for busy family cooks wanting a simplified way to test the paleo diet and make a real effort to give it a genuine try in an accessible and logical manner.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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