If you’re trying to get off to a great start with your Paleo Diet and Lifestyle then you’re going to hit a point where eating just another hard boiled egg, chicken breast or romaine salad is going to be just too boring. Not too mention you might get an occasional sweet tooth and be tempted to reach for the cookie jar… when this happens it’s essential that you have an awesome Paleo Cookbook to inspire you or to find a healthy paleo alternative for your sweet cravings.
If you’re looking for an amazing Paleo Cookbook then check out these reviews…
The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free – This was the first Paleo Cookbook that I actually bought. I liked most of the meal ideas but a lot of them take a little more prep time than I would like. If you’re looking for doing a full on three course Paleo Meal with your friends then this cookbook would be where to look. It’s broken up into 10 main recipe sections: Meat Recipes, Offal Recipes, Fowl Recipes, Seafood Recipes, Vegetable Recipes, Egg Recipes, Substitute Recipes (for non-paleo favorites like enchiladas), Marinades, Sauses and Dressings Recipes, Dessert Recipes and Beverage Recipes. There are about 10 to 15 recipes in each section so you’ll have between 100 and 150 recipes to pull from. My favorite part about this particular Paleo Cookbook is that it is very educational and takes the time to explain the technique behind some of the dish preparation as well as some education on ingredient selection. Overall, some of these Paleo Recipes can be a little too advanced for someone looking just to get started with a Paleo Diet but you would still have fun making and eating some of these recipes!
Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in under 30 minutes – After getting the original Primal Blueprint Cookbook I felt I couldn’t go wrong with this one. In hindsight I probably would have just bought this Paleo Cookbook by itself and skipped the Primal Blueprint Cookbook all together. Oh well, live and learn. This one is broken up into sections by meal time. So you have breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes. They also get a little creative and add sections for appetizers and snacks (my favorite section), sauces and toppings, and rubs. I don’t really consider sauces, toppings and rubs to be “Quick and Easy Meals” but they’re still nice to have. Sometimes the Primal Blueprint can be considered a bit “gourmet” for some people’s taste. I think this is because of the emphasis on high quality, organic ingredients and the presentation of the food in the cookbooks. Both Primal Blueprint Cookbooks have extraordinary photography in them. Another quick disclaimer about the Primal Blueprint Cookbooks is that the author does incorporate some dairy… so be aware if you don’t want to incorporate any dairy in your Paleo Diet Meal Plan.
Everyday Paleo – This Paleo cookbook had rave reviews so I figured, what the hey! Let’s go for it. Well it was ok. The author is really positive and inspiring but she doesn’t come across as someone who actually spends a lot of time in the kitchen preparing gourmet Paleo meals. The cookbook seems a little disorganized at times and hard to follow. The shopping lists were missing some ingredients that were required for preparing some of the recipes which is kind of a bummer when you’re excited to make a dish and then realize you forgot a key ingredient! There are some gems in this Paleo Cookbook but you have to dig to find them. The author has a blog that I have never been to but it seems that a lot of the buyers of the cookbook suggested that a lot of the recipes are available for free on her blog. If you want to roll the dice and give this Paleo Cookbook a shot go ahead… but I think there are better options.
The Paleo Recipe Book – I have to admit that I feel like this is the grand-daddy of all Paleo Cookbook’s. It has 395 pages packed with 370 recipes. It is laid out beautifully and has amazing pictures. It is an electronic download (eBook) which some people may not like. I personally love it! I usually just pull it up on my laptop when I’m looking for inspiration and when I find what I’m looking for I’ll print it out and put it in a binder that I made for myself. Of course you can print the whole thing out if you want as well. The other cool thing about this Paleo Cookbook is that it came with a ton of extras. The author throws in an actual 8 Week Paleo Diet Meal Plan that is all laid out for you. They also throw in a few other goodies with your purchase like another cookbook (Quick and Simple Paleo Meals) and the Herb and Spice Guide. I also loved the easy reference guides and shopping lists in this Paleo Cookbook. Overall if you’re ok with downloading an ebook for your iPad or laptop then I don’t think you can go wrong here… especially for the price. If I knew that this Paleo Cookbook existed before then I would have skipped buying the other cookbooks.
Man… that was a lot of writing… I hope that it helped you figure out which Paleo Cookbook you’re going to use for inspiration. Sometimes you need to get a little creative and I know that my Paleo Cookbooks help me find the inspiration to whip up a tasty Paleo meal.