Rants & Raves: 17 January 2020
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I’m not exaggerating when I say that Dave, Smudge, and I are giddy — Giddy! — about the official release of Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat. I find myself in the totally blessed position of having lots of my favorite writers and bloggers ready to review our new book.
As the reviews roll in, I’m going to share them with you, along with a little somethin’-somethin’ about the blogs and bloggers themselves so you can add more kickass resources to your smarty-pants arsenal.
Please support the people who are supporting me by visiting their sites and reading what they have to say — and thank you for being part of our Well Fed 2 celebration!
What It Is: Hilah Cooking is an internet cooking show that makes kitchen time super fun. Covering everything from Texas favorites to international cuisine, healthy fare to indulgent “once in a while” grub, the recipes are easy to make and the show is a delight, whether you’re into cooking or not.
Who’s Behind It: Hilah Johnson, the hostess with the mostess, is as funny as she is beautiful, and she’s not slouch in the kitchen. Her show is inspiring, entertaining, and delicious.
My Fave Quote From The Review: “What I love about her recipes is that this girl likes to EAT. I mean, she truly appreciates bold flavors and new combinations and is constantly experimenting in the kitchen to find ways of making old favorites (like pizza, Chinese take-out, and nachos) into edibles that won’t kill you if you you eat them every day. She also draws heavily from her wordly travels and restauranteur parents to come up with home versions of exotic fare.”
Another Post You Might Like: I love this Picadillo recipe — just replace the white potato with sweet potato and skip the peas, and… BAM! Hilah just went paleo!
What It Is: Located in Alexandria, Virginia, Prana Physical Therapy specializes in physical therapy that includes a paleo approach, trigger point dry needline, and other wellness programs. Their site includes a blog that highlights wellness news you should know.
Who’s Behind It: My sister-in-arms against thyroid nonsense Ann Wendel is the brains and beauty behind Prana PT. Ann and I have never met in person, but we’ve bonded over our #FUThyroid tag.
My Fave Quote From The Review: “[M]y favorite part of the book is the first 35 pages, where Mel’s personality shines. She gives a brief description of Paleo, listing compliant and non-compliant foods (all but two recipes in Well Fed 2 are Whole 30 approved). She goes on to share her story of a lifetime of yo-yo dieting followed by the diagnosis of a nodule on her thyroid…. Anyone with an autoimmune illness or chronic health condition will resonate with Mel’s words, and hopefully see that they can make changes that will lead to feeling better.”
Another Post You Might Like: Check out “Thank you, Kate” for Ann’s awesome take on post-pregnancy bodies.
What It Is: The Domestic Man is a food blog that shares my taste in international food. The ingredients lists aren’t as strict as mine — rice, potatoes, and dairy make occasional appearances — but the photography is tasty and the recipes are top notch.
Who’s Behind It: The paleo chef known as the Domestic Man is Russ Crandall. His personal story is pretty amazing (Snippet: He had a stroke at the age of 24.), and the paleo diet has played a huge role in his current health and happiness.
My Fave Quote From The Review: “This book has exactly what I look for in a cookbook: a diverse mix of unpretentious, incredibly flavorful, and internationally-minded dishes. At first glance, it’s hard to believe that Melissa’s latest book is Whole30-compliant, with not a single smidgen of grains, sugar, alcohol, legumes, or dairy to be found; instead, she makes up for these ingredients by using a hefty amount of exotic spices and kitchen know-how to create complex and rewarding tastes.”
Another Post You Might Like: Russ and I have very similar tastes in recipes, so his archives are filled with things I want to make. This Russian shish kebab looks like a good place to start.
What It Is: Eat Your Beets is a food and lifestyle blog dedicated to “getting families back to their roots.” Posts cover everything from recipes to how to raise healthy kids.
Who’s Behind It: Trish is a stay-at-home-mom with four kids and a completely upbeat, energetic vibe. You’ll like her!
My Fave Quote From The Review: “You can’t go wrong with this book, and it’s equally impressive original Well Fed. If you want a collection of recipes and tips for feeding your busy family and kiddos real, nutrient dense, delicious food, then this is it. I can say easily, my kids have loved and devoured everything I’ve made from both books and several are on our weekly rotation. Give your kids a taste of the world and make sure they are ‘well fed.'”
Another Post You Might Like: Check out these cute stuffed peppers — perfect for Halloween (or anytime).
What It Is: Cave Girl Eats does a kickass job of sharing recipes, debunking paleo myths, sharing stories of the homesteading life, and making me laugh.
Who’s Behind It: Liz Wolf is a writer, podcast-er, and paleo aficianado. Fairly recently, she also became a homesteader, and her blog is a wonderland of approachable recipes and engaging stories, all shared with her singular sense of humor.
My Fave Quote From The Review: “That’s not to say you shouldn’t have both Well Fed and Well Fed 2 in your cookbook arsenal. I highly recommend you do. Even as a horrible, disgruntled, cranky cooking malcontent, I truly enjoy cooking from these books. Melissa provides tweaks and tasty twists on her recipes to embrace all kinds of international flavors – meaning, every recipe is actually multiple recipes – and she does so against the backdrop of a dead-sexy cookbook design that also includes space for notes. NOTES!”
Another Post You Might Like: Liz is funny and smart and all-together charming. This post about the Weird Things She Loves About Fall is perfect.
What It Is: The Paleo Parents covers everything from paleo recipes to raising paleo kids, and strength training to dealing with autoimmune challenges. It’s a great place to find info on a family approach to paleo.
My Fave Quote From The Review: “Can Melissa Joulwan sew together a book that will delight us as much as her first did so long ago? I’m pleased to report that the answer is yes! Just as beautifully photographed, just as well conceived and constructed and informative, Well Fed 2 is quite the worthy sequel to a classic in paleo cookery. … [and] there’s an AUTOIMMUNE section where recommendations are given on how to make quite a few recipes work if you’re following AIP!”
Another Post You Might Like: I like this post about Stacy’s Soups a lot because I, too, love to eat a bowl of soup at breakfast time.
Help yourself to a free 35-page sampler PDF of Well Fed 2! Or if you’re ready to commit, just head to Amazon to buy a copy of Well Fed 2 right now!
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