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The Paleo Chef | Book Review

The Paleo Chef by Pete Evans is not just a cookbook.  The first few pages of the book explain the diet, and why Paleo is a good choice for you.  It's not just a change in food, but a change in lifestyle.  The introductory pages also talk about the staples of the diet, as well as striking through a lot of "normal" foods.  After the recipe section (there are a number of different ones, including dessert and drinks), there are even more recipes and reference.  This part ranges from how to clean a squid (ew) to how to make fermented ketchup, and how to activate different nuts.

My first thought when cracking open this book was, "we have none of this stuff."  After reading through the first few pages, I had already come to the conclusion that I wasn't out to change my overall lifestyle.  Husband and I just wanted to eat a little healthier- which for us is not making macaroni and cheese.  

With that in mind, we set out for Trader Joe's to purchase the ingredients for the Mixed Berry Cheesecake and Japanese Crispy Chicken.  Then, it was over to Publix for the stuff we couldn't find at Trader Joe's.  $125 later, and we had everything we needed.  Clearly, there is a sufficient expense to get started- however most things we bought will be used in other meals in the future.  The upside: all of this stuff that I thought I was going to have to order off Amazon is available locally.  In stores we go to all the time- we just had no idea they existed.

The recipes were easy to follow and relatively quick to make- there was a little preparation the night before.  Also, we were very surprised at the serving size!  Following the directions exactly, we had enough leftover for our lunches Monday, and desert for a few days.

The Japanese Crispy Chicken was phenomenal- there is also a recipe for miso mayonnaise to make with it.  We opted for the easier Ken's Honey Mustard Dressing.  We did use about a half jar (1 cup) of coconut oil to fry the chicken in.  The coconut oil was on the pricier side of our shopping list- and we used it all between this and the cheesecake.

Now, the desert... I was skeptical on this one while I was blending the ingredients together.  The crumble and the "cheesecake" are both nut-based (as are a lot of these recipes) so be forewarned if you have a nut allergy.  After blending everything really well, I tasted a sample and was blown away.  Ya'll- it was so good!  The texture is a little off, but the seeds from the berries help me rationalize it a little in my head.  The only real downside is that it is very rich (strange since there's no cream cheese, etc in it), so a serving is more than enough.

This keeps well in the fridge- though I recommend using something other than fancy cruise glasses or novelty glasses from Universal Studios.  Especially if you're taking pictures!

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.


  1. I've never tried the paleo diet, but you seem to be enjoying it!

  2. It definitely won't be the lifestyle switch that it entails, but that meal was about the healthiest / tastiest one I've eaten in a long time!

  3. Biana Perez10:52:00 AM

    The food you're making looks so good!!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  4. Jordyn Brown11:34:00 PM

    Those look so good, I would never expect "healthy" food to look that great. You've got me wanting to try out this paleo thing :)

    xoxo, SS

    Southern Stylista

  5. Gah I was surprised, too! The chicken was super moist. The cheesecake, we would have been good if we had halfed the recipe- it made a TON!


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