Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: A Review (& Giveaway!)

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The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: A Review (& Giveaway!)
So Mickey Trescott, the blogger at Autoimmune Paleo, was gracious enough to send me a review copy of her cookbook The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. I was beyond excited at the opportunity and jumped to say yes! I've been hearing rave reviews about the cookbook and all it's recipes. I had already tried some of the recipes from her blog and liked them all so far. One of my favorites: Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic "Mayo". We have very different styles, and I love that! I like her clean, simple, no-fuss approach to food.

At first glance, I was already digging it right out of the box. The square format is comfortable in the hand and sits open perfectly on the counter to your favorite recipe while you're cooking. The pictures are drool-worthy. Every single last one of them! I couldn't find a single picture that didn't make me want to check out the recipe and then dig right in. I also love the formatting of the recipes themselves. Each recipe shows your critical kitchen tools, the time involved, how much it makes, and how difficult the recipe is on a scale of 1-4. That takes a lot of guesswork out of it. The instructions are super easy to read and the ingredient lists are easy to scan. And the best part: each recipe has recommend storage information right at the bottom of the recipe! 

The whole cookbook is perfect for beginners (whether new to cooking in general or just new to AIP) and veterans alike. The front has tons of information from the basics of the Autoimmune Protocol to Tips & Tricks and even Meal Plans! The categories also covered the essentials, from Appetizers & Snacks all the way to Sweet Treats.

Now I'm already falling in love with the cookbook (can't you tell?), but it was time to really get cracking. I'm a foodie at heart, and I'm running a food blog so let's get serious here. The cookbook is really ALL about the food. I cooked one recipe out of each category. Here's how it went:

The Appetizer: Bacon-Wrapped Pears
These babies were simple and delicious. Perfect as an appetizer like she recommends, but I'm also seeing these guys as the main stars for breakfast or even dessert. Yes, I went there!

The Beverage: Infused Water
Refreshing and crisp. Quick and simple. Super versatile. You can't go wrong.

The Sauce: Cherry BBQ Sauce
This one is a winner. The color is gorgeous. The recipe is super easy to follow, too. And while it's super delicious as is, if you have picky eaters, it's super easy to adjust the ingredients to get a tangier or sweet sauce, depending on what you like.
Um, sauce much? Yes! I made it with Black Angus Beef ribs just to make sure it paired perfectly with chicken OR beef. It does! Also checked out her sweet potato fries, again. Just to make sure they were tasty too.

The Soup: Creamy Celeriac and Leek Soup
So I'd never had celeriac before, but I'd been wanting to try it. That's a lot of pressure for a recipe, but it didn't matter because the flavor combo was perfect. This soup is a great summer or fall dish. I'd make it again any time!

The Vegetable: Curried Cauliflower
Now cauliflower happens to be a vegetable that normally I could take it or leave it. I don't not like it, but I don't love it either. But I was definitely intrigued by this recipe. I'm so glad I gave it a shot. Not only is the coloring and display superb, but I actually enjoyed the taste of the cauliflower itself with the seasonings. I was super impressed!

The Seafood: Coconut-Crusted Cod
I was raised on lots of New England food growing up so cod is a fish I genuinely enjoy. Add in the coconut, and you don't have to ask me twice what I'm cooking for dinner. This one will be on repeat in my household as well. Next time, I will definitely make it with the suggested Mango Salsa so I can really experience the tropical flavors of the dish.

I have to admit that this cookbook is an overall winner. I felt that I could easily recreate all the recipes from start to finish, and prepare them for either myself, a family get together, or even host a dinner party. I was pleased to note that there was lots of variety, so I would find it hard to imagine that anyone wouldn't be able to find multiple recipes that they would love. If I had to find something to complain about, then I would say that I would love to see even more recipes. Hopefully, this means that we can talk her into cookbook #2!

If you'd love to get yours hands on a copy, I have great news! Mickey is providing me with a second copy to offer to one lucky winner!! Just follow the Rafflecopter rules below. If you're impatient (like me), then click the link below and order your copy now!

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook 
by Mickey Trescott

The giveaway ends Oct. 10, 2014 so don't wait!
(Only open to US residents. Sorry to my lovely international readers.)

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