Since embracing the paleo diet and lifestyle earlier this year, I've searched high and low for recipes and books that can introduce some variety to my meals. It's easy to fall into the living on salads or stir fries which gets boring.
What a relief, then, to hear about Paleo Comfort Foods. The cook book promises satisfying 'comfort' foods with a good dash of Southern style and it doesn't disappoint. The glossy full page photos showcase the food perfectly and it's very well written and accessible. Don't be put off by the gourmet dishes either, there's very little here that needs more than an hour's work and most is much less. There are recipes that can take much longer for those days you really want to indulge in the kitchen.
From sauces and starters through mains and desserts, there is a great deal of choice and I bookmarked dozens of recipes I want to try right away. The ingredient list is clear and there's nothing obscure required. Most of the ingredients I had sitting in my cupboard. Of course, being a US cook book you may need to google the odd ingredient to find its UK name (yams are sweet potato, cilantro is coriander, etc).
Melissa Hartwig wrote on the US Amazon store "Paleo Comfort Food is full of so many time-honored, culturally-significant dishes you'll soon forget you're reading a Paleo cookbook at all." and I couldn't agree more. This isn't a book filled with poor substitutions for 'real food' but a glorious celebration of homestyle cooking.
Anyone who is thinking about going paleo or removing gluten from your diet should pick up a copy of this book. You won't be disappointed!