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Review and Giveaway: The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook by Diana Rogers and Andrew Rogers with Photographs by Heidi Murphy

I received an advanced review copy of this cookbook from Victory Belt Publishing.  Scroll down to the end of my review to win your own copy!  (US residents only).

My Review:
Homegrown paleoThis book contains instructions for setting up your own garden, for raising various animals like chickens, ducks or rabbits, and for cooking with ingredients that are fresh and in season.  Last year we raised two breeds of our own ducks and we really enjoyed the experience.  It was fantastic to have our own, fresh supply of duck eggs.  We were looking at this book for ways to improve our duck pen and we got some great ideas for how to improve the home for our feathered friends.

Even if you are not interested in raising your own crops or animals, this is a fantastic cookbook for anyone interested in using fresh ingredients that are in season.  If you have a local farmer’s market or have a CSA farm share, this is an ideal book to consult for recipes. I had a hard time deciding which recipes to try.  The book is split into 3 parts: early, middle and late season crops.  I made recipes from the late harvest section since that is what I could easily find in the organic produce section of my local store.

Duck StewThe first dish I made from the cookbook was a Cajun Duck Stew with Andouille Sausage and Mushrooms.  The recipe originally called for rabbit instead of duck, but each recipe comes with suggestions for substitution of ingredients.  The blend of vegetables which included mushrooms, carrots, celery, red and green peppers was a perfect combination of sweet and spice.  The picture above is the vegetable mixture and when I plated the dish I laid the duck legs on top. The dark meat of the duck held up so well against the many flavors and spices of the vegetable blend.  My very picky 9 year old daughter also ate quite a bit of the duck, so this is a versatile recipe that the entire family will enjoy.

The next recipe I tried was the Provencal Seafood Chowder with Fennel and Tarragon.  I have experimented a few times thisSeafood Chowder winter with making seafood chowders, but what really made this one special was the addition of the fennel.  I used scallops and cod for the fish and my family loved coming home to this warm, tasty soup on a cold day. The picture on the right features the seafood chowder with a garnish of fresh chives.  I think some grain free biscuits would be perfect for dipping in the soup as well.

The final recipe I attempted was the Butternut Stew with Pork and Spinach.  I had some ground pork Butternut squash and porkleft that we bought from the farmer in the fall.  In addition to the spinach, this recipe also called for a blend of fresh herbs such as mint, cilantro and basil.  These are not herbs that I have tried together in one recipe before, and they worked really well with the sweetness of the butternut squash.  It was nice to have a dish with bright colors even in winter.  I had enough leftovers from this meal to freeze for another dinner.

Overall, The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook is a great resource for anyone who wants more information about the paleo lifestyle and wants delicious, seasonal recipes.  This would be a great book to take along to the farmer’s market when it opens in the spring.


The publisher is generously giving away a hardcopy of this book to one of my readers.  To enter, just leave a comment below and let me know if you have tried paleo or are thinking about trying it?  It’s that simple.  Open to US residents only.  The winner will be notified via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond with a valid US mailing address.

To learn more about the authors visit their website Sustainable Dish.


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Review: Make It Paleo ll by Bill Staley and Haley Mason with Caitlin Nagelson

I received a review copy of this beautiful cookbook from Victory Belt Publishing.

My Review:

Make It Paleo I have been following the Paleo/Primal lifestyle for quite a few years and one of the first websites that I found, and one that still continues to be my favorite for information and recipes, is Bill Staley and Haley Mason’s Primal Palate.  I am so excited to be reviewing their latest cookbook which is chock full of information on grain free cooking, delicious recipes and beautiful pictures.

When I received this cookbook I was in the mood to try something different with chicken.  Make It Paleo has a fantastic recipe for the perfect roasted chicken that is topped with a mouthwatering blend of
Roasted Chicken with Aromatic Herbs aromatic spices.  I made this as a Sunday dinner for my family and I thought I would have leftovers, but it was so good that we devoured it. I think that next time I will roast two chickens and use the leftovers to make the chicken salad recipe that is included in the book.

The next recipe I tried is the porcini crusted lamb chops.  We have recently discovered lamb and have been eating it atLamb with mushrooms least once a week. This recipe makes 10 lamb chops and once again the mushroom mixture is easy and simple to prepare.  The chops were absolutely delicious and even my 8 year old, extremely picky daughter, enjoyed the lamb.  I will be putting this on our regular rotation of weeknight dinners.

The final recipe I tried is the cauliflower crust vegetable pizza.  There are countless paleo recipes out there for making a grain free pizza crust using cauliflower and I have tried many of them.  But my crusts have always come out mushy and do not look or taste like they should.  I thought I would give Bill and Haley’s recipe a try since it had a few more ingredients that would hold the “dough” together.  In addition to the cauliflower, the recipe calls for a cup of Pizza with Cauliflower Crust arrowroot powder as well as a cup of parmesan cheese.  The pizza, I am delighted to say, was absolutely delicious.  My husband, who does not follow the paleo diet, also thought it was great.  I am so excited that Make It Paleo has saved pizza for this gluten/grain free cook!

If you are looking for a versatile cookbook with loads of fantastic recipes and gorgeous pictures then I highly recommend MAKE IT PALEO II.  Even if you do not follow the paleo lifestyle, there are many delightful recipes that everyone can enjoy.

For more information about Bill and Haley visit their website: http://www.primalpalate.com.

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