The idea of a “paleo diet” has been around for a few decades. As this food trend gains momentum, cookbooks are of course joining in this boisterous discussion. And as in all movements, there are good books and bad books. Luckily, Ciarra Hannah’s new book, The Frugal Paleo Cookbook, is one of the good ones.
Hannah runs the website Popular Paleo. The Frugal Paleo Cookbook is her first book. She does not waste time explaining how paleo diets works. If one has picked up this book, they are assumed to have some understanding, or can infer the rules. Still don’t get it? Peruse the gorgeous pictures of this cookbook to gain some enlightenment, or visit her website for a clue.
Her selling point in this cookbook, frugality, speaks to my soul (and my wallet!). Few recipes call for more than simple ingredients.Don’t have have exactly what was listed in your cupboards? Organic foods, especially, free-range protein, are pricy. Try substituting like-minded ingredients whenever needed. And of course, some recipes are simple, others painstakingly elaborate. There are no shortcuts, which may confound some. This book is not necessarily for beginners.
Think that paleo may be for you? Jump on the bandwagon with such books as Paleo takes 5- or fewer : healthy eating was never easier with these delicious 3, 4 and 5 ingredient recipes, by Cindy Sexton, or Well Fed: Paleo recipes for people who love to eat, by Melissa Joulwan, who is featured in the foreword of Hannah’s book. Not ready to give up your favorite foods? Place a hold on Russ Crandall’s Paleo Takeout: restaurant favorites without the junk, to ease into the lifestyle. And happy eating!
Review by Nicole