Prior to Chowstalker, I blogged at following my nose and recently saw that Paleo Hacks had listed me as one of the top 25 paleo bloggers and specifically mentioned the book reviews I did. Ignoring the fact that there are many far more deserving blogs and that mine hasn’t been updated in over a year, it was much appreciated and was the nudge I needed to get back in the book review groove. Over the summer, while we were working on the re-launch of this site, paleo books seemed to be arriving in the mail weekly and started piling up while their release dates came and went. If your summer was crazy busy too, you might have missed some of the great new Paleo releases so we’re going to do our part to help correct that. And since Diana Rodgers, author of Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go has graciously offered to give one of you a copy, we’re starting with it.
If you do much paleo web-surfing, you probably already know Diana Rodgers. She is the founder of Radiance Nutritional Therapy and a nutritional consultant for several Crossfit gyms, runs the blog Sustainable Dish where she shares recipes and explores “the optimal foods for nutrition, ethical, political and environmental implications”. Ron and I were fortunate to meet Diana at AHS this year where she and Robb Wolf made a presentation called “Liberation from the Industrial Food System” and announced that Robb is sending Diana to Zimbabwe next summer to study the works of the Savory Institute! On top of that, Diana is working on becoming a registered dietitian and lives on an organic farm with her husband and their two children in Carlisle, Massachusetts. She was diagnosed with celiac disease in her mid-twenties so eating gluten-free is a must. She starting feeling like she was cured after she took her diet to the next level by adding healthy fats and focusing on nutrient dense foods.
And now she’s a cookbook author too.
Diana’s cookbook, Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go, has 100 recipes for portable meals with chapters devoted to wraps, salads, soups and stews, breakfast, sides and dressings. There’s also an “entry-level essentials” chapter where Diana shares some basic cooking tips and a few basic recipes including teriyaki jerky, sundried tomato rosemary biscuits and sweet potato crepes. If you have not yet started your own paleo journey, Diana’s introduction will help you get going where she includes tips for dining out, traveling, making it work with kids and dealing with some common pitfalls.
You’re probably going to love this book if…
- you feel that acquiring quality ingredients is a very important part of paleo cooking.
- you love trying exotic flavors and new ingredients.
- you’re not afraid of an ingredient list with more than 5 items.
- you want your food to be just as nutritious as it is delicious.
- you want to make your own creamy salad dressings.
- you’re looking for recipes that are Whole30 compliant or easily modified to be so.
- you wish any of the below was in your lunch box.
But it may not be right for you if…
- you’re looking for boneless chicken and crock-pots recipes. Diana isn’t a fan of either.
- you think the mention of white potatoes or raw dairy is paleo sacrilege.
- you’re expecting all of the “on-the-go” recipes to be super quick to prepare. Many are, but some take a little advanced prepping.
- you don’t like trying new ingredients and flavor combos.
Diana’s version of paleo is very similar to ours and like Diana, we rarely eat out so I cook most of our meals. While I’ve made some meals that are similar to ones in Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go, I’m surprised at the number of recipes that are new to me, especially considering the fact that I review dozens of recipes on a daily basis! Spicy Crab, Avocado and Grapefruit Nori Rolls, Pastrami and Pickles Radiccio Wraps, Lemony Paprika Aioli and Creamy Cashew Gado Gado Sauce are just a few of them. Diana provides plenty of inspiration for anyone that truly wants to eat nutrient dense food without spending all day in the kitchen.
Win a copy
What’s your biggest obstacle to eating paleo inspired meals when you’re on the go? Tell us in the comments below by midnight EST on Sunday October 20, 2013 for a chance to win a free copy. Or just say you want the book! We’ll choose a random winner and let you know who it is on our Facebook page on Monday. Or if you need it now, Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On The Go is available on Amazon.
Thanks to everyone who left a comment. ewatrmln is the winner of the book. But because we know how useful Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go is, we’d like to pass our copy along to someone as well. So using the same random number generator, the 2nd winner is jackieaustin. Please send us your mailing address so that we can get your copy on it’s way.