Thursday, August 25, 2011
I originally posted this book review on the Paleo Diet team's forum, but I decided I'd put this (and future book reviews) here, as well.
Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso. 2011.
Advertised as three books in one, I was primarily interested in the cookbook section which is a significant portion of the book. This particular book is written primarily for families with children.
The first section is the author's personal story and a very, very basic intro to the paleo diet. There is no attempt to explain the science behind *any* of the dietary recommendations. It just tells you what you should and shouldn't eat. If you already understand the basics of a paleo diet, or you don't make major dietary changes without some kind of scientific justification, you can probably just skip the first section.
The second section is the cookbook section. Fragoso is clearly not a foodie, but there are some decent homestyle recipes here. My family liked the Better Butter Chicken, but weren't as excited by the Grilled Lamb Burgers (way too much onion). The Puerto Rican Beef was okay, but I probably won't make it again. We're trying the Steak Dijon tonight and a couple of the other recipes later this week.
The third section was a guide to exercising at home. I'm not too interested in lifting weights at home, so I skipped most of this section.
Overall, it was an okay book if you are part of the target audience. I was primarily looking for recipes and found 10-15 I'm looking forward to trying. I got my copy from the local library and I don't plan to purchase a copy, but I could definitely see recommending it to someone who understands all the ins and outs of a paleo diet but is interested in learning about feeding a paleo diet to the whole family. I would not recommend it to someone who doesn't know anything at all about the paleo diet.
Have you read this book? What did you think?