“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” ~ Cesar Chavez
Update ~ the Giveaway has Ended
The winner was chosen with a random number generator on 8/15/2014. Congratulations to Heidi! If you didn’t win, don’t despair. The book is reasonably priced and worth every penny. You can purchase a copy here. Keep reading below for a detailed review including a sample recipe for a delicious autoimmune-friendly barbecue sauce.
Big and Beautiful
If you follow Sarah Ballantyne (aka The Paleo Mom), you know she never does anything halfway. Her first book, The Paleo Approach, is an encyclopedic guide to reversing autoimmune disease. This cookbook is the much-anticipated companion, and it contains over 200 autoimmune-friendly recipes. She will be the first to tell you that she writes BIG BOOKS! And they’re beautiful.
- Over 200 AIP-friendly recipes: kitchen staples, breakfasts, appetizers, salads, snacks, soups/stews, meat/poultry, fish/shellfish, offal (organ meats), side dishes, sweet treats, and beverages.
- A cool recipe format: In addition to photos and detailed instructions, every recipe contains preparation time, recipe tips, creative variations, and also detailed nutrition facts, telling not just the macros (calories, fat, carb, protein) but the vitamin and mineral content of the meal as well.
- 6 weeks of meal plans with shopping lists: Designed for two people, they can be halved or doubled. The time-consuming recipes are scheduled for the weekends, and some of the weekday recipes incorporate leftovers to save time. Each meal plan is nutrient-dense, incorporating all of Sarah’s recommendations for seafood, offal and a wide variety of veggies, while still including some good old-fashioned comfort food.
- Food Lists: The resource section contains a ten-page “A to Z” food list, called “Yes No Maybe So.” It’s a detailed checklist for the foods you can and can’t eat on the AIP. The “maybe” column contains grassfed ghee, egg yolks, fresh legumes (green beans and peas), fruitbased spices, seedbased spices, and seed/nut oils. These foods are eliminated initially on the AIP, but are considered Stage One Reintroductions, which are the foods most easily tolerated and recommended as the first to reintroduce.
- Low-FODMAP resources: People diagnosed with small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) often need to follow a Low-FODMAP diet temporarily. Sarah has included FODMAP alerts on every recipe, with modifications if applicable. Also, two of the weekly meal plans are Low-FODMAP.
- Cooking Guides: The beginning of the cookbook is full of helpful charts like meat cuts and cooking times, measurement conversions, grilling tips, oil smoke points, and alcohol burn-off times. It’s information helpful to any cook, paleo or not.
A Few of My Favorite Things
- A Recipe Top Ten: Sarah and I are both firm believers in getting nutrition through food, not supplements, whenever possible. She’s created an appendix in the resource section that shows which recipes have the highest concentration of which vitamins and minerals, so you can actively choose the ones you need.
- Substitution Charts: Many common foods aren’t allowed on the AIP, and new cooks can feel at a loss, without their familiar ingredients. Sarah tells you which AIP foods are good substitutions for flour, butter, tomatoes, pasta, bread, crackers, and more.
- Quick Description of the Why’s behind the AIP: An awesome two-page summary that efficiently describes how the AIP works: through nutrient density, gut health, hormone regulation and immune health. It’s basically the cliff notes for her first book: The Paleo Approach.
- A Picture Recipe Index: How cool is this?
Sample Recipe: Barbecue Sauce
Ready for a recipe? Last year, Sarah asked if I would like to test some recipes for her book. Yes, please! My favorite was this barbecue sauce, which I used on a rack of babyback ribs. Let me tell you now – it’s gooooood! She’s graciously agreed to let me share it with you!
2 tablespoons red palm oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 apple, peeled, cored, and grated
1/4 cup molasses
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
Pinch of ground cinnamon
- Heat the palm oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 10 to 15 minutes, until caramelized.
- Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and purée with an immersion blender.
How It Looks in the Book
It’s become a tradition on my blog to host giveaways of my favorite books. Entering to win is easy. Either “like” my page on Facebook or subscribe to my blog by email. When you’ve done that, simply leave a comment below, letting me know which one you’ve done. I’ve decided to open this giveaway up to the whole world, so even if you live outside the U.S., you’re welcome to enter. The winner will be randomly chosen on August 15, 2014. That’s 11 days before the book is available in stores! Good luck!
Disclaimer: I was given a review copy of the book as well as a copy to give away, with no obligation. I’m 100% honest in my opinions. If I didn’t love this book, I wouldn’t have written the review, nor hosted the giveaway. As proof, I’m putting my money where my mouth is; this book is heavy! Sarah donated the book, but I’m donating shipping, and I’ll ship anywhere in the world that the winner lives.
I’ve written a series of articles to guide you through the autoimmune protocol, step by step. It includes FAQ, mistakes to avoid, book reviews, and more. Click here to see the whole list.