I JUST got my copy of The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook hot off the presses, and I am already in love with these recipes! Joshua Weissman is the brain behind the paleo food blog www.slimpalate.com and he has produced a BEAUTIFUL cookbook. To see another great Paleo cookbook with wonderful nourishing recipes reaching the masses is wonderful, but what’s truly awesome is that Joshua is only 18 years old! Yeah, you read that right. This is a kid that openly shares his story of a youth of obesity and rejection, and his love of nourishing food that changed his life and his family’s life. Sounds a bit familiar, if you’ve read my story, you know I have a special place in my heart for changing families’ lives.
What I love about about The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook:
I’ll go ahead and get my many biases out of the way…First off, this is a local guy for me. As a fellow resident of Houston, I am so proud to see this impressive and talented young man step up to the plate (ha, get it? foodie joke!) and hit a home run. I’ve been a huge fan of his blog for a long time, and his almond milk recipe makes a regular, tasty appearance in my home.
I really appreciated his honesty and vulnerability about his journey to good health, and the suffering he went through as an obese child. We hear about the childhood obestity epidemic all the time in the media, and the health ramifications, but we rarely hear about what it’s doing EMOTIONALLY to those children. Bravo to Joshua for being brave enough to share that pain, and photos of his heavier self. I hope it opens up a much needed dialogue for parents to start taking more aggressive action for their children’s health as well as their emotional well-being.
His recipes all look amazing, and having tried many from his website I have no doubt these will all be a smashing success. The recipes are easy to follow and shouldn’t be a struggle even for beginners to get a meal on the table that’s both good looking and tasty.
What’s even more amazing is that he also did his own photography! The lighting is a bit dark to my eye (I’m certainly no photography critic) but they are all crisp, clean and inviting, and inspire me want to make and eat copious amounts of pretty much everything I see. The wonderful rustic sketches in each section created by his book design team are a great touch, and I’m tempted to tear those suckers out and hang them on my wall!
His framework on reconnecting with food is humble, not preachy, and it speaks to the same principles I live by and teach my clients: respect your food, treat it well, honor your body and feed it real nourishment from quality sources. As a member of Weston A. Price Foundation, the Ancestral Health Society and the Paleo movement, I give a big Texas WHOOP! every time I see someone step up to the plate and spread that important message.
His inclusion of Yonder Way Farm is a major reason I’ll always treasure this book. Of course I may be a bit biased because Jason and Lynsey Kramer are also friends of mine and I’ve been honored to know them and purchase my meat and eggs from them for several years. I’ve been to their farm and seen first hand how caring individuals treat animals. They have set the bar HIGH. As Jason likes to say, his goal is that the animals “only have one bad day their whole life.”
So what looks good on the menu? Here’s what I’ve got planned to try first [I really just want to say the whole cookbook, and don’t ask me to narrow these down any further, I just can’t! Maybe ask me in a few weeks when I’ve burned through them all and I MAY have a new favorite]:
- Prosciutto Egg Cups (bacon should be VERY nervous right now!)
- Braised Moroccan Chicken with Stuffed Green Olives
- Vinegar and Shallot Chicken
- Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Parsley Sauce (oh lamb, is there a more divine food in all the world?!?!)
- Osso Bucco with Gremolata
- Salmon Soup
- Roast Garlic Soup (looks and sounds heavenly!)
- Creamy Veal Stew
- Vinaigrette-Marinated Squash Noodles
- Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge (THANK YOU JOSHUA FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE WORLD!)
- Cardamom and Pistachio Chocolate Truffles
- Coconut Butter-Stuffed Cinnamon Cookie Sandwiches (this looks like a snickerdoodle on steroids!)
Just take a minute to let that all sink in…….and wipe the dribble off your chin 🙂
What this book is NOT
This book has a message and it speaks it clearly and eloquently, but no book can be all things to all people. If you’re looking for a new cookbook, or thinking about giving out a million of these at Christmas time (I know quite a few people who will be getting one of these from Santa Sue this year) here are a few thoughts: *Note, these are NOT criticisms, just observations
- The Table of Contents is limited simply to labeling the sections. If you need more visual ques and a detailed guide of where to find each recipe, or want entire meals suggested, this book may be a bit of a struggle. If that’s your bag, I highly recommend Make It Paleo by Bill and Haley Staley.
- This is not a science lecture. If you’re looking for the detailed ins and outs of Paleo and your specific health issues along with recipes, I highly recommend Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle by Diane Sanfilippo.
- If you have known food sensitivities (such as eggs, nightshades, etc) you are on your own picking those issues out and making your own modifications. Again, Practical Paleo has made a special point of highlighting many food sensitivities and substitutions.
If you haven’t bought the book already, I highly recommend you click the photo to hop on over to amazon and pick it up!
Have you tried any recipes from Joshua’s new book? What are your favorites so far? Let us know and spread the love!
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