December 23, 2013 Leave your thoughts
Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to my new best friend. It is the Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans cookbook, and I have been pretty much sleeping with it beneath my pillow since its arrival about three weeks ago. (I was lucky enough to get an advanced reading copy, courtesy of the lovely Michelle herself!)
This thing is SERIOUSLY gorgeous. I mean, just take a look inside…
I’ll be honest with you guys: while I LOVE collecting cookbooks, I very, very rarely cook from them. Their main purpose is to sit in my kitchen until Friday night, when I savagely tear through at least a dozen of them in search of meal ideas for the upcoming week. I’m not a recipe-follower; usually, I’ll just see a picture and think, “Oh, I can do this, with that, and pair it with these!”
Not this cookbook, though: I actually followed the recipes! I tried five of them: the Chinese Egg Foo Young, Peruvian Roast Chicken with Aji Verde Chili Sauce, Spicy Coconut Shrimp, Slow Cooker Kahlua Pig, and Polpette di Vitello (veal meatballs). All were delicious, but my favorite was definitely the Peruvian Roast Chicken: it was salty, crispy, and packed with deep flavor. I snapped a quick photo of before we chowed down…and it’s the only good picture I have (the food made me so hungry that I had to eat it right away!).
Just look at this masterpiece. You know you want it.
Some of the other recipes I’m looking forward to trying? The mushroom chips (if I can find King Oyster mushrooms), Devils on Horseback (prunes stuffed with macadamia nut ricotta and wrapped with prosciutto), crispy gizzard confit, pistachio apple salad, Kabalagala (plantain fritters), walnut prawns, slow cooker Korean short ribs, and Southwest Cowboy Chili…among many others. I know I’ll be cooking with this baby for months to come, and I look forward to sharing it with my foodie/nutritionally inclined friends.
While I could talk all day about how great the food looks, I also want to mention how beautiful the cookbook itself is. It has a thick, solid cover, and smooth pages that are easy to turn. (Perfect for letting kiddies take a peek!) There are TONS of pictures (all superb, of course), clear instructions and ingredient lists, and adorable piggy valentines in the back. (Our love is not kosher.)
Best of all, there are cute, funny cartoons featuring Michelle and her family scattered all throughout. While picky chefs with big noses may disagree, I personally like to have a cookbook that I actually enjoy reading. When I look through Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, I feel like I’m actually listening to Michelle talk, not just finding recipes and trying to figure out all of the steps involved. Each time I open it up, it’s like a treasure hunt: I think, “What tiny illustration or heart-warming story will I discover this time?”
Whether you’re a paleo newbie, a home cook, or a passionate foodie, you will ADORE this cookbook–and your family will, too. I am so happy to add it to my collection.
Thank you so much to Michelle at Nom Nom Paleo for sending me my copy!
NOTE: I am an honest girl, and I live by the motto, “Don’t like it? Don’t eat it!” If I didn’t like this cookbook, I would tell you. Promise. Really. Sincerely.