Favorite Cookbooks of 2013: the writer’s edition

It’s 2014. Have you started writing the correct year on your checks yet?

(Wait, does anyone still write checks?)

Since the new year began, we’ve had brunch with 2 dozen of our closest friends, swam with our daughter, made dinner for more friends, played, laughed, and waited for our daughter to go to sleep. (She’s such a night owl.) And then I flew to San Francisco for three days by myself, to attend book launch parties and hang out with friends in Dolores Park in nearly 70-degree weather.

(Midwest and East Coast readers, I apologize for that sentence.)

2013? That feels like soooo long ago.

Still, I’ve had this post in draft form for at least two weeks, and I’m determined to share it before it’s 2015.

(Can we talk about how wonderful it is to have the kiddo home for 2 full weeks without any school or childcare? Long, slow mornings. Family game night. Afternoons at the pool. Dance parties. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner together. Can we talk about how wonderful it is to have school start again? I can actually finish a post!)

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There were so many wonderful cookbooks published this year. In fact, it feels like every year means more cookbooks. Not all of them are good. Some of them are atrocious. (Nope, I’m not naming names.) But some of them are wonderful. And some of them will stay on our shelves forever.

You know it’s a good year when Mollie Katzen finally comes out with a new cookbook. So many of us learned to cook from Mollie, including me in my vegetarian days. But what I love most about her new book, The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation, is that you don’t have to be a vegetarian to love these recipes. When the vegetables are the heart of the plate, everything tastes better. (And it certainly is easier to plan a healthy meal that’s entirely delicious when vegetables are at the heart of the plate.) Mollie’s book is a gift.

I don’t actually have to tell you about The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, do I? Hasn’t everyone in the US bought this book by now? If not, you should buy it for yourself. So good.

When I went to retrieve the url for Vietnamese Home Cooking, I discovered it was published in 2012. Oops! Well, this one lasts. I’m looking forward to the halibut vermicelli with dill and pineapple-anchovy sauce soon.

For years, I’ve been so focused on baked goods that I’ve forgotten all those delightful desserts that don’t require combining flours. I’m not eating that much sugar right now, so I’m going to be a disappointment in the dessert department for most readers right now. But there’s no need for me to make you custards, puddings, and whipped fluffs when Faith Durand did such a great job of it in Bakeless Sweets: Pudding, Panna Cotta, Fluff, Icebox Cake, and More No-Bake Desserts. I blurbed this book, so I had a chance to play with the recipes early. So much of it is naturally gluten-free!

A poached egg on top of braised dark greens? Well, that’s my breakfast nearly every day these days, with a bit of variation. How could I not love Put an Egg on It: 70 Delicious Dishes That Deserve a Sunny Topping, especially when it’s written by our friend Lara Ferroni, who photographed our first cookbook? Sure, there are plenty of breakfast ideas here, but there are wonderful savory dishes too, like pan-fried catfish with creamed mushrooms and poached eggs.

The first meal I ever cooked by myself was macaroni and cheese. Sure, my process involved folding American-cheese-type food into squares and melting them with skim milk and a block of bright-orange cheese, but I was so proud of myself. These days, my daughter has a more refined palate than I did at 8. She loves the luscious photographs of macaroni and cheese she sees in Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese. I pretty much want one of everything in here. There are plenty of gluten-free options in this one as well.

Sarah Copeland is one of the loveliest people I have ever met, and her book, Feast: Generous Vegetarian Meals for Any Eater and Every Appetite, is just as lovely. There’s no deprivation in these recipes. I’m crazy about the tomato, red pepper, and feta cazuela. In fact, you could just block out the word vegetarian in the title and please your friends with any dish in this stunning book.

I’m not vegan but I love Plum: Gratifying Vegan Dishes from Seattle’s Plum Bistro. Somehow, I still haven’t visited Plum in person, but we’ll be taking care of that soon. This book is filled with vibrant vegetable dishes and interesting takes on traditional dishes, such as basil soy ricotta. I can’t wait for summer so I can have grilled plum and jicama salad with radicchio. There’s a great technique for making egg replacer in this book that might be worth the price alone. And, much of the book is naturally gluten-free.

Our friend Melissa Lanz created something great with The Fresh20, a meal plan that helps families cook healthy meals every week, without much fuss. (We have an affiliate program with The Fresh20, since they feature a gluten-free meal plan too.) Melissa’s book, The Fresh 20: 20-Ingredient Meal Plans for Health and Happiness 5 Nights a Week is just what you need if you want to eat real food and don’t know where to start.

Finally, I’m pretty much obsessed with every fermented foods these days. Kombucha! Sauerkraut! Kimchi! Sourdough starter! (I’m a geek!) Mastering Fermentation: Recipes for Making and Cooking with Fermented Foods is a great start for those of us who want to start making foods that feed our guts, deliciously.

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I really did enjoy and cook out of all the above cookbooks. But these are the ones that will still be on our shelves years from now.

Joe Yonan’s Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook is more than a vegetarian book. Joe’s flavor combinations always astound me. He’s funny, smart as a whip, and clearly interested in eating well every single meal. He’s eating chicken-fried cauliflower steaks with a miso-onion gravy, kale and caramelized onion quesadillas, and kimchi deviled eggs. And he’s offering them to you. I’m aware of new vinaigrettes and dressings these days; I think they’re the key to making simple preparations interesting. Joe’s sour plum vinaigrette drizzled over fresh radishes is one of my favorite snacks. Seriously, you cannot go wrong with this book.

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We all know we should eat healthy food in order to live well. But finding “healthy” cookbooks that are filled with delicious recipes is hard to do. Somehow, we’ve come to believe that healthy has to be devoid of taste. Rebecca Katz’s The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods [120 Recipes for Vitality and Optimal Health] makes utterly delicious dishes while featuring foods that feel healthy at the same time. I love the braised chicken with anchovies and olives, the sweet potato bars, the yogurt berry brulee with maple-almond brittle, the sweet and sour Asian cabbage and kale, and the swiss chard and roasted butternut squash tart. It’s all quite easy to make gluten-free, if it isn’t already free of gluten. This book is vibrant.

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Someday, I’ll get back to Paris, bringing Danny and Lu with me this time. But until then, I’ll just cook from Clotilde Dusoulier’s The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen. I’ve known Clotilde for many years now, from this crazy blogging connection. And I’ve always loved her understated nature, her clear joy, and her indefatigable passion for discovering new foods. Her latest book is by far her best. Even though Clotilde is not a vegetarian, like Danny and I, she’s driven by her desire to eat seasonal vegetables in interesting ways. (Vegetables really are the heart of our meals.) This is such a cheerful, fascinating book that I feel like I’ll be cooking out of it for years. Clotilde’s seaweed tartare, mushroom broth with Parisian gnocchi, and and eggplant and black olive caviar are drawing me to the kitchen these days. 

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Oh, Nigel Slater.

What can I say about him that hasn’t been said already? He’s the quiet magician of everyday food, managing to make my daily kale intake new by offering me kale with chorizo and almonds. Honestly, every time I open Notes from the Larder: A Kitchen Diary with Recipes, I get new ideas for cooking. Sometimes, I grow a little dizzy. I want to make every single recipe in this book. I’ve started reading a page a day, geek that I am, on the day that Slater recorded. Tomorrow, on January 9th, is ham with artichoke and parsley sauce. That might just be lunch tomorrow.

Everything about this book speaks to be deeply, in its humble way. This one will always be with me.

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Right away, I have to tell you that I am terribly, terribly biased about this book. Melissa Joulwan, who wrote Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat with her equally talented husband, Dave, has become one of my favorite people in the world this year. My brother and sister-in law have Melissa’s first book, Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat, and I looked at it many times at their house. But I’ll admit to my first bias, that word: paleo. Yeah, whatever, I used to think. I don’t want to be a caveman. Folks, the paleo community needs a new PR rep. As Melissa explains — and talks about often on her website, The Clothes Make the Girl — this way of living and eating isn’t about replicating the foods and movements of Paleolithic man. (Guess what? That’s not possible.) Instead, it’s about eating real food, food without preservatives and weird food dyes and food groups that might be inflammatory for some folks. It’s about knowing where your food comes, cooking it all, and having a darned fine time doing it. I believe in all of that.

Well, that’s Melissa’s food at least. It doesn’t matter if you live paleo or eat grains every day. This is damned fine food.

Melissa sent me a copy of Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat and we started writing. And writing. And writing. She’s my favorite daily penpal now. (I’ve never met anyone else who loves Jane Eyre as much as I do.) We’re kindred spirits. And in San Francisco this last weekend, we spent about 14 straight hours in a row talking fast and laughing.

What does this have to do with her cookbook? Because Mel is in love with good food. She loves jicama home fries, lizard sauce, Reuben rollups, crispy chicken livers, thyme-braised beef short ribs, stuffed grape leaves, and west African chicken stew. She adores Japanese sweet potatoes, cumin, and cauliflower. Her father was a chef and she learned to play with her food early on. So she’s entirely comfortable in the kitchen and she wants you to be there too. This is a book meant to march you right into the kitchen, start laughing and feed yourself and the people you love.

You don’t have to be on the paleo diet for this book to become quickly food-stained. Everything, everything in this book is gluten-free. Start cooking.

Damn you, Mel. I think I need another round of those Thai chicken cakes now.

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I hate the phrase Nom Nom. Right? And as I said above, I had my grave doubts about the word paleo before I started looking at it more closely for myself. So how could I love a cookbook called Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans? Because it might be the best cookbook I’ve ever seen.

I’m not kidding. This is a cookbook for people who truly love food, who aren’t afraid of liver or making siracha sauce from scratch or playing with macadamia nuts to make them into ricotta. This is a cookbook for moms and dads who want to feed their kids well without ever dumbing down that food. This is a cookbook with recipes for foods like plantain fritters, spicy coconut shrimp, curried cream of broccoli soup, king oyster mushroom chips, carrot and ginger soup, and prosciutto-wrapped frittata muffins. Not only do I want to make everything in this book (and I will), but Danny does too. So does Lucy. It’s the first cookbook we’ve owned that equally pleases all three of us.

Also, the beef-bacon-cremini mushroom burgers served on top of roasted portobello mushrooms. Would it be wrong to make them every night? Well, yes. But I do think about them, often.

Finally, this is possibly the cutest cookbook ever created. And the most clever. Michelle and Henry have the best look for a website — have you seen the cartoons they have for themselves? — and they designed the book themselves, page by page. This cookbook is an act of love from two uber-smart food geeks who want to feed their kids as best they can.

Again, I’m biased. I eat more paleo than not these days, in my own way, without calling it that. (I just eat real food, folks.) Michelle has been an enormous help to me as I have figured out my own path more clearly. This past weekend, I flew down to San Francisco just to attend Michelle and Henry’s book party. (And hang out with Mel.) I wanted to help celebrate them and this huge accomplishment.

Seriously, buy this book.

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So I can’t eat gluten. I’m not eating many baked goods this day. I gave up sugar this summer. And I feel better without a lot of rich treats like French buttercream. So how in the world could Robicelli’s: A Love Story, with Cupcakes: With 50 Decidedly Grown-Up Recipes be my absolutely favorite book of 2013?

That’s easy. It’s the funniest damned book I have ever read.

Poor Danny. Every night, in bed, I read, then laugh until I snort, then elbow him in the side, and then make him stop reading whatever he is reading, so I can read him something like this headnote for apple-maple crisp cupcakes instead:

“Every apple-picking day we return with roughly one hundred pounds of apples to be eaten by two adults and two small children. Truthfully, I end up eating about six apples a year, so I don’t know who I’m kidding bringing home all these g-d-n apples. I tell myself, ‘I’m going to make a bunch of my famous apple pies,’ but even if I do find the time between being a mom, keeping up with the house, running a business, and screwing around on the internet, at best I’m going to use up a small fraction of those apples. Plus, for every time I’ve promised it, I’ve never actually gotten around to making a single pie.(next year, though! For real!). We could make a giant pot of applesauce before the entire lot of it rots, but no one likes applesauce that much. When was the last time you watched someone eat a giant bowl of applesauce?”

And Danny closes his eyes hard, and I wait for the noise to arrive, after he snaps his head back into place, and finally starts to laugh. I wait a moment, read another paragraph, and elbow him in the side again. The other night, I kept him up until 1 am doing this.

Look, I’m not sure I’ll ever make a single recipe out of this book. Maybe? I could play with the black coffee chocolate cake, make it with maple syrup and my favorite grain-free flour mix, and make some variation on the Bea Arthur cupcake. (I love that Robicelli is so obsessed with The Golden Girls. I understand.) But I’m not sure I will.

But I’m never letting go of this book. Robicelli and her husband Matt are indelible characters, confident and hilarious, full of love for each other, Brooklyn, and the chaos of running a small business together. Every time I open a page of this book, I start laughing. Who is going to give up that?

Oh, by the way, I’ve landed myself in hot water with a clutch of people who were mortally offended that I used the f-word in one of our books and one post on this site. You folks? You’re probably not reading this anyway. But you definitely don’t want to buy Robicelli’s: A Love Story, with Cupcakes: With 50 Decidedly Grown-Up Recipes. Robicelli swears like a drunken sailor on a late-night desperate binge. And I love her for it.

“Yes, there will be plenty of foul language in this book. Four-letter words, seven-letter word — we’re also planning to make up some brand-spanking new ones just for this book because this is kinda a big deal for us. While there are people out there who may take issue with the cursing, I need to remind you that this is pretty much a cornerstone of our native tongue. I could argue that I find it just as offensive when people butcher the English language by saying things like ‘y’all,” ‘arsle,’ ‘hella,’ or ‘Kardashian.’ If it wasn’t for curse words and grandiose hand gestures, I don’t know if Brooklynites would even be able to communicate.”

So you’ve been warned. If you cannot tolerate a swear word (or 4300 of them), you don’t want to buy Robicelli’s: A Love Story, with Cupcakes: With 50 Decidedly Grown-Up Recipes. If you have a sense of humor and you don’t mind looking at some kick-ass cupcakes you might not be able to eat, join me in putting this book by your bed and laugh yourself to sleep every night.

 

We love the last three books on this list of our favorite cookbooks so much that we want to give away a copy of Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat, or Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, or Robicelli’s: A Love Story, with Cupcakes: With 50 Decidedly Grown-Up Recipes to three readers here. Just leave a comment as to why you are interested in these books and we’ll get a copy of one of them out to you. (Winners will be chosen at random on Wednesday, January 15th, at which time comments will be closed.) Thanks!

175 comments on “Favorite Cookbooks of 2013: the writer’s edition

  1. Joan

    So many wonderful cookbooks and so little shelf space. But we could always find space for one more.

    1. Stacey

      I love learning about new ways to prepare food. These cookbooks sound fantastic. I spend my time reading cookbooks and food blogs and then cooking fresh food from the organic markets in California. I am always on the lookout for new cookbooks that make me think outside the box. These cookbooks seem to hit on all levels.

  2. --anu

    I too struggle with the paleo. I don’t like the cavemanness that goes with it. Yet for years we have been working towards eating less and less processed and more and more local and pure. I have been browsing paleo books from the library and if I skip the introductions/whys then the food seems pretty awesome. I would love to expand my horizons with your favorites. And the cupcake book? I think I will look it up in the bookstore, I still haven’t picked up a wall calendar so a visit is in order :)

  3. Ada

    I’d love either of the paleo cookbooks because like you, I’ve been moving more towards the “paleo” lifestyle without calling it that. In fact, I was elated to notice the recipes on your site shifting in that direction a while ago! Anyway, when I made the change at the beginning of last year, I didn’t seek out any new cookbooks because I didn’t feel I needed to learn any new skills or techniques (unlike learning gluten-free baking, for example), but since then, I’ve started looking at paleo cookbooks for inspiration because I know I won’t have to modify the recipes or skip any of the ingredients.

  4. Jenn

    Great list, Shauna — I would love to get Nom Nom Paleo for my mother — she recently had to become grain free and has been looking for recipe inspiration :)

  5. laura in sp

    Any book that you call “the best cookbook I’ve ever seen.” piques my interest. Plus my daughter often says nom nom. It is fate.

  6. Kristy

    I really want to fuckin win these awesome cookbooks! I too gave up sugar (1 year anniversary coming up) but not laughing or joy of food : )

  7. Kami

    Tough decision but Well Fed wins out. It calls to my practical side. Loved this series about your favorite cook books!

  8. Linda

    I’m not into Paleo but I love cookbooks and often sit down and read one like a novel. I’d love a cookbook. Trying to give up sugar.

  9. Brooke

    As both the paleo cookbooks are on my ‘buy when I actually have space for anymore cookbooks in my tiny, tiny London flat’, I’d love either of those two! :)

  10. cory

    I have Well Fed as an e book, and it has occurred to me several times as I’m trying not to get my laptop greasy that maybe a print version might be slightly more practical (I haven’t graduated to an ipad yet, I’m still nursing along my old macbook). I’d love to get a copy of Well Fed 2!

  11. Naomi

    Like you, I have an unfounded bias of the the word Paleo or any kind of diets in general, but with such an amazing review of the book/author I’m going to check it out. I also can’t deny my sweet massive sweet tooth (plus I’m pregnant so why should I) so I’ll most likely be checking out the decidedly adult desserts in Robicelli’s book.

  12. Kathryn

    I’ve just read Farmacology by Daphne Miller, MD and am now reading her earlier book, The Jungle Effect. Maybe paleo is somewhat like what she calls indigenous diets — without a lot of the current processed foods too many of us eat.

  13. Kelly Marino

    I have heard so many good things about Nom Nom Paleo that I am dying to get my hands on it! A whole cookbook devoted to real food that is also GF makes me very happy

  14. Laura

    Hi! I am vegetarian, but find I have been going to paleo blogs much more these days than veggie ones for new ideas and inspiration on how to prepare food. I agree, a PR rep is needed for them. Perhaps the term “real foodies” would not garner such strong judgements!

  15. Natalie Gibbs

    Loved this post. I would love to have Nom nom. As a mother to a picky toddler, I would love a resource to provide tasty unprocessed foods.

  16. Sarah

    Oh all the books sound fabulous — thanks for leading me to them. Any of your last three would be an awesome addition to our cookbook library.

  17. Jen

    These all sound wonderful! I’ve been eyeing both Well Fed and Nom Nom, and would love them both. The cupcake sounds like a great read — hilarious!! Thanks for the recommendations!!!!

  18. Marisa Miller

    Robicelli’s is in my Amazon cart. She’s so funny on Twitter that even though I don’t really dig cupcakes, I want to read it for the writing. Knocking that off the list would mean I could afford Growing a Feast.……

  19. Karen

    My Amazon wish list just got longer again, and now I have to move out some more cookbooks to make room. I will wait until after the drawing before I order, just in case. I so appreciate your books, and also these introductions to books I may never have given a second glance before.

  20. Denise M

    Oh my gosh, Nom Nom Paleo is on my next to buy list on Amazon. I love Well Fed 1 and 2, they are easy recipes and great ideas. I am not entirely Paleo yet but heading that way. Thanks for the other great recommendations

  21. Chelsea

    I’d love the Robicelli book in part because I do like a good cupcake, but because I love humor in food writing. It just fits! Food, and what we do with it, and the situations it appears in, are funny. It is refreshing to see cookbook headnotes taking form as anecdotes and conversations, as opposed to the straight-forward “this is what this dish is and what you should serve it with.“
    And I’d love the paleo books, too, because they would help me understand this lifestyle I don’t have a firm grip on.

  22. Sasha

    I’m on day 5 of my first whole30 and despite all my skepticism about the word paleo and adding more complications to cooking and my life, things are going well, in large part because of the websites for Nom Nom Paleo and the Clothes Make the Girl. I’ve held off on buying the cookbooks since I’m a student with no extra cash but I would LOVE to hold one of these in my hands for more inspiration through this experiment.

  23. Amy

    Well Fed 2 — we’re trying to eat better food and make healthier choices in our house. It sounds like this would be a great way to find new ways to do that.

  24. Brianne

    Oh food… It all sounds amazing. Especially the cupcakes. Being 8 months pregnant means I should really be limiting my carbs, but all I want are delicious baked goods. Though I might have to make some roasted asparagus soon too!

  25. Jan Rains

    I hate the word Paleo, too but LOVE the idea of recipes with all fresh ingredients that have not been “messed with” or added to! And my husband needs as many non-inflammatory meals as he can get.
    So these books with the word “Paleo in the the title appeal to me.
    And I still eat a modicum of sweet treats and I like cupcakes, but I like humor even more.

  26. Jessica

    I’ve just started going deliberately more Paleo and have greatly been wanting those first two, but trying to hold off budgetwise.

  27. Caitlin

    I’ve eaten mostly paleo lately because my body isn’t doing all that well with grains and dairy, so I would love the chance to get my hands on some good paleo cookbooks. All these books look great though! I think I’m going to have to buy one of the vegetarian cookbooks to cook for some friends.

  28. LaLaLand

    Am always looking for inspiration and healthier food. Would love to explore more of the paleo lifestyle.

  29. Alix in MV

    I’m most interested in the paleo books because I’ve been trying to find reasons to stuff more vegetables in my life, but having a hard time scrounging up the recipes on my own (even though I am not an inexperienced cook!)

  30. A

    Would love a copy of Well Fed as I work on eating fewer grains — already bought Nom Nom Paleo to help with the transition (and I feel so much better when I eat this way).

  31. MichelleC

    Cooking GF together has become what my husband and I have in common, our “date nights” so to speak which is good considering when we met he thought white corn was just un-ripe corn! We decided to make this past Christmas a low budget holiday.…and both laughed when we opened our gifts to each other– cookbooks!

  32. Michele Garcia

    I would love to get a copy of Nom Nom Paleo or Well Fed 2 since my husband and I will officially start whole30 autoimmune protocol tomorrow for a month, and because we will probably continue in the “paleo” direction in the future because we feel so much darn better doing so. We have seen quite a bit of improvement in chronic health issues in just the short time we’ve removed gluten, dairy, sugar and grains in the last couple of weeks, so that’s pretty amazing. Though not being able to bake quite as much kinda stinks, I know there’s a whole big wide world of food out there to be discovered, and getting healthier is worth it.

  33. Julia

    I am on board with the Paleo skepticism, but recently reviewed Well Fed (1) at a friend’s house and was pleasantly surprised! As long as spaghetti squash can remain squash and not “pasta” I’m thrilled to use it under sausage and tomato sauce. It’s when any specialty diets peddle food substitutes and the subs are lacking that I get turned off–egg + pumpkin does not equal pumpkin pancakes but flat pumpkin souffles! I was thrilled that Jowan called an egg an egg, so to speak.

  34. Judy Johnson

    We are learning so much about food and eating even more healthy thanks to blogs like yours — and the very immediate motivation from our beautiful, active, healthy, diabetic, celiac granddaughter. Here’s to real food!

  35. Paula

    I love to cook and feed people. Unfortunately more and more people have food sensitivities these days so I’m particularly interested in the paleo books for inspiration on how to include delicious food for everybody at the table. Thanks!

  36. Lori

    Considering that the only two cookbooks that I have on my shelf in my kitchen are yours, it would only make sense to add a cookbook recommended by you!

    Thank you for the recommendations, win or lose, I will be looking into picking up a few of these…

  37. Heather Brandt

    I’m especially interested in the paleo cookbooks because it is on that kind of gluten-free (grain-free) diet that my 6 year old son has experienced the most healing of his leaky gut (as result of his various food intolerances). So thankful there are awesome cookbooks out there like these to help this mama of 4!

  38. Jessica

    I am dabbling in paleo cooking. Which is to say…I’m following my own path, choosing what makes sense to me in the way I like to eat and makes me feel good. That it’s already gluten-free is a boon. So I’ve only recently discovered Nom Nom Paleo, and I just love her site. I can’t wait to check out her book. Or any of these, really. They all look wonderful.

  39. Miriam

    I love how you have post-it’s to keep the pages in your cookbooks! You’ve got a lot of my personal favorites listed here but a few that I haven’t heard of! Thanks so much for sharing I’m going to dig right in!

  40. Janelle

    I asked for Nom Nom Paleo for Christmas and can’t wait to cook out of it. I’d love Well-Fed — that’s definitely on my list to buy (if I don’t win it — haha). I kind of hate the term “paleo,” but I’m trying to eat “real food” as much as possible, and these books are full of great ideas!

  41. Helen

    I’ve been trying to eat more primally, as gluten-free still hasn’t solved all my issues, so I’d love to try Well-Fed 2 or Nom Nom Paleo! Thanks for the giveaway, and the reviews:)

  42. LeeAnn

    hi id love to have any recipe books that are Gluten Free i have RA and have been suffering w it for 3 years i have recently become Gluten free and am feeling very much alive again !!!! i do need some help with recipes and this would be a great honor to have a recipe book thank u for having a wonderful place to share xoxoxoxo wishing happiness for 2014

  43. Sirena

    I would love a copy of Nom Nom Paleo! Your review piqued my interest BIG TIME and I’d love to try my had at a few of these to cook for my family and our friends. We have a new baby boy at home and cooking in is our going out these days :-) Fingers crossed!

  44. janeray1940

    With you all the way on the disdain for the terms “nom nom” and “paleo” — I’ve been GF since 1999, sugar– and dairy-free since 2003, and I am so weary of people thinking that I’m a cavegirl because of the way I eat. I just eat real food (and not too much of it!). Heck, I don’t even like bacon; I think that automatically disqualifies me from the paleo club…

  45. Kario

    Wow! First of all, let me say I get you on the having your child home for two weeks and then loving having them back in their routine. There was a day over the break (my husband took both weeks off, too) when everyone in my house was within spitting distance of me, but they were all doing their own thing — playing solitaire, reading, drawing, listening to music — and I got all choked up because I was thinking, “this rocks! I’m gonna miss everyone when they all go back to their thing.” And now? I’m thrilled that it’s only the dog and I that inhabit the place together because he lets me write as much as I want without complaining of hunger or getting into a fight with anyone.

    Second, wow! I have a giant shelf of cookbooks I’ve collected over the years and my favorites are the ones that ought to belong on the shelves with the book-books. The ones that I can lie in bed and read and get to know the cook as well as the recipes. Yeah, those. And since you have so many veggie-centric ones on your list, allow me to share one of my favorite ‘finds’ of 2013 (even though it was published in 2012) — “The Fresh and Green Table” by Susie Middleton. It rocks. Thanks for the suggestions — I am always looking for new ideas and ways of doing things.

  46. blissing

    I love Well Fed Paleo. I tried to tell my friends that it was just a good cookbook, period, but they didn’t listen. I’d love her 2nd cookbook.

  47. Bonnie

    Cupcakes. How I love cupcakes. Sure, I’m cutting back on sugar and doing my best to eat my fruits and vegetables and be healthy, but not eat cupcakes???? I’d relish the cupcake book. Heck, I could find a way to use relish on a cupcake I probably would!

  48. laura

    It wasn’t intentional, but since giving up gluten (and milk, and corn, and egg whites…) I’ve really lost interest in most baked goods. Sure I still like the occasional piece of (millet) toast, or slice of (gf and df) pizza but breads and pastries just don’t have the same hold on me as they once did. While this has been somewhat liberating, it has also left me wondering what to eat now. These books like they would help answer that question!

  49. Abby

    I have been thinking of getting NomNomPaleo and Well Fed! I am also eating mostly Paleo these days — I just feel better without a lot of grains, sugar and processed food. Like you, I am not totally comfortable with the P-word, but have yet to come up with a more efficient way of describing how/what I eat.

  50. cat

    Due to individual digestive problems with every member of my family and trying to cook for everyone, with great frustration, I’m beginning a new journey. Paleo. I’m so hopeful that it will bring the joy of cooking back into my life, as well as helping my loved ones feel well again.

  51. Amelia

    Shauna, thank you for your thoughtful reviews and for doing this giveaway! Nom Nom Paleo is quite possibly the most adorable book I’ve seen all year.…with the added bonus that I’d actually be able to eat all the recipes =) Would love a copy :)

  52. Linda

    Would love one of the paleo cookbooks, probably leaning towards “Nom, Nom Paleo.”

    The book I sighed over, though was Melt. I love a good mac and cheese, and it was okay doing it with GF pasta. But now I am also dairy free, and I refuse to use soy-based fake cheese. (And cashew cream is expensive to make.) Wish someone could come up with a way to make cheese out of almond or coconut milk.

  53. Patty

    I have looked at both Nom Nom paleo and well fed on amazon longingly! Either would be great to add to my collection!

  54. Alli

    I trust anything you recommend as I know you have a discerning eye and pallet for flavors. I, too, have quit sugar and feel better eating real, homemade, delicious and clean food. I could use a little more inspiration and flavor though! These cookbooks you recommended sound absolutely fantastic!

  55. Lea

    Must admit feeling quite good eating in a paleoesqe way — released weight, good energy– but then I would have pangs of guilt over animal cruelty. I’ve made recipes from The Clothes Make The Girl (love the site name) and
    greatly enjoyed them. I’m ready to go back to what felt the best for my body…I think. Oh, mental tugofwar!

    1. shauna

      Lea, I understand that tug of war. I was a vegetarian for 12 years for those reasons, and others. We make a conscious effort to eat only meat from its source. We bought a pig this year, and 1/4 of a cow. We also buy from sources we trust. If I’m in a restaurant I don’t know, I order vegetarian for that reason! But I do think it’s good to listen to our bodies.

  56. Nicole

    I am interested in the cookbooks mainly because you make them sound so good. I have been looking into Paleo for a while now but haven’t taken the plunge. I am looking for some great recipes without processed sugar that look like they will still satisfy my sweet tooth. I think that either of the Paleo books could hit that and I am always looking for new ways to tempt my 4 year old. She is a great eater and I want to keep expanding her taste horizon.

  57. lmend

    i have all but sworn off cookbooks for the year, but guess what?! we are buying more bookcases! all three sound great, and have all been added to my amazon wish list accordingly (fingers crossed!)

  58. Tori

    I would love to have Well Fed 2 or Nom Nom Paleo — they are both on my wishlist right now. I too have an issue with the whole “Paleo” thing — not with the food itself, but I just don’t like the way it’s promoted and discussed by many people and in many publications. For Pete’s sake, a caveman couldn’t eat corn but they could go ahead and get some coconuts and make pancakes with them? !!! I have done one whole30 successfully and felt amazing when I was done. I will be starting another one on February 1, probably the autoimmune protocol to try and figure out what the heck I’m allergic to. Both of those books would help me make really yummy food during my whole30 and beyond.

    Would it give me an advantage if I tell you my 49th birthday is this Sunday? :-) Because it is. And a new cookbook would help me feel a lot better about being nearly 50.

  59. Wendy R.

    I would love to win so that I can expand the repetoire of meals that my entire family can eat. I have been gluten free for years, but recently discovered some extreme FODMAP sensitivities and am looking for new ways to nourish myself and those around me.

  60. Jennifer bravo

    I have been eyeing both of those books for a few months now but was unsure if they would be any good. Your review sold me on both! I’ve been looking for great cookbooks, featuring recipes with real food, to use when feeding my family. These look fabulous!

  61. Simone

    WOW that was my very first thought! Love your writing about these books. A couple are already on my wish list and some are new to me. But they all sound amazing!
    I would jump up and down and run across the street (I wanted to say without clothing haha but then I thought..well I better not do that) if I would win. All te best!

  62. Sara

    I’ve been leaning more and more toward grain free eating. I’d love to check these two cookbooks out for new ideas.

  63. June Nylin

    Great selection of books, love all these authors create unique recipes and flavors that stand out from the usual recipe sites/books!

  64. Felicia Saucier

    Hi Shauna,
    It’s a balmy 5 degrees here in NH tonight! Love your reviews! I would want Nom Nom Paleo , I’ve been following her blog for a very long time, such deliciousness coming from her kitchen! Thanks for offering such a timely collection of cookbooks :) I also elbow hubby when I am reading a great cookbook in bed and need to share why I am laughing — he doesn’t get it as much as Dannie does~ Have a blessed New Year!

  65. Karen

    Wonderful write up. I have been switching to eat more paleo. Those two cookbooks I do not have but would love them.

  66. Elizabeth

    I’ll take one of each, please. LOL! You have a way of making every book seem fascinating and every recipe worth trying. I can’t tell you how much your blog and your take on food mean to me. Thank you!

    PS. OK, if forced to choose, I’d take Nom Nom Paleo, simply b/c it appeals to the savory-lover in me.

  67. Margaret@KitchenFrau

    I’m a cookbookaholic, and would love any of these cookbooks to read, especially after your high endorsement of them. I’m getting very curious about the paleo diet, and think we might be heading closer in that direction in our family. Just love your whole cookbook series! Happy New Year!

  68. Robynn

    I love cookbooks both for the reading pleasure, and the joy of exploring new recipes! This is a fantastic list and I am excited to start reading & cooking!

  69. ariyele

    so much goodness here! and i have to agree, nomnompaleo is so amazing. it’s been keeping me up much later than it should as i read and look at all the adorable pics of michelle as a kid! and well fed 2 is on my list! wouldn’t mind winning it, but it’s already on my buy list! cheers shauna XO

  70. Mindy Rider

    I have some room on my shelf. Recently got rid of some not so good books to make room for some new inspiration.

  71. ariyele

    ps. it’s so true that brooklyn-ites could not survive without four letter words. i’ve got stories about this for days, and i’m fluent in that very special kind of french. makes me want to get the book just to read it, since i too don’t eat flour or sugar anymore, and haven’t for awhile. cheers!

  72. Petra

    Would LOVE the Nom Nom paleo book because I don’t have it yet, Well Fed 2 because it’s my current favorite and would love to gift it to a friend, and the cupcake book for a good laugh!

  73. AE

    Cookbooks are a revered luxury, my appetite for which is far more voracious than my wallet, so they are strictly holiday gift fare (and then I cook the hell out of whichever one I just got until the next giftable holiday rolls around). It’s SO long until Valentine’s Day! I would adore any of these precious gems, most especially Nom Nom Paleo. I have 3 y.o. twinjas who are budding foodies, and who already understand how special my ‘cooking books’ are. I think they’d love to flip through this one up on the counter with me.

  74. Michelle

    I have and love Well Fed 2 (and Well Fed 1) and Nom Nom Paleo, and I’d love to have another copy to lend or give to people who are skeptical that real food can be exciting and delicious.

  75. Susan Lynn Fabrizio

    Not only does the food sound wonderful, but the cover artwork is worth displayng in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing your insight on these tasty pieces of literature. As an aside I had a series of Gluten free girl books under my Christmas tree this past holiday. Such a happy cook…

  76. Marlene

    I would love either paleo book…I don’t need any encouragement towards eating sweets. I want to find healthy recipes even my son would like!

  77. Connie

    I thank YOU for inspiring my gluten-free journey. Clean eating and the paleo diet are encouraging my new lifestyle and you are my go-to source for beginner cheerleading. I’d love a cookbook to add to my small but meaningful library!

  78. Jenn Sutherland

    Oh Shauna, your cookbook recommendations might be my favorite posts of the year — you’ve filled my kitchen with so many good books — I bought Nom Nom over the holidays and love it. Ditto for Pok Pok, though I’m still working up the courage to cook from it. I’ve been minimizing grains for the last couple of weeks, too, and yes — my body does indeed feel better, so thank you! Well Fed 2 is next into the shopping cart!

  79. Erin

    These all sound great! I would love to read them, especially Nom Nom Paleo. I love their website and the recipes I’ve tried from it have been excellent.

  80. Trisha

    My husband and I belong to a CSA, which I love. However, my lack of creativity with the veggies is wearing on him. I am going to check out both those paleo books!!

  81. Stephanie Olson

    Because I love to laugh. I love cupcakes. I love to cook and I love winning free stuff! Also — side note — I love your writing. And sucking up.

  82. Claudia

    As an anthropology student last century, I decided then that agriculture was where the human race took a wrong turn. (It’s all about politics.) And even though I’m a blood type A, I feel so much better without all that brown rice and especially yeasted bread. But I still struggle with what to eat. Would LOVE more ideas. Thanks, and Happy New Year!

  83. Jennifer Gonzales

    I’m so happy I found your website! Today is my fourth day of eating gluten-free. Over the holiday, I read an article about gluten sensitivity and ticked nearly box next to the symptoms. I’ve thought that my health problems were caused by my auto-immune disease; however, I realized that I could be exacerbating my problems by eating gluten. So, I’m incredibly grateful for your blog and for your post about being new to eating gluten-free. Needless to say, I’m in dire need of new recipes– it seems I came to the right place!

  84. Angie W

    I’ve just started going Paleo as well and have been eyeing both of those Paleo cookbooks on Amazon. I need more food ideas!

  85. Kateydid

    I would love to give my sister the cupcake cookbook. She is the family Cupcake Queen. She makes wonderfully-decorated cupcakes for all the special occasions. I think the adults love them even more than the kids do! And she has a wicked sense of humor so I’m sure she would enjoy the stories!

  86. Kristin Crump

    Such a great assortment you compiled! Have to add these to my wish list! Hope you and your family have a wonderful 2014! Xo

  87. Jeanie Fowler

    I was told 3 years ago that I was “gluten sensitive.” I still struggle daily because I was 47 (oops not suppose to tell our age). I do love your writing and opinions and it has helped me a great deal. Thank you for the chance to win a cookbook that can help that along!

  88. Tami

    I just found out about 3 weeks ago I am gluten intolerant. I have feeble trying to read everything I can get my hands on about gluten free. Would love these books to start my new cookbook collection.

  89. Patti Patti

    I loved the first Well Fed book. I am so excited she came out with another one. I would love to take a peek at Well Fed 2.

  90. Laura B

    I love that you talk about reading cookbooks just for the joy of reading them! I have always loved cooking and baking and was worried that I would have to give up this hobby once I went gluten free. I thought it would be hard to find recipes that were good for me that would also be yummy for my friends and family. Thanks to your books and recommendations, I’ve had the joy of finding satisfying recipes for me and my loved ones! I’d buy any book you recommend!

  91. jess

    love your thoughts on these cookbooks! i’m with you on eating “real food” more than needing any of the titles. i broke up with sugar this fall, but would love to experiment with the paleo cookbooks. happy new year!

  92. Sheryl

    Great post and great mention of two wonderful paleo books. I eat paleo; it was a natural since I can’t eat gluten/dairy, but I agree I hate the term. But when people ask how I eat I do say paleo instead of “whole foods.” Whole foods can mean a lot of “healthy” whole grains, seed oils (which I now avoid), etc. but when you say paleo, it’s kinda clear by now that you avoid all grains, dairy, etc. I too wish there were another term for it. Once one starts researching “paleo/primal” eating, you find there is quite a range of what to eat. It’s a lot more flexible than it was years ago. I hope you start posting more paleo recipes, even though we hate the term. Since I love to bake, I’m in love with all the gluten free baked goods one can make without using gluten free grains and refined sugars. In fact, I bought the book Paleo Breads and am amazed at all the creations I can come up with.

  93. Stephanie

    I see Paleo the same as Melissa, it is about eating REAL food! And I am on a journey to doing that. We are currently sitting at about a 70% real food diet. I want it to be at 95%. And these cookbooks would likely help :)

  94. Shawna

    We a “foodies” through and through. My husband is a professionally trained chef and we sit down every week, browse through our cookbook collection. We pick 2–3 cookbooks each week and select recipes for the week. We have so much fun, but we could use some more cookbooks to keep it interesting, exciting, and help us try out some new things. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  95. Joanne

    Do Canadian addresses count? I’d love the first two books. I read cookbooks for inspiration, esp. for main course ideas.

  96. Dina McRae

    Learning to eat with grain sensitivities is challenging, great cookbooks are essential and your reviews have me intrigued.

  97. Gretchen

    Love your description of each one!! I found Nom Nom’s blog a few weeks ago and have been printing out recipes from there like mad.

  98. Terry Hartley

    I’d like either of the paleo (don’t much like the word either) books. I consider myself an emerging cook who is getting better and better and I’m enjoying making delicious meals for my family. We love to talk food all the time.

  99. kathy

    I just reserved all these from the local library. I always like to read them first to see if they are “buy worthy”.…anyways thanks for the heads up. I’ve actually only read 2 from your list. Before I buy them there must be at least three stick ums on them.
    you should really check out
    http://www.amazon.com/Toronto-Star-Cookbook-Delicious-Celebrating/dp/0449015696/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389538021&sr=8–1&keywords=toronto+star+cookbook
    and
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Looneyspoons-Collection-Good-Health/dp/1401941966/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389538072&sr=8–1&keywords=loonyspoons

    After reading them I had to buy copies for my kids for xmas.
    The Toronto Star Cookbook has so many stick ums on it …I don’t think I’ve ever had a book with so many “must try” stuck to it. And everything we’ve tried has been a hit…the latest fav is the quinoa sweet potato/yam salad thing. Absolutely the greatest thing for lunch for a gluten free diet the next day.

  100. Meeka

    I like the idea of paleo — lots of fresh veggies and healthy protein — but never had luck putting it into practice. Perhaps Nom Nom would change that?

  101. Kara H

    I’ve recently become intrigued by the paleo/primal way of eating. Since my boyfriend’s just jumped onboard, it would be amazing to have a dedicated paleo cookbook to explore!

  102. Bonnie M

    I was looking at a cupcake cookbook yesterday and would love to have this one, or any one of the three!

  103. Charr Douglas

    WOW so many great cookbooks, thanks for sharing.….well kinda.….(I can get carried away so easily)

  104. Mandy

    Paleo does need better marketing!!! When I was a kid, everyone wanted to be a vegetarian because you could justify all the French fries and Mountain Dew. Now, when I hear paleo or gluten-free and I cringe because often times its just not good food!! I hope I win, but if I do t I’ve added most of these cookbooks to my amazon wish list.

  105. carolyn W

    I borrowed the Longevity Kitchen from the library. Really enjoying reading and cooking from it.

  106. Breenah

    I don’t ever want to fully rely on internet recipes. There’s something special about having an actual book to look at and check with. I’d love to have any of these!

  107. Christine Marie

    I love to try new things and who can ever have enough cookbooks. I am excited about these cookbooks mentioned because the sound like real meals real people who aren’t professionally trained can cook.

  108. Stacie

    I’ve been a lurker here for years…found you via self diagnosing myself as gluten intolerant, then figured out that grains and sugar were also causing me issues…so I pretty much eat meat, veggies and fruit. Any of the cookbooks you have written about sound fabulous, although just to read about a family that is unapologetic for cursing sounds pretty refreshing!!

  109. islandami

    Oh no! I am a recovering cookbook collector, and you have just pushed me RIGHT off the wagon! Help! (and thanks.)

  110. Momo

    I’ve been exploring paleo eating, and I love the Nom Nom Paleo website! Heard good things about Well Fed as well.

  111. Stephanie

    Me! Me! Me! (Hand waving in the air, butt just slightly off the seat.)
    Love cookbooks, and these look amazing!

  112. Patti May

    I LOVE cookbooks. I had a crazy number of books where I would have 1 or 2 favorite receipes in them but I just couldn’t part with them. I have been known to slide down the cabinets to the kitchen floor and sit there for hours reading my cookbooks!

  113. Ang

    I have been contemplating trying a Whole30, and would love to have the Well Fed cookbook to help me get started! Thanks for all your great suggestions!

  114. ms. tea

    it has been years since I have brought a new cookbook home for the collection. working on incorporating more paleo-style cooking into my repertoire and would love a copy of Well Fed 2 or Nom Nom Paleo.

  115. Mel

    Thank you for sharing these– I can’t wait to check them out– or win one of them! You are also hilarious.

  116. amy

    I feel the same way about “paleo” that most people feel about “gluten-free.” Gross, no thanks. You can keep your silly fad diet to yourself.
    But then I actually EAT paleo stuff and suddenly…oh yeah, dates and vegetables and FAT! Yeah paleo! And since they’re recommended by you, I’m sure these paleo cookbooks are full of simple and delicious stuff that makes for a happy belly. (Also, the cupcakes and cussing cookbook? Yes, please. Sounds perfect to huddle under the covers with, snorting and chuckling at 1am.)

  117. Molly

    I just got your new cookbook over the holidays, that I’m still delighting over…but you can never have too many good cookbooks! I may have to pick up the Brooklyn cupcake one for a gluten-eating/baking friend of mind in Greenpoint. She’d love it. Drunken sailor cursing and all.

  118. Anna

    Oh, my, where do I begin? I would love both the Paleo cookbooks, as I am, like you, eating Real Food more often than not — and my mother is joining me on that bandwagon. And the cupcake book, well…I could use a hearty laugh, and I love when people are open and honest and keep it real. Also, there is 100% likelihood, I will try to merge these two currents in my life by making one of the cupcake recipes my version of “paleo.”

  119. Mama S

    I have yet to add a Paleo Cookbook to my shelf, but oh would I love to.
    Cookbooks have to be one of my passions, but it is so nice of you to take the risk out of purchasing (or being lucky enough to win) some of these fabulous sounding books!

  120. Steven Trevallee

    OK Shauna, if you say Nom Nom Paleo might be the best cookbook you’ve ever seen, then how could I ignore that comment and not take a chance on winning it?

    I have been eating a healthy diet since 1973 (yes, I’m not in my 20’s), worked in the natural foods industry for five years in the early to mid-80’s, and have been exposed to every fad diet plan known to man. (and I remain only the tiniest bit cynical!)

    But I’m still open to anything. If it’s healthy, and tastes good, that’s all that matters, for the most part. I can take what I like, and leave the rest.

    I love you and Danny and Lu, in that way that humans can love other humans that they have not met in person.

    1. shauna

      Well, we love you right back! Thanks for the sweet comment. (And I love your track record. I’d like to read what you say about food.)

  121. Holly

    I have had two of these on my Amazon wish list for months! I love Mel’s first cookbook — it is well stained, with several pages that just love to stick together. I am so grateful that you are writing more about grain and sugar free cooking options. I have been on this journey for a few years now, and learning more all the time. Its so wonderful to have great and creative resources (you!) offer new ways of looking at how we nourish our bodies and souls. It makes all the difference.

  122. Vanessa B

    I would love to get these because I am newly married to a small Texas town farm boy who considers Potatoes a veggie…the only vegetable really! I am trying to introduce new “veggies” to his diet…I want to keep him around for a long long time!

  123. Sandy

    What a great post Shauna! Thank you bunches for these cookbook recommendations!! The cupcake book sounds hilarious :-o, And my 2 year old daughter loves a healthy cupcake here and there. That being said, I certainly feel way better when I stick to a paleo way of eating! My dh actually spearheaded (ha!) the paleo plan when he surprised me with this great cookbook you may have heard of: Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen by Julie and Charles Mayfield. This is a good book for those just entering the paleo world as the information is easy to digest, the recipes are yummy and easy to prepare, and the illustrations make you want to cook the dishes!! Seriously!!! These other cookbooks sound fun and would make great companions to the one I have! I am starting a new amazon wish list :-)

    1. shauna

      I love the Paleo Comfort Foods book too! I had the chance to meet Julie last weekend in San Francisco and she’s wonderful.

  124. Abbey

    I am relatively new reader to your blog and love your writing! Thanks for all your thoughts about food and relationships and reading! You really turned me around on Paleo just in this post (so much so that this is my first comment on a blog). Now my husband and I want to try a month in 2014 going Paleo and see where it leads us. Thanks for the inspiration!

  125. carlos

    to read food blog is human….
    to cook food is divine….
    please send a hungry starving dreamer paleo recipes to feed my creative mind and body ;)

  126. Paula

    What a great assortment of cookbooks. All three books in the giveaway sound wonderful. I do not consider myself a paleo cook or eater at all, but you totally sold me with the line in your review of Nom Nom: “This is a cookbook for moms and dads who want to feed their kids well without ever dumbing down that food.” Both of the paleo cookbooks sound like they embrace this philosophy — bravo! This also is very much my way of thinking in the kitchen today as I cook for my eight year old daughter, who loves to help cook and eat different foods. I have leafed through Robicelli at the library and am in love with this book. Her voice is so refreshingly original and I can’t wait to make her French buttercream frosting. Thanks for the cookbook suggestions — and the opportunity to win one of these amazing sounding books!

  127. Amy L

    I am practically vegan, my husband is wheat intolerant, and we both love good food! I think we could find some delicious compromises in these books. :)

  128. Le

    I still write checks and I have looked at both of those paleo books without pulling the trigger. I’m putting them on my wish list for next year if I don’t win. (Except for the cupcakes-I am also GF…but I have to admit I’d read the book and love it after your review.)

    Please make this cook book series an annual event, maybe with with a bonus favorite kitchen appliance or utensil. These have been great suggestions and the way that you write about the books is so helpful.

  129. Angel

    Because I’d like to expand my swearing repertoire AND I have a gluten, dye, preservative-intolerant 10-year-old daughter who could use a little more variety. Okay, a LOT more variety. ;)

  130. Julie

    I had the exact same reaction about all the paleo books and blogs. But really, I am intrigued and already do eat real food pretty much exclusively– (except for occasional Trader Joe’s dark-chocolate-covered-marshmallow). So I am very interested in pursuing the paleo movement in more detail and without bias. Thanks for the opportunity!

  131. dara

    Shauna, we can always count on you to lead us in the right direction! Thank you trot his wonderful compilation. I will be ordering and taking these books out of the library just as soon as I can!

  132. Susan

    I’d already had the Nom Nom Paleo (like you, I do not like “nom nom”) book on my Amazon wish list. I almost bought it the other day, but bypassed it due to spending money on more pressing things. I’ve been to the authors’ website and was intrigued by them and their cookbook. I also eat a paleo-type diet, but will not label myself to others as such. Thanks for the opportunity!

  133. SK

    LOL at the ‘Kardashian’ comment — I am most definitely offended by that term. This book sounds absolutely hilarious, taking a note of it for my next visit to the bookstore
    thanks for this post!