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Two brilliant Paleo Cookbooks – a book review

Over the last month I have been having a lovely time trying out some delicious new Paleo recipes on my husband and friends.   Here is my review of a couple of brilliant cookery books that I have found. (Please be aware that many Paleo recipes substitute almond flour for wheat flour. The recipes are so delicious that I have found clients and friends can end up eating far too many almonds.  This may lead to an almond intolerance as well as other health problems. Almonds should make up less than 20% the daily food intake. In other words, food containing almond flour should only really be eaten once a day.)

Against all Grain by Danielle Walker

against all grainI was initially struck by the wonderful photography in this book. The recipe is on the left-hand page and the picture of the dish is on the right-hand page.  The pictures were enough to make my mouth immediately water! The book has a huge variety of recipes.  It has some wonderful idea’s for breakfast, and some great bread, cake and biscuit recipes. It prevents one feeling ‘stuck’ with what to eat, particularly at breakfast and for snacks, or feeling deprived on the Paleo Diet. I would go as far as saying this is one of the best cookery books I have ever owned. This is quite a statement as I have been a chef for over 15 years!

My favour recipes to date are the ‘world-famous sandwich bread’, the zucchini bread (which I also substituted with carrots!) and almond crisps. There are many recipes I am yet to try but look forward to working my way through them in time!

The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam

the gluten-free almond four cookbookThis is another wonderful cook book but without the pictures! I particularly loved the ‘Herb Tart Crust’. It is a very simple alternative to a traditional quiche pastry base and only took 10 minutes to make. It is deliciously crumbly without falling apart. I used it to make a delicious asparagus and salmon tart. I actually added some homemade almond milk to the egg mixture to make the tart lighter. My husband loved it and it reminded him of his childhood in South Africa when his mother used to give the family an asparagus and cheese tart at Sunday teatime. I know the comfort of childhood! We ate ours as part of an outdoor picnic while watching this year’s Wimbledon final – a perfect finale to our wedding anniversary this year!

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