The Paleo Approach Cookbook: A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul (Anglais) Broché – 26 août 2014
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An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from some form of autoimmune disease. If you're among them, you may know all too well how little modern medicine can do to alleviate your condition. But that's no reason to give up hope. In this companion cookbook to the groundbreaking book The Paleo Approach, Sarah D. Ballantyne, Ph.D., shows you just how easy and delicious regaining your health can be.
The Paleo Approach Cookbook walks you through which foods you should eat to calm your immune system, reduce inflammation, and help your body heal itself. There's no need to worry that "going Paleo" will break the bank or require too much time in the kitchen preparing special foods. In The Paleo Approach Cookbook, Dr. Ballantyne provides expert tips on how to make the switch easily and economically. She explains how to stay within your food budget, how to make the best use of your time in the kitchen, and where to shop for what you need. Complete food lists, shopping guides, and meal plans take the guesswork out of eating to maximize healing.
Don’t know how to cook? Dr. Ballantyne walks you through essential kitchen techniques, from chopping vegetables to using a pressure cooker safely. Armed with more than 150 delicious recipes, from breakfast staples to decadent desserts, you can reverse your disease and love every bite!
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Over time, she healed herself of a long laundry list of physical complaints including irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, and the autoimmune disorder, Lichen Planus, an inflammatory skin condition. Inspired by her success, Dr. Ballantyne created the popular health blog www.ThePaleoMom.com and became co-host of a top-rated podcast, The Paleo View. Her passion for providing straightforward explanations of the science behind her diet and lifestyle recommendations for managing autoimmune disease, plus her love of food and cooking as well as her conviction that healing your body does not have to come at the expense of enjoying food, form the foundations of The Paleo Approach and The Paleo Approach Cookbook.
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First the good:
The tips of how to store fresh herbs and vegetables were extremely helpful for me. I've always had a problem with things going bad quickly and Sarah's tips have lengthened "shelf" life considerably.
I've made seven recipes so far. All have been extremely delicious even though I don't consider myself a skillful cook. I feel like I'm eating in a high end restaurant at my own dining room table.
I like that she has included sample menus with shopping lists for numerous weeks.
The photos are gorgeous.
Now the bad:
I don't remember if I read this in the cookbook or in Sarah's first book, but she states that people in general need to re-prioritize how much money they spend on food. Back in the day, people spent about 24% of their income on food and that has dropped significantly over time. Before trying this cookbook, I already spent 27% of my income on food so I think my priorities are in the right place. However, two weeks with this cookbook and I've already spent my entire food budget for the month. And most of that was focusing on supper. This cookbook reminded me why I moved away from meat in my diet. It is just too expensive, especially when the only safe meat to eat is wild or grass fed / range free.
The recipes are very time consuming. Even the ones that appear short usually include something that needed to be prepared ahead of time. Since starting this cookbook, I get home from work every night and basically work on the meal from about 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. between preparing the meal, eating the meal and then cleaning up after it. And this is just for ONE meal!
I'm no novice to eating and preparing whole food recipes, but I was overwhelmed by the complexity of these meals between prep and ingredients. Fortunately, I live in an area with Wegmans grocery stores so everything I needed for the seven recipes I made could be found with ease. The only substitution I made was trading out ground pork for ground turkey for one meal - which happened to be a suggestion for alternative twists on the recipe anyway.
The other big drawback to this cookbook is the amount of special equipment you need to have on hand. I spent much of the past year simplifying my life which included getting rid of some of the equipment this cookbook now calls for. But it also calls for much more than I've ever owned.
Over all I think Sarah forgot who her target audience is - people who feel ill and run down from their autoimmune disease/s. This cookbook is great for people who have plenty of energy and time (and probably consider themselves foodies).
I'm not exactly sure where I'll go with my newly found information from here. I now realize that using meat substitutes like legumes/beans, nuts and seeds are part of why I feel ill after eating. However, unless I become a single person household on just my income, there is just no way to afford this style of eating on what I make.
I returned this book for a refund. I enjoy reading Ballantyne's blog The Paleo Mom and find some of her recipes useful, but this book is difficult end to end, from the eye-sore puzzle-pieces littering the pages, the difficult to follow layout, and the special processes and ingredients required to make many of the recipes.
The puzzle pieces seem like they would be a nice way to render the "puzzle" of autoimmune disease in a visual way, but it clutters the layout. Sarah presents so much information in this book that a cleaner layout would make it easier to follow. Color and graphics don't always make your message easier to comprehend.
Many of the recipes are review for people who are accustomed to eating Paleo or for an allergic condition or autoimmune disease: bone broth, coconut yogurt, pate, roasted marrow bones/meats/veggies, etc. If you already know cooking basics and prepare these foods, there is nothing new here to help you. Many of the recipes are for foods people will not eat: fried fish heads, stuffed hearts, pigs feet. I understand that offal and nose-to-tail eating help expand our view of what "food" is, but if you're squeamish about it, you're squeamish, and even a great recipe won't get you to try it. For example, I know that insects make up parts of the diets of many people around the world, but not so much in North America. When I came across a pancake recipe containing cricket flour...that was the deciding moment for me, the book was going back. It's too exotic for my tastes.
I am a seasoned cook, and I do eat offal, but for every recipe I found kind of easy or a re-hash of something I already know how to do, I found one that was too exotic in terms of ingredients to even begin.
The quantity and quality of the research Ballantyne put into her books is obvious, and I cannot fault her for it, but these recipes are not for every-day foods that would appeal to every-day people (and their kids).
Far better AIP cookbook is Mickey Trescott's The Paleo Autoimmune Cookbook - clean layout, easy to follow information and recipes, easily sourced ingredients. Perfect for those with autoimmune disease or food allergies
Look. I appreciate the work that went into it and I've been following the autoimmune paleo approach for some time. I'm glad people like Sarah Ballentyne are out there doing this work for those of us who basically can't eat.... well, anything because of food allergies and autoimmune issues. Thank you for that. There is a lot of good information about food in the beginning pages of the book. But I do wish that Sarah Ballantyne would find a really good food photographer to capture her creations - visually the book just isn't that great. And isn't that what's exciting about cookbooks? Photos that make us feel like we HAVE to make the thing we're looking at because it looks THAT good. Not the case with this book and in some cases the photos are a little frightening ( check out the gingerbread ice cream spooned into pumpkins on pg. 343. Some better lighting, some better staging and that could have looked edible).
As for the recipes themselves, I really appreciate the innovativeness - I mean, where else will you find a recipe that calls for cricket flour? But the USEFUL-ness of some of some of these recipes is debatable. I went through the whole book - twice - and then realized there wasn't a single recipe I was psyched to try. I guess the bottom line is that I feel that cookbooks, especially those aimed at a deprived audience such as ours, should inspire and excite you. All this cookbook did was make me feel sorry for myself because, well, I don't really want to eat cricket flour.
So, back to the book! Should you buy it? YES! Should you buy it because you have an autoimmune disease? YES! It's not even a question you should be asking yourself unless you have no desire at all to feel well again, and heal your body. Should you buy this book if you don't have an autoimmune disease? YES! The recipes are delicious and you'll love them, and as a nice little bonus you'll feel great. Also, there's definitely someone in your life with an autoimmune disease you can cook for, and introduce this book and it's predecessor to, and help them heal.
What's so great? Here's my take:
RECIPES: Well duh. That's why we all buy a cookbook, the recipes. I've made many of them and none have disappointed at all. In fact the were outstanding! My husband, who is as meat and potatoes and has no desire to try anything new as they come, also loved them! That's no small miracle. For those people fussing over the inclusion of recipes that have organ meat I ask you if you've actually tried just one recipe? How can you judge without actually trying them? If you are too squeamish to try, and I do get that, the percentage of recipes that have organ meat is so small, it would be silly to qualify that as a reason to not buy the book for the incredible amount of other recipes AND the huge volume of other information it includes.
THE BASICS: The Paleo Approach is the book you really want to get if you fully want to understand the why's of foods and their correlation to autoimmune disease and healing. The cookbook does indeed include the basics of eating paleo, and if that's all you really want or can store in your brain, then you get that in the cookbook too. It's laid out beautifully with charts, pictures and easy checklists. It's very, very handy! I've come across foods that I'd like to try but are less common and have wondered if they are ok for me, and the charts have included such a huge variety of what's out there to try. So for those people who think the autoimmune protocol is very limiting, check out the very long lists of what we CAN eat! There's also a nice simple page of what to avoid. Great information on food quality and variety and why it matters, how to source foods and what to do if you can't find them, how to eat on a budget, and even a list in order or priority for what meats and produce are good/better/best. I found that really handy!
FODMAP: What? Now I'm exceptionally happy about this part because in addition to the autoimmune protocol, I've discovered I also feel much better following a low-fodmap diet. Don't know what that is? Get the book. :) This is something that I would have dreamed about having included in this cookbook, but didn't know it would be! I thought that would be too much to hope for. This makes my life SO MUCH easier! There's a great list, and every single recipe has a FODMAP warning included!! There are substitutions if possible or just a straight up "don't eat this". Excellent. I love this!!
PANTRY/KITCHEN TIPS: There is an excellent chapter on what to include in your pantry. For so many people starting out on this journey, they look in their pantry and all they see is everything they can no longer include, which leaves the pantry empty. Having this included in the book is awesome! Fill your pantry up and get cooking! You won't have that "ugh I don't have that" moment when you want to start cooking. She even included how to store foods, a glossary of cooking terms (mind blown) which is so great for beginners in the kitchen. Again, she thought of everyone and everything! The cooking tools is also great. You can literally be the most beginner cook/chef and have everything you need to learn to get started. I think it would also save time and money for those that have a tendency to randomly buy utensils and find later you actually didn't need that really pretty doodad.
TIME MANAGEMENT: Many people have criticized the time it takes to cook these recipes, or cooking in general. The beauty is that if you learn how to plan well, it really doesn't take long. Sarah also included these tips! Batch cooking is everything! Stock your pantry, get the tools, plan, batch cook, use leftover, learn to store and DONE! It's really there from A-Z. Take the time to read the beginning chapters as it's worth the read to really get the most from the book.
GUIDES: I love that Sarah includes useful guides for cooking temps. Now when I say guides, in true Sarah fashion, she's gone above and beyond. There isn't just standard beef, chicken, pork etc. Nope. She included all the cuts of meat, the size of the portion, cooking method, time and temperature. A whole page on grilling! She also included measurement conversions which is really handy! No more Googling needed. I really love the list of cooking fats and oil and the smoke point. Again, this is something I used to need to google.
SUBSTITUTIONS: So many people say things like "what do you eat instead of bread" or perhaps insert snacks, sandwich wraps, grains, spices etc. Yup, she did that too.
MEAL PLANS: Hello?!!! These are amazing! So great!! The hard work of planning is just DONE! And again, in true Sarah fashion, she included meal plans for low FODMAP folks, like me. I think she actually wrote this book for me. I was NOT expecting this chapter, but oh so sweet! And there are also tear out guides for you!
RECIPES: Ya ok, you thought I'd already done this highlight, and I did, but I just want to point out it's at this point in the book the recipes start. By this time you've been given a TON of information that is not given in most cookbooks. It's really mind blowing. Buy the book already.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: So ya, some books are going to include calories, and the basic fat, protein, carbs and sugar. Maybe sodium. If you haven't figured it out yet, Sarah does it all, everything you could possibly hope for and more. Her attention to detail blows my mind. The nutiritonal information given for the recipes is not just the basics but every single dang vitamin, mineral, amino acid you could possibly think of. I just got some blood tests that said I'm low in sodium, iodine, and potassium. Hmmm, I ask myself. What do I need to include in my diet now to resolve this? Not only can I look at each recipe and see what the profile of it is, she ALSO has a reference in the back! Again, mind blown. I don't need to go through each recipe to see what has the higher amounts I need, she has the list of recipes included. So handy. Really Sarah? How do you think of this?!
MINI's: So many of the recipes include variations that are actually like another recipe! The volume of recipes blows my mind. This includes spice blends!
READING LABELS: I thought I could read labels like a rock star already. Apparently not. She has an incredible resource to spot gluten, corn, soy, dairy and sugar. Some of this you may know already, like I thought I did. What I didn't know is possible sources of contamination, cross reactors, foods derived from corn (huge huge list I had no idea). And again, tear out guides?!!
YES/NO/MAY: Aside from the recipes this could be my favourite section. You want to know if a food is safe for you? Huge alphabetical list. Find it, and your good to go. Easy peasy. You think you already know them all? You're wrong. Huge, HUGE list. Get the book.
INDEX: Seems basic. Nope. If you haven't figured it out by now, Sarah goes above and beyond in everything! The index starts with little squares of gorgeous photos of the recipes! It's quite a pretty sight to behold! And THEN is the usual text index, which still isn't basic. I wouldn't think to look in the recipe index for "wok" cause that's not a recipe, but there it is anyway!
SHOPPING LIST: Ya that's done for you too. The meal plans come with the shopping lists AND they have tear out guides. Of course.
DOWNLOADS: If you go to Sarah's website she has now made downloads, for free, that have increased the value even more. So may pages you'll think that you wish you could take with you when your shopping, and then she does a tear out guide. Maybe you think they are too pretty to scrunch up and put in the bottom of your purse (they are actually very pretty). Well, boom, download and print. Print as many as you need. The BEST download of all, and it's brilliant really, it the easy "quick and easy meals" download. Maybe you don't have time to go through and figure out which recipes you can make in less than 30 minutes. Now you have a list. Seriously? Do the bonuses ever stop?
This was a long review. I'll keep my summary short. Get the book. Get more for your friends who want yummy food, get more for your friends with autoimmune, and get a few more if you have autoimmune and want your friends and family to be able to cook for you!