Having no television, I really don't know much about the who's who world of chefs. The name Pete Evans meant nothing to me, but the idea of quick Paleo meals was very appealing! I happily volunteered to review this one.
We don't have any food allergies, just some mild sensitivities that do better with a primal approach to eating. After a vacation of eating whatever we wanted, we were all needing a fresh start and a good eating plan. This was perfect timing for my family.
The book contains over 100 recipes, including paleo recipes for breakfast, dessert, and beverages as well as great main dishes. While some of the ingredients required more than the basics, the instructions were easy to follow and not too complicated.
Some of the ingredients were a bit intimidating. Our tiny town doesn't carry much in the exciting foods department. Figs, saffron, fennel bulbs, licorice root...these are not options for us. When I read "kaffir lime leaves", I laughed out loud. Pancetta? Frisee? No. But the book comes with great instruction and direction. We were able to substitute ingredients and still enjoy fabulous meals.
The cookbook also inspires attractive presentation. Having a family often means just being happy we get to sit down and eat together, not even caring overly much what's on our plates, let alone how it looks. But it is a nice touch to consider color and texture and work towards making it look as appetizing as it tastes.
Desserts include Churros, Key Lime Tart, Chocolate Beet Mudcakes and more. Main dishes include fish and chips, Jerk chicken, Seared Beef Liver, and much more. There are sides and snacks and beautiful, inspiring recipes in here.
The Paleo Chef can be purchased for $24.99. You can read more info and the author's bio for even more information.