Cookbook Review: Everyday Paleo

I submit to you that it doesn’t even take going Paleo or Primal “everyday” to not get a wealth of good out of this book, Everyday Paleo. I have included it in my series of cookbook reviews…because it’s a cookbook.

…But it’s more than that and I think, fills a very nice niche. In my last review, I remarked how that book seemed to me to represent the potential for a great first book — rather than the many books available that give you the ins, outs, whys and what fors for going Paleo/Primal as a lifestyle, from a more evolutionary or scientific basis. Im just saying this might be a good alternative for some: let the food be your guide from everyday one.

While Sarah Fragoso’s book is much cookbook, with dozens and dozens of recipes, it’s much more and I can’t help thinking that this might be the ideal first book for a women with kids to take care of. It gets practical — everyday — right away.

After a few introductory sections on where Sarah is now and how she got here and why, it dives right in to a complete list of what you should have in your pantry and your fridge. A little bit about tools of the mom trade and we’re off into the recipes, all in full color. I really have to congratulate the folks at Victory Belt Publishing, because the whole layout of this book is just fun and colorful. And you know what? I would not be surprised if your kids might just like turning the pages themselves. It’s really a fun page turner.

In terms of the recipes, this just shows once again that the folks who lament avoiding grains, sugar, processed “foods” and other untouchables — because it would “be so boring” — are just full of it. There are now around a half dozen full color paleo cookbooks on the market with dozens and dozens of recipes each, and they are as varied as are their authors. There is no limit. The surface has only been scratched.

…And how many of you like eggs? Perhaps for a first, Sarah has an entire section on egg based-recipes. Sunny Deviled Eggs? I’m trying that soon. And in the main dish section, I must try the lasagna that uses zucchini in place of pasta. I’ve used eggplant a-la moussaka-esque lasagna, but it looks like the prep time & effort is a lot better here. There are just so many (how many kinds of meatballs do you like?), and there is a distinct “your kids will like this” tone and theme. I suspect Sarah tried most or all of these dishes on her kids, so that leaves open the door for a criticism: was this book co-authored by your kids, Sarah? Fess up.

And OK, is this crazy or what: a whole workout section in a cookbook? It’s perfectly logical to me, and best of all, Sarah provides tons and tons of photos in sequence, showing exactly how each exercise is done; and not just for you. There’s also a section on how to exercise your kids, and even how your and your significant other can work out together.

So really, it truly is the sort of book that could serve as anyone’s entry into this whole crazy life. But I think that if you’re still in the rat race, have kids that might be resistant to the changes, or a spouse, then this may just be that one book that helps you unlike any other.

It worked for Sarah. Wanna see?

Sarah Fragoso
Sarah Fragoso

Uh, think her family oriented cookbook and workout guide might be worth having in your collection? I do.

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  1. Diane @ Balanced Bites on September 29, 2011 at 16:05

    I love referring people to Sarah’s book, podcast and website ALL THE TIME when they ask about family or kid-oriented stuff since I don’t have my own experiences to share on it. Her approach is very practical and non-elitist and I really love that about her. She’s not out to make anyone feel badly for not being perfect Paleo all the time, but she also cuts through the excuses people make about why they “can’t” do things.

    Nice review.

    I just reviewed “Wheat Belly” on my blog today if anyone would like to check that out >

    Diane :)

  2. Laurie D. on September 29, 2011 at 17:07

    The lasagna is better than any lasagna I’ve ever had. I do add just a bit of cheese to mine because dairy and I get along, but even without it, this dish is amazing.

  3. Jill on September 29, 2011 at 16:10

    Her book is on my to get list… I have so many, probably go bankrupt getting all the books I want.

  4. Tim Huntley on September 29, 2011 at 16:12

    This cookbook has a number of recipes that please our entire family of picky eaters. #1 on our list is the Sirloin Dijon. It is incredibly simple, quick, and delicious.


  5. Diane on September 29, 2011 at 16:19

    My 6 year old LOVES Everyday Paleo – does the exercises on her own, specifically asks to make recipes from it.

  6. Dana on September 29, 2011 at 16:41

    I had a notion it was probably kid-friendly but on the basis of this review, I want it even more now. It’s got to beat the hell out of the Sneaky Chef books. (I don’t use those, but thought they’d make an interesting template for healthier recipes, and my library carries them.)

  7. Bay Area Sparky on September 29, 2011 at 16:49

    I thought the same thing, Richard… that the lasagna recipe sound like it might be similar to the Greek dish, Moussaka… one of those traditional dishes that lends itself to the paleo diet and is quite delicious.

    Haven’t seen Sarah’s book but will be on the lookout. Incidentally, moussaka is often made with eggplant as you mentioned but I knew a Greek family which also used cauliflower as well.

  8. Mary on September 29, 2011 at 17:43

    I just bought it based on your post: thanks :)

  9. Erin on September 30, 2011 at 09:22

    Love Sarah’s book, and I am NOT a cookbook person. Sometimes I use her recipes as ideas, sometimes word for word. She has good recipes for basic sauces and dips that can be carried over to a number of dishes, and her mayo recipe is always no fail. No kids here, but I have used this book to get the picky husband to expand some of his veggie consumption.

  10. Sharyn on September 29, 2011 at 21:33

    Hi Richard – great review, thanks. I have also just ordered it based on your review. We have part-custody of three little girls addicted to cake and icecream…

  11. jimbeaux on September 30, 2011 at 07:26

    My wife and I (and two kids) went through Sarah’s recipes using her shopping list every 5 days. What a fantastic surprise! My wife finally got on board the Paleo train after a year as a Pesciterian (sp? who cares). She is tiny to begin with but has lost 12 p0unds in 5 weeks and I have never seen her eat so much food. We are eating so much coconut oil, protein, and TONS OF VEGGIES – we feel awesome! I have lost several pant sizes and my deads, cleans and presses have gone up. We used the rules in the WHOLE 30 – no artificial sweeteners or dairy of any kind coupled with the Everyday Paleo Cookbook.
    Print out the Whole 30 rules and slap it on your fridge – buy Everyday Paleo and go through the menus. It will change you~!

  12. Candice on September 30, 2011 at 10:23

    I love this book and am happy to see you review it. It is the best overview and quick start guide to going Paleo I have seen – particularly for families. I really loved Robb’s book too but Everyday Paleo is a bit more accessible and easy to share. I’ve hooked friends just by leaving it out when they visit, they flip through while we’re chatting and then ask to borrow it before they leave. In fact this has happened with the Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook too. So much great content being produced now – too much, too little time.

  13. Sarah on February 6, 2012 at 20:47

    Somehow I totally missed that you posted this review WAY back in September! I was in Guam when this posted and was out of the loop on everything. Thank you so much for such a great review of Everyday Paleo. : )

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