How About We Just “Make It Paleo”?

Make It Paleo  Final Cover WEBFor my next “give back” segment, let me start off with a criticism. Don’t you just loath those two sweethearts, staring into each other’s eyes, as though you and I don’t matter? The youth of it? And just damn them for finding out about healthful living when they get to enjoy it to its fullest now (and I’m sure, you can only imagine…). Bill Staley and Hayley Mason—and I’m sure I’m not the first to notice that Staley rhymes with Hayley…

See, it’s a contrived scam. They’re just too perfect on that cover.

It just has to come from the mass producers of grains and drugs to deal with downward side effects, with their multi-million budgets. No way a couple young folks—who look like young folks ought to look—pulled this off. They must be being kept in some mad scientist lab, rolled out when conditions warrant to sell you shit.

No way I’m falling for it. So I’m just going to dig right into this cookbook to set you straight.


OK. Ok. I’ve gone through it page by page a few times and find two things:

  1. I’ve essentially cooked a number of these recipes in similar forms a number of times.
  2. That’s what’s great about it.

See, the first thing I did before writing this was to go to Amazon and check out the reviews. I didn’t look at the roughly 130+ 5 star reviews, but the single two 2-star reviews. One complained that she didn’t have a grill, so she’s dismissed. The other complained that most of the recipes were just….paleo.

No way! You mean that Staley-Haley are like, honest & shit? Like, they want you to really be able to really cook the foods in the 500 pages of this book and not just set it on your coffee table to be admired by guests as you serve them risotto en entree, some pasta dish as a main, and a heavy chocolate dessert to finish off?

See, told you it was a scam.

They seem to want this to actually be a functional book you can use every day to follow a recipe or get ideas to fire up your own creativity. How silly. Cookbooks are supposed to get you to pine for those dishes you can’t possibly take the time & effort to cook—only making you hungry for more cookbooks, so you can wax vicarious, and the cycle continues.

Just goes to show you how shortsighted Staley-Hayley is. What a laugh. They put a cookbook together you can actually use every day, especially if you’re just new to this whole silly paleo thing.

So, yea, you can buy it here if you must: Make it Paleo. Don’t say I don’t warn you. These are actually everyday cookable recipes and that simply is not how to write a good cookbook.


  1. Suz @ Paleo Australia on February 8, 2012 at 16:23

    Of my ever expanding colelction of Paleo recipe books, I think this is my favourite. Everytime I look through there is something I want to make.
    I met Bill & Hayley at the AHS – and they were exactly as lovely as they look on the cover – they were even on the same side of each other!

  2. Sophia on February 8, 2012 at 15:21

    Huge support for my same-age youth who caught on to Paleo early and made it easy for the rest of us to eat well! Your support, Richard, is huge for these guys!

  3. Patty on February 8, 2012 at 15:42

    You make me loathe every book review that I have ever written.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 8, 2012 at 16:24

      You haven’t seen nothin’ yet. Wait until I get to Melicious.

      • Patty on February 8, 2012 at 16:40

        Mel give you lots to work with, that’s for sure! Looking forward to it as always. But I think I’ll go warn her now. :-)

      • Richard Nikoley on February 8, 2012 at 17:20

        Probably not necessary. I met her in person and was able–just barely– to keep things real.

  4. Heather on February 8, 2012 at 16:41

    I bought that cookbook and shared it with people at my gym. One lady said it saved her – otherwise she wouldn’t have kept eating paleo. The gym owners showed it off so much 6-7 confirmed they ordered it. Even those who have eaten paleo for years.

  5. Richard Jones on February 9, 2012 at 06:19

    A book review to be remembered. Good stuff.

  6. Mick Hamblen on February 9, 2012 at 07:27

    They look like they are about to rip off each others clothes and go at it don’t they?

    • MountainDew on February 9, 2012 at 16:11

      Book serves as both cookbook and sexual aide…

  7. Gina on February 9, 2012 at 16:04

    Why does the cover photo make me retch?

  8. Richard Nikoley on February 9, 2012 at 16:19

    “Why does the cover photo make me retch?”

    I don’t know. Are you asking me a question?

    • Gina on February 10, 2012 at 11:16

      Trying to figure out why it puts me off – it’s staged in an old-school marketing kind of way, the colors, the background, the clothes, etc. Gives me a negative vibe. I’m glad you reviewed it. If I ran across it at Amazon with that cover I would never look at it.

      • Richard Nikoley on February 10, 2012 at 11:20


        Yea, you know, I guess it’s an individual thing. My initial reaction would be one of cute, honest. Like they really love this stuff.

        Fortunately, the recipes are very down to earth and really doable. I think it’s an idea book for those new to the Paleo or for those who want to cook paleo day in and day out.

  9. Neal Matheson on February 10, 2012 at 02:42

    Maybe I should get a cookbook but my god the cover!!! ho ho thanks for the review Richard I wouldn’t have bought it otherwise.

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