I am so excited, and flattered at the same time to be writing this post. It almost feels like I have completed a full circle in just 6 months. I remember back in March of 2011 when I just returned from Afghanistan and was embarking on my Paleo journey, I WAS LOST. Minus chicken breasts and steamed broccoli I had no idea what to do. Enter the Amazing Hayley and Bill from The Food Lover’s Primal – Palate. They were the first blog I ever came across in my Paleo journey and so happy I did. From day 1 their recipes have always been so simple yet so delicious and have never disappointed. I still remember the first one I ever made and just like it should be, it is in their new Book (Page 358) to be exact :).
Just in case you all don’t remember, I have referred to Hayley and Bill as my Mrs. and Mr. Miyagi on numerous occassions. If you forgot, see HERE. There are many reasons; the main being they have always made themselves available to lend an honest and nuturing voice. I remember back in March before I even knew I would start blogging, I would post a comment they would post an answer. Then a few months passed, I started a blog, bought one of their Awesome TShirts, and yet again would annoy them with questions. Actually not so much good questions, they were pretty much pointless questions I already knew the answer too but wanted to get them to look at my blog and tell me if it was good because they are amazing. I had a slight case of Justin Beiber fever for the Food Lovers :). But none the less, throughout my journey in this blogging/paleo world, they have always been there and been supportive of me. Why is this important, you ask? Because I was a complete stranger, annoying as all hell, and they were there to share pointers and lessons they learned to help me along the path. Hell, Hayley even got me to cook a Beef tongue and eat it on skype with them. That was entertaining and one of the best skype conversations I have ever had. That support means more to me than words can describe, but they needed to know, so thanks ;).
Now I have to make a confession here too…………Some of you have been applauding me for my awesome food pornography as of late and well I agree I press the button on the camera, I bothered the ever living daylights out of Hayley and Bill to help me along the way. One glimpse inside their new book, and you will see why mine are starting to look good, these two are genius and so selfless. Bill being a designer and Hayley being a make up artist may have something to do with their amazing eye and styling skills (I can barely draw a stick figure). The purpose for this confession is to explain to all of you that Hayley and Bill are not just food bloggers. They are role models, mentors, friends and just all around Bad Asses. These qualities shine through every page of this masterpiece of a cookbook. I personally know how hard they worked on this with all the late night conversations with them both and listening to the stories of dark chocolate,wine, and enjoy life chocolate chunk addictions. Funny thing is, every time I told them to take a break or slow down, the answer was always we can’t because this has to be perfect for everyone. That is one of the reasons this book is absolutely amazing to me, it was never about them. From day one of their journey it has always been about everyone else and helping in anyway they can. Every recipe on every page was created with YOU in mind. The simplicity of the instructions combined with the amazing flavor combinations of fresh ingredients make for some of the most delicious meals YOU will ever prepare. In my honest opinion, this is the Perfect Cookbook, not Paleo Cookbook, but Cookbook in general. I recommend that you go pre-order as many copies as you can get your hands on or fit on your credit card and start preparing Christmas gifts.
Oh I almost forgot, Hayley and Bill were so gracious that they even thanked me in the book, Look:
And just in case you were wondering about the book itself, ITS HUGE. So big in fact that once I got it, I made liaison with the Italian government, and shipped them a copy. I fixed a countries crisis in 10 Minutes with only a $19 book. If it can make the leaning tower of Pisa stand up straight, imagine what it can do for your body? Hmmmmm?
|Before Make it Paleo|
|After Make it Paleo|