Normally, people will wait until they get a cookbook to review it, but I could not. I saw the 50-page preview and was ready to wet my pants with Paleo excitement. Is that a bad mental image? I’m sorry for not being sorry. Why? Distasteful visions that have been created in your head are going to be replaced. They will be replaced with the beautiful pages of Nom Nom Paleo's new book: Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans.
Michelle and Henry have been amazing friends and mentors to me. The two of them are always willing to lend a hand, hug, or ear at a selfless moment’s notice. They embody every value I picture in the perfect human being. And no, I don't mean “perfect” by the dictionary’s definition. Black ink on paper could never accurately measure the volume of their hearts or come close to grasping the magnitude of their giving meters. I know what you are thinking: what does this have to do with a cookbook? If I had to compare this Paleo power family to someone, their closest doppelganger would be King Midas. You know the guy, right? During ancient times in Greece, everything he touched turned to gold. Not even he was on their level. Michelle and Henry are creating pure platinum with the resolve they put into every recipe they create. I know first hand, the quality of everything they create, and it is all beyond reproach.
So, why do you need this cookbook? To be honest, listing the reasons you don't need this cookbook would result in a shorter list. I can only think of one borderline acceptable reason: you already own it! In this case, you should buy another one and gift this masterpiece to everyone you know J. The holidays are coming up, folks! Can you scream stocking stuffers? Why do I think everyone will love this book? Michelle is fully versed in all things culinary. She uses this extensive knowledge to create mouth-watering recipes. These recipes are not only simple, but they have the ability to make you feel like you have your own show on The Food Network. I am a food blogger, yes. However, there are times when I am stuck or don't know how to do something. The first place I go to: Nom Nom Paleo, and now I will have direct access sitting on my kitchen counter. Maybe it is the cartoons or the straightforward approach Michelle takes along the way. I know the soothing nature of her words on the screen always help, and I always feel collected and ready to attack my ideas and food after consulting her site.
It’s no secret. The hardest thing about eating the way we do [whether it's Paleo, Primal, or just good wholesome clean ingredients], people are bound to judge us. We are constantly being criticized at restaurants, family dinners, and sometimes coffee shops when putting butter in our coffee drinks. What I love so much about Michelle, is her uncanny ability to look criticism in the face; then, she uses her pigtails and the power of her smile to explain and teach why we eat the way we do. She put it best in her book when she said, “The Caveman's just a mascot. For me, Paleo is not about historical reenactment. It's a framework for improving health through real food.” This is really what it is all about. All of us want to feel better and be better, no matter what road we take to get there. This book will help you navigate your own road to travel on. Along the way, it will teach you how to sustain these skills and make your and your families’ life better.
Some of the most common questions I get on my website and social media channels are: “Well, what do I feed my kids? They are such picky eaters?” and “What am I supposed to eat? This stuff sounds boring!” These questions can be tough for me to answer at times because I don't have children. It is difficult for me to sympathize with the struggles that come with the terrible twos or even terrible teenage years. This takes me back to what I was saying about Michelle's super powers. She works the night shift, slinging prescriptions as a pharmacist, and runs a blog where she posts daily. All the while, she manages to dedicate every minute of these long hours to her beautiful children: Little & Big-O, while teaching them about food and how to eat this way. I am slightly jealous of the O's having Michelle and Henry as parents because they are more proficient in culinary culture than I am :)
If the 50-page preview is any indication of what is yet to come, this book will become a go-to in your kitchen. Michelle and Henry have recipes for anything and everything you may want to cook. This includes appetizers (Devils on Horseback), soups (West Lake Soup), sides (Plantain Fritters), main dishes (Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs) and most definitely desserts (Strawberry Banana Ice Cream). Not to mention, all of these recipes are in such an easy-to-follow & fun layout. You will not be getting lost or feeling helpless in your kitchens, and that is for sure. The recipes contain both pictures (or cartoons) illustrating the steps to take, as well as written instructions. For someone like me, the written instructions are a huge help. There is nothing worse than feeling like you have missed a step. What I really love is how the passion Michelle and Henry have is completely transparent through each recipe on every page. By opening this cookbook, you have invited them into your kitchen. And to be quite frank, that is perhaps the best thing ever. Do yourself a huge favor and pre-order FOOD FOR HUMANS now!
Here is the delicious Strawberry Banana Ice Cream from her book. The illustration below is their recipe and I just reformatted it to fit on the site and make it easy for you to save and use. I hope you love and enjoy this recipe and more so this book.
Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
- 3 frozen bananas
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut cream (fat from top of refrigerated can)
- Combine all of your ingredients in a food processor
- Blitz for 2 minutes
- Serve immediately and enjoy
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