A review of Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat

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Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat is not a brand new book, it came out in 2011. I’d heard a lot about it and finally got my hands on a copy several months ago.

6a00e552ad01da8834019b01a8029f970b-320wiIt read like a novel. I found a lot of similarities in our approaches. What I call a Sunday Start-up in my book, Melissa called The Weekly Cook-up. I like her focus on stocking up, being organized, and offering additional ideas for each recipe (theme and variation). I liked her formula recipes that focused on technique and on mixing and matching ingredients to turn cold ingredients into delicious meals in less than 10 minutes.

I liked the bold flavors I found in her recipes I’m a big fan of herbs and spices and of taking a single recipe and then making ethnic variations on it. Melissa’s book gave me more ideas and it can give you more ideas for taking a favorite recipe (of hers or any other) and then making delicious twists on it.

Some of my favorite recipes in her book include her Hot Plates (this one is more of a formula) with ten ethnic options, each with three to eight ideas for inspiration and her cool salads and her date sweetened Peach Almond Crisp. I want to make the peach crisp again but with apples or pears.

I also liked her Moroccan Meatballs (I made them less spicy), Citrus Carnitas, Bora Bora Fireballs (with much less spice), and Cauliflower Rice Pilaf. All were enjoyed by the friends I shared them with a few months ago.

Now that I’m writing up my review, I’m noticing some of the recipes I flagged earlier, some of which I want to make next weekend or next week:
— Chocolate Chili
— Thai Salad Platter with Sunshine Sauce
— Sesame Garlic Nori Chips
— Jicama Home Fries

6a00e552ad01da8834019b01b2275c970c-250wiThe book is compact, easy to navigate, full of mouthwatering photos, and great ideas for getting healthy produce and protein rich meals on the table pronto!

The sequel to this book just came out, Well Fed2. I haven’t seen it yet but I expect another great go to book. If you already have the first one, you’ll surely want the next one in the series. Well Fed will satisfy your hunger for delicious food without grain, sugar, legumes, or dairy.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to make healthy primal meals in less time and with easy to find ingredients.

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  • Jenny Macias
    May 27, 2020 at 10:13

    I would love to win a copy of Well Fed! As you know, I’ve been following you for years since taking your whole foods cooking and whole foods cuisine classes. The recipes were always delicious and helped me eat healthier overall. Recently, my doctor put me on a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, protein and plant rich eating plan to address some health concerns I have. She was very concerned about the difficulty of adjusting to such a plan. I was not! With your classes and recipe books under my belt, I was able to transition easily and confidently. A copy of Well Fed would add to my arsenal of recipes and strategies.

    • Chef Rachel
      May 26, 2020 at 14:08

      HI Jenny,

      I”m so glad you have my recipes and books. I have additional recipes on my blog that fit your health needs. You can use the search bar on the left side or the categories listed.

      I hope to have you in some classes in the New Year. You can check the cooking class page on this blog for updates about classes in different locations, including Desert Botanical Garden.

      I can also come to your home or the home of a friend of yours to lead a hands on cooking party for a group, large or small. Email me if you would like more info. I would customize the menu to your needs.

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