Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
Usually, sequels are never as good as the original (no offense if you really liked those movies I just listed). It’s pretty much an indisputable fact.
[Spoiler Alert!] The sequel to Melissa “Melicious” Joulwan‘s first cookbook – Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Like to Eat - is easily as kick ass as the first…and dare I say, it may even eclipse its predecessor.
Back in 2011, when Paleo-land was still like the wild, wild west, I bought my first “dino chow” specific cookbook: Well Fed. It was – and still is – the most used book of cookery in my kitchen, splatters on the pages and all. Mel’s recipes won me over, and to this day I still profess to being her #1 fangirl. [Personally, I'd like to dress up at the Paleo Charlie's Angels with her and Michelle (Nom Nom Paleo) for Halloween. Can we make that happen?!] Keep reading for your chance to win a copy of Well Fed 2! [edit: the entry period is now closed.]
The Features Mel returns with her signature layout and features from the first Well Fed, so returning veteran fans will automatically feel like they’ve come home to their favorite slippers…familiar and comforting. All the best stuff is still there, like the clever “You Know How You Could Do That?” recipe variations that gives you ideas for customizing and changing things up.
She’s increased the font size based on feedback from the first book (score!) and included a tutorial in kitchen basics like chopping and measuring. She’s hooking you up with what amounts to a “how to get started with Paleo”. Everything from Whole30 to autoimmune protocol considerations, from kitchen tool lists to “how to be a Paleo social butterfly” is given some consideration in Mel’s typical lighthearted and fun style.
The Food I really should thank Mel for saving me money because she’s taken me on two trips around the culinary world with her books. Well Fed 2 will take you to South East Asia to the Middle East to the Caribbean – and everywhere in between. The vibrant pictures will get you drooling (I definitely eat with my eyes first) as you move through the book from spices and sauces to proteins to side dishes. As always, Mel manages to generate massive flavor with squeaky clean Paleo ingredients and makes you excited to eat.
I had a hard time picking just a couple things to make first, so I went for Jerk Seasoning (p 82), Piña Colada Chicken (p 96) and Kickass Ketchup (p 64). The results? All lip-smacking and belly filling.
The Jerk Seasoning went great on some oven-roasted chicken thighs (just the perfect amount of spicy) and it went into the Piña Colada Chicken…warm and cuddly with a coconut-based sauce and a bit of sweet pineapple. I couldn’t resist the ketchup, either! If you’re a die-hard Heinz fan, it won’t be the same…because it’s better. Just enough sweetness from dried figs (not yucky corn syrup), balanced by acidity and spice. It was perfect on my yam fries!
The Verdict? Four Stars
I’d like to nominate Well Fed 2 for the Paleo version of the Academy Awards. As for a follow up…if there’s a Well Fed 3 in the works, I’d put money on it being a blockbuster! Mel gives you a preview of even more good stuff in this blog post. To pre-order Well Fed 2, click here. It’ll be released on October 22, 2013.
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**NOTE: The entry period to win is now closed. Congratulations to Sara L.! If your name is Sara L. please go check your email inbox.
Thank you to everyone for commenting and sharing your favorite Well Fed recipes. October 22 is almost here!
Here’s how to enter:
*Leave one comment below (in this blog post) telling me your favorite recipe from Well Fed (the original) or from Mel’s site, The Clothes Make the Girl. Or, go check out her preview here and tell me which part of Well Fed 2 you’re most psyched about! Entry will close at 11:59 PST on Friday, October 11, 2013.
The winner will be announced here and also on Facebook. Good luck!