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Get This Book: Eat the Yolks

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Conventional nutrition wisdom, it’s about time you took a hike.

There’s so much about the way we eat that’s come to be revered as unequivocal fact—like, cholesterol gives you heart disease—when in fact, it’s been perpetuated by misleading (and misinterpreted) scientific studies and plain ol’ misinformation.

As Liz Wolfe puts it in her new book Eat the Yolks, “The way we think about eating and health is completely and utterly broken. We’ve been lied to more than once, and these lies have been popularized, propagandized, and painstakingly ingrained in our culture.”

If you’re finding yourself confused about the seemingly contradictory dietary recommendations of a Paleo lifestyle—such as eating more fat and not popping vitamins—then you need to read this book. Consider Liz, author of the ever informative and always hilarious website Cave Girl Eats, like a food Mythbuster. (Which is awesome because that show really rocks and she’s way cuter than Adam or Jamie.)

I first stumbled upon Liz’s site many moons ago and was hooked on her style: She’s able to convey complex nutritional information in a way that basically tricks you into learning. Let’s just say it’s edutainment at its best. Imagine creating a chimera of Sherlock Holmes (the Benedict Cumberbatch rendition of course) with your best friend who happens to really geek out of nutrition…and out pops Liz and this book.

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Don’t let that description fool you, though. It’s not fluff. In Eat the Yolks, Liz takes on pretty serious topics such as the “correlation does not equal causation” problem of cholesterol & heart disease, what the freaking deal is with carbs (for once and for all), and a really solid primer on nutrients. One of my favorite quotes (about cholesterol): “A cascade of evidence—not conspiracy theories but published and even peer-reviewed evidence—reveals the crazed, dated, soooo 1958 fear of both dietary and blood cholesterol for what is really is: total twaddle.”

Here’s my list of the top 5 people who need to read Eat the Yolks:

  • Anyone brand new to Paleo or real food or primal or… Basically, if you’re committing to a healthier way of eating, get this book.
  • That friend / family member / co-worker who rolls his or her eyes whenever you eat a meal together.
  • If you answer yes to the following questions: Does fat make you fat? Should I be throwing out the yolks? I should avoid salt, right? (p.s. I used to answer yes to all those.)
  • If you’re looking for an easily digestible (no pun intended) way to finally get straight about conventional dietary wisdom (or more often not, folly).
  • Anyone who isn’t aware that big agriculture and scientific studies with favorable results to support that industry are often in bed together.

Click here to order your own copy of Eat the Yolks and get yer learn on!

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Get This Book: Food For Humans

Get This Book: Food For Humans | stupideasypaleo.comFood For Humans is the funnest (yes, funnest) cookbook of 2013, hands down. 

First, let’s start with a confession: I have a MASSIVE Paleo blogger / girl crush on Michelle Tam, creator of Nom Nom Paleo (I still want to dress up for Halloween as Charlie’s Angels with her and Mel from Well Fed 2…just sayin’). I’ve followed her site for years and was beyond honored when she asked me to guest blog for her a few months back. Together with her husband Henry Fong (of FitBomb fame), they’ve generated one of the *the* most respected Paleo blogs that’s ever existed. Flavor-packed, healthy real food recipes with a dose of gorgeous, simple photography and Nom Nom’s signature playful style (I mean c’mon…who else has kickass cartoon figurines of themselves?!) have made it a classic. 

I’m happy to report: Food For Humans is all of the above wrapped into a perfectly constructed cookbook that’ll be one of the most loved in your collection.

Another confession: I have yet to hold a copy because it’s sitting in my American apartment while I’m here in Scotland, but Nom Nom was kind enough to let me peep my eyes at a virtual copy until I return home. All I can say is WOW! If the digital version is any sign of what’s to come, I’m going to be really chuffed in January when I get my mail.

Here are 5 things to love about Food For Humans

Reason #1 to love Food For Humans…

It’s packed with healthy recipes from the staples to the exotic.

If you’re familiar with Nom Nom’s blog, you know she coaxes big flavor out of simple ingredients, and you’re as likely to see a recipe for classic deviled eggs as you are for a steaming hot bowl of Pho. Food For Humans continues this trend and every category of the book has the basics AND recipes that’ll get you inspired to try something new (by the way, I’m drooling over Crab and Avocado Temaki!). Even if you’re a seasoned Paleo pro, you’ll find a dish you haven’t tried yet!

Reason #2 to love Food For Humans…

It’s got step by step instructions.

Visuals are huge for me, and I’ve always loved how Nom Nom includes stepwise photos in her recipes – especially slightly technical ones like how to make mayo (one wrong move will give you mayo *soup* instead of a creamy, dreamy topping) and how to fry the perfect crispy Paleo chicken nuggets. If you love simple, beautiful photos where the food is the star, buy it for that alone.

Reason #3 to love Food For Humans…

It’s whimsical and fun. 

Pop out boxes and stories are interspersed between recipes, comic strip characters greet you as you flip pages and pictures of the Nom Nom crew in action abound. One thing I like about this book: the food and techniques are solid but it never takes itself too seriously. This one’s different than the rest!

Reason #4 to love Food For Humans…

It gets the kids involved.

Now Nom Paleo is all about getting the whole family involved in healthier eating. Big O and Lil’ O are quite obviously two of the coolest Paleo kids on the planet, and their food adventures are certainly a huge part of the book. Everything from how to pack Paleo-friendly lunches for little people to how the whole family gets in on the action at cooking time is documented here.

Reason #5 to love Food For Humans…

It’s newbie friendly.

If you took an encyclopedia and a Paleo cookbook and smashed them together, you’d get Food For Humans – and I mean that in a good way. Rather, if you’re new to eating this way and are looking for your sea legs, you’ll find enough of the basics in this book to give you the tools to create simple, refined, tasty meals with confidence. How to make bone broth, how to chiffonade leafy green things, how to hard boil the perfect egg…and much more…are all covered in this book. You’ll go from wet-behind-the-ears to über pro with Food For Humans. It’s truly a cookbook you can grow with. 

Food For Humans is officially out on December 17, 2013 and is available in lots of versions: hardcoverKindle, enhanced iBook, Kobo, Nook, Google Play, etc! 

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Get This Book: Well Fed 2 (Plus a Chance to Win!)


Jaws 2.

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 DSC_0042Mel 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 DSC_0043I 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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Well Fed collage2Want to win your very own copy of Well Fed 2?

**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!

3 Reasons to Get “Beyond Bacon”

Southwestern Chorizo Burger with Fried Eggs (p. 108)

Southwestern Chorizo Burger with Fried Eggs (p. 108)

Paleo has almost become synonymous with a group of crazy bacon-lovers who shout their affinity of crispy pork goodness from every rooftop [and would you blame us?].

It seems that the rest of the swine has almost become an after-thought though, but thanks to the Paleo Parents – Matthew McCarry and Stacy Toth – there is so much porcine potential left to discover.

I was lucky enough to get a preview of their drool-worthy new book “Beyond Bacon” which will be released on July 2, 2013.Without further adieu, here are three reasons to get yourself a copy:

#1 It’s part reference book, part cookbook (two for the price of one).

Nestled inside the covers are dozens and dozens of tantalizing recipes which cover everything from the basics – like rendering your own lard – to the sophisticated foodie-esque desserts such as Prosciutto and Roasted Peach Ice Cream. But beyond that, the front part of the book is jammed with all sorts of useful information and [much to my ultimate delight] SCIENCE. Questions like, “Will pink pork kill me?” are answered with straight-to-the-point information. You’ll also find helpful advice on standard pork cooking techniques like making your own sausage and smoking, among others.

Cracklin' Pork Belly (p. 136)

Cracklin’ Pork Belly (p. 136)

#2 It’s definitely more than just a book to cram on your bookshelf and forget about.

The feel and design of the book reminds me of so many of the cool, farm-to-table restaurants that are becoming more popular these days. It’s like you’ve stepped inside the hand-drawn chalk board menu into a complete world of hog heaven. The photos leave you wanting more and honestly, I had a hard time deciding which recipes to make first! Displaying this book on your coffee table for guests to thumb through is an absolute must.

#3 The food is damn tasty.

Of the recipes I’ve made so far, the Mexican Chorizo (which I then turned into Southwestern Chorizo Burgers with Fried Egg) and the Cracklin’ Pork Belly were standouts. The book takes you through sweet, savory, smoked, grilled, and every other porky preparation you can think of. Stews, carnitas, a whole section on fried goodies, desserts…you name it, “Beyond Bacon” definitely lives up to its name.

Convinced yet? To preorder “Beyond Bacon” on Amazon, click here. You won’t be disappointed!