Oct 15, 2013
I have to tell you about Carbonell olive oil — and not just because the company sent me a free bottle. No! I have to tell you about Carbonell olive oil because it is crazy good.
First, a confession. I know as a foodie, I’m supposed to take things like choosing an olive oil very seriously, but I’m mostly lazy about stuff like that. I keep a row of oils and flavored vinegars along my...
Oct 1, 2013
These are the last books I’m going to talk about until I start talking about my own for a while. (Well Fed 2! Well Fed 2! Well Fed 2!) But these are recent additions to the “Get healthier and know yourself better” canon, so I wanted to let you know about them.
What follows are not reviews of these books, i.e., I’m not providing a concise overview of their merits and foibles because I...
Sep 25, 2013
Just as there are comfort food, there are “comfort people.”
You know the ones I mean: They’re fun and funny, warm and supportive, smart without being too intellectual, and you know that when you spend time with them, you’re going to feel good about the world. It’s fitting that Charles and Julie Mayfield have made a name for themselves with paleo comfort food, because they...
Sep 13, 2013
Look. I know I have a deserved reputation as a stick-in-the-mud about paleo treats. I whole-heartedly agree with the Whole9′s argument about SWYPO. So, yes, I wrinkle my nose at baked confections made with almond flour and at chocolate, gooey goodies loaded with honey. But you guys know the truth, right? The lust I feel for those treats – coupled with the knowledge that, on most days, I...
Sep 4, 2013
It’s no secret that there is a lot of junk food lust in my past. Yes, my mom and dad were excellent cooks and taught me my way around the kitchen. Yes, we ate dinner together as a family almost every night – around 5:00 p.m. – until I graduated from high school. And yes, our meals usually included meat, vegetables, and salad (along with rice!).
But I also snarfed my way through plenty of frozen...
Jul 22, 2013
Sometimes I really miss cereal and milk.
That seems like a strange thing to crave to me. I mean, pizza, baked brie, burritos — these things make sense. But a bowl of cereal? Who craves cereal?!
I do, apparently.
Sometimes I long for that crunchy, sweet, creamy combo that only a bowl of something crisp, swimming in cool milky goodness, can provide. And that’s where Nutcase Crunch can come...
Jul 8, 2013
Let’s just say it right up front: piggies are really cute, and piggies are really, really delicious.
No one knows that better than Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry, a.k.a., the Paleo Parents and authors of both Eat Like a Dinosaur (which I previously reviewed) and the beautiful new paleo cookbook Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog.
Beyond Bacon encourages us to Praise the Lard!...
Jun 5, 2013
I’ve been following Sarah Fragoso of Everyday Paleo since the beginning of my paleo days, and I always enjoy guest posts from her partner-in-health, coach Jason Seib. He writes with passion and delivers tough love that we sometimes need to hear, like this post called The Secret that stresses the idea that we should train our bodies with love (see also: You Can’t Fix a Body You Hate).
May 19, 2013
When Dave and I made the commitment to eating high-quality, real food — dino-chow, paleo, whatever you want to call it — we spent a memorable few hours in the grocery store, reading labels and yelling things like, “WHY DOES THIS SALSA HAVE WHEAT IN IT?!” while angrily slamming jars back onto shelves.
It’s a sad truth of making the switch to paleo that the grocery store can become a...
May 4, 2013
I have a very narrow relationship with my slow cooker. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m generally not a fan of stews and soups made in the slow cooker, but as a counter-top oven, I think it’s awesome (see: Italian Pork Roast) — especially in Austin where using my oven also means turning on the air conditioner to balance the blast of cooking heat.
The recipes in The Paleo Slow Cooker:...
Apr 28, 2013
I don’t know about you guys, but until recently, it felt like “healthy” cookbooks were the embarrassing second cousins of “real” cookbooks. That’s why when we designed Well Fed, we included full-page photos and a funky design that are as much fun as the recipes.
With their new cookbook Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining, Hayley Mason and Bill Staley have upped...