We made a cookbook.
It’s true! After spending the last three years learning to eat paleo and sharing my kitchen adventures with you beautiful people, I recruited a crack team of cookbook-making superstars – my husband Dave; Kathleen Shannon, the best designer on the planet; a bunch of my favorite word nerds; my parents; and Smudge (of course). We argued about which recipes to include, then tested them like crazy. Over six months, we cooked and photographed and ate . Boy, did we eat! And now we’ve put together a pretty snazzy cookbook that’s really a handbook to help you whip up and enjoy food that will make you healthy and happy.
About Well Fed
Preparing quality food is among the most caring things we can do for ourselves and the people we love. That’s why my cookbook Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat is packed with recipes for food that you can eat every day, along with easy tips to make sure it takes as little time as possible to get you from What the *$&^@ am I going to eat? to stuffing healthy, delicious food into your well-deserving mouth.
If you count meals and snacks, we feed ourselves about 28 times each week. All of the recipes – made with zero grains, legumes, soy, sugar, dairy, or alcohol – were created so you can enjoy your food every time. Calorie-dense ingredients like dried fruit and nuts show up as flavoring, instead of primary ingredients, and there’s a balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats, so you don’t have to worry about that stuff – you can just eat.
Well Fed Reviews
Real Food bloggers are making us blush with their glowing reviews; you can read our reviews on this page with a massive list.
Our Recipe Layout
Every recipe is shown alongside a full-color photo and an introduction about why that particular recipe is a keeper. Along with ingredients and detailed directions, each recipe also includes variations and serving suggestions to make complete paleo meals.
About the Recipes
Food feeds our bodies and fuels our training, but it also nourishes our spirit. I grew up in a food family: my dad owned a restaurant and my mom won just about every cooking contest she entered. We’re also a melting pot family – Lebanese on my dad’s side, Italian and Slovak on my mom’s. From the time I could shove food into my mouth, I was eating kibbeh and eggplant parmesan. In addition to learning how to make pancakes in the morning, I picked up tricks for making baba ghanoush for dinner. The recipes in Well Fed reflect my affection for traditional cuisine and for foods with contrasting flavors and textures. Foods that taste like home.
Here’s the Well Fed table of contents; give it a click to see it larger.
These are just a few sample photos to whet your appetite. All of the photos in the book show the real food that results from following the recipes. In fact, my husband Dave and I spent the summer cooking, styling, and photographing on Sundays, then eating the leftovers all week. Click the images below if you’re hungry for the expanded view.
|Melissa and Dallas Hartwig of Whole9 wrote the foreword for Well Fed. And even better, they’ve given all of the Well Fed recipes (except for one dessert) their stamp of approval for happy eating during participation in the Whole30 program.|
People Are Talkin’
I’ve been posting paleo recipes on my blog for two years, and those recipes formed the foundation of Well Fed. I chose the best ones – based on reader comments and my favorites – then tested and re-tested to get the flavors and directions just right. The recipes in the cookbook are even tastier and more reliable than the originals!
Here are some of the wonderful, unsolicited comments I’ve received from my badass readers:
“I literally own every “paleo” cookbook available on Amazon. I wish I had [Well Fed] when I was just getting started. It is the very best of my whole collection… Every recipe WORKS…. I have never reviewed any of the many books I have purchased from Amazon, but this author deserves a shout out. Her writing style is authentic and engaging, and the information she shares is fresh and useful… I will be buying multiple copies today so I can gift them to some very lucky people.” - AnitaB
Thank you so much for your recipes… Yours is the only paleo food blog with flavor profiles that indicate you had an understanding of cooking prior to cleaning up your diet, and I am loving it! - Katie
I am a bad cook. However, I used your recipe for the Creamy Spice Market Kale and it tasted like something that someone else made. That is one of the highest compliments that I can write. GREAT flavor! Thanks. - Dara
I just wanted to say I recently discovered your AWESOME recipes since my family went about 90% paleo. Every single thing of yours I have made so far has been DELISH! Just wanted to say thanks, and keep them coming! – Allyson
I’m writing to thank you for sharing all of your fantastic recipes. Our fav (so far) is the Italian Sausage & Eggplant Strata. I can’t wait to get home for lunch and have a slice. My husband and I are on Day 30 of our very first Whole30. Your recipes and blog were/are so helpful and inspirational! We’re going to keep going. - Susan
Well Fed Corrections
Our review team for Well Fed included two copyeditors, a professional proofreader, and three amateur copyeditors/reviewers/proofers, and we all missed a few things in the text. I’m so pleased that none of them were showstoppers — the recipes still work — but in the interest of giving you the best cookbook I can, you can read the short list of errors/confusing things I’ve found in Well Fed right here.
Well Fed For a Good Cause
Food is a really big deal in my family, and many of my most cherished memories are of chopping and stirring in the kitchen – and learning about the cuisines of other cultures. We decided early on in our cookbook process that we wanted to donate some of the proceeds from our cookbook to a non-profit devoted to kids and nutrition. We’re donating $1 from every PDF sale to Common Threads, an organization that teaches low-income kids how to cook wholesome, affordable meals in free, after-school, hands-on cooking classes taught by local chefs.
For more on Common Threads, check out Executive Director Linda Novick O’Keefe’s bio and contributions to The Huffington Post. You can also follow Common Threads on Twitter.
Ready to Get a Copy?
I think you’ll be really glad if you do! Happy cooking and eating!
Looking for the How-To Info?
If you already have your copy of Well Fed and are looking for the how-to info referenced in some of the recipes… be patient with us. We’re a little behind on production, but support video and photos are coming soon! Sign up for my newsletter, and I’ll let you know when the how-to stuff is live.