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"Mouthwatering recipes gorgeously photographed, Primal Cuisine is an invaluable nutritional health resource you won't want to live without!"
Jimmy Moore, author of 21 Life Lessons From Livin' La Vida Low-Carb
Simply by changing the way you eat you can improve your health, regain your positive outlook, boost your level of energy and possibly even live longer, all this and save money on your grocery bill too.
More than just a cookbook, Pauli Halstead has written a book that is a compendium to Primal Body-Primal Mind, by Nora Gedgaudas, which explains why the primal diet of our ancestors is the most successful from an evolutionary standpoint and the diet that we will thrive on today. Eliminating grains and focusing on protein and good fats is key to the paleo diet. The delicious recipes in Primal Cuisine will help anyone with dietary issues such as obesity, diabetes, celiac disease (hypersensitivity to gluten) hypoglycemia, ADD/HD, and many forms of depression. To turn the tide of the illnesses which are the result of the Western diet and take responsibility for our own health we must change the way we eat.
Pauli has been a Bay Area and Wine Country chef for over 30 years. As owner of the successful Napa Valley Catering company The Best of Everything, she has provided stellar cuisine for many of California’s world class wineries, elegant country weddings, and private clients. Now Pauli invites you to discover how the foods of our ancestors are still the best choices when it comes to optimizing your physical and mental health. These foods are wild-caught fish, grass-fed meats, pastured poultry and dairy products, (all high in Omega-3 fatty acids), organic vegetables, nuts, seeds and berries.
The delicious recipes in this book are grain free, gluten-free, sugar free, refined-free, chemical, antibiotic and hormone-free.
Among the topics included in this book:
*How to successfully minimize carbohydrates
*Optimum daily protein requirements
*The best oils and fats which improve nutrition
*Key ingredients for health and where to purchase them
*Which foods to avoid
*Saving money by eating sustainably
*Why eating sustainably is kinder to the planet
My goal in writing this book on the paleo diet is to create enthusiasm and interest with the recipes so that achieving greater health for ourselves and our families is something that brings joy into daily life. The foods we choose to eat, (and not eat), have everything to do with our health. We can lead a life that is symptom free and full of vibrant energy.
Pauli Halstead, Nevada City, California
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Simply by changing the way you eat, Chef Pauli Halstead says, you can
improve your health, regain your positive outlook, boost your level of
energy and possibly even live longer – all this and save money on your
grocery bill too.
More than just a cookbook, Halstead has written a book that is a
companion to Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas, which argues
that the primal diet of our ancestors is the most successful from an
evolutionary standpoint and the diet that we will thrive on today.
Eliminating grains and focusing on protein and good fats is key to the
primal diet. The delicious recipes in Primal Cuisine are intended to
help anyone with dietary issues such as obesity, diabetes, celiac
disease (hypersensitivity to gluten) hypoglycemia, ADD/HD and many forms
of depression. To turn the tide of the illnesses, which the books say
are the result of the Western diet, and take responsibility for our own
health, we should consider changing the way we eat.
Halstead has been a Bay Area and Wine Country chef for over 30 years. As
owner of the successful Napa Valley catering company, The Best of
Everything, she has provided innovative cuisine for many of California's
world-class wineries, elegant country weddings and other private
clients. Now she invites readers to discover how the foods of our
ancestors are still the best choices for optimizing physical and mental
health. These foods are wild-caught fish, grass-fed meats, pastured
poultry and dairy products (all high in Omega-3 fatty acids), organic
vegetables, nuts, seeds and berries.
The recipes in this book are grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free,
refined-free, chemical-, antibiotic- and hormone-free.
You don’t have to be on the Paleo diet to enjoy this cookbook. Take me, for example. I’m gluten intolerant, allergic to nuts and most fresh fruits and vegetables, and barely eat any meat (I was a pescatarian for 8 yrs until discovering all my allergies, then my allergist suggested I try to diversify my diet and I added a teeny bit of free range/organic poultry).
I’m practically the worst candidate for a diet based around our cavemen ancestors.
That’s why I was pleasantly surprised by Primal Cuisine: Cooking for the Paleo Diet by Pauli Halstead.
There are some beautiful recipes in this book.
The author, Pauli Halstead, is a long-time chef and caterer, and it shows in her cookbook. Her recipes look and sound gourmet, but are easy enough for the average home cook to follow. While titles like “Santa Fe Chipotle Chili Soup with Lime Cream” and “Grilled Prawn Kebabs with Chipotle, Cilantro & Lime Dressing Sauce” may sound complicated, they hardly take many steps at all.
And don’t worry, they’re not all Chipotle-style! There’s a lovely fusion of Asian, Tex Mex and comfort foods. I’m particularly looking forward to trying some of the Thai dishes!
Overall, I really like how clean and simple these recipes are. ALL the recipes are gluten free, and if you have issues with nuts, dairy or meat, never fear, many of the recipes can be done with minor alterations. In fact, Pauli often even suggests alternatives for those with dairy issues.
Now I’m not necessarily an advocate of the Paleo diet as a long-term lifestyle choice - and with all my dietary limitations I'm not in a position to give up the few remaining grains I can eat - but I certainly don’t think it would hurt to include some of the dishes in Primal Cuisine into our weekly meal plans!
Although Primal Cuisine: Cooking for the Paleo Diet is a cookbook designed especially for those who want to try modifying their food intake to resemble that of their ancient ancestors, it's a blessing for anyone who appreciates good nutrition and wants to cut down on unhealthy processed foods that are full of hydrogenated vegetable oils, artificial flavors and preservatives, refined grains, immense excesses of sugar or high fructose corn syrup, and so on. A lengthy introduction explains the basic principles of the paleo diet, but even those who choose not to adhere strictly to the ideal will enjoy the mouth-watering recipes emphasizing fresh, all-natural ingredients.
Sample dishes include "Wild Mushroom & Roasted Garlic Frittata", "Grilled Prawns Wrapped in Prosciutto", "Oregano Pesto Vegetables", "Blue Cheese Burger on a Butter Lettuce Bun", "Lemon Cheesecake with Berries" (made with goat's milk, and without adding sugar!), and much more. Primal Cuisine proves that one does not need to give up gourmet gustatory pleasures to enjoy a healthy, high-nutrition diet similar to the one humanity has evolved eating.