Cookbook Review: Juli Bauer's Paleo Cookbook
Updated: Mar 10, 2021
When I saw her face smiling at me from the cover of Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook on a display shelf at my city’s library, I knew I had to check this book out. (Or more accurately, I saw Juli's smiling face and the plate of delicious-looking chicken wings she was holding.) After I took the book home and tried it out for a few weeks, I knew I had to add this cookbook to my permanent collection.
Juli Bauer’s blog PaleOMG has been one of my favorites for a while. I tend to like her recipes and find them accessible to make. Plus, she just seems like she’d be a fun gal to hang out with. She’s got good energy! Her cookbook did not disappoint. It’s now dog-eared, food-stained, and scribbled in. Maybe it will be a good fit for you too!
Beginners to the gluten-free or paleo lifestyle will appreciate the resources Juli includes in her book. The following are some of the helpful sections she’s shared:
--an explanation of what “paleo” means and why it’s made such a difference to her
--a list of kitchen equipment to use for her recipes
--a list of food staples to keep on hand
--a guide to paleo snacking
On top of these resources, you’ll find over a hundred recipes for meals, sides, snacks, drinks, and desserts. I’ve found that just like on her blog, the recipes use mostly straightforward ingredients and are not very complicated to make. Here is a list of some favorites that I turn to again and again:
--The Fluffiest Mini Cinnamon Pancakes, page 48
--Sticky Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Wings, page 82
--Chicken Carbonara Casserole, page 94
--Marinated Flank Steak with Chimichurri and Pomegranates, 116
--Lechon Asado (Slow Cooker Cuban Pork), page 138
--Oven Parsnip Fries, page 184
If this book and I hadn't been destined to meet at the library, I'd have missed out on some seriously tasty chicken wings. The great thing about trying a cookbook this way is that you don’t end up shelling out money for a book it turns out you’ll never use. If you’re interested in a cookbook your city’s library doesn’t have, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian to look into interlibrary loan for you!
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