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Primal Cravings: Your Favorite Foods Made Paleo

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Primal Cravings sets out to provide the best of both worlds--delicious food to satiate our deep seated, visceral urges, made with ingredients that satisfy our ancient genetic needs for good health. Thin mint cookies, strawberry shortcake waffles, carrot cake cream pies, All-American burgers with French fry buns, ten different flavored bacons... With Primal Cravings, you ca ...more
ebook, 289 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Primal Nutrition
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Jul 23, 2013 Laura rated it did not like it
Butter makes everything taste good. Everything. I could boil my most hated veggie, slather it with butter and yum. Only problem is I can't have dairy, along with gluten and corn.

So. Paleo seems to be a workable solution for me. They believe in grain free, dairy free eating. They're doing it for health and wellness, I'm doing it to avoid various allergy reactions.

I looked for Paleo cookbooks. I bought a few. I've really enjoyed some of them. Not this one. Why? Butter is in most of the recipes I
Jessica Buike
Mar 09, 2014 Jessica Buike rated it liked it
It's great to find a "diet" cookbook that actually has tasty recipes! That being said, I doubt this book would help anyone lose weight - I shuddered at some of the very high calorie and fat counts in the recipes, which are conveniently hidden in the back of the book in an index. I would have liked to see more in-depth writing on why a Paleo/Primal diet is a good choice and why it is healthier and/or why it helps you lose weight.

A little warning as well - while generally Paleo would be gluten fr
Jul 07, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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I'm a big fan of the blog (complete lurker) and pre-ordered the cookbook as soon as I could. If you are a low carb, paleo, primal eater or have gluten, nut, or dairy issues, you need to have this cookbook in your library. Not one recipe uses almond flour, there are great options for snacks & dessert, and the main dishes are pretty damn tasty. All-American style burger on a french fry bun? Yes please. Tikka masala chicken wings? Get in my mouth. Chicken empanadas? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Oh, did ...more
Alison Golden
Jun 19, 2013 Alison Golden rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paleo
I gave this to my sons to cook from as they often want their old favorites. They are thirteen and had no trouble following the recipes. We've tried the All-American burgers, the pizza base and the Cherry Almond Streusel Muffins. All turned out great, especially the pizza base that was voted best of five in a paleo pizza smackdown we conducted.

This is a large, hardback but surprisingly not heavy cookbook with great photography and a good introduction to paleo and the authors philosophies around
Aug 17, 2014 Janis rated it really liked it
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I've been (sort of) tweaking my eating lifestyle recently to be more Primal (similar to Paleo). The authors of the website share their recipes to make Primal/Paleo versions of favorite foods. The first part of the book is about the science behind the Paleo diet. The rest is recipes.

I like that these authors suggest an 80/20 approach--follow Paleo 80% of the time, so that you can enjoy old favorites with friends and family without guilt. I know that I can't pass up foods I love su
Sep 27, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this cookbook and I don't enjoy many. The authors are no longer following the paleo lifestyle (according to their blog) but it doesn't really matter. I think we should all eat what makes us feel at our best and make us healthy. That doesn't have to be chicken breast and salad 24/7.

This book was good for me because I don't follow the paleo diet but it is closest to what I eat. I am best without gluten and additives but I eat potatoes, rice and beans. I have special circumstances health
Sarah Guyette
Jan 28, 2015 Sarah Guyette rated it liked it
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found this at the library. I'm not sure how accurate it is to claim it as read when I haven't cooked from it yet, but here is my take on what I've found. There is a large amount of cheese in this book for a paleo cookbook. It is also very carb heavy, which I guess is okay for the authors, who are regular crossfitters. The dessert portion of the book is quite large. But there are a few re-imaginings that I would love to try, such as the Cuban burger on a fried plaintains and butternut squash lasa ...more
Jul 26, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
There are some wonderful recipes (lots of baked goods that have the right taste and texture despite being free of grain flour!) but many do call for dairy products. I'm okay with that- we love our cream, butter and cheese, but I can see where it would be frustrating for those who are strictly paleo. Substituting out dairy isn't always as easy as using coconut oil/milk instead of butter and cream. If you're new to paleo and need someone experienced to work out the best substitutions for you this ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing
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Although I have not yet made any of the recipes, these actually look like ones that I would want to make without too much hassle as far as finding ingredients, etc. At first I was not pleased that the nutrition facts were not listed in each recipe; however, I was happy to find it all in a handy reference section in the back--very helpful for those needing to select meals within specific restrictions. I am also a fan of having a full-sized picture of each recipe.
Amanda Boehm
Recipes are interesting, creative, and accompanied by nice pictures. The nutritional information is located in the back of the book which is a little inconvenient. In the beginning of the book, the writers outline what primal eating and the Paleo philosophy means to them. At the back of the book there is a list of additional recommended reading and resources.
Sep 07, 2014 Colers rated it liked it
I did enjoy the 80/20 approach the author's described. It seemed more doable than going completely cold turkey from cutting out certain foods from my diet. Surprisingly this was one of the few Paleo cook books that I've read that has a handful of dessert recipes. I didn't try them. I did try some of the breakfast recipes! They were so yummy.
Jun 08, 2015 Jessie rated it it was ok
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I could only give this two stars because they used tapioca or potato starch in almost everything. Both of those are questionable on the paleo scale and my epileptic son cannot have them. However, if one is struggling with transition from regular American diet to Paleo these recipes could help them.
Jun 23, 2013 Kali rated it liked it
i'm trying to get into cooking a bit more, and this cookbook has some amazing recipes and the food looks delicious. i feel like it is a bit above my level, cooking-wise, however - dutch oven, etc. also uses eggs, creams, which i don't eat.
Apr 05, 2016 Dannell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book with a large variety of recipes. I borrowed a digital copy from the library and found that, for me, using a digital version is not so easy! Messy hands, messy iPad, yuck. Anywho, I did enjoy the recipes I was able to try and would definitely buy this book.
Jul 09, 2016 Kristin rated it it was amazing
Fantastic cookbook! I use this all the time and have made several recipes multiple times. If you're looking for Primal cookbooks, this would be a staple!
Jan 08, 2014 Crystal rated it really liked it
I like how this book was written. Easy to read with some humor thrown in. Haven't made any of the recipes yet but they look easy enough
May 19, 2014 Latasha rated it it was amazing
This book makes eating primal/paleo an attainable goal. Down to earth recipes that are tasty and easy. Love it!
Christine Sanchez
Mar 13, 2014 Christine Sanchez rated it liked it
Not everything met the Paleo guidelines - I understand that people adjust the Paleo diet to fit their lifestyle but I am trying to follow it as is.
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