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Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

(Well Fed #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  2,116 ratings  ·  60 reviews

Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat is the follow-up to the deliciously popular Well Fed -- by "The Clothes Make The Girl"blogger Melissa Joulwan -- and it's packed with even more internationally-inspired recipes, mouth-watering photos, and easy meal ideas.

All 200 recipes and Quick Meal ideas in Well Fed 2 are made with zero grains, legumes, soy, suga

Paperback, 251 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Smudge Publishing (first published October 21st 2013)
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Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking, food, paleo
All but two recipes in it are Whole30 approved. And you will never, ever feel deprived. The flavors sing!

Recipes I've made so far:

Casablanca Carrots - wonderful cold salad to eat alone or atop greens.
Merguez Sausage Seasoning and Meatballs - an instant favorite.
Italian Bangers
Oven-Fried Salmon Cakes - so delicious, and penny-wise.
Fiesta Pork Chops - bye bye bland pork chops.
Pan-Fried Plantains - perfect for breakfast.
Green Beans with Sizzled Garlic - so flavorful - a huge hit!
Silky Gingered Zucc
Kat Williams
The recipes are great, but the author is kind of annoying with unecessary commentary, tangents, and irrelevant side stories. Her chosen formatting is interesting allowing you to make notes in the margins on some recipes, but not all. I feel like she used it as a space filler on shorter recipes. The formatting overall feels very...cluttered. There's just too much going on on the page. Every recipe does have a picture though, which is nice!
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to disclose that I have multiple food allergies and have been "relearning" to cook over the past couple of years. It is a hard journey--buying expensive ingredients and having inconsistent, sometimes terrible results. I continued to have some health issues so I decided to do the "Whole30" program. I was buying another cookbook from my wishlist and got a great deal on this one at the same time. I do not eat a Paleo diet but I would say I am "partially Paleo." (Ain't nothing wrong with meat ...more
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my new favorite cookbook. It has everything from the very simplest snack to more involved "project" cooking reserved for when time is not an issue. I like that there isn't much in the way of dessert. I'm not eating paleo because I need more dessert. All the instructions are easy to follow, and a lot of variations are given to keep things interesting. I like that there aren't a lot of expensive and/or difficult-to-find ingredients. It's just simple, good food that you can (for the most pa ...more
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Yes, it's a cookbook. But it got me through my Whole30, and I've read it cover to cover. It's one of the best cookbooks I've ever seen. And it's a work of art all it's own. There are photos for every recipe (which I love). I love everything about this cookbook. It will continue to be my go-to source for paleo/whole30 eats!
Pauline Youd
An interesting diet. I don't think I'll follow it but there are some interesting recipes in the book. I'll try to make Kick Ass Catsup (less sugar than regular catsup). I personally don't think cookbooks work well as ebooks. I like to get the pages of my cookbooks smudged with ingredients.
Michelle Becerril
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
I love this book and her other two as well. The recipes are easy to make and the whole family lives them. The recipes are light feeling after eat even if I over ate. There are ingredients that I learned about and others I substituted with a Google search. I highly recommend this book and her other 2.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Not as good as the first book, but still filled with plenty of easy and DELICIOUS recipes. While they can be distracting, I found the author's notes, comments, and asides to be amusing. It's almost like having a girlfriend chatting with you about her favorite recipes.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite cookbook. The only way I've been able to do three Whole30s (and contemplate doing a Whole90). Love her recipes, her humor and her flavors.
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Much better than the first book.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Much like her first book, Well Fed, this book has a bit more than just recipes going on. She offers up strategies for maintaining sanity whilst maintaining a stocked fridge of healthy, homemade food.

Also, there are 15 meatball varieties... kind of makes it worth the price of admission right there.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's worth buying this book solely for the Italian meatball recipe, which is the only Italian meatball recipe I will use for the rest of my life. I'm literally in the process of making 5 pounds of them for my father's freezer (he's not paleo, is a picky eater, and is obsessed with the meatballs).

Gave the book four stars instead of five simply because I prefer the structure of the newer book, Well Fed Weeknights.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking, read-2016
Don't feel intimidated by the long ingredient lists! These recipes make your mouth (and your stomach) happy. I love the sections "Stuff to Put on Eggs," "Dress up Your Broccoli," and "Burger Toppers" for great ways to dress up paleo basics.

Here's what I made:

Burgers, Balls, and Bangers: There are fifteen variations of meatballs in this cookbook, and I have made every single one at least once (favourite=Japanese Gyoza). I love that each variation has a "go-along" section for suggestions on food
A. B
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well Fed 2 definitely offers way more substance and BANG than the first one!
I thought Well Fed 1 was like the best thing ever...and then this book happened.

I adore her. She is so cute and confident and straight forward.
In this book she discuses in deeper detail her journey with food, fitness, and health.
What spoke to my heart the most was when she challenged all of us to find the best version of you. The one we desire to be, not the one we think we should be....she explains it better, so read
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food-and-drink
Once again, Melissa Joulwan put out an amazing, beautiful cookbook for us! Like Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat, the photographs are stunning and the layout of the book is just awesome!

Some cookbooks seem like they're just going through the motions.. ingredient list, directions, and if you're lucky, a picture. Not this one. It really feels like Joulwan is teaching you how to cook, and she really wants you to love your food! She puts in all sorts of variations and tricks you c
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love this cookbook. Really shows you how to cook up a bunch of food on Sunday so you can throw together meals all week with healthy, delicious food. I'm now a master at making my own olive oil mayo so I can whip up different tuna or chicken salads that I can throw on greens with vegetables I already cut up for the week. Bbq chicken, boil some eggs and fry up a bunch of chicken sausages for some quick protein to mix and match. Prep vegetables with a quick steam so they're ready to throw in a reci ...more
Catherine Gillespie
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
The recipes in the second Well Fed book are different enough that you’ll get a lot out of it even if you already have the first book, and that there is so much variety you will certainly find plenty to try out, especially if your family likes to eat international meals. I will say that in my experience, I usually have to double the recipe and often double the spices as well, but we like our food extra-flavorful (usually!).

{Read my full review here--as well as a link to my longer review of the fi
Michelle C.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Love this cookbook! I've been making the recipes since I got it, but I have now finished reading it cover to cover. The Awesome Sauce is! I make it pretty much every week, along with Oven Fried Salmon Cakes. I tried sardines for the first time using the Pan-Fried Sardines recipe. They were quite good, even though I'm not a fishy-fish fan. Today for lunch, I had the Buffalo Chicken Salad - yum!

The Well Fed2 recipes are succinct, easy to follow and delicious. And, the writing is clear and entertai
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm so happy to have a follow up to Well Fed, which is one of my go-to cookbooks. Melissa does not disappoint with this second cookbook. Larger and full of delicious real food recipes, this is a cookbook I pull out several times a week. The crispy chicken livers recipe converted my kids and they are now excited when I buy chicken livers.

The only thing I can't rave about is the photography. It's not nearly as tempting as the first volume. But since I know I can trust Melissa's recommendations, t
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars simply because it has great photos and a fabulous recipe layout.

However, I made the Italian Pork Roast (one of the author's recommendations for a favorite recipe) and it tasted like, well, slow cooker pot roast. Not awful, but not great either.

I'm not sure if there is a typo in the recipe, but it says to cook on low for 14-16 hours. I can't imagine how to make that timing work unless you start it the night before and plan to have it for lunch the next day. I cooked it for 10 hours and
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, cookbooks, favorites
Well Fed is my most frequently used cookbook. Well Fed 2 is just as great as Well Fed, and the format is fantastic. This is a great cookbook regardless of whether you are into the whole paleo thing or not....good food is good food and you really can't go wrong with any recipe in this book. Get it now.
Chelee Ellis
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant follow up to Well Fed. So many yummy things to cook. Already made: kickass ketchup, magic dust, spaghetti squash fritters, collard greens, cauliflower mashed "potatoes", Lizard sauce, plantain nachos, and a few more that were equally delicious. I have not made anything from this cookbook that hasn't been AMAZING!

If I could give it more stars, I would.
Susan Mcclain
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best cookbooks I have ever read, and I read a LOT of cookbooks. Great recipes and tips for cooks of any skill level. I have to take this back to the library today, but I will be buying this one for my collection. So many sauces, meat dishes and veggie combos to try, whether you're Paleo/Gluten-Free or not. Highly recommended!
Louise Genefaas
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this cookbook got me through my first Whole30. The recipes are fantastic with lots of variations! I did a whole month of clean eating without a single repeat recipe. Not that I didn't want to repeat them, there were just sooo many options! Italian Pork Roast, Salmon cakes, Creamed Spinach, you name it, I made it, I loved it!
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great recipes

I flagged a dozen or so recipes to make. that being said, many of the recipes called for ingredients I had never heard of. however I like that this wasn't a bunch of gluten free replacement for gluten filled meals. they were recipes that worked whether you are going paleo or not.
Mike Slominsky
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a VERY good cookbook (in the same vein as Well Fed) for those who are interested in exploring "paleo cooking" but don't want to give up on familiar (or even MORE DIVERSE) flavors and textures.
If you are interested in expanding your spice rack and your palette while cutting back on or eliminating "white carbs," then I highly recommend this book.
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Joulwan's recipes turn out great, without fail...ok, maybe my cauliflower rice doesn't come out perfect every time, and doesn't look as pretty as hers, but it is tasty. Her sauces and uses of spices, plus DIY spice blends are wonderful. I used this book while on the Whole 30, and it made the month really enjoyable.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks, 2016
I so have a girl crush on Melissa Joulwan! This woman is confident, funny, smart and damn good at using spices to make food sing.

This book, like her first, "Well Fed", is full of beautiful food porn on well designed pages. The recipes are off the hook delicious and I really like her "you know how you could do that?" options for the recipes.
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not a huge fan of the way this book is arranged and the author doesn't seem very knowledgable about food. They play on the word "pho" isn't as amusing because she mispronounces it. There were some cooking blunders etc but the recipes do make it worth it!!
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think Melissa could top her 1st Well Fed Cookbook, but somehow she did with Well Fed2. Love that this cookbook has the AIP additions too it! I have already tried many recipes and everything is just so yummy!
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Melissa Joulwan is the co-founder of Strong Sense of Place, a web site and podcast dedicated to literary travel and books with vivid settings.

She's also the author of the best-selling Well Fed cookbook series and the blog, where she writes about her triumphs and failures in the gym, in the kitchen, and in life. Her most recent cookbook is Well Fed Weeknights: Complete Paleo Mea

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