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The Ancestral Table: Traditional Recipes for a Paleo Lifestyle

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Critically-acclaimed food blogger Russ Crandall presents over 100 classic and traditional recipes for a gluten-free, whole foods lifestyle. Beautifully photographed and tirelessly researched, The Ancestral Table will provide you with the tools to approach cuisine in a way that is healthful without sacrificing taste.

In The Ancestral Table, acclaimed home chef and blogger
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Victory Belt Publishing (first published February 9th 2014)
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Danny
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
paleo cooking takes a more authentic direction

Rather than attempting to rewrite comfort food classics with paleo substitutions, this book looks mainly to South America & Asia for naturally paleo-friendly dishes that are exotic & full of flavor. The Ancestral Table is well researched & will appeal to the uncompromising cook looking for the most delicious expression of a dish.
Sarah
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very useful book. The author approaches Paleo from the anti-inflammatory side, having dealt with autoimmune problems. After using Paleo to let the inflammation heal, he does incorporate some dairy into many recipes. Health information in the front of the book is geared toward anti-inflammatory information and toxic load, and has footnotes! Instructional information in the beginning is geared for people who may be new to cooking, and a complete table at the end gives amendments for each ...more
Suzanne Barrett
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Russ Crandall, The Domestic Man in the blogosphere offers a twist on paleo cooking with his new book. Think gourmet paleo cooking. While it may seem like an oxymoron, Crandall pulls it off with aplomb in this delightful collection of eating/lifestyle information and mouthwatering recipes.

With a forward by Paul Jaminet, PhD, we learn about how paleo eating heals the body. Jaminet explains about his and his wife’s health problems and also Russ Crandall’s, and how their health improved through
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Ellyne
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
As fellow reviewer @Danny mentioned, this book mostly features recipes from around the world that are naturally paleo as opposed to going for complicated substitutions of modern foods. I really like Crandall's food philosophy, which is basically a modernized, more relaxed version of the traditional Paleo diet. Note that includes some dairy and alcohol.

A lot of the recipes, while well-done, are somewhat unoriginal, and you can find similar recipes in other books or for free on blogs or recipe
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Amy Bowser
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Russ Crandall, the Domestic Man, has produced a cookbook that will help you to create delicious, wholesome and authentic food. But it is so much more than that. His personal story and journey to heal himself with natural, whole food is very interesting. The cookbook will help you to understand and regain control of the nutritional density in your meals. It is a gift. He shows you the path for escape from the processed food hell that is making our population fat and sick.

The variety and flavor
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Lisa
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
The author shares his journey to health and how he came to create and write this book. This book is filled with authentic delicious recipes with clear instructions and gorgeous pictures. I can't wait to try many of these recipes on my family. Most of the recipes do seem to take time, so not a quick last minute, mad-rush for lat minute dinner ideas book, but given the time for prep and time to cook, fabulous meals with opportunities for lots of left overs, my favorite!
BookBec
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
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Not much here that was new.
I found it annoying that substitutions were listed in a table at the back of the book. Why not just put a line on the page with the recipe: "In place of ABC ingredient, substitute XYZ."
Sheila Brennan
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book!

It has so much information. Not to mention great recipes. Highly recommend. Finally a recipe book that uses REAL FOODS!
Janet
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This was not your typical paleo cookbook--and I love that. There are a few recipes I will be repeating, and I'm very curious to make the Sephardic Jewish-Style Roasted Eggs (Huevos Haminados)!
Jodi
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paleo, cooking
I liked it so much that I bought a copy!
Grace
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the library to skim for ideas but it was fabulous. I am definitely going to be buying this one for my bookshelf. A great resource.
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Russ Crandall was born and raised in Washington State. After working as a chef in small restaurants for a few years, he joined the US Navy at age 20, and he continues to serve as a Russian and Indonesian translator. In 2010 he began chronicling his cooking adventures on his popular food blog, The Domestic Man .

He lives with his wife and two sons in Norfolk, VA.