First off, I’m a cookbook addict. There. I said it. I absolutely, positively adore cookbooks. I have an entire bookcase (not shelf) in the house dedicated to cookbooks – and I’ve actually given away a bunch to friends! And speaking of giveaways – Amber has given me TWO e-books to giveaway! Be sure to get to the bottom of this post for details on how to enter.
But also, in direct contradiction to that, I can’t follow directions. I love going thru cookbooks to get ideas but then when it comes to it, either the recipe takes too long, or I haven’t got one of the ingredients, or there’s something in my fridge I need to use up first.
But when Amber from Paleo Savvy asked me to check out her new cookbook, I jumped at the chance. Not least, because I’d already downloaded the sample pages and really was looking forward to the rest of the book. I also loved the idea of recipes that took 30 minutes or less to get to the table. Because although I love cooking, I’m also pretty lazy!
Flicking thru the e-book, I was first struck by the design of the book. It’s clear, and bright and well laid out. You can see at a glance the ingredients and exactly how long it takes to prepare. The photographs are stunning! But after the first glance, I realized exactly what a great cookbook this is – especially, I imagine, for non-cooks or people who just don’t have time to either paw through their mountain of cookbooks every night of the week.
See, Amber has planned out 9 weeks for you. Each week chapter begins with a page explaining the 4 meals (it’s weeknights, remember?) followed by a shopping list. So you have the week’s meals all sorted and the shopping done by Monday. Her recipes within each week can use up leftovers from the night before, which is perfect. And in general, all meals are for 4 – although the ones that are for 8 are freezable.
Back to my not being able to follow directions, I didn’t follow a full week – which is a shame, as I love the idea of cooking a meal on, say, a Tuesday and then using the leftovers on Wednesday in a completely different meal. (I do this often, except usually the second meal is some sort of omelette with leftovers….!) Also – we have friends visiting this week – which is great for trying out new recipes, except one if a vegetarian – very challenging for me, indeed!
But I did select a few recipes from the book this week including Slow-cooker Chicken Mole (holy crap, this was amazing!!!), Paleo Tater Wedges with Chipotle Mayo (also suitable for vegetarians…), Thai Pork Meatballs (this has become a new staple in my kitchen…), and Carrots and Currants Salad (The Vegetarian was impressed with this one last night!). I can’t wait to try the Spicy Sloppy Joes with Citrus Twist Broccoli, Tomato Gratin, Spinach Stuffed Chicken and Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Prosciutto-Wrapped Tilapia. We all know how much I love food wrapped in prosciutto…
Basically, Weeknight Paleo is a great book to the time-crunched cook as well as someone searching for new ideas. You can work your way through the 9 weeks easily, or just dip in and out as I did (the index is great for this). The designer in me loves the photos and layout. I especially love the li’l icons with tips and tricks. Great touch!
Weeknight Paleo is available direct from Amber’s website, Paleo Savvy as an e-book for $14.95 or as a printed book for $29.95. I have to admit, I definitely prefer the Real Book format but that’s a personal preference. I also prefer real cds to mp3s, and dvds to downloaded movies…. call me old-fashioned. You can download a 39 page sample of the book from Paleo Savvy to try before you buy.
Or, you can win one of two copies right here. Leave me a comment to tell me what your favourite weeknight paleo meal is; what is your ‘go-to’ meal? I’ll pick my favourite answer.
The other book will be given away at random from all Rafflecopter entries in the widget below – and you can get up to 8 entries. Get to it! (If you leave a blog comment, click on the Rafflecopter button to gain those two extra entries for the random giveaway….!)