Make It Paleo Book Review

make it paleoI have to be honest. I am so glad to be writing this review so I can finally get rid of this book!

I have been carting it around the country (I live in a RV) for months and the dang thing is huge and it weighs a ton!

I don’t know exactly how much it weighs because it maxes out my little kitchen scale, but Amazon puts the shipping weight at 3.6 pounds. It feels like a lot more!

Make it Paleo: Over 200 Grain Free Recipes For Any Occasion

thick cookbookThis Paleo diet book is not my favorite. Mainly because it is so big and heavy. It is 11 inches tall and a full one inch thick. These dimensions, along with the weight, make it unwieldy and quite hard to handle.

There are 448 pages, and the first 42 include the Introduction and a section on what is needed for the Paleo Kitchen. It discusses meats and fish, fruits and veggies, oils and fats, nuts and seeds, herbs, spices & seasonings and basic cooking tips.

cookbook photosOn the other hand, the photographs in this thing practically pop right off the page. They are just beautiful. If you pick this book up and thumb through it, your mouth will be salivating before you are finished. I guarantee it.

Now as far as the recipes go, well, they are so-so. I tried several of the recipes, including the Cinnamon Steak Skewers, Red Curry Chicken Skewers and the Pineapple-Glazed Chicken Skewers.

pork barbequeI did also cook up the Pulled Pork Barbeque. The meat was tender, juicy and delicious, but the barbeque sauce was okay, but not brilliant. Definitely not worth the effort of making it. I have cooked pulled pork several times since and I use her method, just with bottled barbeque sauce.

You will note that almost all bottled barbeque sauce has corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup in it. I have found one that does not, and it is really good. You can find that here: Bone Suckin’ BBQ Sauce.

It also comes as a rub, which is new and I have not tried it yet. It is in my pantry, however, to expect a review on it soon.

Cinnamon Steak Skewers

skewering steakOut of the four recipes, we liked this one the best.

I ended up marinating the steak in a Zip-Lock bag overnight. I had not planned on marinating for that long, but I got an offer for dinner out after I had put everything together and who could refuse that?

steak skewerIt makes a bit of a mess when you are putting the steak on the skewers, but it was well worth it.

The marinade ingredients included lemon juice, olive oil, cinnamon, curry and ground ginger, as well as salt and pepper.

The meat was tasty, the flavor a bit mild for my taste. But everyone liked it and so I would probably make this recipe again.

Red Curry Chicken Skewers

red curry chicken skewersThese chicken skewers called for marinating the chicken with coconut milk, curry paste and salt for up to an hour.

It was a pretty simple recipe, which is quite my style.

You then skewer the marinated chicken pieces with green bell pepper and onion chunks.

By the time we tried this recipe, we had gotten a bit smarter about setting up the skewers. You need to make sure you space the ingredients out on the skewers.

If you squish them altogether, you will not get that nice crispy sides and they just won’t cook evenly. Plus then the sauce is missing on the sides when you baste the meat.

red curry chicken with honey mustardThis recipe turned out okay, but I just could not really taste much flavor to the meat and veggies. Perhaps that is the way it is when you marinate, but then why bother with all the fuss.

I added honey mustard dressing to it, which dramatically improved the dish.

Pineapple Glazed Chicken Skewers

chicken skewer raw The Pineapple-Glazed Chicken made a really nice looking basting sauce. I tripled the recipe, because we have a large family.

The sauce included diced pineapple, olive oil, garlic, ginger, the juice of a whole lemon and salt. I found it bitter and so I added some honey to it.

I think that was a mistake, because when the chicken was done, it still had this kind of thick, gritty sauce on it – it did not taste good at all. We may have had the chicken and pineapple chunks squished together too close on the skewer as well.

We did eat it, but it was would not be a repeat meal.

Would I Buy Make It Paleo Again?

I have to say no. Although it is a beautiful cookbook, I find it too large and too heavy for my lifestyle. I would probably hang onto it if it ditched the photos and weighed a bit less.

But if you like to do a lot of grilling – this book is for you. A lot of folks on Amazon disagree with my assessment, as 281 people gave it a five star rating. If you would like to see the insides of this book, and see for yourself, click on the following link.

Make it Paleo: Over 200 Grain Free Recipes For Any Occasion

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