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Being from the south (I’m a Texas girl), I was born and raised on comfort food. We Southerners have fried chicken and mashed potatoes in our veins, and the waistlines to prove it. It wasn’t always that way. Cowboys ate the same diet, but I guess the average person doesn’t consider the fact that cowboys and farmers always worked 15 hours a day in the heat and sun worked that cornbread off. As our lifestyles have changed and become more sedentary, our diets have stayed the same, so the old saying “Everything’s bigger in Texas” now mostly applies to our posteriors. Of course that mentality isn’t limited to south. Comfort food has migrated to all parts of the country (because it’s delicious!) and when the word “diet” is thrown around, comfort food’s very existance is threatened. The idea that it could ever be considered healthy and actually taste good, is a hard one to wrap your head around.
And as we all know, people in general tend to buck at the idea of switching to any diet or lifestyle that requires them to give up those things that they love. We cling to our unhealthy favorite foods like a childhood saftey blanket. The great thing about “Paleo Comfort Foods” is that it eliminates that barrier. It introduces the paleo diet (one that usually intimidates people) in a way that is familiar, by tweaking typical comfort food dishes to make them conform to paleo and gluten-free rules (similar to “Make it Paleo” by with a tighter niche audience).
The recipes in the book are delicious and photos are mouth-watering, like you’d expect from any good cookbook. You also won’t find ingredient lists that are miles long, which a big bonus. Cooking tasty meals shouldn’t break the bank.
The only complaint that I’ve heard so far is that the index isn’t the most navigatable. Each recipe is listed by the name of the dish, so if you don’t know that the guacamole is called “Chunky Guacamole”, you’d have to thumb through the whole book, and it’s a pretty large book. Other than that, everyone agrees that it’s a top-notch cookbook for anyone on a paleo/primal/gluten-free diet.