Look out Paleo eaters, the cookbook that I have been begging for is now available. Melissa Joulwan has just released Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat – and it is beyond fantastic!
I’m sure that many of you already follow Melissa at her blog, but if you don’t know her, Melissa is the author of Rollergirl, an avid CrossFitter who makes time to practice yoga, a rock star in the kitchen, and the most generous person I have encountered on the Internet.
Filled with over 115 original recipes and variations, Well Fed is the product of much blood, sweat, and tears, and most importantly love. Love in the sense this book is not only about preparing the best real food possible, but presenting and sharing it with family and friends.
And for Melissa, the production of Well Fed has involved the people closest to her (her husband Dave was responsible for the stunning photographs):
“All of the photos are of the real food that we cooked for the shoot, then ate for dinner. No fancy food photography tricks and no “cheating” on the recipes. What you see in the photo is exactly what you get when you use the Well Fed recipe.”
In addition to the beautiful photographs and delicious recipes, this cookbook does something unique in the genre of food preparation – woven throughout the book is the theme of how to put fantastic meals on the table in the least amount of time. This is where Melissa shines. In the book, Melissa says:
“Run your kitchen like a restaurant. Most neighborhood restaurants don’t cook every part of your meal to order. If they did, they’d never get the food to the table fast enough.”
“I muster up about 30 meals and snacks each week: I eat a homemade breakfast every day except Saturday, and I pack my lunch and snacks for day job sustenance every weekday. To forage all the ingredients for that food, my husband does one giant shopping trip on Friday afternoons, and I spend about two hours on Sunday cooking for the week. With most of our food already cooked, meal prep on an average day takes about 30 minutes total: 10 minutes to pack my food for work and 20 minutes to throw together a delicious dinner.”
I’ll wager that this will be the cookbook in your kitchen that has pages folded down, will be stained, and will have notes written in the margin. Why? Because you will use it! In fact, Melissa encourages you to take notes by creating space in every recipe as shown below.