Great work today to everyone! This was a very tough WOD and everyone gave it their all, and I think maybe even had a little fun along the way!
Full disclosure: I collect cookbooks. I love reading them, looking at pictures, feeling the pages, inhaling the new book smell, and fantasizing about when I’m going to make each dish. When traveling, my favorite souvenir is a regional cookbook. Every time I take my kids to the library or Barnes & Noble we first stop at the cookbook section, grab an armful, and then head to the kid’s section. And Costco! Don’t even get me started! Not only are there so many choices but at a discount! And free shipping with Amazon Prime! I have way too many and should probably go through them, but like any self-respecting book nerd, I’ve grown attached to them and would feel bad letting them go. A few years ago Corey made me go through all of my books and it took me forever to decide if I was going to keep or donate (never throw away). They’re like good friends, always there in times of need. Don’t judge me.
Here are a few of my favorite, well-worn cookbooks. Some are paleo and for those that aren’t you can swap out ingredients to make it comply with your diet.
America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook This is the cookbook that tells how to make the classics with tested methodology. Some of the instructions are long and time consuming but the results are always consistent and always good. There is one at Costco now which has every recipe from the entirety of their show on PBS. This is an excellent resource for all home cooks.
Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless He is the master of Mexican cuisine; I’ve made every single recipe and most of the riffs in this cookbook and I keep coming back to them time and again. If you like authentic Mexican food, not Azteca gut bombs, this one is for you.
Primal Cravings by Megan and Brandon Keatley This is my favorite paleo/primal cookbook. It’s got all of your favorites but made more healthy with clean, non-gut irritating ingredients so you can feel good about what you’re putting into your body. They have a no nonsense, practical approach to eating paleo.
Bobby Flay’s Burgers, Fries, and Shakes Just the title alone would shock any paleo purist into a carb coma. Get rid of the buns and you’ve got a book full of flavorful burgers perfect for summertime grilling. I like Bobby Flay because he has red hair, his food has layers of flavor, and he’s just as passionate about fitness as he is food.
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution What I love about Jamie Oliver is his philosophy and life mission to get people to cook real food. Send kids to school with real chicken as opposed to chicken nuggets. Make dinner at home and share with family and friends. It’s a basic idea that’s been around since the dawn of humankind but so easily overlooked in today’s modern age. The recipes in this cookbook are approachable and delicious, my kids devour the vindaloo.
Sunday Soup by Betty Rosbottom I love soup and this is my go-to for when we’re craving something other than chicken and veg. It’s divided by seasons and lists salads or sandwiches that accompany the soup. During the fall and winter I make a double batch of a soup once a week for the kids to pack in their thermos for lunch.
Make it Paleo by Hayley Mason and Bill Staley This is a great cookbook for those new to paleo. Recipes are very approachable and ingredient lists are fairly short. Check out their website Primal Palate.
365: No Repeats by Rachael Ray I’ve had this book since before I was married and it’s well loved. Tons of recipes that satisfy everyone at the table; just be sure to swap out any ingredients that don’t fall into your diet.
The Paleo Chocolate Lover’s Cookbook by Kelly Brozyna If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time or know me in the slightest you know I have a chocolate addiction bordering on severe. Since going paleo I’ve not once considered giving up chocolate. It’s a non-negotiable. This cookbook is amazing, I’ve made maybe 10 things out of it and all of them are great. The frozen dark chocolate custard is so rich and delicious, all you need is a few spoonfuls and your sweet tooth is cured. The hard part is practicing control. Check out her blog The Spunky Coconut.
Tyler’s Ultimate by Tyler Florence For when you want a little more than the regular same old same old, this cookbook has some really great recipes. The potato salad is to die for. The ribs are delicious. Everything is familiar but with a chef’s twist that makes things special. Great for entertaining.
Rocco’s Italian American by Rocco DiSpirito While I think Rocco’s public persona is a bit d-baggy, his food is pretty damn good. This is an interesting read because he includes family stories, traditions, and menus. And of course it’s a great resource for when you’re feeling Italian or Mediterranean.
Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo I don’t actually own this one but everyone in my family does. It’s a great resource for special diets for your specific issue. There’s a 30 paleo meal plan for people with high blood pressure, auto-immune diseases, RA, people who seek fat loss or to clean up their already pretty clean diet, among many others. Check out her blog Balanced Bites.
These are just a few of my favorite, most used cookbooks. What are some of your favorite cookbooks? Share in the comments!
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Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports. -Greg Glassman, Coach
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