Julie and Charles Mayfield, authors of Paleo Comfort Foods have knocked another one out of the park with their latest contribution to our wonderful community; Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods. Why do you need another paleo cookbook? Because this one was designed with the busy person in mind and the huge majority of recipes require 30 minutes or less total prep time. If saving time is not a regular consideration for you, you are a rare individual, but I can promise you that you will still thoroughly enjoy this book.
After an excellent forward by Robb Wolf, the book opens with a brief introduction followed by a solid definition of paleo, some resources for learning the ropes, and helpful tips in the kitchen. It’s all business from there.
The recipes begin with Starters and Snacks where selections like Curried Deviled Eggs, Bacon and Basil Wrapped Shrimp, and Roasted Butternut Squash Dip will have you running for your kitchen without bothering to read further. In my personal experience, snacks are where I get bored first and this book has shown me some options that I would never have dreamed of on my own.
The next section is Soups, Stews, and Salads and it doesn’t disappoint. Clam Chowder, Speedy Gonzales Chili, and Grilled Calamari are all examples of the deliciousness that grace the pages here, but the one recipe I need to get to next is the Chilled Melon Soup served in a cantaloupe half. The Mayfields explain that the inspiration for this recipe came from “Paleo Night” at one of their favorite local restaurants in Atlanta, GA called Local Three. I found it refreshing to see them plug the source of their inspiration for a recipe in their book, and I’m happy to support that plug here.
As we might hope, the biggest section of the book is comprised of main dishes, and I can honestly say that I believe every recipe in this section will eventually make an appearance in my home. I just can’t find one I don’t want to try. Fried Chicken Tenders, Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahimahi, Stuffed Flounder, Southwest Shepherds Pie, Thanksgiving Burgers; seriously, guys, you’re killing me here!
No cookbook would be complete without a Sweets and Treats section, but the Mayfields do me proud here by making this the smallest section in the book. They offer tantalizing recipes like Berry Scones, Blueberry Muffins, and Molasses Ginger Cookies, but take the size of this section as a clue and remember that eating treats on a regular basis will probably keep you from your goals, even if they are “paleo” treats.
I can assure you that Quick and Easy Paleo Comfort Foods will be a welcome addition to your cookbook library. Get it, get in the kitchen, and feel great about eating delicious food!