I was interested to receive a copy of Idiot’s Guides: Paleo Slow Cooking because I don’t think I’d seen one of their cookbooks before. And the slow cooker is perfect for paleo meals, as meats get very tender. The author is Molly Pearl, a chef, recipe developer, and meal plan creator for PaleoPlan as well as Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint.
Layout and design:
The book is organized into the following chapters: cooking paleo, slow cooker fundamentals, energizing breakfasts, sustaining snacks, vegetables soups stews and more, chicken and poultry entrées, pork dishes, beef and game mains, lamb entrées, seafood suppers, on the sides, and paleo-friendly desserts. My assumption is that the book follows the design standards of the Idiots’ Guides series. I feel that some of the text choices are a bit difficult to read, but the size of the book is great for the kitchen.
Recipes include BLT breakfast casserole, Buffalo-style meatballs, Moroccan vegetable stew with harissa, Thai chicken soup, ham hocks with collard greens, blackberry-glazed beef short ribs, Persian lamb stew, cioppino, mushroom ragout, and paleo brownies.
What I liked about the book:
I like the box at the top of each recipe that includes prep time, cook time, yield, serving size, and macronutrients. This book gives paleo eaters lots of new choices to use their slow cooker, and includes great instructions on lining the slow cooker to make things like desserts and meatloafs.
I wasn’t so keen on:
Sodium analysis is not provided, which would be helpful for low-sodium eaters. Some of the type face used in the recipes (a light/thin sans serif font) makes it harder to read. I would have liked the title of the recipe at the top of the recipe page instead of on the photo page.
paleo, sugar-free, celiac, dairy-free, grain-free, low carb, and gluten-free diets
Not recommended for:
Migraine, vegan, vegetarian, or low-sodium diets
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.