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Old 02-12-2014, 08:27 AM   #1
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Interesting cookbook: The Ancestral Table by Russ Crandall

I got this book yesterday and I wanted to share my impression.
First: yes, it's considered a Paleo book.
However: he does use rice, potatoes and dairy, so it's very doable for most plans.

Second: I'd say half of the recipes I've looked at are "you don't need to be a professional chef to do this" type. Some are fairly complicated or take time, but for the most part, the ones I've looked at are fairly simple.

Third: easy to find ingredients. Of course he suggests the usual "hormone and antibiotic free, organic, free range, no crapola additives" stuff, but there's also a heavy lean towards "whatever is in your budget".

Fourth: while not a necessity, the book is beautifully photographed. I'm an "eye eater" so this has a big effect on if I'm going to try a recipe or not

Now he does use things like tapioca starch, potato starch, rice noodles, honey, etc. So many of the recipes are not uber low-carb, but there's a lot of potential (subbing shirataki noodles, stevia, glucomannan, etc).

Anyway, if you're in the mood for a new cookbook, I really like this one (enough to post about it lol).
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:59 AM   #2
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I just checked out his blog (The Domestic Man) and looked at some of the recipes. It looks like he does a lot of Asian cooking. We cook that way frequently too as a lot of it is naturally gluten free.

I'm kind of interested in the (gluten free) pizza that is on the cover of the book. We have developed a decent crust but I'm always on the lookout for more ideas there.
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His blog has the recipe It's "Cast Iron Skillet Grain and Gluten Free Pizza" (out of deference to the author, I won't post his recipes here, but they're easily googleable (is that a word?) and his blog has several of them )
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Thanks. That looks interesting.
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A lot of the paleo/primal cookbooks are really into umami flavor (Umami - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). So they do lean towards the Asian flavor profile.
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