The Paleo Chef is one of the cookbooks I’ve been anxiously waiting for this year. For such a highly acclaimed book, I was was rather disappointed. Since I own most of Pete Evans’ books (My Kitchen, My Grill, My Party, Cook with Love, and Pizza) I was expecting the same caliber as the other ones. This book does feature many wholesome, healthy recipes but they lack creativeness and flavor. Many recipes are taken from his other books but ingredients adapted to the Paleo diet. If you are looking for new food ideas, this is definitely not the one. There were many filler recipes such as nori chips, sweet potato fries, kale chips, sauerkraut, cauliflower fried rice, and ice pop.
For the recipes that I tried, I found a few issues with them. The nasi goreng cauliflower rice didn’t hold up in the cooking process and became quite mushy, the flavor profile of the Vietnamese chicken wings was off, and the chicken curry had okra and spinach which tasted really strange in a curry. The recipes that I did enjoy include scrambled eggs with smoked trout and kale, black chia seed puddings, and apple-berry crumble.
Overall this book is a great way to learn about the Paleo diet and understand better ingredient choices like coconut oil, ghee, and raw honey instead of olive oil, butter, and sugar but it lacks inventiveness. After poring over the book, I only found a handful of recipes that interested me.
*I received this book to review complementary of the publisher