Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen

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What if you could cook fantastic meals similar to the heartwarming comfort dishes your grandma used to make…and have them be good for you? In Paleo Comfort Foods, Charles and Julie Mayfield provide you with an arsenal of recipes that are healthy crowd-pleasers, sure to appeal to those following a paleo, primal, gluten-free, or "real-food" way of life—as well as those who have not yet started down such a path.

Implementing paleo guidelines and principles in this book (no grains, ...

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Overview

What if you could cook fantastic meals similar to the heartwarming comfort dishes your grandma used to make…and have them be good for you? In Paleo Comfort Foods, Charles and Julie Mayfield provide you with an arsenal of recipes that are healthy crowd-pleasers, sure to appeal to those following a paleo, primal, gluten-free, or "real-food" way of life—as well as those who have not yet started down such a path.

Implementing paleo guidelines and principles in this book (no grains, no gluten, no legumes, no dairy), the Mayfields give you 100+ recipes and full color photos with entertaining stories throughout. The recipes in Paleo Comfort Foods can help individuals and families alike lose weight, eat healthy and achieve optimum fitness, making this way of eating sustainable, tasty and fun.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781936608935
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/12/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 113,495
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Mayfield has nearly ten years of experience in cooking, preparing, serving, and educating people about food. A certified Level 1 CrossFit trainer, she loves combining her knowledge of all things culinary with Paleo principles. In addition to cooking and CrossFit endeavors, Julie works full-time in the non-profit sector, as well as volunteering at a pediatric oncology camp in Georgia.

Charles Mayfield is a certified Level 1 CrossFit trainer, avid gardener and active outdoorsman. A graduate of Georgia Tech, Charles is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner with over 12 years of experience. Charles is also an active volunteer with Jerusalem House, a non-profit organization in Atlanta that provides programs and services to families living with HIV/AIDS.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Good For Paleo or Low Carb Diets

    Although I don't follow a strictly paleo diet, otherwise known as the caveman diet or primal eating, I do like the recipes in this cookbook because of needing to stay low-carb with my eating and it gives me comfort food options that use ingredients I can find locally. Because the paleo diet doesn't include most grains, wheat flour is replaced with almond flour or coconut flour, and arrowroot powder is used as a thickening agent for gravies and sauces instead of flour. And believe it or not, mashed cauliflower makes a tasty substitute for mashed potatoes as a low-carb option. Really! I didn't believe it until I tried it myself and didn't feel I was missing out by not having the real thing. (Hint: I found starting with fresh cauliflower worked better than frozen, and cooking it in chicken broth was better than water.)

    Baking gluten-free is the biggest challenge and recipes eliminating regular flour will have a different taste and texture that people have to adjust to. I made a small version of the Nutty Pie Crust recipe and it will never look or taste like a regular flour and shortening pie crust but it was still tasty as a base for something like pumpkin or sweet potato pie. The authors rely on coconut milk a lot and it does add a different taste to foods but I like it well enough that I'm willing to try new recipes using it.

    Expense is another issue because paleo eating isn't necessarily cheap. Finding local, free-range, organically raised sources of meat and produce as is recommended for the recipes, and using ingredients like almond and coconut flour or coconut milk is quite a bit more expensive than standard grocery store fare but the recipes are applicable using what you can afford. Many of the recipes are simply healthier versions of traditional ones such as pot roast, fried chicken, meat loaf, butternut squash soup, and beef stew.

    The cookbook has lots of color photographs which is always a plus. Sections include recipes for appetizers, snacks, sauces, soups, salads, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts.

    Overall, I do like this cookbook and will continue to try some more recipes. I think the greater appeal will be to those who subscribe to the paleo diet or need to have gluten-free options more than those who don't.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Finally - Really Good Dinner Party Materials!

    This is a beautiful book printed on heavy paper and filled with glossy pictures, easy to read recipes, and helpful tips and tricks throughout. We've been cooking up a storm recently! This book includes recipes that go well beyond the "meat and veggies and meat and veggies and nuts and veggies..." that paleo newbies (and even some veterans) might expect in a book endorsing a "paleo diet." This week, I made Maryland crab cakes (p. 50), paleo gumbo (p. 160) along with riced cauliflower, and finished the meal with decadent chocolate cake with a kick (p. 306) - and none of my (non-paleo, "I don't believe in that lifestyle") dinner party-guests knew the better. The recipes in this book allow you to prepare true breakfast comfort food - such as pumpkin pancakes (p. 112) and banana nut bread (p. 302) - even pie crust and apple crisp if the occasions arise. Julie and Charles approach food with a healthy degree of realism - we all enjoy comfort food, those who wish to can have a place for it in their lives, and it doesn't have to derail our efforts to "look, feel, and perform" our best, as Robb Wolf (who wrote the forward) would say. This book provides excellent ways to prepare typical holiday fare (e.g., sweet potato casserole, cranapple sauce) in healthier - and yet very tasty - ways. Thanksgiving will never be the same at our house! This book models several recipes off of "Cook's Illustrated" - a wonderful magazine, and these recipes ring "tried and true" to me. One of the most surprising recipes is the coconut flour tortillas (p. 110) - they are delicious and make paleo chicken enchiladas (p. 230) truly grain free (I'm a sucker for Mexican, like Julie). Bravo! In sum, this is a great book that will surely inspire you to build community around food that tastes - and feels - good.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Recommend if just starting Paleo or if a seasoned cave man/woman

    Overall the book is well put together, photographs are beautiful and easy to follow. The introduction with basic kitchen foods and tools is nice and helpful. Tested several recipes: Mayonnaise, Chicken & Grape Salad, Morning Glory Muffins & Shrimp Salad. Each recipe provides variations which is nice, for example in the Shrimp Salad I sauteed the shrimp which added more flavor. Only item I would have liked to see is the amount of servings each recipe made.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Everything looks delicious!

    I just got this book, but being in the Paleo world for about 6 months now, I can tell you that these are some of the most appetizing Paleo meals I've seen so far. Everything looks amazing, can't wait to go shopping and start cooking :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Awesome!

    I have been eating Paleo for a few years now, and have noticed wonderful health benefits. I love to cook, but sometimes get into a rut with what I am cooking. Paleo Comfort Foods has given me a whole new repertoire, and my kids LOVE everything I've made. The Turkey Loafing has been a big hit, as has the Maryland Crab Cakes.
    Thank you Julie and Charles for a new classic for my kitchen!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

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    Delicious paleo recipes that taste like real food

    5 Cool Things About Paleo Comfort Foods 1. Six sections of yumminess. The recipes cover just about any eating situation that pops up: starters/snacks, sauces, soups and salads, sides, main dishes, and desserts. Plus a wide range of ingredients from lamb to shrimp, cauliflower to okra. It's got you covered no matter what's in your fridge. 2. It's personal. From the intro pages to the headnotes, it's clear that the authors care a lot about food, each other, and the people who will read this book. There are plenty of personal anecdotes, so it feels a little like hanging out with them in their kitchen while they cook. 3. Lots of options. Because the term paleo has become so elastic - cheese or not? butter or not? wine or not? - it can be hard to write a definitive paleo-friendly recipe. Most of the recipes in the book include variations for cheating it up ("If I was going to be cheating with some dairy, or following a lacto-paleo diet, I'd for certain add in some fresh shaved Parmigiano-reggiano to my Caesar salad!") and cleaning it up ("Check the label on your hot sauce for things you can't pronounce and avoid those that contain ingredients that scare you."). That makes this book perfect for people new to paleo and for experienced paleo eaters. 4. Commitment to quality. Jules and Charles care passionately about food quality and flavor. In their overview of foods for a well-stocked kitchen, they earn their spot in the Paleo Foodie Hall of Fame with this: "... repeat after us: `I will never, ever, not ever buy garlic that comes in a jar.'" That theme is threaded throughout the book: use fresh quality ingredients for the best taste and health. 5. Doubles as a weapon. The book is big and glossy, with full-page photos of each recipe. The beginning sections share the stories of how Jules and Charles found themselves eating paleo and writing a cookbook - and you get to meet their canine family members, too. The book is colorful, easy to use, fun to flip through, and - bonus! - with 336 pages, it's dense enough to double as a weapon. AWESOME!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    A MUST have cookbook for everyone interested in healthy, tasty eating

    This is a must have cookbook for everyone who wants to eat and cook healthy, and not always feel like you are eating healthy! Not only are the recipes fabulous, but the book includes a quick guide to food basics and cooking tool basics, which was an incredible help to me. So far, all of the recipes I have made have been good the first time around-- and throughout the remainder of the week as I eat the left overs. Having leftovers is incredibly important to me as it can be so difficult to find the time to make lunches and dinners during the week. As if it is not enough just to have great food one time around, the main disches, and side dishes (and all in one dishes: Country Captain Chicken!) seem to lend themselves to serving as tasty leftovers-- food I actually look forward to eating again. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who is interested in maintaining healthy nutrition, and a satisfied stomach!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Wow! Great Food, Info, and Pictures!

    The first cook book I have ever owned and I get really hungry just reading through it. The recipes are easy to follow and the pictures make the food look amazing!! Following the pale0 diet/lifestyle has changed my life, health, and energy levels and this book is further proof that the diet is not only healthy but really tasty!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

    This is my new favorite cookbook. The recipes in it are flavorfu

    This is my new favorite cookbook. The recipes in it are flavorful and easy to follow. Most of the ingredients are becoming more and more available in grocery stores. Many people think that this style of eating is expensive but I have found that once you make the shift and find the stores that carry the products, you're not really spending a lot more and you're getting so much more out of it. I have been looking for a good book that makes the paleo diet idea easier to understand and start. I recommend reading both the forward and introduction. This gives you a good sense about the authors and their ideas in writing this book. It helped me feel even more comfortable about continuing my journey exploring this lifestyle. The authors are very frank about when they aren't necessarily being using strict interpretations. 
    My husband is from Louisiana and so he was fairly skeptical about this "whole paleo thing". He has enjoyed every meal I have made from this and is now even getting into making his own recipes more in line. The authors do use coconut flour and milk in many of their recipes. While I find the flavor interesting my husband isn’t so keen on it. I have found just using the almond flour and milk works just fine and he likes it, easy fix.
    The book itself is beautiful enough to have as a coffee table book. The pictures alone will inspire you. Each recipe has an introduction and usually a few variations. 
    Thank you Julie and Charles for this wonderful and creative book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    highly recommended

    delicious meals with ingredients that can be found in your cupboards. The meals are not too lengthy or complicated.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Cover & food photos have eye appeal!

    We purchased this book for a gift, which was received with gracious enthusiasm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Great book!

    Happy to have found a way to make old favorites healthy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Great ideas and commentary from author

    I really enjoyed the beginning, the author talks about her reasons for eating this way, inspirational for me. The recipes are easy to follow and each one has a picture, which I like, additionally I like the nook format because I can travel with my recipes and share! Great book for DYI Paleo.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Awesome cookbook!!

    I love pictures for recipes and this book has really good pictures.
    Recipes are easy to follow and I love that some even have suggestions of other ways to make it.
    I highly recommend this cookbook!

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Great book and great recipes!

    I use this book several times a week. It has great recipes that are easy to follow and great pictures. So happy to be able to make some of the foods I thought I had to give up with Paleo!

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    Great Book

    I bought this book earlier in the year and have been extremely satisfied and pleased. I have followed a paleo eating style for nearly 5 years now. I use this cookbook frequently and have made some subs too based on availability and my own limitations with food.

    The recipes are well written and the photos are really great! Thanks for providing this to both the seasoned chef and the new paleo adherent!

    I high recommend this book.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    Must have!!!

    I bought this just after it was released. I've been cooking out of it since. Not only a great cookbook with tons of recipes, but also great for inspiration to create your own meals. It has yummy Paleo versions of all kinds of comfort foods that I thought would end up being off limits, like chocolate cake, fried chicken, chicken pot pie, biscuits. And the best part, my boyfriend - who doesn't eat Paleo - loves what I make. You must have this cookbook in your collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Great gift and something you should have in your paleo library!

    I really enjoy this cookbook. I love the bright pictures, variations and hints. There are a lot of recipes that have become staples in our menuu planning!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Wish I would of been able to review it first...

    A bit disappointed, if I would of been able to review the content first I would not have bought it.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    Great Adaptations for "Normal Food"

    Many of these recipes trick your mind into thinking you're eating foods with grain. It's great for entertaining, especially those who do not eat a paleo diet.

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