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Reviewed by Jen K.

Technically, The Primal Blueprint Cookbook is classified as a diet cookbook, but really it is intended as a guide to changing the way you eat for life. The Primal Blueprint Cookbook plan focuses on eschewing modern foods and eating the way our ancestors did – as simply as possible. When humans were foragers, they relied on meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. By returning to this primary way of living off the land, your body will naturally receive and benefit from the nutrients and vitamins it requires. Intentionally absent are grains and sugars, and dairy products are limited. A healthy body has no need for the overly processed foods that society has come to rely on due to their convenient nature.

Primal cooking relies on a abundance of fresh vegetable and nourishing fats. Bread and cereal may be off limits, but will it matter when bacon, marinated roast beef, chicken dishes, eggs and seafood are approved? Some of the recipes are off the beaten path, but seem really incredibly interesting. Egg white crepes are used instead of corn tortillas for a pan of enchiladas, Summer Squash Noodles are served as a substitute for pasta, and Mashed Parsnips take the place of traditional mashed potatoes. Some of the recipes are less mainstream, which is pretty much the entire Offal chapter, but there are plenty of others to choose from if you aren’t feeling that adventurous.

I’m impressed with how many flour-free baked goods are presented here, which I never would have thought possible. You can still bake up Pumpkin Nut Muffins, Coconut Pancakes, and Nut Butter Bars. Don’t feel that desserts are a thing of the past, as Chocolate Truffles, Walnut Meal Brownies and Coconut Milk Ice Cream are [amazonify]0982207727[/amazonify]all on the menu. I particularly like the chapter titled Marinades, Sauce and Dressings – the secret weapons that make inexpensive meats come alive and vegetables sing with flavor. I have never considered making my own mayonnaise, but this photo makes me want to give it a shot.

Mark Sisson presents a compelling argument, but I’m not entirely sold on the idea that a steady diet of meats are one of the healthiest choices we can make for our bodies. If you do subscribe to his theory, The Primal Blueprint is a fabulous cookbook to have in your arsenal. A wide collection of recipes are presented, full page photos of each dish, plus succinct directions and explanations. There’s even a bit of humor thrown in along the way. In all, a fascinating, innovative cookbook.

Jen lives in Michigan with her husband and six year old son. She writes reviews of children’s books on her blog, FIRR-Kids and loves filling her shelves with cookbooks.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Dunn Pellier Media. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.