In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, a new Paleo cookbook is out and we know it’s going to do very well. The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking by Juli Bauer (of PaleOMG) and George Bryant (of Civilized Caveman Cooking) is an exciting new addition to the Paleo cookbook sphere. We’ve been enjoying reading and cooking through our advanced review copy. If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, here’s my top three reasons why you should right now. (Plus, keep reading to the bottom for your chance to WIN a FREE COPY!)
A Review: The Ancestral Table
The time has come where we may share our thoughts and love for our friend Russ Crandall’s book, The Ancestral Table: Traditional Recipes for a Paleo Lifestyle. We met Russ just before he started the journey towards crafting this book at a get-together hosted by The Paleo Parents, and the time has surely flown by. If you don’t yet know of Russ, he is the brain and talent behind The Domestic Man. We’ll wait while you go check that out…
I’m so excited to share with you this review of Food For Humans, the freshman cookbook debut from Michelle Tam and Henry Fong (also known as Nom Nom Paleo and Fitbomb). As I’ve gushed before, this pair was one of my original go-to resources when I first started researching this whole “paleo diet” thing. After following along for the past couple of years, and an iPad app later, these two creatives have put together a great cookbook. If you enjoy their style on the web, you’ll love this book.
I have never been to a book signing event. I have, however, seen the occasional author modestly sitting at a table in the PX (military people, you know what I mean–for those of you who don’t, it’s kind of the Walmart of the military base), somewhat shyly peddling their new book. The look on their faces was always the same: uncertain anxiety, on the verge of completely deflated because no one notices them, never mind stops to check out their book.
The Paleo Parents, Stacy and Matt’s book release and signing event for Beyond Bacon was the exact OPPOSITE. When I arrived, just 20 minutes after things kicked off, The Red Apron was packed. I could barely even get in the door. The Paleo Parents have been a big force not just in the paleosphere, but in our own real food journey–we’ve made many friends at their gatherings and it’s really helped us step up our cooking and blogging acumen.
Since dialing in my diet, and finding what works and what doesn’t in a pretty large magnitude, I’ve been trying to take care of the other essentials of health: sleep and movement. This could be considered a tool that falls within the quantified self movement, and while I’m not ready to go as far as Kamal Patel over at PainDatabase (though I love reading his material, I just know right now I’d drop the ball in terms of follow-through), this is a good start at being able to quantify your habits in order to enact change. Working two jobs, I often spend a lot of time in front of a computer during the day, or up too late working. It’s not always a perfect life, but I’m trying to be more aware of the time I spend idle, and the times when I don’t get enough sleep.
Since purchasing the Jawbone UP, I’ve been able to track how late I stay up and whether or not it has any tangible affect on my sleep quality or my overall mood over the next few days. The UP is a really cool product that has a bit of a tarnished history because of it’s first generation attempt about a year and a half ago. It had a great debut as a wearable fitness band, well before the Nike FuelBand, but the resulting product reliability took things downhill.