I came across this book via Newmarket Crossfit. My son trained there for a year or so and in true crossfit style Jason would always be dragging an extra few reps out of him and The Primal Blueprint Cookbook was one of the coffee table books that I had plenty of time to flick through. Along with Primal Blueprint.
It's a great cookbook. Lots of good interesting recipes. Many recipes that give you inspiration for other dishes. Beautifully made book with three colour photos for each recipe. it is a hardcover book.
A review of this book that I read says, 'A great cookbook needs tasty, usable recipes with photographs of the dishes, and a practical layout. This cookbook is almost perfect.
Mark Sisson includes three color photograph of each dish: one of the assembled ingredients, one of the finished dish, and one "in progress" pic. Some meals that I would not think of making from the title, I have tried based on how delicious the finished dish looks. The Transylvanian Stockpot dish, for example, is the best stew I've ever had despite the unfortunate name (it was a family name passed down for generations and they perserved that. The Five Spice Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry is another example. I thought 'Oh right another beef and broccoli dish" but the spices used rendered it absolutely amazing.
Each meal category is well-represented. Usually breakfast gets a paltry selection of dishes or they are the same old breakfast dishes we always see - high in carbs and low in nutrition. We made the Tomatoes Stuffed with Ground Bison and Eggs and some of my kids were hesitant to taste it but we found we ought to have doubled the recipe.
So as far as the food and presentation of the dishes goes, this is the best cookbook I've seen.
Two things are lacking: an index and a notation on the recipes themselves indicating how long each dish takes to prepare. Of course I can skim the recipe and get that information but if it were noted at the top of the ingredients list like many recipes have it, it would be an improvement. Also I would lay out the ingredients list with all spices together, then onions and items to chop, etc., so it's easy to see and do the prep work at once. This is minor, but no good editor would allow the book to get to publication without an index and I'm wondering what happened there.
Still it's my default cookbook and never disappoints'.
Hard to go past The Primal Blueprint Cookbook.
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