It’s the time of year when Christmas Day and New Year festivities are all wrapped up and you can enjoy some ‘me’ time that you so deserve! This is the time when you can finally pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read all year, soak up some vitamin D and sleep in.
Like a lot of other people, one of my new year goals is to read more. I’m pretty sure I set this goal every year!
In any case, I always make a list of books I’d like to read, and I thought I’d share my top Australian paleo cookbooks with you all. There are many many more books that I would recommend but I’ve specifically focused on Australian authors a) because I like to support local and b) because the ingredients are readily available and relevant to our market.
The very popular Paleo Cafe, a franchise that is currently opening all around Australia, launched it’s own cookbook in December. If you’re a fan of their food this is definitely the book for you. Paleo Cafe Founder and book author Marlies Hobbs has let us all in on her kitchen secrets and has shared the recipes behind some of the most popular dishes at the cafe. A great way to learn how to serve up paleo cafe fare at home using local ingredients. This book is comprehensive and is also great for someone new to the paleo lifestyle as it has plenty of tips on how to start, shopping lists and even tips on movement and exercise to complement the diet.
Recently released, this is one of my favourite new cookbooks because the theme is entertaining! What’s more, it’s written by dietician and natural nutritionist Larina Robinson, founder of The Body Dietetics, so all the recipes are specifically designed to meet a range of dietary requirements including paleo and low FODMAP just to name a couple. Larina is also very knowledgeable on specific food intolerances (having experienced a few of her own) including IBS, Coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease etc. So if you fancy yourself a healthy Donna Hay in the kitchen, definitely check this one out.
I must confess that I’ve had this book on my reading list since early 2013 and still haven’t found the time to read it. But I follow Australian author and online publisher Irena Macri and I had the chance to meet her in December. She is a passionate foodie and injects so much of her love of food, as well as some of her Ukrainian heritage, into her recipes which makes her dishes so unique. Beautifully presented, it would also make a lovely coffee table companion and it’s at the top of my reading list for 2014.
This is the second book from My Kitchen Rules sensations and dynamic duo Scott Gooding and Luke Hines. Both subscribe to the paleo diet as their principles for healthy eating. Being locals (to Sydney) the recipes draw on native and local food sources from our own backyard. Although it’s not entirely paleo (they incorporate a few non-paleo ingredients here and there) it’s a good book for someone who is interested in paleo but still enjoys some gluten-free grains and dairy. I know a lot of people who fit into this category so I would recommend it for them.