As its title states, Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go* attempts to solve the biggest conundrum for new paleo eaters: the need for fast, portable food that holds up well in travel. The book succeeds admirably. Author Diana Rodgers, a nutritional therapy practitioner, offers a ton of tasty recipes that fit the bill perfectly.
What is wonderful about the book is that it is more than just a collection of recipes. Rodgers shares her own path to the paleo lifestyle, and tips for those who want to go cold turkey or take a “baby steps” approach to going gluten- and grain-free. She also shares nutritional information, advice for dining out and a great FAQ. The section on “Paleo Pitfalls” and the menu plan with three weeks of kid-friendly lunches make this book a must-have.
Then, there are the recipes. The book begins with two chapters of wraps, which might not sound exciting to the uninitiated. However, Rodgers adds pizzazz with clever flavor combinations and creative choices. Her Portable Tuscan Wrap puts plain submarine sandwiches to shame, and the Smoked Duck Wrap with Cherries and Hazelnuts had me headed for the grocery store almost before I finished reading the page. The Grilled Eggplant Rollups are beautiful and delicious.
Later chapters feature delicious soups (her version of Greek avgolemono is excellent), salads, multiple breakfast sausage recipes (one with cherries and tarragon — mmm), as well as recipes for paleo staples like broth, mayonnaise and more. Rodgers even includes recipes for snacks/hors d’oeuvres, biscuits and crackers. Just about every recipe includes tips on how best to transport the food and how well the dishes stand up to travel. Finally, she ends the book with a brief resource section that includes recommendations for other paleo reference books and websites.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. The only negative comments I might make were about the few typos I noted, and that one recipe is referred to in another by an incorrect name. These are small quibbles, however, and would not stop me from recommending this book to anyone who wants fresh ideas for paleo meals.
Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go: The Solution to Gluten-Free Eating All Day Long with Delicious, Easy and Portable Primal Meals*
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