Well Fed review and giveaway!

A review of the paleo cookbook, Well Fed including the chocolate chili.
 chocolate chili

You guys remember this chocolate chili stuffed squash? Remember how I called myself a cheater since the chili recipe wasn’t mine and I basically gave you a recipe on how to cook squash and a link to the chili recipe and called it a day? Well, cheating was a good idea because Melissa, who created the delicious chili recipe, happened to read that post (see…good things come to those who link to the original source! sorry-huge pet peeve there) and got in touch with me about a potential review & giveaway of her cookbook, Well Fed. Without trying to sound like soooo cool (because I’m not), I get emails every day from companies, PR firms and random other spammy sounding sources constantly trying to get a blogger on the hook to do a review of whatever they’re pushing. My most recent was sunglasses. Because obviously, that’s what this blog is about. Um, delete. So it was nice to finally say “yes!” without hesitation. Well Fed had actually been on my list of cookbooks to buy anyway after hearing rave upon rave review of the paleo recipes in it.

I totally get that this is like the worst giveaway timing. It’s too late to be considered a Christmas present and I’m posting this on the weekend leading up to Christmas when there’s probably all of 3 people reading this while the rest are schlepping through the mall. At least I know the winner will get to keep it for themselves and be a dedicated reader I guess? Ha.

well fed book

If you follow me on instagram then you’ve seen that I’ve made quite a few of the recipes from this book already. I actually took the time to read it from front to back before cooking anything because there’s quite a bit of good information up front before Melissa even gets into the recipes. From basics on the paleo way of eating to guidance on food shopping and meal prep in order to be successful eating this way to paleo pantry essentials and even some basic “hot plate” ideas which aren’t really recipes as much as they are pairing ideas for those nights you don’t want to follow a “recipe” and would rather just throw something together real quick. It’s a great balance between a paleo reference book and a cookbook.

well fed

I’ve made all the recipes in those photographs (as well as others) and I kid you not when I say two of them were life changing (the others were stellar too).

1. Citrus Carnitas. You guys know my very well documented love of carnitas. I think it might actually be my “last meal” dish of choice. So I was psyched to try this version out and even more excited when I realized I had 3.65 pounds of pork butt in my freezer just waiting to be carnita-fied. The method and directions will totally have you second guessing the outcome (she likens the process to watery meat soup and it’s spot on) but in the end all I can say is OMFG. Yes, the F is necessary. They will rock your world. And then you’ll end up eating 3.65 pounds of pork butt in the span of 6 days and be totally disgusted with yourself. It’s fine, it’s worth it. I promise.

2. Mashed Cauliflower. Sounds basic right? It is, but up until this recipe I’ve never been a fan of the faux-potato approach with cauliflower. This is the recipe that changed that. It’s simple, it’s ready in a matter of minutes and it’s got an awesome flavor profile that manages to give mashed cauliflower it’s own identity instead of standing in the shadows of the big bad white potato.

I think a lot of people hear the term “paleo” and think “boring”. Like they’re going to be forced to eat steamed vegetables and lean proteins with no flavor or something for every meal. But it totally doesn’t have to be that way. I love that every recipe in this book is relatively simple but the flavor combinations take whatever the main ingredient is over the top. Whether you eat paleo or not, the recipes are delicious and approachable and everyone can use a cookbook like that on their shelves!

So you want a copy now?


The Giveaway:

US & Canada residents only. The giveaway will be open until Monday, December 24th at midnight (just call me Santa). One winner will be chosen randomly and emailed. Winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is now closed.

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment telling me what paleo food you most want to try.

Additional entries (leave a comment for each):


*Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Well Fed for review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. 153

    Michele Locke says

    Czech MEATBALLS!
    The picture on Mel’s page looks amaz-zing!
    Aaand because picking just one thing is very hard… I’m going to have to also request anything for breakfast!!!

  2. 154

    Danielle L says

    I love desserts and breads so I’d really like to try a recipe along those lines. I’ve found an interesting paleo banana bread recipe that I should try soon!

  3. 157

    Tasha Hardeman says

    The paleo foods I would like to try are pancakes, waffles, and granola that can also be used as cereal. I miss all of those things. I love my eggs for breafast but need variety.

  4. 158

    Emily F says

    I have been thinking about switching to the paleo diet (maybe after the holidays). It just sounds so complicated but these recipes don’t look so bad!!

  5. 161

    Stephanie M says

    I’ve tried the cauliflower mash. It was AMAZING! If I win this book, I’d try the Shepherds Pie using cauliflower mash… or maybe switch it out and use sweet potato mash. Now I’m starving. Thanks a lot.

  6. 164

    Carilynette says

    I’m excited to see a new Paleo cookbook. I’ve just started cooking Paleo. I want to try the Shephard’s Pie from this delicious-sounding cookbook!

    I have tried your Paleo Chocolate Chunk cookies and can’t get enough of them!

  7. 170


    To be honest, I know nearly nothing about paleo cooking, so I’m not sure what I’d make. The mashed cauliflower sounds good, though.

  8. 174

    Jill says

    Would love to have this book. Love. Unfortunately, I’m not on twitter or FB, so I only have one entry…but better than no entry at all!
    Lots of stuff I’d like to try I think…currently trying out ome paleo banana breads and looking for a low-cal one that is really really good and not too expensive!
    Curious if you eat ONLy organic, etc…the place where I live has ZERO of that stuff and i’m financially strapped. Thoughts?

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