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30 Day Guide and Elana’s Paleo Cooking Review

Don’t miss the GIVEAWAY of each of these great new books from these bestselling authors at the end of this post!

I am in awe of the talent of our community. Ancestral health has grown to be such a powerful, willful movement over the past 3+ years we’ve been following it – and it just continues to grow. The power of success stories propels people to give things a try, despite how difficult and overwhelming it often seems at first.

But the good news is, there are now more tools than ever to help people on that path of health and wellness through nutrient dense and healing foods and this week TWO new tools from two of my favorites in the community are being added to the great line-up of amazing available books (plus only 16 more days until Beyond Bacon releases!). Here’s our take on Primal Palate’s The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking and Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry by Elana Amsterdam.

30 Day Paleo Cooking Review by PaleoParents

Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry

We love Elana, and if you don’t know that you haven’t been paying attention. She graciously wrote the Foreword to Eat Like a Dinosaur because she was the go-to source for our family’s transitional treats when we first removed grains, legumes, dairy and refined sugars from our diet. We have, love and use her first two books regularly, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and Gluten-Free Cupcakes.

Elanas Paleo Cooking by PaleoParents

If you, like us, have her first books you will love this one too. It is very similar in style and size. The photos that are included are delectable and there’s lots of great ideas.Β  An even bigger bonus, Elana did not include nightshades in this book! So, if you’re on a modified or full autoimmune paleo protocol this is a great book with savory ideas (sorry, the sweets are mostly nut-flour based) that will help you to feel less tortured by your seeming lack of choices.

Elanas Paleo Cooking Review by PaleoParents

One special Sunday morning when my mom was visiting, we decided to have an indulgent breakfast with the boys and test out a recipe from each book. When we shared the book with the kids they immediately picked out the Blueberry Coffee Cake – they’re no dummies… cake for breakfast! If you listened to our Mother’s Day Bonus Show Podcast you already know this, but my mom is mostly primal. When she saw this gorgeous cake come out to the table I literally heard her squeal. And it didn’t disappoint; as usual, Elana nailed this recipe! It held together beautifully and had a perfect flavor profile to highlight the blueberries. Just check out this day-after photo I took while noshing on it in the car on the way to work the next day!

The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking

But, one cannot have only cake for breakfast, my friends. As my kids will tell you, you need to eat a protein! So, given that The 30 Day Guide is chock full of clean-eating paleo recipes, we knew we’d find a good one in there. And we did! The boys picked out a souffle-like Egg Custards recipe that involved some of their favorite ingredients: mushrooms & bacon! Of course if your kids don’t like mushrooms you could substitute any vegetables, but don’t skimp on an opportunity to get veggies into eggs. Kids need the calcium, vitamins and minerals that vegetables offer and mine love them paired with eggs in the morning!

30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking Review by PaleoParents

What we realized when looking through for the recipe, however, was that this is much more than a recipe book! It really is a guide to get someone kick-started with Paleo. The book includes some very powerful success stories as well as 3 parts: What is the Paleo Diet, 30 Day Meal Plan (with shopping lists) and a plethora of new Recipes. Where Practical Paleo is a comprehensive guide to the why of the ancestral lifestyle, The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking is just as comprehensive a guide to the how. Of course, the little Egg Custards thrilled the boys who love to eat out of their own special dishes. Everyone’s little ramekins were licked clean before moving on to Elana’s cake. Given my experience taste testing Bill & Hayley’s food, I’m confident in saying that I think you’ll find all of these recipes trustworthy.

30 Day Paleo Review by PaleoParents

I see this book being a great resource for the person in your life that just has never ending excuses about why they can’t implement paleo in their lifestyle. Perfect for the “I don’t know how to cook” or “I don’t have time” people in your lives, it’s an un-intimidating size with tips and tricks to really help people succeed (if they have any remote interest in trying – remember, you can’t force anyone to do anything!). It’s also a great resource for those who need to really focus on good, clean paleo foods for a little while. You won’t find any tempting paleo treats in this one!

The Giveaway!

We enjoyed these books so much, by authors we’re privileged to call friends, that we’re giving away a copy of each to 1 lucky winner. Since 30 Day Guide is available at Costco and both books have a relatively low price-point on Amazon we’re hoping you now have the information you may have been looking for before buying them yourself. But, for those of you not able to make that purchase but wanting the books nontheless, here’s how to enter:

And remember Matt’s rules of giveaways!

  1. Please use a valid email address when entering. I cannot use my dowsing rods to attempt to find which bytes form your contact address!
  2. Please follow all the rules so I don’t get frustrated by invalid entries. Nothing makes more of a sad panda than picking a winner who I have to disqualify.
  3. Please respond within 48 hours or I will have to pick a new winner! I have a certain set of skills that make me a nightmare to people who don’t respond: the ability to randomly draw again.
  4. Please be a US resident. My mana is too low to cast a Teleportation Spell!

Giveaway will end on Wednesday, June 19th at midnight. Good luck!

 

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  • snm1883

    I am very interested in Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry. I have been looking for some delicious baked goods recipes that will let me use all the good stuff I am getting at my local farmer’s market.

  • snm1883

    I follow Paleo Parents on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

  • Kristin

    I would love both, of course, but as I already have Elana Amsterdam’s The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, I would love to also try The 30-Day Guide. I love both of their Websites, and would be super excited about their cookbooks! Thanks for offering these. πŸ™‚

  • Sara Grambusch

    Liked both their pages. I’m equally excited for both. πŸ™‚ I just need new recipes!

  • Rebecca Stein-Mindel

    I have liked both pages-and I’d most like to read the 30 day guide. We are just learning about paleo and trying to follow this lifestyle but have yet to get a book. This would be awesome way to get us started on the right track! My husband and I have lost 200lbs together in the last year and and are re-evaulating what really is in that and what really should we be eating!

  • Sara Grambusch

    I follow you guys everywhere. πŸ™‚

  • Dana

    Have Like BOTH pages for a long while -am waiting with bated breath for my copy of Elana’s cookbook to arrive!!! Pre-ordered… the wait has been grueling. πŸ˜‰

  • Patricia Brooks

    follow you on Facebook.

  • Jamie

    Tough decision! I am excited about most, but have known of Elana’s Pantry the longest:) I have been following both pages for a while!

  • Jamie

    I follow you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest πŸ˜€

  • Jennifer

    I am definitely interested in the 30 day guide. I like books that tell me HOW to do things, and if this helps me get (or stay) on track – I’m a fan already! (That blueberry coffee cake does look delicious though…)

  • Jennifer

    I’ve been following you guys on Facebook for awhile πŸ™‚

  • Patricia Brooks

    I have liked your page for quite sometime now and have just discovered Elana’s Pantry & liked it. I would really like the 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking for it also being a resource to implementing the paleo way into your lifestyle. I was recently diagnosed with severe wheat, corn, and other grain allergies and am trying to discover new & better ways of cooking/eating.

  • rebecca

    I am really interested in Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry Book. I bought the 30 day guide from Costco last week. And I liked both pages!

  • rebecca

    I like you on facebook and pinterest.

  • Casey

    I liked you guys (of course!), Elana’s Pantry and Primal Palate. I have Bill & Haley’s first book, and loved it. But because of that, I think I most excited about Elana’s Pantry! I LOVE to back (more than cook), so I think it would be a great book to have in my stash.

  • Stephanie KL

    I’ve “Liked” you on Facebook for a while and am still enjoying.

  • Wendy Harris Butler

    I was already a fan of both pages, but am most excited about 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking. Anything with hints on how to make all the prep and cooking easier is for me!!

  • Wendy Harris Butler

    I follow you guys on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

  • bella_belcheva

    love to get my hands on Elana’s pantry I love to make her recipes

  • Stephanie KL

    I continually like BOTH pages. I’m looking forward to both books for different reasons. Bill and Haley’s 30 Day Guide will most likely be the first used since I’m planning to do a Whole30 in July. Then I’ll sample Elana’s creations but that doesn’t mean I won’t drool while looking through the book. I have relied on their recipes before and have never been disappointed.

  • Nicole

    Good morning:). I am most excited about Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry. I love her recipes and previous cookbooks!

  • Nicole

    I follow you on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!

  • Wendy Harris Butler

    Left a review for the podcast! I am always waiting for my new episode to upload! You girls are so helpful, funny, sincere and inspirational! Keep it up!

  • Deeanna

    I am new to Paleo so I’m excited most about the The 30 Day Guide to paelo.

  • Deeanna

    I liked both pages on Facebook.annaeed at hotmail dot com

  • Eating 4 Balance

    Already liked you on Facebook πŸ™‚

  • Eating 4 Balance

    Most excited for Elana’s book. Her blog and dessert recipes are awesome! I’m looking at some of her cakes right now for inspiration for my mom’s birthday coming up. If only they were egg-free (okay, free of about a gazillion things that I can’t have), because they all look delicious πŸ™‚

  • Ashleigh

    I’m really excited for Elana’s book! I miss my desserts! I follow you guys on Twitter!

  • Erin

    I’m new to Paleo so both books look amazing. I think Elana’s would be my new favorite πŸ™‚

  • Tara S

    I’m really looking forward to reading Elana’s Pantry. I have the 30 Day Guide (I think that’s the one) as an eBook but I’d love a hard copy as well…I’m not very good at going back to my eBooks. :-/

  • Tara S

    I follow you on ALL of the social media.

  • Jennifer Bates

    I think I’m most excited about the 30 day guide. I heard it described by Diane maybe as what she cooks like on a most days. So that makes me think it would be good for everyday, after work, food on the table cookbook. And who doesn’t love that?

  • Jennifer Bates

    I follow you everywhere, but lets be honest, I who uses twitter anymore? I love your instagram feed though. So fun seeing your cute little guys and yummy looking food. πŸ˜‰

  • navoff

    Nothing like giving us a hard choice. I love both authors and have some of their previous books (Make it Paleo, Gather and Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour). I have been following both on Facebook.

  • navoff

    I’ve been a long time follower of you on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (having dived into the Instagram thing yet).

  • Carrie J.

    I’m most excited about the 30 Day Guide, can’t wait to check out the meal plans!

  • Carrie J.

    I follow you on FB, IG, and Pinterest!

  • Jon

    30 day Guide to Paleo Cooking to help me implement a change.

  • Jon

    I follow on Facebook!

  • Brittney

    I’m a fan of both pages already and amd really excited for the 30 day guide to Paleo! I like that it’s a more strict paleo cookbook with no treats so I won’t be tempted, I’ve had trouble completing a Whole30 so I know this book would help.

  • Brittney

    I follow you guys on all your social media and love your Instagram feed!

  • Amber

    As someone who is just getting hearing about thiswhole Paleo thing, I am most excited about the 30 Day guide to Paleo Cooking. I’m excited to start making life style changes to a better and healthier me. ( I also follow on twitter)

  • Tracy

    I follow you on FB.

  • Tracy

    Sorry if this is a repeat. Not sure the 1st one stuck. I am a fan of both pages. If I had to choose, I’d pick the 30 Day Guide. I need help with day to day meal planning. Thank you!

  • I like both pages on FB. I’m very excited to read Elana’s book for me….I’ve been Paleo/Primal for 2 years and have it down pretty well. I love, love, love all the recipes on her blog. But I’d be even more excited to give the 30 Day Guide to my mom, who I’ve been trying to get to change her eating habits, but she thinks is too much trouble. :-/ Maybe this would convince her!

  • I follow you on FB.

  • Melinda Howe

    I’ve liked both of the pages on facebook. I’m excited for both, but probably more excited for the “30 Day Guide” simply because it is made for beginners. I’ve just recently started on my paleo journey.

  • Melinda Howe

    I follow you on facebook. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Amy Ayers

    I already follow both Primal Palate and Elana’a Pantry on Facebook. Which one am I most excited to read? While I can’t wait to get my hand on both, I’m really intrigued to read through Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry. I feel pretty well established with my Paleo lifestyle, so I’m constantly looking for ways to incorporate more of it into the lives of my husband and 2 boys. School is ending in less than a week, and I think it would be a lot of fun to work through some of the book with them.

  • Amy Ayers

    I use TONS of social media. I’m following you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. You have such amazing stuff that you share every day. I absolutely adore the pictures you put up of your boys!

  • Hannah Johnson

    Fans of both pages! And I having been eyeing the 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking because I am still in the beginning stages of Paleo so I think it would be most helpful.

  • Hannah Johnson

    I follow you on Facebook and Pinterest!

  • Josh

    I like both pages and am most looking forward to Elana’s Pantry Book since cooking Paleo goodies is a bigger challenge for me than cooking most Paleo meals.

  • Josh

    I follow you on both Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for the continued great info and a great contest!

  • Lisa P

    I am a fan of both pages.

  • Lisa P

    I am most excited to read Elana’s book….I have her other books and use them all the time!

  • Hope

    I am most excited to check out Elana’s new cookbook as I have been following her blog for the past couple of years. She is the one who first gave me inspiration in eating grain free. Our family has to be grain free due to health issues with my son. We began with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, then GAPS, and now Primal/Paleo~ we do a mixture of all of these! Elana led me to Kelly’s blog (Spunky) and Kelly led me to find you guys! YAY!
    Okay so the above is NOT going to win a cookbook! I love Bill & Haley’s style as well, they make eating Paleo HIP!
    I am addicted to Paleo cookbooks and am always recommending them to our local library, get the WORD OUT!
    Currently I only own Well Fed (awesomeness), ELAD (which I gratefully WON from you all! thank you, thank you again!), and Everyday Paleo. I would have more if the budget allowed.

  • Hope

    I am already a FAN on Facebook & Follow ya’ll on Pinterest.

  • Carol P

    I have Elana’s other 2 books and enjoy them so I would probably be the most excited about hers.

  • Carol P

    I liked both pages followed you on facebook.

  • CMM

    I’m super excited about Elana’s Pantry! I need a solid reference guide rather than scouring the internet for hours to find something tried and true!

  • Hope

    I finally figured out the iTunes! So I left a review on The Paleo View!

  • Alysia Caringi

    I’ve already liked both their pages! I think I’m more excited for 30 day Guide to Paleo Cooking…mostly because I’m not that experienced in the kitchen and I’ve heard most recipes are pretty easy and quick!

  • Brandae

    I’ve preordered Elana’s book already but would love to also win the 30 Day guide so that I can focus even more on nourishing, savory meals everyday. Liked both pages eons ago. πŸ™‚

  • Brandae

    Follow you on Facebook!

  • Jaclyn

    Im really interested in the 30 Day Paleo guide for the weekly meal plans … with such a busy schedule (Teaching and Running my own home business) I dont always have time to make a meal plan and follow it.

  • Amanda M (@mommygorun)

    I’ve just followed on Pinterest, twitter and instagram, I’ll make my way over to facebook too.

    I left a review on iTunes for The Paleo View
    Keep up the great work!

  • Nikky R

    I am more excited for the 30 Days book because I’ve been looking into purchasing it for a longer period of time. I am new to Paleo, and am excited to rid myself of my addiction to grains and hopefully kick multiple health obstacles. Today I found out about Elana’s Paleo Cooking book, and am gaining excitement to try her recipes as well!

  • Shari

    I like both pages! I’m equally excited about these cookbooks. I’ve made many of Elana’s creations from her website but have not purchased her books. I’m definitely planning to get this one. But I also love the idea of the 30 Day Guide as I need more easy paleo recipes.

  • Shari

    I’m following you on Pinterest!

  • Elizabeth G.

    I’m excited about winning both! I like both on Facebook. Thanks for the chance!

  • Elizabeth G.

    I follow Paleo Parents on Instagram.

  • Ann Wilson

    I follow you on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Ann Wilson

    I’m most interested in Elana’s Book because I have a major sweet tooth! I can make my own savory recipes, but creating my own dessert/baking recipes is tough. I already like both pages.

  • Megan

    I like both pages, and I am most excited about The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking.

  • Megan

    I follow you on facebook

  • april

    I like both pages, as always. πŸ™‚ I’m most excited about the 30 Day Guide as I would love the recipes and tips for implementing paleo. I have been finding it difficult to keep up with.

  • april

    I follow you on facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

  • Bridget

    I am most interested in the 30 day guide to paleo cooking because I plan to do a whole 30 soon. I like both pages!

  • Bridget

    I follow you on facebook.

  • Kevin Pollack

    Excited more about the 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking. Looks like a great resource for families.

  • Kevin Pollack

    Follow you guys on FB and twitter

  • Sonja H

    I cant pick one book over the other. I would be excited to get either. I already like both on FB. Of course I follow you guys on FB and Pinterest. I am sure both books are amazing. Always looking for new receipes.

  • KΓ€the

    I’m on my first Whole30 with my three year old and a 30 day guide would be perfect! I’m pretty sure we’ll be eating this way forever, so both books would be well loved.

  • lisa

    it is a very nice article. Thank you very much.
    If you believe in Paleo Diet, pls check also http://paleo-dietbook.com/
    have fun.

  • Lori

    I know it’s been literally years since this was written, but thanks for the recommendations and links to your resources! Hoping to find the books at the library!