Book Review (and Giveaway!) – Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining

Hey folks, I’m starting to get quite a collection of cookbooks (although it pales in comparison to this stash!), so I’m going to review some Paleo-minded cookbooks as I receive them, and give a copy away as well. If you have a book coming out soon, I’d be happy to have a look and run it through its paces.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Molly D. from Houston, TX, who won the giveaway. Thanks to everyone for participating!

I’m really excited about Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining, which releases next week. Personally, I think it is a huge step forward in the Paleo cooking world. Not only have Bill Staley and Hayley Mason created some really tasty recipes, they’ve upped the bar in terms of presentation and thoughtfulness. This is the first Paleo cookbook I’ve seen that I think can stand toe-to-toe with the best non-Paleo cookbooks coming out this year.


My son Oliver searching frantically for a picture of his face in the book – it’s on page 11!

The book is divided into several sections based on seasons and events, covering everything from a backyard picnic to Thanksgiving feast. We were on hand for their Halloween-themed dinner and photoshoot (“Spooky Supper”), and Bill and Hayley were total pros both in the kitchen and in arranging and shooting the delicious meal. Each meal set has a “shopping and preparation” section that allows the host to better prepare for the big event; one of my favorite things about this book is that it makes it easy for people to show off the Paleo diet to loved ones, and with style.

The photography is downright beautiful – bright, vibrant, and perfectly attuned to each setting.

We’ve tried a couple of the recipes now, and I’ve been very impressed by how much their cooking has matured since Make it Paleo, their last book. The recipes are balanced, comprehensive, and simple – but there are still some dishes in there that are perfect for Paleo readers that are up for the occasional challenge.

One dish in particular that we liked (and has been getting a lot of buzz) is their General Tso’s Chicken, which is part of the “Takeout Fake-out” meal. They nailed an authentic-tasting sauce using everyday ingredients – a feat in and of itself. We forgot to buy spring onions for the recipe, so they’re “invisible” in the picture above.

So, to celebrate the release of this book, I’m giving away a copy of it!

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

Sign up for my newsletter (on the right sidebar of this page), follow my RSS feed, or follow the social media site of your choice (facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, google+). You can follow as many (or as little) as you’d like – you decide how you want to receive your Domestic Man updates! Be sure to leave a comment on this post letting me know what you did, so I can record your entry.

The giveaway ends midnight Saturday, April 27th (EST), and I will select a winner using a random number generator on Sunday, and mail the book out on Monday. Good luck!

Giveaway restricted to US and Canadian residents.

225 thoughts on “Book Review (and Giveaway!) – Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining

  1. I would LOVE to win this book for my mother for Mother’s Day. She just started Paleo and is very worried about family gatherings and holidays. If I don’t win, I will buy it for her no matter what. Thank you for the giveaway! I already get your newsletter and I am a fan on Facebook.

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  2. I think I am already following you/read you on most of those mediums, but I will tell you how much I would like to win this cookbook as I am trying to gradually adapt all my friends to a mostly Paleo lifestyle. Good presentation & luscious recipes will help immensely!! Thanks for sharing with us all!

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  3. This book is so exciting! Not that I am addicted to paleo cookbooks or anything ;) I am already a follower of your newsletter and twitter :) hope I win! ;)

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  4. I signed up for your newsletter and I already follow you on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram! Thank you for all the great information.

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  5. Subscribed to the emails! I’ve likes you on facebook for a while but I’m excited to have your recipes delivered to my inbox. Yay.

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  6. I follow you on FB and Pinterest :-)

    I’m super excited about this book! I love to entertain and from what I’ve been hearing, Bill & Hayley’s “Gather” helps to make the paleo experience easy and approachable for large groups. I credit their “Make It Paleo” book in setting the record straight for me about paleo and providing an effortless introduction into this lifestyle, which I’m hoping to fully adopt!

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  7. Signed up for your RSS feed! Would love to win this book – I’ve been waiting for it since they announced it and i can’t wait!

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  8. I want to throw my name in the hat for a chance to win the book! I follow The Domestic Man on facebook and I get your newsletters. Thanks for sharing the book with one of your followers! :o)

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  9. I “liked” you on Facebook and will follow you on IG as soon as I get my phone :) I’m drooling over General Tso’ chicken!

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  10. Just signed up for your newsletter and am already a FB fan! I have been loving your site and am super excited for the new Gather cookbook!

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  11. I have been following your blog for a while and i love it! I get updates via email. The new book looks great. I own Make it Paleo and it has not let me down, so I expect this one to be even better. Would love to have a copy :)

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  12. In the past two weeks, your webiste came up many times through other sites that In l like to visit. Everybody was talking about the grain free ravioli recipe that was provided through The Domestic Man. I have signed up for your newletter and have “liked” you on facebook. Thank you. Kerry

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  13. I’ve followed your newsletter and RSS feed for a while. I would love to win this book! It’s been on my Amazon wishlist for months

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  14. Ah, Gather! I want to cook everything from you and this book. This giveaway is amazing, would love to win it :) I get your emails and follow you on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest (as either healthybeast or Jamie Gold). Thanks!

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  15. I “like” your facebook page, and added you on google+, and pinterest. Actually, I’ve overwhelmed myself with all things paleo lately. So much good information!

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  16. Hi Russ,
    I follow on facebook and pinterest, and I get your newsletters, but I don’t tweet or understand RSS.
    Thanks for the contest!

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  17. This looks like a great cookbook! I subscribe via google reader, but just signed up for your newsletter until I figure out a reader replacement!

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  18. The book looks fantastic! Your son is so precious in your pictures. I follow you on pinterset and twitter. I would love to win this book as I am trying to grow my cookbook collection as well :)

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  19. I already follow you in a few of those but I’ve now added you to my RSS feed. Thank you for the review. I became gluten intolerant a few years ago and am not a big fan of the gluten-free cookbooks because the things I loved before just don’t taste the same without the wheat. Some items that don’t use much can be tweaked without much impact though – but that’s why I’ve started looking more into the Paleo diet. It has been much more adaptable to this new lifestyle of mine (not that I don’t still crave a homemade perogi, mind you). Thank you for the tip!

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  20. It’s on my Amazon wish list, but winning a copy would be so cool! I signed up for your newsletter, so no more daily stalking the website.

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  21. I already get the newsletter, just signed up for Twitter updates & FB. I’m interested in Paleo since I’m gluten free – a good cookbook would be awesome.

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  22. I recently started following your RSS feed through Google Reader, which is on it’s last legs. Hopefully Google doesn’t stick with getting rid of the service.

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  23. I get your newsletter, follow on Facebook (Ben Huey), Twitter(benhuey1), Google +, and now Instagram. It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a new paleo cookbook so thanks for the opportunity to win one!

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  24. Have been following your posts-really enjoy them. Have been eating paleo about two months now and have never felt better but still searching for good recipes :). Hoping to win the cookbook but either way appreciate your blog

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  25. I recently discovered you on Facebook, saw the give-away and found your blog. So, newsletters as well since I don’t always use facebook. :)

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  26. I would LOVE a copy of this! I really gave up on cook books, bc none of mine have the right recipes, so this would be amazing! I have copied so many of your recipes off of the internet, I had to put them into a binder!

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  27. Following you on fb, pinterest, and your blog :) Love the look of this book, been eyeing it off, so even if I don’t win I will sure to be buying it anyway!

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  28. I follow you on FB. Instead of telling people about Paleo, we now invite them over for a meal and let the food speak for itself. Can’t wait to add Gather’s recipes to the fun!

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  29. Can’t wait for this book! oh and then there’s beyond bacon coming out soon too!!!! Follow you on FB and get your newsletter :)

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  30. I’m a Facebook follower. Not sure if I follow you on Twitter but I’ll add you there, also, since FB can be quirky and refuse to show everyone’s posts.

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  31. I enjoy the Domestic Man, I am trying to transition to Paleo, would enjoy winning this book in hopes to get started. I follow you on Facebook

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  32. I began following your Facebook posts (by liking your fb page) a few weeks ago when I first learned about the Paleo diet. I would love to get my hands on a great Paleo cookbook like this one to help out my cooking in the kitchen!

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  33. Hello, I followed you on FB. I have a son graduating in June and would love to use this book as a guide for his graduation party, it would be a great opportunity to show family and friends that eating healthy can be delicious and fun!!!

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  34. I am glad to find you! I have liked you on FB now too.I am following you on twitter(still haven’t gotten used to this yet :) ), pinterest, and google+, and now I get to get your emails, yay! I am new to this kind of and needing all the information I can get, if nom nom likes you then my family and I will definitely be benefited by you! thanks in advance for all that you do!

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  35. I have been following Bill and Haley for some time and would love to increase my awareness with their entertaining book. I subscribe to your newsletter.

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  36. Looks like a super book – you really grabbed my attention with your comment about the superb photography!!! I follow you on facebook.

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  37. I follow on FB and subscribe! I’ve been looking forward to this book! I’ve been disappointed by a lot of the primal/paleo cookbooks but this one has me excited!

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  38. all signed up for the newsletter and on Facebook :) – would love to win a copy of this, just recently started out on paleo diet due to some health conditions, this book would definitely be a welcome plus :) fingers crossed

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  39. Awesome give away! I can’t wait to get a hold of Gather. I follow your RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages.

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