Book Review (and Giveaway!): Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry

Update: Congratulations to Erin W., who won the giveaway!

I think the upcoming release of Elana Amsterdam’s Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry marks an exciting time in the Paleo movement. This value-priced book is coming right when Paleo is spiking in mainstream appeal, and the book sports some really delicious and ultra simple recipes, which will be really helpful for those curious about changing their dietary habits for the better. Moreover, there are enough new recipes in here to keep seasoned Paleo eaters busy for a while.

One of my favorite aspects of this book is that Elana shares recipes from her friends and fellow Paleo bloggers, making the book feel very collaborative. The chapters look surprisingly like a typical cookbook – which include breads, pies, ice creams, and condiments – another reason this book will have mainstream appeal.

Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry is relatively short compared to the tomes that are out there on the market, but you can tell that each dish was painstakingly chosen and a wide variety of tastes are included; there’s everything from lo mein, to tortillas, to tartlets in this book. Unfortunately there isn’t a picture for every recipe, but the pictures that are there are gorgeous.

This past weekend I tried out a couple recipes, which you can see in the picture above. The recipes were easy, to the point, and finished within 30 minutes. Her publisher was nice enough to let me re-print two recipes from the book as well:

Mustard Salmon Filet (recipe courtesy of Elana Amsterdam)
serves four

1.5 lbs wild salmon filet
1c Dijon mustard

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Rinse the salmon and pat dry. Place the salmon skin-side-down in a baking dish or tray. Spread the mustard over the salmon. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cooked through, and serve.

Bitter Dandelion Greens (recipe courtesy of Elana Amsterdam)
serves four

2 tbsp olive oil
1 med onion, finely chopped (about 1c)
1 bunch dandelion greens, stems discarded and sliced crosswise into 1″ strips
1/8 tsp salt

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion for 8-10 mins, until soft and translucent. Add the dandelion greens and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until wilted and tender. Stir in the salt and serve.

And finally, I’m hosting a giveaway for Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, which will be sent when the book releases on June 18th.

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, June 8th (EST), and I will select a winner using a random number generator on Sunday. Good luck! Giveaway limited to US and Canadian residents.

Reprinted with permission from Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes by Elana Amsterdam (Ten Speed Press, 2013). Cover Photo Credit: Leigh Beisch.

All other photos in this post were done by yours truly and are not in the book :)

148 thoughts on “Book Review (and Giveaway!): Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry

  1. Already follow you on fb, but signed up for the newsletter as well…love your posts, great “practical” recipes…thanks!


  2. I follow you via Twitter! I would love this book because my brother is gluten free and my mom is gluten and dairy free!! It can be hard to find meals that everyone can eat.


  3. I follow you on Facebook and get your newsletter…I am not sure but I may also follow you on Twitter! Trying to tweak my diet now so that I can get off of these diabetes and cholesterol meds! Time to take care of me!


  4. I already sign up for your newsletter, BTW love that you are Active Duty, we just spend 4 years at USNA, maybe we crossed paths


  5. I receive your newsletter and follow you on Facebook. Do you think there is a Domestic Man cookbook in the future? I’d pre-order it today. :)


  6. So excited that this is open to Canadians, too <3 I follow you on Facebook and Twitter and signed up for your newsletter! The RSS feed wasn't working for me, but I'll try again later :)


  7. I subscribe to your newsletter (it’s become my new favorite, I admit), share successes (yours, which become mine) on Facebook and “like” your Facebook page, where it’s so easy to leave comments! I’d love this book!


  8. I’m trying to teach my sweet husband
    To cook Paleo. He’s retired, I work and done of Elena’s sime recipes are just what he needs I’ll give him your website too.



  9. I signed up! Your blog looks great and I’d love to receive your updates and this book! I really want to try sticking with this paleo, I always feel so much better when I eat this way!


  10. What an inspiration you are to me!! Thank you for sharing your story and your recipes. I can’t wait to try them. God Bless and good luck in getting your health back. So great that your whole family is on the diet together – that really helps :)


  11. I already like your page on Facebook as well as a newsletter subscriber, but I now also follow you on Pinterest and Twitter!


  12. I’m following you via. Instagram and find your posts and blog to be so intriguing! (I’m always on the hunt for good paleo recipes)


  13. I receive your newsletters and follow you on Facebook…just starting our Paleo journey so this book would be awesome :)


  14. Currently follow you on FB, just subscribed to newsletter and am now following on Pinterest! Thank you for having a contest giveaway! xo


  15. I follow both you and Elana on Facebook. I love her recipes and yours. I hope I win this!! Her food is always so delicious and yet easy to make. She saved my baking when I had to go gluten free. Her almond flour crust from her first cookbook is my go to crust. I would love to have some more Paleo recipes to try. YUM.


  16. I am looking forward to receive your newsletter. I have been eating the Paleo diet for 5 months and always in need of new recipes. I have enjoyed Elana’s blog and know I would love the book.


  17. I just signed up for your newsletter as google’s RSS feed is going away. I don’t want to miss anything. Oh, and it would be great to win, too.


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