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

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I was excited to receive an advance copy of Elana Amsterdam’s new cookbook, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes – her third cookbook, it is one I’ve been looking forward to since last year when she announced it on her blog Elana’s Pantry and on Twitter. Available now, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry is on sale wherever books are sold!

Elana’s cookbook is packed with lots of great, everyday recipes, including savoury. There are some baking recipes but most of the emphasis is on cooking. The very first recipe, and the one I’m most excited to try (once I’ve found a donut pan!) is for bagels, which can be seen on the cover.

All the recipes are easy and use simple ingredients to impact the most flavour. It’s the kind of cooking I like best and how my family eats as well. For lunch last week, I made the Honey Lemon Chicken (using bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs instead of a whole chicken); with crispy skin and a lemony, sweet flavour, it was a hit!

All of the recipes are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and also nightshade-free (nightshade is a diverse family of plants that include tomatoes).

I’m pleased to announce that on behalf of the publishers, Ten Speed Press, I am giving away 1 copy! To enter the giveaway, please click after the jump (click “read more”). Giveaway details and guidelines are found after the recipe for Colorful Winter Salad.

colorful winter salad

The Colorful Winter Salad was the first recipe I tried out of Elana’s cookbook. Essentially a coleslaw, a tahini dressing is used instead of the traditional mayonnaise and it works perfectly. I’ll confess, I’m not really a fan of coleslaw but I loved this one! Everyone who tried it loved it, too, and had seconds and thirds. It’s great on its own or as a side, such as with the aforementioned Honey Lemon Chicken. (It would also be good served with chicken and ripe avocado for a quick and satisfying meal.)

PCEP Colorful Winter Salad image p 49

Colorful Winter Salad

Serves 4

1 small head purple cabbage, grated (about 3 cups)
1 small head romaine lettuce, grated (about 1 cup)
2 medium carrots, julienned (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup Tahini Dressing (page 91)

In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, lettuce, and carrots. Toss with the Tahini Dressing and serve.

Tahini Dressing

Makes 2 cups

Tahini is made from calcium-rich sesame seeds, so I try to serve this superfood to my children as often as possible. Use this dressing on the Colorful Winter Salad (page 48), or serve it as a dip with veggie sticks for a healthy afternoon snack. You can also serve it over kale, romaine lettuce, or mixed salad greens. See photo on page 49.

1/2 cup roasted tahini
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt

In a high-powered blender, puree the tahini, water, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt until very smooth.
Use right away or store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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

Giveaway time!

I’m giving away 1 copy of Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, which the publishers have generously offered to ship to the winner.

To enter the giveaway, fill in the Google form below OR leave a comment telling me why you’d like to win Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry and or what recipe you’re most excited to try.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian citizens. Please include your name and a valid, working email address that you check frequently. (Do not enter your blog URL in the Google form.) The winner will be picked at random using on July 12, 2013. The winner will be notified and contacted by the email address provided and will be asked for a shipping address. A copy of Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry will be shipped to the winner by the publishers Ten Speed Press. If the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours, another winner will be randomly chosen.

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Lisa! 

15 thoughts on “Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry (Review and Giveaway)

  1. I’d lovew to win a copy of Elana’s new book. I’m a big fan of her other two. Just made Chocolate Banana Cupcakes for the second time as they were a big hit.

  2. Thanks for considering, Ive heard good things about her ice cream and got some folks who’d love to try it:)!

  3. Elana’s recipes are so flavorful and simple. They have saved me and converted my wheat eating friends to more healthful eating.

  4. I would love to win Elana’s book! I love her recipes and need more entrees because it seems that I’m drawn to Paleo treats, which sometimes defeats the purpose… but yummy!

  5. I would love to win Elana’s new cookbook. There are so many exciting recipes I can’t wait to try each and every one of them. Plus keeping me and my family healthy while cooking exciting recipes is what is most important. Thanks so much

  6. I would love to win her new cookbook. I have her first one, and love cooking with it. I follow her blog and enjoy all the hard work she puts into developing and sharing her recipes.

  7. As the mother of four children, ranging from 12 to 32 years old, at last .. this is my summer, of me! I finally got a teaching job, started college in 1999, graduated in 2007, and just began teaching at a charter cyber school. I worked for 6 weeks, and now have 8 weeks off. I am going to use this time to take weight off, walk long delicious walks, and find my balance. I would love to win Elana’s new cookbook to inspire me, feed my hunger for amazing alternatives, and help me learn new ways to cook for me, my family and friends and community!

  8. I love Elana’s blog, and really want to learn more about the Paleo movement! The flourless nut-free brownies look AMAZING!

  9. I am going to get this one at the store for sure! I am not a gluten free person by necessity like a lot of readers sound like but more of by interest and helping some of my digestive problems and thyroid. It looks mouth-wateringly good! You never know sometimes with how many cookbooks are coming out at once. I am glad you posted it and I will definitely pick up a copy for lighter summer eating.

  10. I’m interested in this cookbook because I’d like to learn more about Paleo cooking and love simplicity, too. Thanks for sharing!

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