One of the things that has made my life in the kitchen much more enjoyable and easy this month is the release of Diana Rodgers’ Homegrown Paleo Cookbook. It’s more than just a cookbook, but we’ll talk about that in just a moment.
First I wanted to share one of the recipes from the book so that you can give it a try too!
The recipe title makes me laugh, it’s called:
Big Bad Rooster Soup
- 1 Tbsp ghee
- 2 cups diced yellow onions
- 2 cups peeled and diced carrots
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 2 qts homemade chicken stock
- 1 cup diced red bell pepper
- 5 cups shredded napa cabbage
- 3 cups chopped cooked chicken or rooster
- 2 Tbsp coconut aminos or wheat-free tamari
- 2 Tbsp fish sauce
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 Tbsp minced fresh mint leaves, cilantro leaves, basil leaves for garnish
- Sriracha (all natural), for garnish
- In a large soup pot, melt the ghee over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, or until the onions soften.
- Add the carrots, celery, garlic and ginger and cook for 10 minutes, or until fragrant.
- Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer, then continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add the bell pepper, cabbage, and chicken and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and add the coconut aminos, fish sauce and lime juice.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a generous helping of the fresh herbs and a squeeze of Sriracha to taste.
The recipes are divided into three categories – Early Season, Mid-Season and Late Season – so they are applicable no matter where you live. The Big Bad Rooster Soup recipe comes from the Late Season recipes.
There are over 100 recipes in this books, all of which are gluten free, seasonal and farm to table. I think I’ve tried at least 25 to 30 of them already. Wow! I haven’t yet met one yet that I didn’t like. This book is a definite 5 stars in my opinion.
Not only does this book have recipes, but the beginning chapters are filled for Sustainable Living ideas and tips and tricks on growing and raising chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits, bees and cows on a farm. It has sections on how to purchase sustainable foods, including questions to ask a farmer.
It contains super easy recipes for making chicken, beef and fish stock. I love how Diana breaks the stock down to be easy-peasy and after trying her chicken stock recipe, I’m hooked! 🙂
In the back of the book, you’ll find special sections on canning tomatoes, freezing greens and caring for cast iron pans.
Does it sound like I’m gushing? Perhaps I am. Honestly, though, I can’t say enough good about the book.
What I found the most helpful, especially this month, was her reference boxes at the bottom of each recipe providing information on Whole30, nut-free, egg-free and AIP options (Autoimmune Paleo). This is a must have for any families with food allergies.
Okay, now for the downside of the book. There is only one thing that would make this book absolutely perfect in every way and that is the addition of a good recipe index. I would have loved to have a recipe index either at the back or the beginning of each of the season sections. So many times, I saw a recipe that I loved and then couldn’t remember where it was later.
My solution to this is sticky notes. I marked each recipe that I was planning to make in the next day or so and then they were right at my fingertips. See?
The back of the book does have a word index so that was helpful and I ended up highlighting the recipe sections in it.
I do want to mention one more thing – the Pictures! Wow, fantastic photography! The pictures made me smile and were a wonderful visual for the recipes. I learned that they were all taken with film – not digital, which in this day and age is quite remarkable.
And now to the best part…
Leave a comment on this blog post about your favorite food recipe or memory. And you will be entered into a drawing next week for a copy of this book!
Tip: For a additional entries, share this post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #homegrownpaleo and then come back and write an additional comment letting me know that you shared it with your friends.
I’ll host the drawing right here on the Hen House next Friday morning. We’re going to host the drawing the old fashioned way (writing down your names and drawing them out of a farm hat!) So come back for the winner announcement!