Jimmy Moore’s blockbuster book, Keto Clarity, (see my review here ) spelled out the advantages of burning fat for energy instead of sugar. It created a demand for a cookbook of Jimmy-approved recipes for those who want to try a strict ketogenic diet for weight loss and /or improved health. He made a good case, but it can be a hard to convince someone to commit to a lifetime without pizza, mac and cheese, french fries, pop, bread, and goodies. Many may think they don’t have the will power to stick to such an austere diet so they won’t even try.
Enter Maria Emmerich.
I know Maria through her popular books and her blog and have always been in awe of her energy, talent, and enthusiasm. I sometimes wondered if this petite dynamo with an impish grin and a tumble of dark curls lives in a parallel universe where the sun shines brighter, the days are longer, and they sip a special elixir that keeps everyone rosy-cheeked, productive, and happy. Read this book and you will discover that Maria’s secret is really quite simple; eat real foods that slow aging, heal the body, and nourish the mind. And make them so good and so satisfying that no one need ever experience hunger or feel deprived! This magic is available to all of us who seek to join her in the lavish, indulgent feast so we too can become superhuman.
Just so you know what to expect, although the title of this book has the word “Paleo” in it, the classic Paleo diet, as defined by the gurus who founded and named it, like Loren Cordain, and those who popularized it, like Robb Wolf, is neither low-carb nor high-fat, and certainly not ketogenic. The original Paleo protocol specifies lean meat, roots and vegetables, fruits, nuts, and natural sugars like honey and maple syrup. It forbids grains in any form and all dairy products, which eliminates some of the most allergenic foods and may be part of the reason it is successful for some. Also off limits for Paleos are legumes and anything processed or man-made. The majority of Paleo adherents are young, male, and athletic and can probably tolerate more carbohydrates than the average overweight American who is already metabolically challenged. The only thing Paleo about the way of eating described in the Ketogenic Cookbook is the rejection of grains, beans, and any food that cannot be eaten in its natural form. Many of the meals in The Ketogenic Cookbook include dairy products, especially cheese, and they literally ooze with healthful, natural fats, like coconut oil, bacon, and butter. Not Paleo perhaps, but better.

Pin It > I received a review copy of the Ketogenic Cookbook.

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Judy Barnes Baker

The working title for my first book was, “You’ll Never Know What You Are Missing.” It summed up my goal: to make eating for health synonymous with eating for pleasure. Once you discover the secret, you will find that the very best food for weight management, longevity, the treatment and prevention of disease, and over-all health and happiness is also the most sumptuous, satisfying, and indulgent way of eating the world has to offer. You are invited to the feast. Enjoy!
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Judy Barnes Baker
8 years ago

Thanks for the comment, Kim. Glad you liked the review.

Kim @
8 years ago

Nice review. Thank you.

Kim @
8 years ago

Nice review. Thank you so much.

Joan from Ketogenic Diet for Women
7 years ago

Spot on with this review. I like this book a lot and have started to promote it on my site. There are a whole bunch of keto cookbooks around that are either boring, lacking in good recipes or just aren’t even keto!