Announcing The Paleo Approach Cookbook: A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul

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Those of you who have been following me for a while know that my original plan to write a complete guide to managing autoimmune disease and lifestyle was overly ambitious, and the laws of physics (and book binding) precluded me from including everything I wanted to in one single volume.  Instead, I have written two books.  The first is a guidebook called The Paleo Approach that details how the foods we eat and the way we live our lives impacts the health of our guts and our immune systems (more info here).  The second is a companion cookbook that makes the diet aspects of healing from autoimmune disease both easy and delicious!

The contest at the bottom of this post in now closed.

Without further ado, the book is called:

The Paleo Approach Cookbook

A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul

Pre-Order Your Copy Now!

The Paleo Approach Cookbook will be released March 25th, 2014
just three months on the heels of The Paleo Approach.

And, it is available for pre-order on amazon now!

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What is The Paleo Approach Cookbook?

This is the official blurb:

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from some form of autoimmune disease. If you’re among them, you may know all too well how little modern medicine can do to alleviate your condition. But that’s no reason to give up hope. In this companion cookbook to the groundbreaking book The Paleo Approach, Sarah D. Ballantyne, Ph.D., shows you just how easy and delicious regaining your health can be.

The Paleo Approach Cookbook walks you through which foods you should eat to calm your immune system, reduce inflammation, and help your body heal itself. There’s no need to worry that “going Paleo” will break the bank or require too much time in the kitchen preparing special foods. In The Paleo Approach Cookbook, Dr. Ballantyne provides expert tips on how to make the switch easily and economically. She explains how to stay within your food budget, how to make the best use of your time in the kitchen, and where to shop for what you need. Complete food lists, shopping guides, and meal plans take the guesswork out of eating to maximize healing.

Don’t know how to cook? Dr. Ballantyne walks you through essential kitchen techniques, from chopping vegetables to using a pressure cooker safely. Armed with more than 150 delicious recipes, from breakfast staples to decadent desserts, you can reverse your disease and love every bite!

Sounds pretty great, right?  But I know you want more details!

So, let me tell you more about exactly what will be included in The Paleo Approach Cookbook.

Chapter 1:  What is the Paleo Approach?

The first chapter summarizes the diet that is presented in detail in The Paleo Approach.  Basically, I’ll give you the rules, food lists, and some cliff notes of the whys behind which foods to exclude and which to eat more of.  This means that you don’t have to own The Paleo Approach in order to follow the diet and get the full use out of this cookbook.  But, if you really want to understand why certain foods are nixed while others are endorsed or want help troubleshooting, that’s what The Paleo Approach is for.


  • Complete food lists, what to eat and what not to eat

Chapter 2:  Getting Back into the Kitchen

This chapter will deal with practical nuts and bolts of cooking and eating this way.  It will include lists of foods to keep in your pantry, your fridge and your freezer.  This chapter will detail strategies for managing time in the kitchen and for getting the most for your dollar when working with a tight food budget.  It will also walk you through some basic cooking techniques and vocabulary, and highlight the most useful kitchen tools.


  • Food lists for pantry items, fridge items and freezer items
  • Kitchen conversions
  • Basic cooking techniques and vocabulary

Chapter 3:  Meal Plans & Shopping Guides

This section will include five 1-week meal plans, each designed to balance nutrients.   Each meal plan will include a shopping list and an “on hand”  list.    These meal plans will also take into account that most of us have less time to prepare food during weekdays compared to weekends and include suggestions for items that can be made ahead to make the week more manageable.


  • Five complete 1-week meal plans
  • Low FODMAP options
  • Shopping lists

Chapter 4:  Kitchen Staples & Basic Techniques

Green Tea Pickles from The Paleo Approach CookbookThis chapter includes recipes for basic foods that either are frequently used as ingredients in other dishes (like broth or coconut milk) or that you might enjoy as a side dish (like various fermented vegetables).


  • Perfectly crisp bacon and bacon bits
  • Homemade coconut milk
  • Yeast-free coconut milk yogurt (pictured on the cover)
  • Simple sauerkraut
  • Green Tea Pickles
  • Fermented carrots
  • Broth, broth and more broth!
  • Easy spice blends to keep on hand

Chapter 5:  Breakfast Foods

Breakfast Sausage from The Paleo Approach CookbookOf course, any meal can be eaten first thing in the morning and it’s important to break the association of certain foods as breakfast foods.  For example, you might just enjoy soup or maybe dinner leftovers for breakfast.  But, the recipes in this chapter are designed to make breakfast feel much more like the traditional breakfast you’re used to.


  • 8 varieties of sausage
  • Herbal coffee
  • Breakfast hash
  • Carrot muffins
  • Bacon fruit cups
  • Plantain and Apple Fritters
  • Broiled Grapefruit

Chapter 6:  Meat & Poultry

Tourtiere-Stuffed Acorn Squash from The Paleo Approach CookbookThese are staple recipes, mostly designed to give you lots of leftovers or quick meals (or both!).  You’ll find a huge variety of cuts from different animals represented here, including recipes for turkey, chicken, beef, bison, lamb, and pork.  There is both a nod to classic dishes like roast beef, roast chicken, and steak, and also a nod to inexpensive meal options like burgers, “spaghetti” and pork pad thai.


  • BBQ Pork Ribs (yes, that means BBQ sauce!)
  • Leg of Lamb with Mint Vinegar Sauce (pictured on the cover)
  • Garlic and Rosemary Roast Beef
  • Whole Turkey with Mofongo Stuffing
  • Pork Pie-Stuffed Acorn Squash
  • Braised Pork Chops with Apple and Fennel
  • Rustic Bison Pot Roast
  • Burgers with Balsamic-Grilled Portabello “Buns”
  • Lamb “Biryani” (pictured on the cover)

Chapter 7:  Seafood

Baked Salmon with Blood Orange Salsa from The Paleo Approach CookbookSeafood is an important part of The Paleo Approach.  You’ll find many different ways to cook seafood in both this chapter and in Chapter 11.  This chapter has a focus both on decadent meals and on super quick and easy meals perfect for a rushed weeknight.


  • Mediterranean Mahi Mahi
  • Scalloped Hake and Oysters
  • Bacon Braised Whitefish and Brussels
  • Lemon Thyme Broiled Salmon with Blood Orange Salsa
  • Simple Baked Whitefish
  • Pomegranate Molasses-Glazed Salmon
  • Teriyaki-Poached Salmon

Chapter 8:  Offal

Beef heart Stir Fry from The Paleo Approach CookbookEating “snout to tail”, including plenty of organ meat is a feature of The Paleo Approach.  But that doesn’t have to mean holding your nose while you gag on liver.  The recipes in this section are both designed to highlight just how delicious organ meat can be but also give you a variety of ways to hide it in your own food!


  • Thai-Inspired pork jowl (pictured on the cover)-this is one of my favorite meals EVER!
  • Steak and Kidney Pot Pie (pictured on the cover)
  • Honey Garlic Roasted Trotters
  • Beef Heart Chow Mein
  • Beef Tongue with Celeriac and Fennel Slaw
  • Hidden Liver Swedish Meatballs

Chapter 9:  Soups and Stews

Rabbit Stew from The Paleo Approach CookbookSoups and stews are easy, cheap and very comforting.  This chapter gives you a whole range of options, taking flavors from cuisines around the world.  You’ll find some that you just throw in a pot and enjoy, while others that take a little more time to finesse gourmet flavors.  There’s something for everyone in this chapter!


  • “Wonton” Soup (pictured on the cover)
  • Beef Cheek and Daikon Stew
  • Vegetable Soup with Chicken Sausage
  • Green Garden Vichyssoise
  • Beef Heart Borscht
  • Rabbit and Wild Mushroom Stew

Chapter 10: Side Dishes

Roasted Broccoflower from The Paleo Approach CookbookVegetables, vegetables, vegetables!  This chapter include some “how to” type recipes, like how to braise greens and what you can mix together to make an awesome salad.  It also contains a variety of truly delicious side dishes, focusing both on super easy recipes and recipes with gourmet flavors (which also happen to be pretty easy!).  You’ll also find tons of possible variations of these recipes so boredom is not an option!


  • Braised Greens
  • Kale Chips
  • Roasted Broccoflower
  • Balsamic-Roasted Beets
  • Salad Dressing (6 varieties!)
  • Wild Mushrooms with Tarragon
  • Whole Carrot Tabouleh
  • Easy Broiled Asparagus
  • Sweet Potato Chips
  • Roasted Butternut Squash
  • Biscuits (yes, you read that correctly!)

Chapter 11: Snacks, Appetizers and Beverages

Har Gow-Inspired Shrimp Balls from The Paleo Approach Cookbook

Many of the amuse-bouche recipes in this chapter could actually be used as lunch foods or even breakfast.  But there’s also some terrific recipes in this chapter to help you entertain, or have a healthy snack to eat on the go.  You’ll also find offal and seafood featured heavily in this chapter.


  • Har Gow-Inspired Shrimp Balls
  • Lox Canape
  • Smoked Salmon and Roe Endive Boats
  • Shrimp and Avocado Skewers
  • Plantain Crackers
  • Bacon and Bison Liver Pate with Fresh Fig Jam
  • Pork Rinds
  • Steamed Clams

Chapter 12: Treats

Carob Ganache Torte from The Paleo Approach CookbookYes, treats.  This section includes both treats that could be enjoyed daily, like fruit salad, sorbets, and an amazing berry terrine recipe.  It also includes recipes that would be appropriate for special occasions.  While these recipes contain more sugar than you would want to consume on a daily basis, they avoid gut irritants and immune simulators including absolutely no grains, legumes, dairy, refined sugars, refined oils, eggs, nuts, seeds, nightshades, and alcohol!


  • No-Guilt Berry Terrine
  • Applesauce Spice Cake with Caramel Sauce
  • Mock Chocolate Ganache Torte
  • Olive Oil Ice Cream
  • Maple Shortbread Cookies
  • Strawberry Fro-Yo
  • Carob Brownie Bites


There will be several appendices, including quick guides on how to read labels and where to source ingredients .  One very exciting appendix will include lists of foods that fall under the category of extra sensitivities, such as FODMAPs, high histamine and histamine-releasing foods, foods rich in salicylates, and foods rich in sulfates.  These will also be labelled in the recipes.


Yes, this is another BIG book.  While the publisher and I struggle with formatting The Paleo Approach in order to be able to physically bind it (yes, even after dividing the book into two, The Paleo Approach is pushing the boundaries of book binding), I expect a similar struggle in 2-3 months with The Paleo Approach Cookbook.  That’s because I wasn’t going to budge an inch on wanting to include 150 recipes!  That’s actually 50% more than most cookbooks these days!  I want to make following The Paleo Approach easy and show you that you still get to eat delicious food and that you don’t have to spend your entire day in the kitchen to do so either!

I hope you are just as excited about this book as I am! Excited enough to pre-order your copy now! Why pre-order? Pre-ordering does three things.

First, it guarantees that you will get your copy by the release date.
Second, it guarantees that you will pay the lowest price for your copy.
Third, it actually helps my sales because bookstores will buy more copies.

How does this work? The publisher will decide how many copies to print in the first run based on pre-order sales.  Book stores also decide how many copies they are going to stock based on pre-orders. Many books sell out of the first run, sometimes even before the book is released. If you don’t pre-order, you run the risk of having to wait for a second print run to get your copy. The prices on amazon fluctuate (based partly on sales and who knows what else!). When you pre-order, amazon guarantees that the price you pay is the lowest price the book drops to between the time you place your order and when the book is released. Also remember that you don’t pay until the book ships (typically a few days before the release date, but sometimes it ships on the release date) and you should receive the book right on or very soon after March 25th, 2013!

Pre-Order Your Copy Now!

Yes, there will be a kindle version of the book and it will be on iTunes, but these electronic versions aren’t available for pre-order.

So, now to celebrate the official announcement of my book, how about a giveaway?!

How about FIVE giveaways?!

Package 1 (International):

Package 2 (US only):

Package 3 (US only):

Package 4 (International):

Package 5 (International):

How do you enter?

For EACH of the items below that you do,
leave A COMMENT on THIS POST saying which item you did.

Yes, that means that you can leave up to 8 comments and be entered up to 8 times
(OR MORE if you order more books!).

And yes, that also mean that you could win more than one package!

Make sure to include your e-mail address (the comment form asks for it) so that I can contact the winners.
PLEASE also mention what country you live in for each comment you leave (or you can mention “USA” or “Outside the USA”) because  two of these giveaways are limited to US Residents.

To enter this giveaway, do any or all of the following:

  1. Pre-Order The Paleo Approach Cookbook (if you win a review copy, you can return it or gift it–go ahead and leave a comment for EACH copy that you pre-order)
  2. Pre-Order The Paleo Approach (if you win a review copy, you can return it or gift it–go ahead and leave a comment for EACH copy that you pre-order)
  3. Sign up for my FREE newsletter.
  4. Like me on Facebook AND share this post on Facebook (buttons below)
  5. Follow me on Twitter AND share this post in a tweet (buttons below)
  6. Follow me on Pinterest AND pin this post (buttons below)
  7. Follow me on Instagram AND Instagram a copy of the cover (here’s a link to a square version of the photo to make it easy for you!  Make sure to tag me!)
  8. Sign up for the US Wellness Meats newsletter (to find out about special sales!)
  9. Like US Wellness Meats on Facebook

After you complete each item you want to do, leave a comment on this post and tell me which item you did and whether you live in the USA.

This contest is now closed.  Congratulations to the winners!








Sarah, I receive your newsletter, I follow you on facebook and pinterest. I like US Wellness on FB, I also receive their newsletter. I did pre order both of your books. Thank you for all you do. I will share this on FB also.

I preordered the Paleo Approach and I live in Spain! Looking forward to getting it! Living a Paleo lifestyle is not the easiest here, so we cannot wait!

(The tweet to share is too many characters, so I had to delete a few spaces before it let me share. @ndroach)

I also signed up for your newsletter! Thanks for your work, Paleo Mom! I made your chocolate biscottis and even the Spaniards are enjoying them 🙂 I am on the hunt for real Maple syrup so I can try the chocolate, walnut maple cookies next! (Living in Spain)

Package 3 – I have been looking at Tropical Traditions – would like to try this more pricey coconut cream! This is so great for you to give product and of course I would like your cookbook too. I live in the US. My post above also – live in the US.

I orders Paleo Approach quite a while ago and am going nuts waiting for Christmas to read! Also get the newslwetter, and follow on FB and hoard and share your info on Pinterest! What can I say, I’m an addict of Paleo Mom!

PInned on my “Foodie” board! I just love Sarah and her approach. thank you so much for this life affirming information !! (Live in the USA)

Follow on Facebook, posted on Facebook, follow on Pinterest, posted on Pinterest, pre-ordered AIP book, follow US wellness on Facebook, signed up for US wellness newsletter, signed up for your newsletter

I pinned this page, shared on FB, pre-ordered both books, and I already “like” your FB age, follow you on Pinterest, and get your newsletter! I am in the US.

I preordered the paleo approach, am subscribed to the newsletter, follow your posts on pinterest and pinned the book link to amazon.

I would love to have your book! We started eating Paleo last week and we still have so many questions!
I subscribed for the newsletter

I receive your newsletter, follow you on twitter, listen to your podcasts & make good use of your recipes!

I have already liked you on FB and shared this post. I already follow you on Pinterest and pinned this. I already subscribe to Wellness Meats newletter and liked on FB. 😀 USA

Hi Sarah- Thanks and congrats! I recieve your newsletter, shared on FB, Twitter and Pinterest, liked Wellness, meats and signed up for their newsletter. I will be preordering both your books shortly- can’t wait! (US)

Can I just say “WOW!”? Your cookbook looks wonderful. Really. I devoured all the info on your site over three months ago and have been cooking up a storm in the kitchen every week. Even with all the cooking that I’m doing there are so many recipes in your book that I would have never dreamed of making – so exciting! Can’t wait for the release. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I’m so excited for your book, it looks amazing. We are new to transitioning our family to Paleo so this would be amazing! I liked and shared this on Facebook 🙂

I pre-ordered The Paleo Approach! I’m already working on the AIP and seeing results after a couple weeks. Can’t wait for the book to help get dialed in.

I liked you on FB and shared this post. I’m not in the USA, though I have a US mailing address (DPO) that would allow me to use the Tropical Traditions gift certificate in Package #3 anyway–I haven’t tried them, but I have a friend who orders coconut oil from them and has it shipped to her APO address with no problem. The meats would be a problem, though 🙂

Oops! Should have added that I pinned this post! I live in the US, wish I could buy the book, we are unemployed and I have two autoimmune diseases along with adrenal fatigue so I am hoping I win!!

Signed up for the US Wellness Meats Newsletter. We’re in USA. Already on your newsletter. Keep up the good work!

I have done them all! I am so excited for your books to come out. Winning one would be an added bonus. You have been instrumental in my attempts to live Paleo AIP

Dear Sara, Thank you so much for all you have done to bring this enormous project to completion. I have been working on my dissertation during these years, so I can really appreciate what it takes to put together a popular, yet in depth, and backed up with all the footnotes text…and you managed to do 2!

I have signed up for your newsletter way back – and I keep returning to your site frequently. (Thank you for answering some of my comments in the past.)

I signed up for the US Wellness meats newsletter way back also, although I still appreciate your timely “heads-up” on their sales.

I pre-ordered both of your books.

BUT: I have been having hard time managing my condition in the last several months, on top of trying to bring my dissertation manuscript to completion – so I had to make some very hard decisions with regards to my activity via email and social media. So, I am so sorry that I cannot “like” you or US Wellness meats, or share your post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I guess that nullifies my chances of winning – but I just wanted to cheer you on anyway and say that I LIKE you anyway and A LOT.

Sincerely, Natalia

(I am from Russia, but for the time-being I reside in the US, as an international student.)

I preordered the cookbook just now from the USA. I’ve previously already preordered The Paleo Approach.

Love your work! Was already receiving your newsletter and pre-ordered your original book several months ago. Today pre-ordered the Cookbook…

Sarah I receive your newsletter and think your new books look fantastic and I look forward to reading them. I live in New Zealand.

Subscribed to the newsfeed/email, following on Pinterest and FB and shared on FB. Oh and I’m in Iceland 🙂 Finally a contest for the rest of the world!

I pre-ordered The Paleo Approach Cookbook & The Paleo Approach, signed up for your newsletter, liked you on Facebook, signed up for the US Wellness Meats newsletter & liked US Wellness Meats on Facebook. I live in the US.

Follow on facebook and like U.S. wellness meats. Quick question about what % of the recipes in the book are AIP friendly?

Awesome giveaway! I’m in the US and signed up for your newsletter, already liked your facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, US Wellness Meats newsletter and Facebook!

I already like you at facebook and i shared this on facebook. I like US wellness meat at facebook. I signed up for your newsletter. I live in sweden

I’m located in the US and subscribed to your newsletter. I’m going to check you out on Pinterest now.

(Canada) Signed up for the US Wellness Meats newsletter (even though they don’t ship to Canada so all of the cool deals will just make me sad).

I just pre-ordered The Paleo Approach Cookbook. Looking forward to learning ways to hide organ meats in meals. 🙂 USA

I am signed up on your newsletter. It’s something I enjoy receiving and reading. Great tips and savings too. 🙂 USA

1. I liked the Facebook page and posted this link on my profile
2. I receive the free newsletter

I am from Zagreb, CROATIA (a small country in the South-East Europe 🙂

I do not even remember how I came across this web site few months ago, but it is really fantastic and I am trying to spread the word about it to my friends in Croatia and Europe too. Great job! Your posts are so interesting and they have been so helpful and encouraging. Thank you for everything!

Hi, I’m following you and have pinned on pinterest; am following you on Fb and have shared; I’ve signed up for your newsletter; I’ve shared on G= as well and follow your great blog through Bloglovin’ 🙂

I follow you on Twitter ( @amkj2002 ) and I live in the USA. I’ve tried daily to tweet but it won’t let me, telling me too many characters.

I signed up for the newsletter as I’m not living in the US. Since English is not my mother tongue, I would like to open AIP to German speakers and am looking for sources I can collaborate with. You are my favourite source, thank you for doing all this so meticulously, for your personal tipps on Facebook, and for your overall enthusiasm about the topic. AIP has really saved me, and I’m impatiently waiting for this book to appear.

I signed up for your newsletter (!), like you on Facebook, following you on Pintrest, get the Wellness Meats newsletter and like them on Facebook. I live in the U.S.

I have pre-ordered a copy of your book The Paleo Approach on Amazon. If I win the same book, I will gift it to someone I know who has Lupus.

Liked on Facebook and signed up for newsletter. Need a reason to start! I have an autoimmune disease that attacked my kidneys. I am just beginning to explore palo and need resources!

Thank you for this opportunity! I am in the US and follow you on FB and also follow wellness meats, too!

Hi! Thanks for this chance to win!! Congratulations the preview sounds great!! I’m in the USA, I liked you on Facebook,

I pre-ordered your Paleo Approach book, but haven’t the cookbook yet. I have leaky gut & am now actually eating organ meat b/c of you. I used to be a vegan!! You’re very persuasive!! 🙂 USA

I signed up for the Wellness Meats newsletter on your advice and try to get my organ meat in everyday, b/c you are the only one who has been able to help me. This coming from a recovering Vegan. I have Leaky Gut and Lichen Sclerosis, and will do what you tell me too. I’m even now doing raw liver pills. If I can find some time I want to check out your podcasts. I’ve even started on the haircare products that you advise. They are in the mail. Thank you for everything you do!! And for helping me to feel better!! USA

I shared (and follow you) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and like you very much and US Wellness meats too even though I live in Australia! Please pick me!

Pre-ordered The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease, Heal Your Body! Looks very informative! USA 🙂

Package 1 (International):

1 signed and personalized early release copy of The Paleo Approach
1 signed and personalized early release review copy of The Paleo Approach Cookbook

I signed up for your newsletter!

Liked and shared on Facebook. I live in the USA and I recently discovered your website and love the great info! Looking forward to your cookbook release!