Paleo Cookbook Review: “Eat Like a Dinosaur”

I’m going to let you in on a little secret about me… I have a cookbook fetish! There I said it. This may stem from my being a chef for so many years or the fact that I have been interested in cooking from the age of 7 (my father started teaching me once my arm could reach across the stove without the chance of burning to turn on and off the elements).

If you were to come over to my house, you’d notice that there are always a few cookbooks scattered here and there, a ‘cupboard’ in the kitchen dedicated to about 30 of my favorites and an antique bookshelf in the family room packed with the others. From where I’m sitting typing this post into my computer I can see 8 cookbooks out and about: French Feasts, Meat a Kitchen Education, Everyday Paleo, Paleo Comfort Foods, Make it Paleo and Odd Bits – How to Cook the Rest of the Animal.

Oh, and Eat Like a Dinosaur, the latest cookbook to fall into my grasp.

I have been lucky enough to have been asked to review The Paleo Parents (Stacy Toth & Mathew McCarry) new cookbook “Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids“.

If you are a family who is Paleo and are eager for another tool in your arsenal to help feed your  children appropriately, then look no further than this cookbook. The context of the book is about getting your kids excited and engaged with eating delicious wholesome real foods to make then healthy and fit. All 288 pages are filled with over 100 Paleo and gluten free recipes with full color photos. There’s even a story book at the front to help explain what paleo eating is all about to younger children.

We are a family of 4 (2 boys, myself and my wife Denise) and we are constantly on the lookout for kid friendly recipes to help spice up their eating experience. Food was never meant to be boring, and “Eat Like a Dinosaur” delivers the goods: Snacks, sides, main dishes and even dips and sauces… Give a kid a dip and he’ll eat almost anything.

One of my favorite sections in the book is on projects to help engage the kids in discovering that Paleo is not only a way of eating, but a way of living: Going to the farmers market, picking your our fruit and vegetables and yard sales. Stacy and Matt have really put it all in there.

My favorite recipes right off the bat from this cookbook are: Rat on a stick (not really rat, don’t worry), Southwestern pineapple sauce, fruit leathers, Grain-free granola (this one is crazy good… It is like Crack in my house, so only gets made a few times a year) and  Shepherd’s pie.

These guys really know what they are talking about, having 3 kids themselves and losing a combined 200lbs from eating a paleo diet. If you have children and want to feed them wholesome, nutritious paleo food, then you owe it yourselves to get this cookbook. You can get “Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids” is at Amazon right now (Hey, they even have a Kindle version out).


3 thoughts on “Paleo Cookbook Review: “Eat Like a Dinosaur”

  • March 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

     Whew! If a former chef likes our book I think we actually did something good! Thanks!

    • March 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      One of favorite things about your cookbook is the full page color photos on the adjoining page. I want to know what a dish is supposed to look like when it’s done. You guys did a marvelous job at that. It really is a great family cookbook. 🙂

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