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America’s Test Kitchen Reinvents Recipes for the Paleo Kitchen

For the ever-increasing number of people exploring the paleo diet’s back-to-basics way of eating—lots of protein and vegetables and no grains, sugar, dairy, or processed foods—being able to cook creative, flavorful meals at home is more and more important. But it isn’t easy. With so many staple ingredients off the table (like vegetable oil, butter, flour, and even potatoes), it can be tricky to make great-tasting meals that stick to the paleo program.


This is the kind of challenge that America’s Test Kitchen—the home cook’s essential resource for recipes that work—loves to solve. Paleo Perfected: A Revolution in Eating Well with 150 Kitchen-Tested Recipes is our new foolproof guide to this very popular diet.

Paleo Perfected begins with a comprehensive resource section that includes a buying guide for produce, meat, and seafood; essentials for your pantry; information on baking with alternative flours; and an overview of spiralizing vegetables. Since many of the store-bought items we rely on every day are not paleo-friendly, we teach you how to create homemade versions of broth, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, sandwich rolls, pie dough, and more that not only adhere to paleo standards but also taste far better than anything you could buy. Chapters are devoted to appetizers, breakfast favorites, poultry, meat, seafood, and vegetable dishes. And since meat is an important part of the paleo diet, we look beyond the standard beef, pork, and chicken and feature proteins like duck, bison, lamb, and venison. Nutritional information is included for every recipe.

The test kitchen offers inventive techniques and provides new ways to think about ingredients, like using pureed vegetables (in place of flour) as a thickener for gravies, sauces, and stews; creating pan sauces by deglazing the pan with broth or tomato paste (instead of wine) and then thickening with arrowroot flour (instead of butter); and including cashew cheese (in place of starch and dairy) to keep meatballs moist and tender.


Following the paleo diet requires you to rethink your cooking methods and overhaul your pantry. With Paleo Perfected, America’s Test Kitchen helps readers not only understand paleo, but succeed at it as well.