No ‘Clean it Up Monday’ post for you today!! Because I’m not in town to cook for you! So instead, I’m giving you a new wonderful cookbook to try out. You’re welcome.

I am VERY excited to do this book review. I literally tore open the package when I received it in the mail. I’ve been waiting and waiting for this book to come out since the day I found out that Megan and Brandon of Health Bent were making one. This website is very close to my heart because when I start eating paleo, they were one of the first websites I fell in love with and actually cooked from. I’m not one to cook from other websites, because I hate following directions, but their directions are simple and to the point, so I never had an excuse to not try the recipes.

Anywho, I couldn’t be happier with Primal Cravings by Megan and Brandon Keatley. Honestly. The photography looks great, especially since their is a picture for every recipe. The recipes are completely their style, simple but elegant and full of flavor. And information that is filled inside is incredibly helpful. That’s what always interested me so much about their blog. Their recipes were all so easy to make, but tasted like you had slaved for hours creating them. And the information they shared was always helpful for beginners to people who had eaten paleo for years. As you can tell, I kind of love them.

Here are some of the great things about this book:

  1. They don’t use any almond flour in it. I am not a huge fan of almond flour because it tends to make me sick, so I love that they removed it from their book. But they also removed almond flour from their recipes because it’s high omega-6 content, it’s expensive price, and so they could create even tastier recipes. I just love this. It’s cool to see different kinds of recipes outside the normal “almond flour box”.
  2. They included nutritional information in the back of the book for every recipe. That’s not really my thing because I don’t give a sh*t, BUT a lot of people do care and do want to know. So it’s a great addition to the book.
  3. They have metric conversions in the back of the book since the U.S. is so damn weird.
  4. They explain stuff in an easy to read format. They give great explanations about why paleo is good for us, why an 80/20 rule approach is a great one to follow and why teaching our bodies how to burn the correct food resources will lead to a healthier body.
  5. They teach you how to stock your kitchen.
  6. And they give you recipes to fill any need or want. From sweet to savory breakfast options, to pizza or meatballs, to cookies or gelato: whatever you want, they will have.

Let’s look at some of the gorgeous recipes inside.


smoked salmon hash


hazelnut coffe pancakes


cuban burger


chicken enchilada empanadas

I could just die. Just die. As you can see, their recipes look outstanding. I haven’t been able to decide which one I want to try first. Oh wait, I’ve already made one of their cookie recipes. Chocolate coconut scout cookies, to be exact. They were delish. And so simple. It took me only 5 minutes to whip them up and 12 minutes or so to bake them. Redonk. The boyfriend ate ’em up. But I want to make an actual entree. I’m coming home from DC today and all I want to do is cook. Especially for the boyfriend. I’m thinking the Cuban Burger first. Oh, and more cookies. Obviously.

Now go do yourself a favor, and buy it. I can promise, pinky swear that you will love the book itself, love the recipes that hide away inside, and love the amazing recipes you trick people into thinking are not paleo. Your life is about to change with this book.