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Cookbook Review: Ready or Not!

Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo

Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo (Michelle Tam & Henry Fong)

Paleo/ Whole 30 cook book


*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

After trying to read the first book, but running out of time and being put back on the hold list at my library, I found this one on Netgalley and knew I needed to snatch it up.

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

The answer: pick up this book. Ready or Not makes healthy Paleo home cooking a breeze, no matter if there’s time to prepare or just minutes to spare. Whether you’re a fastidious planner or a last-minute improviser, you’ll find plenty of deliciously nourishing options, from make-ahead feasts to lightning-fast leftover makeovers. Presented in Nom Nom Paleo’s deliriously fun comic book style, Ready or Not makes Paleo cooking easy, no matter how much time you have. In fact, this cookbook is organized into color-coded sections to match your readiness level:
GET SET! First, stock your kitchen with essential building blocks–from store-bought necessities to D.I.Y. ingredients that’ll set you up for anytime cooking.
READY! Got time to cook? Turn to these recipes for make-ahead meals and spectacular dishes like Pressure Cooker Bo Ssäm and Strawberry Almond Semifreddo!
KINDA READY! Learn how to transform pantry staples and leftovers into impromptu meals that’ll satisfy the most discriminating palates.
NOT READY! Emergency meals can be delicious, too. In this section, you’ll find super-fast recipes like savory stir-fries and sheet pan suppers.
Along with colorfully written and gorgeously photographed step-by-step recipes presented in a cheeky cartoon format, Ready or Not features kitchen hacks, Paleo ingredient guides, meal plans, shopping lists and more!

My fiance and I have been eating paleo (ish) for a few months now. It agrees with us, but I’m a horrible and lazy cook. Because of this I often need to look at recipes multiple times and I still get them wrong lol. Although I have a few good standbys. So, yeah, I’m always down to look at more paleo cookbooks.

This cookbook is beautiful. I love all the pictures which make the book so interesting and nice to look through. It is a cute and fun.
The set up is interesting too–definitely not what you see often, with the contents divided by how much time you have and if you have anything prepped to go! There is also a guide in the back which has all the recipes with their page#, and if they include eggs, nightshade, nuts, are freezer friendly, and/or whole 30 friendly. I only wish they included fish to this hahaha because unfortunately my fiance is allergic to fish and I can’t eat it.

That being said, there are a TON of fish included recipes here (this is including fish sauce using recipes). So, kinda a bummer for me, but I can always just not use the fishy stuff and hope for the best ^_^
The other negative for me is that, as I said earlier, I am so lazy. Going into the kitchen is always a battle for me, so I push it off until the last minute or I get so absorbed in something I don’t realize I have to cook until it is time to eat. So, I probably won’t use this cookbook too much…. 😦 I don’t think I’ll spend time to make sauces and then use them later to make the food.
I also don’t have a pressure cooker, so that leaves off more recipes.

In the end, this cookbook doesn’t work for my lifestyle, but I loved reading it and looking through it and there are a few recipes I’ve bookmarked to try later. This is a book I’m sure many people–even not strictly paleo people can use!

Happy eating!


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