The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook Review and Paleo Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon Recipe
About the Author
Joshua Weissman was an overweight teenager, who, like many overweight teenagers was bullied and tormented by other kids. Unlike most, however, Joshua decided that he wasn't going to let others dictate who he was, he would make a change.
Even though he was only 15 at the time he realized that real food, rather than processed diet food, was the key to turning his life around. Getting into the kitchen, getting his hands dirty, tasting, smelling, reconnecting with his food helped him reconnect with himself. 100lbs later, Joshua is the picture of health, and his cooking skills have graduated while he's still waiting for his diploma.
Why You Should Buy It
Many recipe books go for the "Wow!" factor but miss the mark on realism. I can recall being tempted by many a recipe, only to be turned off by too many exotic ingredients and overly complicated instructions.
The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook, on the other hand, merges Joshua's stellar photography (which shows off the beautiful Paleo friendly foods he cooks with) with recipes that are approachable and easy to recreate.
Stated simply, its a beautiful book will allow you to prepare sophisticated, healthful recipes, without a culinary degree.
What People are Saying
"Joshua Wissman, the teenage dynamo behind the remarkable Slim Plate blog, has figured out at the tender age of 17 that the secret to a healthy life is eating nourishing home-cooked meals. With his sophisticated palate and discerning ye, Joshua's recipes and enticing photos will inspire young and old to take charge of their wellnesss by getting into the kitchen."
-Michelle Tam, NomNomPaleo.com
"My children have moved on and I thought my cooking days were over...Then I bought this book. The recipes are not only easy to prepare and delicious, but also fabulous to look at. My plan is to make them all!"
-Karen Sharp Lancaster, Amazon.com review
"Writing a cookbook is not easy. Surviving your teenage years is not easy. Somehow, Joshua Weissman managed both, and while I can't speak for how easily his adolescence is going, this book is a significant accomplishment in and of itself. Couple this with the fact that this book is the product of one young man's journey from obesity to health, and The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook is more than a cookbook - it's an early chronicle of someone destined for great(er) things... (read the full review here)"
-Russ Crandall, TheDomesticMan.com
The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook "Coconut Macaroons" (plus chocolate!)
In his cookbook, Joshua laments those who don't like coconut and I fully concur! Who doesn't like tasty things that are great for you? Coconut hating weirdos aside, Joshua's recipe for coconut macaroons is straightforward and just about foolproof.
3 egg whites
1/4 cup honey (or 1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia mixed with 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the egg whites, honey (or stevia with almond milk), vanilla, and salt until frothy. Fold in the coconut until fully incorporated and no dry clumps remain.
Using your hands or a cookie scoop, form the mixture into heaping tablespoons about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and drop onto the parchment-lined baking sheet, evenly spaced.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on the tops and bottoms. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes. Store in the fridge for up to a week and a half.
Note: Joshua recommends dipping the macaroons in chocolate for a "fun variation". I am happy to add chocolate wherever and whenever possible, so I melted a bag of Enjoy Life dairy-free, soy-free, low sugar, dark chocolate chips in a double boiler, dipped the macaroon bottoms in the melted chocolate, and then put them back on the parchment lined baking sheet. I then drizzled the remaining chocolate over the top and put the whole baking sheet in the fridge to firm them up. Dessert for days!