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Book Review (and Giveaway!) – Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining

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Hey folks, I’m starting to get quite a collection of cookbooks (although it pales in comparison to this stash!), so I’m going to review some Paleo-minded cookbooks as I receive them, and give a copy away as well. If you have a book coming out soon, I’d be happy to have a look and run it through its paces.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Molly D. from Houston, TX, who won the giveaway. Thanks to everyone for participating!

I’m really excited about Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining, which releases next week. Personally, I think it is a huge step forward in the Paleo cooking world. Not only have Bill Staley and Hayley Mason created some really tasty recipes, they’ve upped the bar in terms of presentation and thoughtfulness. This is the first Paleo cookbook I’ve seen that I think can stand toe-to-toe with the best non-Paleo cookbooks coming out this year.


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My son Oliver searching frantically for a picture of his face in the book – it’s on page 11!

The book is divided into several sections based on seasons and events, covering everything from a backyard picnic to Thanksgiving feast. We were on hand for their Halloween-themed dinner and photoshoot (“Spooky Supper”), and Bill and Hayley were total pros both in the kitchen and in arranging and shooting the delicious meal. Each meal set has a “shopping and preparation” section that allows the host to better prepare for the big event; one of my favorite things about this book is that it makes it easy for people to show off the Paleo diet to loved ones, and with style.

The photography is downright beautiful – bright, vibrant, and perfectly attuned to each setting.

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We’ve tried a couple of the recipes now, and I’ve been very impressed by how much their cooking has matured since Make it Paleo, their last book. The recipes are balanced, comprehensive, and simple – but there are still some dishes in there that are perfect for Paleo readers that are up for the occasional challenge.

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One dish in particular that we liked (and has been getting a lot of buzz) is their General Tso’s Chicken, which is part of the “Takeout Fake-out” meal. They nailed an authentic-tasting sauce using everyday ingredients – a feat in and of itself. We forgot to buy spring onions for the recipe, so they’re “invisible” in the picture above.

So, to celebrate the release of this book, I’m giving away a copy of it!

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

Sign up for my newsletter (on the right sidebar of this page), follow my RSS feed, or follow the social media site of your choice (facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, google+). You can follow as many (or as little) as you’d like – you decide how you want to receive your Domestic Man updates! Be sure to leave a comment on this post letting me know what you did, so I can record your entry.

The giveaway ends midnight Saturday, April 27th (EST), and I will select a winner using a random number generator on Sunday, and mail the book out on Monday. Good luck!

Giveaway restricted to US and Canadian residents.
 
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