Today is the big day! My COOKBOOK: Sweet Paleo: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Delights is officially on sale! Many of the people who placed pre-orders have already received the book and positive reviews have started to show up.

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When I received my first copy of the book a few weeks ago I was overjoyed. There’s just something truly gratifying about holding in your hands a work product that took so much time and effort (blood, sweat and tears, really!) The book turned out even better than I hoped and I know you will love it too. There are a lot of Paleo cookbooks on the market these days.  But I believe Sweet Paleo is unique and fills a need in the market. Here’s why:

Sweet Paleo is a perfect introduction to the joys of paleo baking but there is a lot more than just baked goods inside:

Inside Sweet Paleo you will find:

  • Over 90 recipes – all free of gluten, grains, legumes and refined sugars
  • Most recipes are dairy-free or have dairy-free options
  • Plenty of egg-free and nut-free choices
  • Recipes high in protein, fiber and good fats
  • Mix-and-match options for dozens of possible combinations
  • Overview of Paleo basics
  • Grain-free cooking and baking guide
  • Detailed key ingredient descriptions
  • Substitutions, tips and tutorials
  • Full-page color photographs throughout

With this book I wanted to ensure it contained recipes for all different occasions – both simple and complex. I also wanted it to include all the information needed to become proficient in grain-free baking (not an easy feat!) So in addition to the pies, cakes and pastry recipes, among others, you will find tutorials for things that you will make time and again as part of other recipes. For example:

  • How to Make a Meringue (the full process, tips and tricks)
  • How to Make Almond Flour/Meal
  • Homemade Ghee (in the oven)
  • How to Make Nut Milks (and how to use the leftover nut meal)
  • How to Make Coconut Milk
  • Stabilized Coconut Cream (uses gelatin in the process to make a dairy-free frosting that doesn’t melt easily at room temperature)

There are some breakfast-type recipes such as Raspberry Almond Muffins, Crepes, Cherry Clafoutis, Pancakes and more. There are simple cookie recipes like Chocolate Chip Cookies but also more advanced cookie recipes like Linzer Cookies and Madeleines. You will find several dairy-free ice cream recipes such as Cherry Swirl Coconut Frozen Custard  and an amazingly rich and decadent, dairy-free Chocolate Ice Cream.

ice cream sand double

You will also find a Paleo Pie Crust recipe that can be used for sweet or savory purposes, a Dessert Pizza Crust and a recipe for a Sweet Tart Crust as well. You can choose to pair the cakes and pie/tart crusts with various frostings and sauces such as Meyer Lemon CurdChampagne Sabayon, Italian Meringue Buttercream, Avocado Chocolate Frosting and moreThese are recipes I turn to time and time again for special celebrations as well as weekday treats.

cake and peonies

A few more of the recipes you will find inside:

Candied Blood Orange Tart, Cinnamon Cheesecake Bites, Raspberry Coconut Macaroons, Chocolate Paleo Birthday Cake (nut-free), Pecan Praline Cheesecake (dairy-free), Spiced Caramel Sauce, Harvest Cake, Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti and much, much more. Find a full list of recipes in Sweet Paleo including a table guide to allergens.

A few recipes (4) are reliant on dairy. For instance, there is Honey Yogurt Gelato (below) and Rum Raisin Ice Cream. But the other two dairy recipes use goat cheese which is more easily digested by some individuals who cannot otherwise tolerate cow’s milk products. If you are one of those people you may enjoy Goat Cheese Fudge Truffles and Blueberry Chèvre Cheesecake Ice Cream.

gelato and figs

Pâte à Choux (Pastry Dough) was probably my most ambitious recipe. To go along with cream puffs and profiteroles you can make with the dough you will find recipes for both Vanilla and Chocolate Pastry Cream.

Grain-Free Pate a Choux

And I could not resist the challenge of creating an amazing Tiramisu (including a nut-free recipe for Lady Fingers) that includes an authentic dairy version as well as a dairy-free option.

Tiramisu and chocolate

How “Sweet” is Sweet Paleo? What Sweeteners are Included?

Sweet Paleo does not rely on artificial or refined sweeteners in the recipes. I use only honey, maple syrup, coconut nectar/sap, coconut sugar, maple sugar, dates and molasses in my recipes. It doesn’t mean you can eat unlimited amounts just because they are “unrefined” but these ingredients do offer more nutrients than refined sweeteners. And I try to only use as much sweetener as necessary for the recipe and far less than standard desserts. These sweeteners also lend complexity of flavor to the end result that is unmatched by refined white sugar.

What flours are used?

Sometimes gluten-free cookbooks require multiple types of flours in the recipes. It can be a bit overwhelming and end up making some of the recipes inaccessible if you are not able to find all the ingredients. In Sweet Paleo I tried to strike the balance between using enough variety of grain-free flours to give the end products an ideal texture, consistency and taste. However, I was careful not to use TOO many different types of flours in the cookbook. The recipes in Sweet Paleo tend to rely on coconut flour, blanched almond flour and arrowroot/tapioca flours (often interchangeable) either alone or in combination.

Sweet Paleo is a great value!

Another great thing about Sweet Paleo I want to point out is the price point. You will find a lot of value – tons of grain-free baking basics, work-horse recipes as well as spectacular specialty recipes and much more – all for $17.95 (cheaper online in most cases!) This is far less expensive than many of the paleo cookbooks on the market today. And Sweet Paleo focuses on the types of recipes that are the most difficult to transform into gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free making it a terrific resource to augment your other cookbooks.

I know you will love it. Buy one for yourself and share one with a friend. And if you leave a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other review sites I will be eternally grateful.

YOU ARE INVITED!

If you live in the New York Metro Area (and even if you don’t!) you’re invited to our Book Release Party taking place on Saturday, March 21st. The party will be held at a terrific new Grainless Bake Shop called “Squirrel and the Bee” in Short Hills, NJ. We will have free recipe samples and copies of Sweet Paleo for sale and if you would like my autograph I’m happy and honored to oblige! 🙂 Check out the FB event page for more details and to RSVP. Share the invite with folks you know who might be interested. The more the merrier.

GIVEAWAYS

A giveaway to celebrate the release of the book will be posted the week of April 20th. Check back often or sign up for our newsletter to get the news when the giveaway launches.

You can order Sweet Paleo: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Delights at these online retailers!

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I appreciate your support!

~Lea

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