So when I received my copy of The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook for review, I had to ask myself:
Which is more impressive?
1. The fact that Joshua lost 100 pounds at the age of 16 and started a blog.
2. He is only 18 years old and the proud author of a very impressive cookbook.
3. I’m getting schooled by someone half my age.
I’m gonna have to go with all of the above. You don’t even want to know what I was doing between the ages of of 16-18. Hint: I’m sure it involved booze, bright colored hair, and boys my parents didn’t approve of. I can tell you for certain that I wasn’t creating a food blog or writing a cookbook. In my defense though the internet had like just been invented and there was no such thing as a food blog. There weren’t even cell phones. It was the dark ages people. All I had were bad decisions.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Joshua’s work yet head over to Slim Palate and get ready to be amazed. His photography is top notch and his recipes are genius. You will not believe that someone who just became legal is behind the entire thing. I’m serious, go look!
I absolutely love The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook. It’s gorgeous, easy to follow, and there is literally something for everyone in it. My neighbor came over to say hi and saw my copy on the table. After flipping through it, “oohing” and “ahhing”, she started taking pictures with her cell phone of recipes she wanted to make. I told her to quit taking advantage of my copy and either buy it a drink or buy her own. Then I was nice and let her sample some of the Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge I made from it. She was apprehensive at first because she doesn’t like fudge. To be honest I’m not much of a traditional fudge fan either, but I’m a sucker for anything salted chocolate, so I went ahead and gave this recipe a shot. I died at first bite. Incredible. My neighbor was also impressed, so impressed that I heard her tell three different people on three different occasions how great the fudge was. Now she has plans to make her own batch…and probably buy her own copy of the book because it’s just that good. You know what else is just that good? This Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge.
Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge
From: The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook by: Joshua Weissman of Slim Palate
1 cup almond butter
1/3 cup coconut oil, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened cacao powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons raw honey
flaky or coarse sea salt for sprinkling
1. Line a small loaf pan with parchment paper.
2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the almond butter, coconut oil, cacao powder, vanilla, and honey until thoroughly incorporated and no clumps remain.
3. Pour the mixture into the parchment-lined loaf pan and generously sprinkle with sea salt. Freeze for 45 minutes or until the mixture has set.
4. Carefully pull out the block of fudge, cut into 1-inch squares, and serve immediately. Store any leftover fudge in the freezer.
It just so happened that I had an open container of Barney Butter Cocoa and Coconut in my cupboard so I used it for this recipe. It came out amazing. It was almost like a Nutella flavored fudge. I highly recommend using it! Even the plain Barney Butter Almond Butter would be good because it’s SO creamy.
So do want to hear more stories about my misguided youth or should we just concentrate on Joshua’s fudge recipe and new killer cookbook? I thought so…so this one time at band camp…just kidding I never went to band camp, but I did play the clarinet in fifth and sixth grade. Then I started smoking cigarettes and going to punk rock shows. Oh to be a teenager again. Okay that’s all you get, back to Joshua. So did you guys buy this cookbook yet or what? What recipes have you made out of it so far? What should I make next? Cookbooks are SO exciting!
I will have one new recipe for you next week and then I’m off to Austin for Paleo f(x)! If you haven’t done so already be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so I can give you the play by plays of Paleo f(x) all weekend long! Unless you’re gonna be there in person, and in that case I’d love to meet you, so hit me up homie. Until then, do yourself a favor and go get this cookbook. Love your faces. Toodles.