The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook – Book Review

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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.

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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.

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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.

12 Comments on The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook – Book Review

    March 31, 2014 at 9:11 am (2 years ago)

    What a great story and fab looking fudge. Thank you for the book review and introduction to Joshua whose also nearly half my age!

  2. Vinny Grette
    March 31, 2014 at 9:42 am (2 years ago)

    So with just 3 tablespoons honey, the fudge was sweet enough? No sugar in the chocolate either, it seems… Great recipe idea! I tend to top these sorts of recipes up with stevia, but maybe it’s not needed in this one?

    • Vanessa Barajas
      Vanessa Barajas
      March 31, 2014 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

      It was just the right amount of sweet with the 3 tablespoons of honey, I loved it! The chocolate flavor came through the most and was made silky by the coconut oil and almond butter. The recipe says you can also use 20 drops of stevia, but I hate how stevia tastes so I never use it. It’s such an easy recipe that if I were you I would try both and see which you prefer! :)

      • Vinny Grette
        March 31, 2014 at 11:19 am (2 years ago)

        Stevia has its own sweet taste, different from sugar, like honey and maple syrup taste different from sugar and from each other too. For no calories, I got used to it :). Thanks for the info! I posted the info about the cookbook on my facebook page – so impressive!

  3. stephcormier
    March 31, 2014 at 10:14 am (2 years ago)

    This looks amazing… And I feel so put the shame when I think about what Josh has already accomplished at such a young age! I need to get my s*it together…

  4. This Sydney Life
    March 31, 2014 at 8:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey V – I’m sort of thinking I’ll bookmark this for when I reintroduce nuts and cacao. It looks SO good!

    I’ve been holding off buying Joshua’s cookbook (despite your AWESOME review) due to this pesky AIP issue…

    Did I mention LM has chosen to reintroduce coffee and chocolate? I’m staying strong!

    • Vanessa Barajas
      Vanessa Barajas
      April 1, 2014 at 9:22 am (2 years ago)

      TSL how is everything going in the land of AIP, are you feeling better despite all the coffee and chocolate sacrifices? (Just typing that sentence made me shudder.) I’m SO proud of you! What day are you on? You’re going to surpass “The Legend” any time now. I can’t believe LM made it this far! My personal best for giving up coffee and chocolate is 30 days. By that point I am just a shadow of my former self and I give up. You’re amazing! And hats of to LM as well. :) I’m going to make a yummy AIP treat for you when I get back from Paleof(x) in Austin. So no nuts, chocolate, eggs, nightshades, and what else?

      • This Sydney Life
        April 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm (2 years ago)

        Hey V – Actually, I’m feeling pretty fantabulous on this weird eating regime. Had a wobble over the last couple of days (snuck in a little high quality ghee and, bugger it, I don’t think it agreed with me), but it’s great food – until you want to go out!

        As for what’s out – Eggs (which I miss)
        Seeds (including cocoa, coffee – yes, coffee! – and all seed-based spices)
        Nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, capsicums, chillis, cayenne, and all spices derived from peppers, including paprika)
        Fructose consumption in excess of 20g per day (that’s a couple of pieces of fruit)
        Non-nutritive sweeteners (yes, all of them)
        all other food additives
        Still wanna make me a CEWADM treat? It’s a bit of a minefield… But, You’re SUCH a sweetheart for offering! MWAH!

      • Vanessa Barajas
        Vanessa Barajas
        April 3, 2014 at 8:55 am (2 years ago)

        So basically you can eat air. Awesome. I’ll get right on that! hahaha just kidding πŸ˜‰ I’ll have to really put my thinking cap on! Glad you are feeling better! :)

  5. Charlotte
    April 2, 2014 at 3:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Love it :) dying for the book!

  6. chefrachelAlbert
    May 27, 2014 at 9:36 am (1 year ago)

    I too love Josh’s new book and think he’s so amazing and inspiring! I tried the recipe and loved it and so did the people I shared it with at a paleo potluck a couple of weekends ago. I found I needed to use more stevia. You could try a blend of honey and stevia (halve the honey and halve the stevia to start with then go from there).

    I find the brand of stevia makes ALL the difference as does the form. THE TWO BEST liquid stevias I’ve found is Nu Natural’s & KAL brands. You might have to order them online. I’m a blogger, recipe tester, recipe developer, cooking instructor, cookbook author (and into paleo, primal. gluten free, grain free…) They’re the brands of choice by many other bloggers.

    FAB picture of the fudge you have there…. mmmm! I am making another batch tomorrow! Oh, Josh is pretty darn cute too!!! (yep, and more than half my age…. ;-))

    • Vanessa Barajas
      Vanessa Barajas
      May 27, 2014 at 10:38 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks for sharing your tips Chef Rachel! I would love to try one of the brands of stevia you suggested. It always tastes bitter to me. :( I want to make another batch of this too, I just can’t have it sitting in the house or I will eat the entire thing! It’s SO good! πŸ˜‰


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