My husband is on a low carb diet and sometimes that and the Paleo diet go hand in hand.  The Paleo Chef By Pete Evans is not one of those times.  However, I’m not going to denigrate the book based on that statement alone.

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I love the photography in the cookbook and the recipes sound absolutely amazing.  However, most of these ingredients would require a special (not to mention costly) trip to the store for us.  Plus, having two young children on top of that, I can’t see The Paleo Chef keeping a permanent place in our family meal plan.

While the recipes are visually beautiful and seem relatively painless to make, I just can’t get past all the extra ingredients that I would be forced to purchase.  I’ve heard that you can do the Paleo diet on a budget and I am in no way knocking the diet or Mr. Evans’ cooking for the matter.  It’s just doesn’t work for my family.

Recipes like Grilled Wild Salmon, Raw Zucchini Lasagna, and Lamb Meatballs grace the pages and if I had a bigger food budget, I would definitely go for it!  I liked how he added a little introduction about each recipe as well.  So, all in all, a beautifully done cookbook. Not for the budget conscious though.

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of the Blogging for Books Program.  All opinions and comments are my own and I received no other compensation.

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I used to be a Snack Girl follower a long time ago.  I ended up following her on twitter and started reading her blog.  Then sadly to say, I lost interest.  Lisa Cain tries very hard to be funny and falls flat.  I just wasn’t seeing the allure. However, some of her recipes were tasty and pretty easy.  So when I saw that she published a cookbook, I was willing to give it a go.  I also had high hopes since, like I said before, I really enjoyed her healthy recipes.

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I love Mindy Kaling.  I like the fact that she looks and acts like a normal person and isn’t afraid to make fun of herself.  I love her show, The Mindy Project, and I watch it as often as I can.  I can even see a lot of similarities between things from her life and things on the show.

I was chomping at the bit to read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Other Concerns.  It was on my Goodreads list for awhile and I have been plotting to get it since it came out!  When Birchbox picked it as a giveaway for their book club, I was ecstatic!  I was obsessively checking all the entries and talking to my Birchbox tweeps (twitter friends) about it to see if anyone had heard anything regarding who won.  Lo and behold, I won a copy to review!

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