I haven’t been able to decide whether I like the story telling of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook better, or the recipes, as all of the food included is absolutely delicious, yet the stories
completely captivating. With a variety of meaty mains, soups, sides, drinks, and desserts, each section of the cookbook has recipes for the elimination phase of the Autoimmune-Protocol, as well as stage 1, stage 2, and stage 3 of food re-introductions. Therefore, this cookbook will serve as helpful not only when you begin the protocol, but also throughout, and even after one has reached remission. Overall, the recipes are incredibly diverse, from asian stir fry, to a rosemary elk tenderloin, twice fried plantains, and even hand pies! Whether you are experienced in the kitchen, or just beginning, there are recipes of all difficulties, all of which are ultimately very straight forward, flavorful, and show how eating real food does not have to be rocket science, nor does it cooking from scratch have to feel like a marathon. Throughout all of the recipes, Angie also openly discusses her personal road blocks in truly accepting the autoimmune protocol as a lifestyle change, not simply a one quick fix to get her back to living normally and eating the standard American diet. Before each section of recipes, she includes topics of discussion that openly talk about anger, fear, courage, balance, holistic healing, grief, acceptance, appreciation, cooking, eating, creativity, celebration, “cheating,” local food, further resources, and last but not least, gratitude. As for the recipes themselves, they are incredibly diverse, with tasty combinations intriguing any seasoned chef, yet simple enough so that beginners in the kitchen can easily tackle them as well. Of course, I was beyond thrilled to have another AIP resource to cook from for myself, as well as for the family. First, I decided to make
a rather straight forward recipe that is quite similar to what my mother makes, yet with a slight twist that made them completely new and exciting to their taste buds – Peppered Duck Fat Sweet Potatoes, of which my parents especially loved. My mother told me make sure and include the fact that they were even better eaten as leftovers in the days afterwords, heated up in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Next, I made the cucumber spaghetti squash salad as yet another side dish to my families dinner. It was truly a delicious recipe that we will certainly be making later on when the warmer months of summer arrive, and my dad even enjoyed it cold, the next day at lunch. I also took advantage of the head of purple cauliflower in my fridge while visiting family last week in Colorado, and made the turmeric ginger roasted cauliflower, served with my sweet and sour meatballs. Despite many of my family members not being especially fond of the cruciferous vegetable, everyone really loved it, proving that Angie’s recipes can win over even picky eaters.
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Overall, I can not express how much I have enjoyed being able to have a resource like Angie’s. Because of how much I truly stand behind the Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook, and because Angie herself is very gracious, today I am giving away a free e-book version of the cookbook. Hopefully, you will find it just as inspiring, helpful, and funny (in a good way) as I did. While you are busy entering the giveaway, make sure to head on over to Angie’s Instagram, where she is giving away two aprons (one for a commenter and one for the commenter’s friend), every Monday, until they are gone, so don’t miss out! Overall, not only does The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook make you realize that no you are not alone in your autoimmune disease, and after making your way through all of the stories, recipes, and useful charts, you will see just how powerful food and lifestyle changes can be for turning your life around for the better.
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