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    Question Imaginative Ancestral cookbooks

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    Hey, all!

    I am looking for a few new cookbooks. I especially want something imaginative, aimed at the experienced cook in need of inspiration. I love to cook, and we have been primal for the better part of five years - but sometimes I just want something different, know what I mean?

    There are dozens of books on the market now and many of them seem like they would probably fit the bill - but I can't afford *all* of them! Can you help me choose?

    Specifics:
    * aimed at the experienced cook
    * imaginative - no need for the basics

    Thanks for the help!

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    OK, 71 views and no opinions. I will hold my nose and jump it un-advised.

    I have decided on Everyday Paleo Around the World: Italy. I would still like to hear what other folks like, though.
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    I really love Ancestral Table. It's PHD, paleo, and primal friendly, and the recipes are excellent. Really classic, very doable, simple, but very delicious. It's even broken me of a lifetime hatred of mayonnaise including three failed attempts at homemade stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misti View Post
    Specifics:
    * aimed at the experienced cook
    * imaginative - no need for the basics
    You don't need a Paleo or Primal book if you are experienced. You can take any cookbook and alter to suit your needs. Most of the Paleo/Primal books are just repetitive. I picked up a copy of Bruce Aidells Meat cookbook, first edition brand new for $4 and it is a great book. Better value in old books IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eats.meats.west View Post
    You don't need a Paleo or Primal book if you are experienced. You can take any cookbook and alter to suit your needs. Most of the Paleo/Primal books are just repetitive. I picked up a copy of Bruce Aidells Meat cookbook, first edition brand new for $4 and it is a great book. Better value in old books IMO.
    That's my favorite non ancestral (if you could ever call a book about meat "non ancestral!" Actually, scratch that) cookbook after ancestral table. If it weren't for AT just being so well done as a springboard for "this is how to take that fabulous wheat filled recipe over there and make it better" without just subbing other shady ingredients, TGMC would be my favorite; every recipe I've tried I've made more than once.

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    Thank you, Ritten! I had somehow managed to miss Ancestral Table, but it is going on my list now!

    Eats, you are right 90% of the time - but there are days when I want an idea that is new and yet doesn't require me to fight the recipe. Yes, I can change almost any recipe - but some days, I'm lazy.

    I find several books that could be what you mean by "Bruce Aidells Meat cookbook". Do you mean the 2001 "Complete Meat Cookbook"?
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    Here's the one I have. It's got a fairly in depth sort of meat 101 where it goes over cuts, shopping, grassfed/pasture raised/heritage breed. Totally recommended.

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    Thank you! It is now in my cart!
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    Itīs not ancesteral or even a cookbook really, but have you checked out The Flavor Bible. Just lists of foods that pair well with other foods. So say youīve got a lot of carrots and want some ideas. You look up carrot and voila, thereīs tons of spices, other veggies, etc that would combine well.

    Not so good for the novice cook who wouldnīt know what to do with those ingredients. But for the experienced cook looking for inspiration itīs perfect. And as ancesteral as you want it to be.

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    I picked up a copy of Bruce Aidells Meat cookbook, first edition brand new for $4 and it is a great book.

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