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Eat Drink Paleo Cookbook - Irena Macri

Eat Drink Paleo Cookbook

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From the creator of the hugely popular foodie blog Eat Drink Paleo comes this stunning cookbook, filled with delectable, paleo-inspired recipes.

Passionate paleo-enthusiast Irena Macri draws on her love of world cuisines and all-natural ingredients to produce gourmet recipes that were created, taste-tested and photographed by the cook herself. From hearty feasts to healthy snacks, Eat Drink Paleo Cookbook will inspire seasoned paleo followers and curious connoisseurs alike.

All recipes are free from grains, gluten, processed sugar and other no-nos of the paleo and primal philosophy. Far from being restrictive, they showcase the rich flavours, varied ingredients and fun, inventive cooking that can be enjoyed as part of any healthy lifestyle.

The book takes home-cooks on a real-food journey from breakfast (hazelnut pancakes with blood orange syrup, anyone?) through to dessert (did someone say chilli chocolate mousse?). There are super-tasty dinners, glamorous garden produce and sauces, sides and drinks.

Complete with an introduction to paleo nutrition and philosophy; a handy inventory of foods to focus on and avoid; and user-friendly recipes and measurements, Eat Drink Paleo Cookbook is a must-have for the modern-day hunter-gatherer.

About the Author

Irena Macri was born in Ukraine and moved to Australia with her mum at the age of sixteen. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts at UNSW with a Bachelor of Digital Media and went on to spend almost ten years building her career in the digital media industry in Australia before realising that her true calling lay elsewhere – in her kitchen.

Being a passionate, self-taught cook and drawing on her love of world cuisines and all-natural ingredients, Irena decided to pour all her energy into producing delicious recipes that promote wellness and longevity. She has built a loyal following and an enthusiastic community around her website Eat Drink Paleo and co-authors a holistic lifestyle website, Rejuvenated For Life. Her paleo-inspired book, Eat Drink Paleo Cookbook has become a popular addition to kitchens around the world and her recipes and articles have appeared in many magazines and publications, including Body+Soul, Woman's Day, WellBeing Magazine, Prevention, The Guardian and LifestyleFood.

Irena is a digital nomad and an avid traveller. She divides her time between London and Sydney.

My Journey

It all started in May, 2012, when I quit my corporate job to pursue a passion – read: obsession – for cooking and all the other things that qualify me as a life-long foodie. Yes, I know, there are millions of other people who share the same passion – hello MasterChef and Food Network – but I'm talking about a slightly different fixation. What I have, and I've had it ever since I cooked my first dish in my grandmother's kitchen, is an insatiable desire to play with food – to whisk it, mould it, whip it, sizzle it and drizzle it till the cows come home. For a long time now, I've seen the kitchen as a playground where I can create and let my instincts go wild, where I experiment and where I don't follow instructions. It's a feeling of wanting everyone else to see cooking through my eyes and to show that it's completely normal to get stupidly excited about a truffle mushroom or a piece of amazing grass-fed beef. And waking up in the middle of the night to write down a recipe I just dreamt about because I feel like it's the most brilliant one I've ever come up with and everyone will love it.

This 'inner vocation' slowly grew into a nebulous dream, but for a long time I didn't know what to do with it. I left it there like a reserve batter, sitting on a side bench of a playing field. I kept looking for an outlet, something to pour my passion for food into. I thought about going to a culinary school, opening my own wine bar or a café, starting a catering business and, yes, maybe for just one second, I imagined going on MasterChef or some other cooking contest. None of it sat well in my head or in my heart. I like to believe I'm a 'live in the moment, be free, make your own rules' kind of gal and I just couldn't commit.

Then I discovered paleo, a diet and lifestyle I will touch on in the next chapter, and everything fell into place. I found a way to combine my passion for cooking with my skills and background in digital media and create something that allowed me to play by my own rules. My website, Eat Drink Paleo, was born.

Focusing on paleo was a no-brainer for me – I was getting into the lifestyle and feeling fantastic as a result, and I was cooking a bunch of great, new food and trying new ingredients. At the same time there was a lack of exciting, paleo-friendly recipes around. It was a perfect combination – an opportunity to unleash my culinary experiments and kitchen prowess; to learn and, consequently, educate others on how to feel great by eating real, delicious food. In addition, I felt the need to demystify paleo as a diet, which I thought was perceived as a fad or as a boring, impractical, restrictive and meat-heavy way of eating. I knew first-hand that it doesn't have to be that way and that my approach – flexible, affirmative and personal – is an easier way to integrate the paleo diet into your life.

For nine months I've been developing, testing and photographing paleo-inspired recipes for the site, building a community, educating myself and advocating good nutrition and healthier lifestyle habits. My audience grew quickly and I knew I was onto something. You know you're doing something right when you start receiving emails and comments from real people telling you they had a fabulous dinner with their family thanks to your recipes, or that your content and passion inspires them on their journey. I realised that I'd found a way to connect.

Making a cookbook was a natural progression. I had so many fantastic recipes in my head and I really wanted to produce something that was different to what was available. I envisioned a cookbook that reflects my 80/20 philosophy, showcases real food and natural ingredients, and screams 'cooking is fun'.

This cookbook is direct from the heart of someone who really loves to cook. It's been created in a very small kitchen using basic equipment and common ingredients, demonstrating that the recipes can be cooked by pretty much anyone. It's also special because it was originally self-published and made possible by many friends and strangers who believed in my crazy dream and gave me an unbelievable opportunity to share it with you. Irena xo
Irena Macri

Irena Macri was born in Ukraine and moved to Australia with her mum at the age of sixteen. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts at UNSW with a Bachelor of Digital Media and went on to spend almost ten years building her career in the digital media industry in Australia before realising that her true calling lay elsewhere - in her kitchen.

Being a passionate, self-taught cook and drawing on her love of world cuisines and all-natural ingredients, Irena decided to pour all her energy into producing delicious recipes that promote wellness and longevity. She has built a loyal following and an enthusiastic community around her website Eat Drink Paleo and co-authors a holistic lifestyle website, Rejuvenated For Life. Her paleo-inspired book, Eat Drink Paleo Cookbook has become a popular addition to kitchens around the world and her recipes and articles have appeared in many magazines and publications, including Body+Soul, Woman's Day, WellBeing Magazine, Prevention, The Guardian and LifestyleFood.

Irena is a digital nomad and an avid traveller. She divides her time between London and Sydney.

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ISBN: 9780670078783
ISBN-10: 9780670078783
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 28th January 2015
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 24.9
Edition Number: 1