Well, knock me down with a feather! (Uh, thanks grandma for adding that weird phrase to my repertoire of “cutely awkward things to say if you want people to look at you funny”).
The voting is open for Paleo Magazine’s annual awards and my cookbook Nourish has been nominated for Best New Cookbook of 2015. To say I’m ridiculously happy-excited about that is a gross understatement, so just be glad you didn’t see me doing my really ugly happy dance when I found out.
And who do I have to thank for that awesomeness? YOU GUYS. Your support helped bring Nourish to this point and I am so, so grateful that you’ve loved on my book baby so hard. You guys have taken Nourish and propelled it into the stars, pitting it against some of the biggest names in Paleo. We’re bringing AIP to the mainstream Paleo crowd and I am so psyched!
When I set out to write Nourish – get this – there was only one (ONE!) AIP cookbook out there, The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. I knew that people were desperate for more AIP resources and I knew that I wanted to up the ante a little. I was determined to pack as much flavor into Nourish as humanly possible, without you guys needing to buy 400 odd, never-to-be-used-again ingredients. I wanted to bring back real feed-to-your-family recipes that would work even if you were the only person on the AIP. I wanted to show you that cutting out certain ingredients didn’t mean cutting down on options for delicious food. Oh, and to pack as many hidden veggies into those recipes as possible. I’m sneaky like that. It was a labor of love that I am so, so proud of – even if it did take me approximately 300,001 test batches to get nightshade free Chili and BBQ Sauce *just perfect*. It was worth it. Even if I did set fire to my oven in the process. I swear I’ll tell you guys that story some day…
One of the hardest things when you’ve written and photographed a cookbook actually has nothing to do with all the hours and hours you spent putting it all together. It’s letting it go. Sending that bundle of pages and photos and finally-right recipes out there into the world. Wondering how it’s going to be received. Bracing yourself for possible critiques. Hoping people will love the recipes as much as you do. Thankfully, I’ve been so lucky to have the most wonderful friends and fans give me feedback on Nourish and I’m thrilled that you guys have let me into your homes and kitchens to share my approach to the AIP.
Here are some of my reader favorites and photos!
Top row, left to right: Rosemary Flatbread with Prosciutto & Plums, Oven Baked Ribs with German Potato Salad, Thai Chicken Soup.
Middle row, left to right: Pork Belly Carnitas with Apple, Baked Swedish Meatballs with Gravy, Coconut Oatmeal (pumpkin variation).
Bottom row, left to right: The Ultimate Liver Hater’s Pate with Apple & Thyme, Teriyaki Sauce, Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Popsicles.
I love seeing you cook from and enjoy Nourish — if you share your photos to social media, use the hashtag #NourishPaleo to make sure I see them! I’m so proud to have just a little part in your healing journeys. Thank you for inspiring me to keep creating delicious, nourishing, no-fuss, allergy-friendly recipes for the AIP and beyond! You never know, there may just be a Nourish 2 in the future…
Voting for the Best of 2015 awards is only open until January 31st, so be sure to hop on over and vote for Nourish as Best New Cookbook before then! Don’t forget to vote for all your other Paleo favorites, too!
Much love, Rach