I personally think the gift of food, or anything food-related, is one of the best gifts you can give, or receive. Here’s a few of my favourites.
For the Primal Eater
1. Cookbooks: I know cookbooks aren’t the most original gift, but they are one of the best things you can buy for a primal eater, or someone that loves food, cooking and baking in general. I’ve had many bought for me, and I’ve gifted many cookbooks to others as well. I highly recomment these two books that fit the primal bill:
– Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Michelle Tam and Henry Fong): if you’re a long time reader of this blog, you’ll know I love this cookbook, and the website. Everything about this book is awesome: the recipes, the style, the graphics, and the information. I’ve learned more about food in general (not just paleo food and cooking) in the last six months with this book, than I have my entire adult life. Even my mom (hi Mom!), a non-Paleo eater, loves this cookbook.
– Every Last Crumb: Paleo Bread and Beyond (Britney Angell): I discovered Britney Angell on Instagram a few months ago, and have drooled over her paleo versions of baked treats ever since. She’s just released her first cookbook and it sounds incredible – grain-free croissants, puff pastry, sandwich bread, bagels and pretzels, plus all sorts of other sweet baked treats. One thing that does come to mind when going paleo or primal is the thought of bread and any baked treat made with conventional wheat flour being off-limits. This book eradicates such thoughts. I will be buying myself this book sometime in the new year.
There are so many paleo cookbooks available it’s crazy. Whatever one you choose will be greatly appreciated.
2. Books about primal and low-carb approaches to health and wellbeing: I’ve done a ton of reading on these topics this year and have read some interesting and informative books. The following come highly recommended:
– The Primal Blueprint (Mark Sisson): I wish this was the first book I read when I first thought about changing my diet. It’s jam-packed with all the information one requires to get started on their own primal journey: from food choices to science, exercise to sleep, Mark Sisson covers it all in an easy-to-read style.
– Wheat Belly (Dr. William Davis): I’m in the middle of this book right now and it’s so good. So good! It’s got science and plenty of information, but it’s not so scientific that you stop paying attention. It’s also got some tongue in cheek comments that I often think, like why do some runners and triathletes, despite running long and burning tons of calories, have bellies? (answer: because of wheat). I’ve learned some pretty eye-opening facts from this book as well: did you know the wheat variety that is used in conventional baking and sold today was never actually tested on humans prior to it being introduced into our food supply? And, this variety of modern wheat, greatly different to the wild wheat that was cultivated in Neolithic times, can’t survive if it were to be just left to grow in a field? It requires the help of humans to survive. That’s saying something.
– Why We Get Fat And What to Do About It (Gary Taubes): this is a more condensed, not so study-intensive version of Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories and clearly explains how weight gain is related to frequently elevated blood glucose levels, as a result of sugar and carbohydrate consumption. It also give a more condensed history lesson on where this low-fat diet came from and how it came to be the standard all western world countries abide by. A truly eye-opening read if you ask me.
3. Food: I’m not talking about your everyday ingredients, like meat, fruit and vegetables; more so the primal foods that aren’t so easy on the wallet. When it was Coconut Friend Amie’s birthday this past July, I gave her a primal eater’s dream: coconut oil, ghee, Kerrygold Butter (from grass-fed cows), and avocados. She was absolutely gobsmacked! Ideal primal fats, ideal energy.
Primal baking ingredients, in comparison to your standard sugar and wheat flour, are expensive. Contributing towards the larder of a primal eater by giving them coconut flour, xylitol, almond flour, psyllium husk powder, coconut oil, or 85% dark chocolate in bulk quantities is an act that would be greatly appreciated. Maybe the gift receiver will bake you something in return!
Russ Crandall at The Domestic Man had a great food gift idea: give someone a meal. Not as in buy them a meal out at a restaurant; instead make them a meal. His idea was to make a delicious dish ahead of time, then vacuum seal it and give it away as a gift. You could also purchase ingredients and cook a meal for someone you feel deserves it. Pat and I plan to make a meal for two special people this Christmas time.
Finally, giving the gift of smoked meats, fish and locally made cheese from unpasteurised milk and/or milk from grass-fed, organically raised cows is a gesture any primal eater would love. Really, the food gift possibilities are endless!
4. Cooking equipment: I think anyone who loves cooking and baking would be grateful for a new gadget in their kitchen arsenal. Whether it’s a slow cooker, a pressure cooker, silicon ice cube trays or cupcake cups (for bone broth!), a primal cook will make good use of it.
I’m quite partial to my Le Creuset stoneware casserole dish, which I use for soups, bolognaise sauce, chilli and curries. I also love my slow cooker, and we use our silicon cupcake cups on a weekly basis for fat bombs. I get a lot of use out of our reversible cast iron grill/griddle plate; it’s great for making pancakes, and grilling steaks and burgers.
5. Cooking utensils: knives, spoons, spatulas, vegetable peelers, whisks, citrus zesters, juicers, mortar and pestle, measuring spoons and cups, jugs… I could go on. When you make your own food, you need a plethora of utensils. Help a primal person out by adding to their collection. I know I’ve got my eye on a spiralizer, so we can make pasta strings out of vegetables!
Check out yesterday’s post on gifts for the (primal) runner, and don’t forget to enter my giveaway!
What do you want for Christmas?