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Discover why more people continue to choose
Paleo for Beginners—the New York Times bestselling
Paleo cookbook that has sold over 150,000 copies sold—more than any
other Paleo cookbook.

Paleo is not just another fad
diet; it is the diet humans were designed to eat. But getting started on
any new diet can be challenging—even one as primal as Paleo.
Paleo for Beginners is your one-stop Paleo cookbook for feeling
healthy, losing weight, and increasing your energy level. By focusing
on low-carb, high-protein meals that remove all processed foods, this
Paleo cookbook will help decrease your odds of developing common health
ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and more.


Straightforward yet comprehensive, this Paleo cookbook offers:


  • A 7-day step-by-step plan for beginners,
    complete with a Paleo shopping guide
  • 145
    Paleo-friendly foods
    that you can enjoy—and an extensive list
    of what food items you should avoid
  • 114 easy,
    mouthwatering recipes
    for every meal, such as Eggs Benedict
    Paleo Style, High-Protein Grain-Free Burgers, Chicken Avocado Wraps, and
    Paleo Waffles

“This is a good Paleo cookbook for
beginners like myself. It gave me a way to start paleo and a meal plan
to follow the first two weeks. After reading this book, I know that this
is the diet that I can follow and not feel like I'm missing
out.”—Sabrina R., Amazon Verified Purchase


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Reviews for Paleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started:

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November 12, 2016

Heal from the inside out.
I followed the food lists. 2015 August to December - 30 pounds went away - along with arthritis. Also helped psoriasis. Paleo diet reduces inflammation - and weight. 2016 looking at December again. Weight loss stable - arthritis much better.
4

July 14, 2014

Great book for beginners
This is one of the first books I purchased when converting to a paleo program. Unlike some reviewers here, I enjoyed the first few chapters that provide argument as to why this lifestyle change is better than most conventional fad "diets". It makes sense. I don't understand why people that read this book say it's "so complicated". Here's the breakdown...cut out the processed crap that we consume every day. Eat lean meats, fruits and veggies. It's not difficult. I wouldn't consider this a diet so much as I would a lifestyle change. I've tried a few of the recipes in the book and they were very reliable with the exception of one the beef teriyaki slow cooker recipe. The amount of liquid is not enough for the amount of beef and I came home to charred, black beef on the bottom of my crock pot. I had my suspicions before I set it on low, but didn't want to tamper with the recipe before I gave it a fair chance. But the other recipes I tried (primarily breakfast ones), were very good. Even the kids ate them.
I initially lost 10 pounds in 2.5 weeks while starting, but then went on a 2 week vacation to visit family and gained 6 back. Grandma and mom won't here of you refusing their mashed potatoes and gravy. I did notice while on eating "regular" food again that I was much more fatigued and sluggish. I am back from vacation and eating according to the paleo diet and have lost 4 of the 6 pounds I gained. I feel more energetic and much better.
5

May 21, 2018

This book started my introduction to healing.
I bought this book and two gluten free cookbooks. All I knew was that gluten was making me very sick.
The gluten free recipes didn't solve my problem. I was still getting worse, and every week something else would start hurting my stomach, giving me bloody diarrhea, cramping and bloating. My family doctor told me all tests were normal, and suggested a whole30 or paleo type of diet.
I bought this book. I love to cook, but hate to follow directions, so everything usually turns out nasty when I cook. But I'm really trying.
The introduction had me wondering if I was up to a diet so strict, but it seemed very interesting that all the things on the restricted list were the ones that were hurting me.
To make a long story short, I'm not better, but thanks to this book, I can now eat recipes that don't hurt me.
The recipes are simple and the setup makes me want to try them. The introduction had me convinced that those gluten free books were a waste of money.
I'm slowly sneaking paleo recipes into my family's life, and my toddlers love it.
All I know is that when I stick to this book, I feel completely fine. I think I am hooked.
5

March 3, 2017

A must have
Health problems was the reason! This book gives U all the basics .I am 66 & my husband is 80 and we are ready to get rid of foods that are not good for us. Looking to feel much better & improve our health.
5

January 15, 2018

Simple
Easy to follow recipes. Simple ingredients. Great for beginners. No pictures of food/recipes.
1

August 21, 2016

Returned
Confusing - returned would say you can't have certain foods but those foods were in the recipes
1

October 6, 2017

not what it says!!
don't judge a book by its cover! this cover says colorful and yummy recipes... didn't find those in the book!!! very unhappy! wish i had read the reviews. wish i had opened the book sooner/could've returned it instead of sticking it on the shelf. black and white pictures in a cookbook are NOT appealing! nothing helpful/good..
5

June 2, 2016

Nice book for Paleo beginners!
This is a nice book for anyone considering a Paleo-based diet. Many of the recipes are easy to follow, and are comfort-food friendly. Some of the ingredients used are exotic, but many can be found in your favorite grocery store.

The Paleo diet has certain restrictions (no grains, dairy or refined sugars), but the recipes are structured so that you wouldn't miss them. The breakfast recipes are where I would most miss the restricted ingredients, but lunch and dinner recipes would be no problem for me. And I would be delighted to try the desserts. Paleo for Beginners is a delightful book for anyone curious about the Paleo diet, and good for a cookbook enthusiast as well.
4

September 18, 2017

Really enjoy and have recommended to others
I really like how this book lays out the paleontology diet a lot better then most cook books and it's user friendly and it's wording I understood and wanted to keep reading and follow. It is a base line and a good starting point book. I have told a lot of people who were interested in the paleo diet about this book.
5

April 14, 2017

I love this easy to understand book--great to understand the Paleo ...
I love this easy to understand book--great to understand the Paleo process without being inundated with science and chemical equations!
2

Oct 02, 2012

Holy guacamole! Would you look at all these glowing 5-star reviews for this book! Glowing 5-star reviews from Goodreads members who can't even be bothered to create an avatar picture. Really people? 5-stars? This book was AMAZING in your opinion? Come on! It is a 76 page e-book, that just skims the Paleo Diet topic. A short e-book that was given away for free on Amazon awhile back. Yet all these people think it was AMAZING! It just always amazes me when I read something, then come here to see Holy guacamole! Would you look at all these glowing 5-star reviews for this book! Glowing 5-star reviews from Goodreads members who can't even be bothered to create an avatar picture. Really people? 5-stars? This book was AMAZING in your opinion? Come on! It is a 76 page e-book, that just skims the Paleo Diet topic. A short e-book that was given away for free on Amazon awhile back. Yet all these people think it was AMAZING! It just always amazes me when I read something, then come here to see what others thought of it, and see reviews like this book has. Okay people, whatever.

This is a short e-book introduction to the Paleo Diet, a diet based on what our prehistoric hunter, gatherer, forager ancestors would have eaten, which the book describes as "Meats, eggs and seafood make up the majority of the day's calories, followed by fats from plant foods, fruits and vegetables, and then nuts and seeds. The Paleo diet is a high-protein/low carbohydrate diet."
Okay, so far, so good. High protein, low carb. Let's see where this goes.

Now we get the list of forbidden foods. "These eliminated foods included processed foods, alcohol, grains, legumes, and sugar."
Hmm, okay I get processed foods, sugar, and alcohol. But grains and legumes are totally out? What is wrong with legumes?

Hmm, and condiments...ketchup is out, mustard is allowed. Our prehistoric ancestors made mustard??? I don't see it. Oh well, we continue.

Beverages...Water should be your primary beverage." Yes, I can see our prehistoric ancestors drinking water.
"Tea and coffee are acceptable on the Paleo diet, as long as you use almond milk to lighten them, rather than dairy milk."
Hmm, okay, our prehistoric ancestors did this??? I don't see it.

Okay, now we are on to the recommended meats. Here are a few: Alligator, Bear, Bison, Caribou, Elk, Emu, Goose, Kangaroo, Ostrich, Rattlesnake, Turtle"
Hey, you forgot opossum and rat!

Most fruits are recommended because of course you can forage for them. Okay, I'll buy that.

Most vegetables are recommended too. But did our hunter forager ancestors grow vegetable gardens?? I'm getting confused!

Now what do we avoid...let's start with dairy...any and all dairy. Okay, I don't imagine our prehistoric ancestors were out milking the wild buffalo, so I'll buy this.

But we also have to avoid grains?? Including barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, rye, and wheat. I'm confused again. Our prehistoric ancestors had gardens to grow pumpkins, squash, turnips, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, bell peppers, etc. but they couldn't grow barley, even though Wikipedia tells me that barley "contributed to the broad historical patterns that human history has followed over approximately the last 13,000 years."
Man has been eating barley for 13,000 years, yet it doesn't count as Paleo??

Also off limits are legumes, including all beans, peas, and lentils? What gives with this? If our prehistoric ancestors could grow all the other garden vegetables, why couldn't they throw a few beans and peas into their gardens? Beans and peas are some of the easiest things to grow! They are also easy to forage and gather!

Then we get a quiz to help us decide "What Kind of Caveman Are You? (I am not letting my husband see this quiz!)

Then we get wonderfully helpful hints for starting our new Paleo diet, including such amazing advice as "get all the forbidden foods out of the house."
Oh, I never would have thought of that!

Then come sample menus, with variations for weekdays, weekends, and entertaining. We even get a few recipes, including "Caveman Trail Mix"!

And then, well that is it. The end of the book. A short 76 page introduction to the Paleo diet.

So, while this was a slightly interesting, I still don't see why there are all these glowing, amazing, 5-star reviews? But, okay, whatever.
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December 11, 2018

Recipes poorly written - NOT for Beginners!
In an effort to give the book a fair chance and compensate for my cooking ability I attempted several recipes in this book. Every recipe that we tried required rework and adjustments because they did not work as written or described. Some of the recipes were so terrible that the attempt was a complete fail resorting in throwing away the costly ingredients. I'm throwing this book away and would NEVER recommend.
5

Apr 29, 2014

I'm in the process of switching to the Paleo Diet, and this book provides a short and sweet introduction! It's got handy lists of allowed foods, and then recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can always branch off to longer books after getting the essentials here.
1

June 11, 2019

I Should Have Checked with My Doctor and Nutritionist First
I haven't read the book, but I did have an appointment with my Doctor and the nutritionist and both said.... NO, NO, NO!
Just another fad. They gave me these facts from journals in their office: There isn't good research to prove the Paleo diet can deliver sustainable weight loss, the diet's focus on veggies and lean meat is admirable, experts couldn't get past the fact that entire food groups, like dairy and grains, are excluded. "The risk of nutrient deficiency is real, unless the person takes a multivitamins.
Also... the diet is expensive. My nutritionist said " You don't look like a cave woman! " The 3 of us laughed.
5

Oct 31, 2012


I don’t like counting calories and I don’t like eating rabbit food. The Paleo’s high protein, low sugar seemed to be more my style. It took less than an hour to read John Chatham’s essentials about the Paleo diet and become convinced this is a good plan. Chatham talks as if he is in the room with me. He explains why and how, gives comprehensive do and don’t lists and assists with a one-week transitional strategy – all succinctly and easily comprehended. Read the book, reorganize the pantry, shop
I don’t like counting calories and I don’t like eating rabbit food. The Paleo’s high protein, low sugar seemed to be more my style. It took less than an hour to read John Chatham’s essentials about the Paleo diet and become convinced this is a good plan. Chatham talks as if he is in the room with me. He explains why and how, gives comprehensive do and don’t lists and assists with a one-week transitional strategy – all succinctly and easily comprehended. Read the book, reorganize the pantry, shop for all the meat, seafood, fruit and veges you want and you’re ready to go. ...more
1

January 21, 2019

Diet.
Not that good
2

March 26, 2018

You have to buy so many things that people don't ...
You have to buy so many things that people don't normally have in their cupboard that it is too expensive to start
2

October 11, 2017

Great book if you like to cook
I did not think this would be mainly a recipe book. I was hoping for more information on foods you can buy that are gluten free. Great book if you like to cook !
3

Nov 29, 2019

Straight forward

The book is good for what it’s supposed to do. Rey easy to understand. Great beginner recipes to make for meals.
1

November 4, 2019

Don’t waste money
Pinterest has better recipes
1

April 9, 2019

I should have gotten it at the library.
I'm not sure what compelled me to buy this book as I will not be using any of the information in it. However, if you want to engage in a paleo diet, this is an easy to read, easy to incorporate, lifestyle option.
1

February 21, 2019

Worst book ever
Worst book ever. There are less than 5 recipes that are ok.
4

Oct 06, 2018

Looking for recipes...

Not really interested in any diet pitch, but I do have food allergies (gluten, dairy, and nightshades) and hoped to find some recipes to try. The book provided a good selection and inspired me to add a few new staples to my pantry. Looking forward to experimenting.
3

Apr 19, 2018

Quick and consise with loads of recpies, probably a continuation and back up of his other paleo books. Good to get a good quick glimpse about what paleo is all about and simple and easy to understand with some interesting suggestions in the recipes.
3

Nov 22, 2018

I did enjoy this book. Lots of information. I know grain free is best. But grain free pancakes didn’t sound good. Even though the recipes were varied but not realistic for me, I will still try this way of eating.

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