Forgive me for thinking of this beautiful book as as a new Diane Sanfilippo work. I get excited. Now that I’ve read through the introductory portions, I have respect for Weeks and Chef Boumrar. That being said: “hey, a new Diane Sanfilippo book is here!”
My first comments out loud to my wife were about the photographs. Yeah, many cookbooks rightly are praised for wonderful photos. All the time. Justifiably. But damn, the bar has been raised with Mediterranean Paleo Cooking. These pages flow by the eyes; in this age of odd Instagram filters and goofball “I’m a graphic designer ‘cause I own a Mac” keyboard jockeys, here I find brilliant and beautiful design. Heck, look at the book from the right side and thoughtful design touches stand out immediately. Every photograph is clear, colorful, and set up with effective little touches. Whether an herb, a serving piece, or the composition, these are the best food photographs I’ve seen in a book.
And guess who designed Mediterranean Paleo Cooking and took all the photographs? Diane Sanfilippo!
My favorite elements are the indexes at the back of the book. Using postage-stamp photos, and creating categories along the lines of “food nerd party”, is genius. I’ll be referencing this area often. “The basics” is clearly pointed right at kitchen people such as myself - I’m learning but always stressed for time. Diane helps me feel I can effectively create ingredients such as olive oil mayo, or roast my own peppers.
Diane speaks out on one of my personal favorite complaints about Paleo people. I am bombarded on Facebook, Instagram and via my client’s meal plans with “Paleo crap fake food.” Clearly Sanfilippo is well aware and experiencing the same thing. On page 61 she features “A word on treats and desserts.” Read both paragraphs and absorb her warning. She closes with these words: “Be honest with yourself about how many sweets and treats - even if they’re Paleo - are too many for your health goals.”
Nicely said, Diane.
Clearly I’m fully over the top about Mediterranean Paleo Cooking. I plan to have food stains on my copy pretty quick! This is your “go to” gift for everyone in your life concerned with their food, preparation and taste buds.
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