I started planning my first cookbook about the same time Melissa Joulwan was planning hers. She shared some of what she was doing to prepare and that convinced me to terminate my project. I was delighted when Well Fed 1 proved to be a truly great cookbook. The world did not need a bound collection of my “easy, healthy whole food recipes” but we did need Melissa’s recipes for people who love to eat. And I think she has surpassed herself with Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat.
Well Fed 2 is a complete, first-class ticket to a deeply satisfied, well-nourished body. Had Melissa published this book first, she would have become the same Paleo rock star that she is today just as quickly. There may be overlap between the titles, but her second cookbook is good enough to start a franchise all by itself.
The Quick Meals chapter (pages 39-50) may be the most valuable section to me. I like to eat good food, but am frequently in a hurry. Melissa identifies weeks and weeks worth of tasty things you can feed yourself in just a few minutes.
I own about 50 cookbooks, but have not read a single line in most of them. I like to make things up as I go in the kitchen and don’t take directions well, but I buckled down and made something my wife chose from Well Fed 2 – page 104’s Cincinnati Chili. I adapted it to a pressure cooker, making it in 45 minutes instead of simmering it for 2.5 hours in a soup pot per the original recipe, but it turned our really, really good. I am prepared to make page 180’s Golden Cauliflower Soup and page 190’s Roasted Cabbage Roses over the next few days. The first person to whom I gave a copy of Well Fed 2 made page 138’s Oven-Fried Salmon Cakes and loved them. Knowing Melissa, everything we make from Well Fed 2 will turn out great.
The book is fabulous, but don’t take my word for it. Study this 35-page preview while you wait for your copy to arrive from Amazon or Barnes and Nobles.