Don’t be fooled by my recipe blog. I am not overflowing with creative food ideas. In fact, I rely heavily on other people’s food creativity for inspiration, especially when it comes to finding recipes that look delicious … except they have nuts. This is how I’ve turned modifying recipes to be nut free into a bit of an obsession/hobby.
I could search the web for specific recipes, and sometimes I do. But other times I just want to flip through pictures as if they’re a menu and pick something for our weekly meal plan that looks tasty. For this reason, despite the endless recipes available on the internet, I still love and use cookbooks.
Having a nut allergy means paying extra attention to which cookbooks are filled with unavoidable nuts and which are more nut-free friendly. I investigate the nut-free ratio of cookbooks before purchase and also look for things that make it easier to identify which recipes have allergens I need to avoid. Some cookbooks are better in these ways than others.
Paleo Perfected* was recommended to my husband by a friend, so he bought us a copy. It’s right up his alley — super detailed instructions, heavily tested recipes, a huge section of meat-based main dishes, and good photography. My husband follows recipes to the letter. I see them more as guidelines or ideas than rules.
This isn’t to say this cookbook is not up my alley. I appreciate the thoroughness of the instructions. It does not feel like it was written by an amateur. It also has a TON of recipes, so what it might lack in strict originality it makes up in volume.
A couple weeks ago we made the Spicy Korean-Style Stir-Fried Beef and it did not disappoint. We make stir fry a lot so I was skeptical it would be that different than ours, but the addition of simple things like fish sauce and napa cabbage took it to a level we hadn’t achieved yet.
The couple bummers about the book are that it does have lots of recipes that add nuts in places where they don’t seem to belong. Nearly half the vegetable mains have nuts added. Most of the time they can easily be omitted, but it didn’t feel super allergy friendly overall. It also doesn’t have a system for telling you which recipes have nuts (or other allergens) and which don’t. Instead you have to read all the ingredients of every recipe to determine which ones are safe. Not the end of the world, but so many cookbooks label allergens nowadays I was a little surprised.
Nut-free Cookbook Review Metrics
# of recipes: 129
% of recipes with pictures: 100%
% of recipes without nuts: 66%
Overall, not the cookbook I use the most, but definitely solid when we do. If you like or desire lots of details in cooking instructions and best methods, this could be a good choice for you.
*They have no idea I own this book or would write a review. This link goes to their site and I get zero kickback if you buy it because I’m way too lazy to set up a referral account at Amazon or anywhere else. I write these reviews only to be helpful to nut allergy people like me.