Paleo cookbook review

by purelytwins

Today we have something super exciting to share with you.

One lucky Purely Twins reader will get the chance to win a free copy of Juli Bauer’s newest cookbook, which officially releases August 18th!!

We came across Juli’s blog a few years ago. We love reading her blog. She is funny; and we love seeing what is going on in her life (and seeing pics of her adorable dog on IG) and drooling over her amazing recipes.

We have connected with Juli through Instagram. We admire her and she is a huge inspiration for us. When Juli contacted us about doing a review of her cookbook we were blown away.  So honored she valued our opinion.

We couldn’t wait for the mailman to deliver our copy of her cookbook. Once it arrived we dove right in and browsed all the recipes.

Real food paleo recipes from pancakes to fish tacos from paleomg

Every recipe we wanted to make. The pictures are beautiful. Bill and Hayley did a fabulous job.

This cookbook is more than just paleo recipes, it’s about having fun with food. Enjoying delicious and nutritious food because food should be a celebration. Like Juli says: it’s recipes to help you shine from within.

The Paleo Cookbook Review

Do we have you excited for this cookbook?


Apple fennel sausage. So good!

We love sausage. This recipe was easy to make but it did take some time to cook them up. But worth the wait.

We quickly devoured half the batch when we first made it, and happily finished off the second half this morning.

Paleo meatloaf from the paleo cookbook

Mexican meatloaf.

So easy to make and loved the addition of salsa instead of using ketchup.

The flavors were amazing and the house smelled wonderful hours later. Gary loved it too!

Paleo cookbook review. Juli Bauer from 100 gluten-free paleo recipes.

We were so honored to do a review of this amazing gluten-free paleo cookbook. Thank you again Juli for sending us the cookbook to review and to offer a giveaway to one of our lucky readers!

Every recipe sounded amazing that it took us two days to finally decide on what to make first (haha). We just couldn’t decided. We first made pancakes.

We loved everything we made, even fish tacos!! We had never made tortillas before. We were nervous but they turned out to be pretty easy to make. The fish tacos were a huge hit in our house. So much flavor and color.

For those that may not know who Juli is. She is a New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Kitchen and creator of the popular website PaleOMG Juli is a well-known Paleo cook who creates meals that are easy to make and loved by everyone.  Her new cookbook Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook releases on August 18th and has 100 gluten-free recipes that you will just love.


Leave us a comment sharing what is your favorite cookbook. Do you like cookbooks or like browsing recipes online? Where is your favorite place to go for recipes?

Make sure to SHARE about this giveaway so more people have the opportunity for the chance to win this cookbook.

ONLY available to US readers. Sorry.

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No matter who wins you will want to get your hands on this cookbook.  If you love simple, fun, healthy recipes that are easy to fit into your busy life this Paleo Cookbook is for you.

We will announce the winner on Friday!


Lori and Michelle

We were sent the cookbook to review but we were not paid for the review.  All of our opinions are our own. 

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Kayla August 11, 2015 - 10:28 am

I have seen so many bloggers doing reviews of her cookbook and i want to win a copy so bad! I had Juli’s last cookbook she did with the Civilized Caveman and it was wonderful!

Kim August 11, 2015 - 10:38 am

Hello! I love cookbooks. I much prefer the actual cookbook to browsing online because I think the recipes are more carefully crafted in cookbooks. I also love collecting cookbooks. My current favorites are Practical Paleo, The 21 Day Sugar Detox, and OMG, That’s Paleo!?. Juli’s new cookbook looks so great! Thank you for showing us a bit of it!

Debbie August 11, 2015 - 10:49 am

I recently went from vegan to Paleo, so I really need more cookbooks. I did thankfully already have “The Recipe Hacker” and while it didn’t mention it being Paleo, all of the recipes were. I would LOVE, LOVE to win Bauer’s new cookbook and already subscribe to PaleOMG…

teri |a foodie stays fit August 11, 2015 - 10:51 am

I’ve been dying to get one of her cookbooks! I like all types of cookbooks – hard cover and e-version (like your Classics one!) iPads have made it so nice to use recipes online, but there is just something about a real book. I love flipping through them to relax, away from a screen! 🙂

Liz S. August 11, 2015 - 11:02 am

While I love browsing recipes online, I prefer to have tangible cookbooks for resources.

Amanda August 11, 2015 - 11:04 am

I love the book Yoga Food. It is healthy, simple, and tasty.

Abby August 11, 2015 - 11:07 am

I love online and cookbooks – I’ve been dying to try out one of Julie’s cookbooks!

Aleah @ Their Fit Life August 11, 2015 - 11:45 am

I love Juli’s blog! Her recipes are so accessible for people just starting with the paleo way of eating. I like how she keeps it real too with the occasional indulgence. My go-to place for recipes is definitely blogs 🙂

Sara August 11, 2015 - 11:45 am

I love browsing online, but there is something special about a physical book in your hands, with beautiful pictures to get my mouth watering. I have followed Juli’s blog for a couple of years now. She’s hilarious and inspiring. I’d love to add her book to my collection 🙂

Kate G August 11, 2015 - 11:57 am

I go through phases where I buy cookbooks and prefer them and then where I only take inspiration from online recipes. I am not sure I have a favorite but my newest cookbook waiting to be perused is The Healthy Mind Cookbook by Rebecca Katz. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kathleen August 11, 2015 - 12:12 pm

I love cookbooks. I love just thumbing through them to get ideas and looking at all of the pictures. I love looking at recipes online but I also love to have cookbooks to reference.

Carrie Hughes August 11, 2015 - 12:16 pm

The recipes looks absolutely amazing. What an awesome giveaway! I would love to win. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

Mollie K August 11, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Just like I prefer holding a paperback book in my hands for reading versus a kindle, there is nothing better than flipping through a cookbook and looking at the pictures and following the steps. I do use pinterest though to collect a bunch of recipes from the internet!

Ali F August 11, 2015 - 1:21 pm

Love buying & flipping through cookbooks, but I also love the convenience of searching for recipes online. I tend to do a mix of both.

Nicole August 11, 2015 - 1:24 pm

You guys are doing a great job! Love following your scopes!

purelytwins August 11, 2015 - 2:02 pm

thank you Nicole 🙂

Aisha Welch August 11, 2015 - 2:39 pm

I usually look up paleo recipes online but it would be soo awesome to have a whole book of recipes to refer to! Thank you for sharing this!

Micaela Serven August 11, 2015 - 2:42 pm

I love cookbooks! My favorite right now is Danielle Walker’s newest one, Meals Made Simple. I still love browsing online, and I often go to The Spunky Coconut, here :), Against All Grain, The Urban Poser and Pinterest.

Mary August 11, 2015 - 3:46 pm

I love her sight and her recipes! My husband can’t get enough of. Her sweet potato brownies!

joni mitchell August 11, 2015 - 4:09 pm

I don’t have a fave cookbook. I would rather go online and find good recipes

Monica Orteg August 11, 2015 - 4:24 pm

I love looking a video from youtube, seeing the meals come to life!

Sarah August 11, 2015 - 4:28 pm

As much as I love browsing online, there’s nothing like flipping through a colorful, well photographed cookbook! My favorite would have to be Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain cookbook.

paige c August 11, 2015 - 4:51 pm

I love cookbooks, they are easier to use in the kitchen I find, I love my magnolia bakery recipe book as well as cooking light: way to cook vegetarian

Deanna August 11, 2015 - 5:15 pm

I love any and all cookbooks. I could just browse through them for hours. I especially love dessert cookbooks or holiday cookbooks. They always bring a smile to my face ☺

Maggie August 11, 2015 - 5:28 pm

I love cookbooks! Its so nice to be able to flip through one and not just look at my screen all day. My current favorite is Practical Paleo!

Kariane August 11, 2015 - 5:54 pm

This look great! Thanks for the chance.

Juli @paleomg August 11, 2015 - 8:09 pm

You ladies are absolutely amazing!! Thank you so so much for doing a video review, I am going to share the review on my blog tomorrow! Thanks for being so awesome and sweet AND for cooking so many recipes so quickly!

purelytwins August 11, 2015 - 8:27 pm

We loved doing it! And thank you so much for letting us review your new cookbook. We wish you all the best – we absolutely loved the cookbook and the recipes!! xoxo

melissa August 11, 2015 - 8:33 pm

awesome book!

Candice August 11, 2015 - 8:55 pm

Vegan with a Vengeance is my favorite cookbook – despite the fact that I am not vegan. I equally like looking through a cookbook and browsing recipes online. Blogs are the best place to go for recipes.

Shannon August 11, 2015 - 8:56 pm

In theory I love cookbooks… but when trying to figure out what to make using a certain ingredient in my fridge, I usually hit up the Internet. Womp womp. Still love reading cover to cover the first time!

Steph August 11, 2015 - 9:11 pm

I love cookbooks j have over 100

katie August 11, 2015 - 9:52 pm

I like both! depends on my mood & how quickly i need a recipe!

Lizzy August 11, 2015 - 10:07 pm

I loooove her blog and I have had an eye on her newest cookbook for a while now! Thanks for the very thoughtful review, it gave me a really good picture of what is in the book.

p.s I love me some plantains too! Plantains for the good carb win!


Heather August 12, 2015 - 12:05 am

I love Danielle Walker’s Meals Made Simple cookbook. More often than not though I end up searching online for recipes based on the ingredients I have or want to use.

Michelle C August 12, 2015 - 1:54 am

Yay! I’m excited to try new recipes!

Leah H. August 12, 2015 - 6:42 am

I am a huge fan of physical cookbooks! There is just something timeless about physical books! One of my favorites for a while has been Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution cookbook!

Sara August 12, 2015 - 8:26 am

One of my favorite cookbook (and blogs) is Deliciously Ella. While she’s vegan and I’m not, I love how simple her recipes are – all good, whole ingredients.

Brooke August 12, 2015 - 8:33 am

Normally I prefer pulling up recipes online, but I do love Diane Sanfilippo’s cookbook “Practical Paleo”!

PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes – Sneak Peek Recipe from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook: Buffalo Chicken Casserole August 12, 2015 - 9:00 am

[…] Purely Twins went above and beyond, trying 4 of my recipes and sharing a video reviewing the book! They’re even giving away a copy of the book to a lucky winner! Check out their video all about what they thought of the book! – “This cookbook is more than just paleo recipes, it’s about having fun with food. Enjoying delicious and nutritious food because food should be a celebration. Like Juli says it’s recipes to help you shine from within.” […]

Amy August 12, 2015 - 9:07 am

Thanks for the giveaway girls!! Love ya!

Victoria August 12, 2015 - 9:19 am

I Love to cook & share healthy food & exercise with family & friends! Have a Happy Healthy Day 🙂 from Pompano Beach Florida

Kelly August 12, 2015 - 9:20 am

I do a lot of browsing online. I think that’s my favorite. But I love “Paleo Comfort Foods”

Debbie August 12, 2015 - 9:24 am

there is something about a physical cookbook that i love! don’t get me wrong online recipes are amazing and super convenient, but i love having that physical book in my hand. also LOVE Juli and was so excited for this cookbook! great review, the recipes look delicious!

Carolyn Walden August 12, 2015 - 9:26 am

While I love a physical cook book….just the feel and the mystery of what is within….I love the access of browsing so many recipes online and adore reading comments to see how others liked the recipes and share ideas. By far I have tried and enjoyed more recipes from your site and online cookbooks than any other. The other cookbook I have thoroughly enjoyed is Autoimmune Paleo. I would love to give this one a try and share my experience with your readers. Have a fabulous day!!!

Holly August 12, 2015 - 9:29 am

Although admittedly most of the recipes I use for reference are from the web (there’s so many great blogs! Minimalist Baker, First Mess, What’s Cooking Good Looking, Healthful Pursuit….to name a few low carb, paleo, whole foods-oriented sites), nothing compares to sitting down and flipping through the pages of a favorite cookbook. I often use Julia Child’s The Way to Cook classic cookbook because her techniques and recipes are timeless….most of them can easily be adapted for food allergies/avoidances and are still innovative even decades later!

Ashley August 12, 2015 - 9:53 am

I like cookbooks, the Salad Samurai is my favorite… it totally changes my view on boring salads. I like browsing for recipes online, but when I find a good cookbook I just HAVE to buy it and try it out!! My favorite place to search for recipes is pinterest… GF!

Winsor August 12, 2015 - 9:57 am

I would love a copy of this cookbook! Needing to change the way I cook and my family eats! Thanks for the review and the chance to win

Maryz August 12, 2015 - 9:57 am

I love looking at recipes online but I also buy a lot of cookbooks to keep on hand for new dinner ideas. This book looks awesome!

Barb August 12, 2015 - 10:02 am

I don’t really have any cookbooks, usually just “wing” it…I would love to try this cookbook you reference!! I don’t search for recipes online, but if I get emailed a recipe I will print it and try it.

Beth August 12, 2015 - 10:23 am

Love her! I do both books and online. always looking for good, healthy baking options.

Melissa August 12, 2015 - 10:23 am

I looove cookbooks and Julie’s past books have been some of my favorites. She makes food that we all enjoyed eating in our previous lives, in a much healthier way.

Kiersten D August 12, 2015 - 10:33 am

I love all kinds of cookbooks, Paleo cookbooks and other gluten free cookbooks. I search recipes online, and I use Pinterst.

Stephanie August 12, 2015 - 10:37 am

I love the Moosewood collections! I’ve cooked a fair amount from them & they’re fabulous. I do really LOVE cookbooks, but have a hard time purchasing them now since everything is online these days. I’m a sucker for sleek photos & beautiful covers, so it is hard to resist! Thanks for a great giveaway!

Also, one of my favorite places for fun veg/vegan recipes is the Post Punk Kitchen (…everything is so delicious!

Kathrin August 12, 2015 - 10:40 am

I typically browse for recipes online, but I am looking to expand my cookbook repertoire! I always end up printing out recipes because I always write notes, so I have a huge binder to keep them all organized. I would love to have an awesome cookbook like Juli’s to help me maintain a paleo diet to manage my autoimmune disease!

Crystal F August 12, 2015 - 10:41 am

My favorite cookbook right now is Fixate by Autumn Calbrese, I love the simplicity of the recipes! My favorite place to find recipes would have to be the people I follow on Instagram from Tara Stiles to Bob Harper, finding inspiration in the meals they post has made simple recipes fun for me ❤

April Kalis August 12, 2015 - 10:42 am

I love cookbooks and online recipes. This cookbook looks awesome and would love to add it to my collection.

DonnyB August 12, 2015 - 10:49 am

I definitely prefer cookbooks. I find them much easier to use in the kitchen and I also just like reading them cover to cover like an regular book. My favorites are Well Fed, Primal Cravings, The Paleo Kitchen and anything by Nigella Lawson.

Lindsay August 12, 2015 - 10:52 am

I absolutely love a cookbook my mom put together for me containing my favorite recipes from her collection. But when wanting to try something new/different I enjoy browsing in other books/online. I adore Paleomg – probably my favorite spot to find recipes. The food is amazing and Juli’s humor is top notch! I would be so excited if I won this book!

Kaila August 12, 2015 - 10:54 am

I love having a cookbook but I usual find recommendations online first.

Sarah August 12, 2015 - 10:57 am

I love getting new cookbooks! I find inspiration online for new recipes, but I still enjoy browsing the cookbooks I have to maybe combine recipes or go back to my favorites!

Teresa August 12, 2015 - 11:04 am

I totally collect cookbooks! I have about 30 from brand new to vintage. So many favorites! I browse recipes online often too and follow bloggers. But I love sitting down with a good cookbook and marking pages for future dinners. I hope I win, thanks for the great giveaway!

Jessica August 12, 2015 - 11:04 am

I like both! My favorite cookbook is Paleo comfort Foods!

Ashley August 12, 2015 - 11:12 am

I really should cook from books more often – there is something so nostalgic about opening up a book and making an inspired meal!

Deana August 12, 2015 - 11:16 am

I love Practical Paleo, I would love to win this new book!

Kelly Payton August 12, 2015 - 11:16 am

I love reading gluten free/ Paleo recipes online. Would love to win a wonderful book!!

Claire August 12, 2015 - 11:20 am

Mostly I browse recipes online but love having cookbooks as well! My current favorite cookbook is one that my mom made me that has all of our childhood recipes in it

Erin August 12, 2015 - 11:34 am

Everything looks amazing! I need her book!

stacey August 12, 2015 - 11:37 am

I like both, cookbooks and browsing online.

Vicki August 12, 2015 - 11:42 am

I love both cookbooks and cookbooks online! I use the cookbooks mainly for meal planning and the online for last minute I need a salad recipes. Over the summer I cooked a lot from Tara Stiles, “Make You Own Diet” Book. I enjoyed a lot of those recipes. Lately, I have been trying ones from your Plantain cookbook and your blog, along with some from Coconut and Spiralizer cookbooks I got for inexpensive off of BookHub. I am beginning to really enjoy the creativity in the kitchen and not be so fearful of food. Thanks to both of you and your program!! What a blessing!!

Hazel August 12, 2015 - 11:48 am

Hemsley & Hemsley ” the art of Eating well,” is my new delight, but I also am enjoying adapting recipes from “Made in India: cooked in Britain” also Deliciously Ella is fab….am curious about Julie Bauer’s book…does she do plantain? lol. x

Molly August 12, 2015 - 11:54 am

I love Juli!! She is so funny and I can’t wait to see her personality shine through in the new cookbook. One of my favs (other than hers) is Well Fed and Well Fed2.

Maggie August 12, 2015 - 11:54 am

I like searching for recipes online and using cookbooks. My favorite cookbook is yours! I use the 50 easy everyday recipes without almond flour. I had no idea you could make sonny things with plantains. My family loves your recipes. Thank you!

Michaela August 12, 2015 - 11:55 am

Even though I do my best to organize recipes using Evernote and Pinterest, you can’t beat a real cookbook! I love being able to thumb through the pages and mark them up with tweaks that I made or hearts if I loved a recipe

Sharon August 12, 2015 - 12:12 pm

I actually love to use the internet for recipes! I haven’t had the chance to buy a cookbook because I can find so many options online, but I really love recipes from this website (just found you guys not too long ago) and Detoxinista!

Lynn August 12, 2015 - 12:18 pm

I love cookbooks and getting recipes online. My fav is an actual cookbook that I can browse through and enjoy the inviting photos. Besides Purely Twins, I really like the Fragrant Vanilla Cake blog, Very creative and gorgeous recipes.

Keegan August 12, 2015 - 12:35 pm

A well done cookbook is always a thing of beauty, and it looks like that’s what Juli has created! So excited to see it and for her!

michele August 12, 2015 - 12:57 pm

I have a shelf *full* of cookbooks, but I always seem to actually make internet recipes. Love to read cookbooks, though!

Eann August 12, 2015 - 1:46 pm

I love cookbooks, but after a lot of them, they get heavy to move around!

Karen August 12, 2015 - 2:11 pm

I love to cook but rarely use a recipe. I use the dishes I see online as a guide then personalize them for me. Some recipes with too many ingredients scare me away. I prefer to have a book with lots of pictures.

Hayley August 12, 2015 - 2:16 pm

I love cookbooks! This one looks great. I would love to try some of these recipes.

Rachel August 12, 2015 - 2:24 pm

I love cookbooks, but I often find myself browsing blogs for a good recipe. My favorite cookbook is Practical Paleo, but I’m super excited for Juli’s book!

jessica z August 12, 2015 - 2:51 pm

I love cookbooks because they usually are full of similar recipes (all healthy, all vegetarian, etc.) I just received a Clean Plates cookbook that I am very excited to check out 🙂

Julie August 12, 2015 - 3:12 pm

I love cookbooks, recipes online are great but I prefer to have the cook ok for easy reference! Against all grain and the Whole Life Nutrition cookbooks are a couple of my favorites!

Maria August 12, 2015 - 3:20 pm

I can’t wait to check out her website!!! I hope I win the book!

Ruth Deaton August 12, 2015 - 3:50 pm

I love cookbooks! My favorite cookbook with all of the summer produce coming in now is Erin’s The Easy Vegetarian Kitchen (author of the blog Naturally Ella). Great cookbook for every season so I am excited to use it throughout the year.

I love browsing for recipes online because progress pictures throughout making the dish, etc. are often provided. Comment sections are also very helpful with recipes provided online, especially for baking.

One favorite place to look for recipes is Pinterest! SO MANY ideas!

Marisa August 12, 2015 - 4:33 pm

I love cookbooks and looking up recipes all the time. I tend to come to your sebsite a lot because I like simple recipes/ingredients that I can make.

Jamie Frisk August 12, 2015 - 4:56 pm

My favorite cookbook to date is the Grain Brain Cookbook by David Perlmutter. It gives me so many ideas on how to make my everyday meals healthier by making them grain-free. I find myself vegan-izing a lot of the recipes and they still taste great!

stacey bradford August 12, 2015 - 5:51 pm

this is amazing!

Abbey August 12, 2015 - 6:29 pm

I love vegan/paleo cookbooks! Anything from soups to desserts 🙂

Erika Bryant August 12, 2015 - 7:44 pm

i have no favorite. I just think of something that would be good and then go online to fine a recipe for what I’m wanting and tweek it if needed. That’s the beauty of cooking;)

Chris August 12, 2015 - 8:05 pm

I like both cookbooks and recipes online. I’m very selective with the cookbooks I choose.

Lauren August 12, 2015 - 8:13 pm

Wow these recipes sound delicious! I’ve been cutting way back on grains after my first trimester where bread was the only thing I could eat. I’ve been making your plantain bread 2x a week! It is so good!
I do both cookbooks and online searches for recipes. Oof I don’t think I could choose just one cookbook as my favorite!

Liberty T. August 12, 2015 - 8:56 pm

I love the cookbook 100 Days of Real Food and generally I find my recipes online but I would love to have more cookbooks to pull from.

Bianca August 12, 2015 - 9:38 pm

i like finding recipes both online and in cookbooks! i loveee juli’s blog and work!

Kristy E. August 12, 2015 - 11:28 pm

I would love to own Juli’s new cookbook! Favorite cookbooks in our home are Domestic Man’s Ancestral Table and Health Bent’s Primal Cravings.

Leah August 12, 2015 - 11:37 pm

i love reading cookbooks! I’d love to try this new one. My favs are the books from whole life nutrition. They are great for feeding my whole family. I love Pinterest for recipes too!

Becky H August 13, 2015 - 4:47 am

I’d love to try these recipes!

DJ August 13, 2015 - 8:25 am

I love cookbooks and trying new recipes. I don’t really have a favorite cookbook.

Lucy S August 13, 2015 - 8:29 am

I love Make it Paleo II!!

Tanya A. August 13, 2015 - 10:17 am

Isa Chandler Miskowitz has a book I use all the time– “Appetite for Reduction.” I love cookbooks and food blogs including Purely Twins. Still miss the kale crackers from the Durham Farmers Markets and the blue berry “cheesecakes”.

Nickie August 13, 2015 - 4:06 pm

Can’t wait for this cookbook!

Ule L. August 13, 2015 - 4:08 pm

I love browsing the internet for new recipes but I love the bold, vivid pictures in the Pioneer Womens books and the challenge of making any recipe “safe” for music family to eat!

Sheila S August 13, 2015 - 4:40 pm

I love cookbooks! I love cookbooks with great photos. I have too many paper cookbooks so I have started buying Kindle versions of cookbooks but I do prefer paper copies more. My current favorite is Danielle Walker’s Meals Made Simple. I would LOVE to win a copy of Juli’s new cookbook!

Cassie August 13, 2015 - 5:03 pm

Despite the ease of online searching & browsing, actually having the ability to flip through pages of glorious food photography still remains my top choice for deciding what to try next. Honestly, I have collected so many fabulous paleo cookbooks over the years, I couldn’t choose a favorite! Nearly all of them are dog-eared and plastered with post-its, scribbled with ideas & adjustments. I have followed Juli’s blog for some time now and would love to have her newest cookbook! Her honest and unpretentious writing is always a joy to read 🙂


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