This is a comprehensive food and fitness plan, but I'm mostly in it for the recipes. 

Cassy Joy is the mastermind behind Fed & Fit a blog, podcast, and food & fitness plan aimed to those who want to take control of their health following a paleo approach. I went to a book signing this fall without really knowing much about her, and all you really need to know is that her (middle) name says it all, she is truly "joy"ful—unapologetically upbeat and excited about everything. 

I dove right in after I got the book. Her book takes us through her own health journey from overweight, overrun, to the healthy person she is today. What I love about this book is that she makes really approachable, crave-able food like carnitas, casseroles, gumbo, taco salad, everything I want to eat when I'm not eating "healthy". Her food is tasty, and the portions are hearty. 

For the uninitiated paleo eating emphasizes animal proteins as close to nature as possible (grass-fed, free-range), a colorful bouquet of vegetables, healthy fats (like olive oil, coconut oil, ghee), and staying away from grains and seed oils, and essentially anything that promotes inflammation. I don't exclusively eat paleo but I find it healthy for me, and try to make it the basis of my diet and become a bit more strict whenever I feel like I need a reset. 

My recipe reviews are a bit mixed, but despite that, I actually think this is a solid cookbook for those looking to dabble in paleo cooking. I've recommended it to friends who have loved it. A few of the recipes I've made are in rotation in my kitchen 


Recipe Reviews