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Book Review: The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook (5-Minute Chicken Liver Pâté)

|Book Review: The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook (5-Minute Chicken Liver Pâté)

This week I had the pleasure of reviewing The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook written by Arsy Vartanian of Rubies and Radishes. This book is a collection of Arsy's own recipes and recipe contributions of other paleo authors. For my review, I picked a recipe created by Vivica Menegaz. As you may know, Vivica is the author of a well-known food blog, of The Nourished Caveman and also runs a popular Facebook page. Today I'm sharing one of the 900 amazing paleo recipes which also happens to be keto-friendly: 5-Minute Chicken Liver Pâté.

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What You'll Find in The Book:

  • 900 healthy paleo friendly recipes spread over 500 pages. Some recipes are accompanied by photos that are included in two sections in the book. It's only reasonable that most recipes don't include any photos considering the number of recipes.
  • Recipes are divided into 9 chapters: Main dishes, Slow cooker, Easy, fast, few ingredients (my favourite chapter), Appetisers, snacks & sides, Soups & salads, Desserts, Breakfasts, smoothies & drinks, Paleo essentials, Breads & crackers.
  • The book also includes a quick guide to the paleo diet and useful cooking tips.

What I Like About The Book

What's not to love about 900 recipes? :-) With so many recipes, you will never run out of ideas! Arsy Vartanian, Vivica Menegaz and all the talented contributors have included a great variety of recipes to suit any dietary requirements. You'l find recipes that are egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free, and even AIP-friendly.

Who Is This Book For

Although strictly speaking this is not a ketogenic book, many recipes are suitable for the ketogenic diet: Italian Meatballs, Easy Persian Oven Kebabs, Spaghetti Squash with Cilantro-Macadamia Pesto, Paprika Butter Fried Almonds or Chocolate Chip Coconut Balls,... you name it.

Some recipes use ingredients that can easily be substituted. As an example, I'm planning to make the French Pâté Meatloaf wrapped in bacon (page 62) and I'll use almond flour instead of cassava flour. To make recipes in the Desserts chapter, like the 4-Ingredient Cookies, I'll simply use stevia or Erythritol instead of the listed paleo sweeteners.

Keep in mind that if you are new to the ketogenic diet, substituting ingredients will be more difficult for you. I've been following a low-carb diet for over 5 years, so it's easy for me to make most of the recipes in this book keto-friendly.

Perhaps the only two minor comments for this cookbook would be:

  • I'd like to have a table of contents to quickly find recipes. Having said that, there is an index that lists common ingredients which is really useful when you want to cook with ingredients you have on hand.

  • I'd also like to have a nutrition breakdown for each recipe. To be fair, this is a paleo cookbook and knowing nutrition facts is not as important as in a ketogenic cookbook.

You can buy The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook on Amazon.

|Book Review: The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook (5-Minute Chicken Liver Pâté)

900 Paleo Recipes

For my review, I picked a recipe from the "Easy, Fast, Few Ingredients" chapter: 5-Minute Chicken Liver Pâté by Vivica Menegaz. The reasons I picked this recipe is that firstly, I think we all need to eat more offal - and secondly, I realised that although there is over 390 recipes on my blog, none of them include offal!

Why eat liver?

It's one of the most nutritious foods and perfect for a keto diet. It's a common myth that liver retains toxins - it doesn't. It's one of the oldest traditionally eaten foods in human history. Just take a look at your grandmother's cookbook and you'll find loads of recipes with offal!

If you are new to liver, chicken is your best choice. Unlike pork or beef liver, it has a milder taste and takes less time to cook. Liver in an excellent source of protein, and is high in micronutrients such as folic acid, vitamin A, B (especially B12), iron and CoQ10.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free of charge. I use Amazon Affiliate links but I'm not affiliated with the author of the book. The opinions expressed and photos in this post are my own.

|Book Review: The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook (5-Minute Chicken Liver Pâté)

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Overall

Nutritional values (per serving):

0.9 grams 0.2 grams 17.2 grams 39.4 grams 23.4 grams 425 calories
Total Carbs1.1grams
Fiber0.2grams
Net Carbs0.9grams
Protein17.2grams
Fat39.4grams
of which Saturated23.4grams
Energy (calories)425kcal
Magnesium23mg (6% RDA)
Potassium296mg (15% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (1%), protein (16%), fat (83%)

Ingredients (makes 1 serving):

  • 100 g sautéed chicken livers, preferably leftover, cooled (3.5 oz)
  • 3 tbsp butter, softened (45 g/ 1.6 oz) - you could also use ghee
  • 1 tsp fresh herbs, chopped (thyme, oregano, sage,)
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional for serving: sliced radishes, cucumber or crackers (I'd serve it with vegetables, my keto bread, breadsticks or crackers)
  • Optional: duck fat, tallow, schmaltz, ghee or coconut oil on to to seal the pâté

Instructions:

  1. Take all the ingredients and place them in the blender.
  2. Blend everything until a smooth paste has formed, then serve with sliced radishes or crackers. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days. This recipe can be found on page 150.

|Book Review: The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook (5-Minute Chicken Liver Pâté)

I made 4 servings (batches). To keep it fresh for longer, I used leftover tallow from making keto bone broth and poured it on top of the chilled pâté. Pâté that is sealed with a fat layer on top will last up to 3 months in the fridge. If you don't plan to eat it all in the next few days, it's be better if you use single-serving containers.

|Book Review: The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook (5-Minute Chicken Liver Pâté)

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Comments (103)

I'm not sure if I'll be able to get over my uneasiness about organ meats lol! But I follow a low-carb diet because it's the first thing that's helped me get to a happy, healthy weight! Woo hoo!

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I love your blog and recipes. Please keep up the good work!

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I love eating low carb! Thanks for the great recipes!

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Thank You Martina for making going into ketosis beautifully delicious and scientifically simple.

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My health has never been better than on the keto lifestyle.
The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook looks fabulous, just love the idea of 900 recipes!!

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I love anything liver! Not many do. Thanks for the recipe and the opportunity to win.

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I feel so much better when I eat KETO.  I also lose weight, but that is gravy.

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I am using a ketogenic diet along with exercise and treatment in my fight against cancer. It's working!

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I am ready to get STARTED !!!

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I see the nutritional benefits of this recipe,must have to be honest, I don't think I can make myself eat any liver pate ;)

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I begin following a low carb diet to lose weight but found it helps me with energy issues. I feel this will be my forever diet.

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Looking forward to starting a Paleo lifestyle!

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I am 65 years old and disabled. I was very sick with sepsis for 4 years and lost 80 pounds the unhealthy way because I could not eat.  When I got well, I loved to eat so much that I gained 80+ pounds back.  I am a short person and I cannot breathe well when I way too much.  Low carb is the only way I can lose weight.  Now I am on the right track.

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Hello Martina.
Thank for the opportunity to win one of books mentioned.
I'm very familiar with your website and enjoy your emails for new information. As I'm new to Keto I'm still trying to understand the  concept of low carbs. Not sure about if nuts fit into keto, are they considered carbs?
Anyway please continue your good work as it inspire me each day. I will keep on with the Keto diet even though it's a bit boring eating the same things in order to keep with the macros and calories I to eat each day.  Thank you for your website.. I love it!
Keep up the good work as look forward in viewing each day.

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Thank you for your kind words, Annette! You can find all about the keto diet in this post (including links to must-read posts such as my keto food list): https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/page/Start-Here

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I love eating this way, and so does my body!

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Great thank you

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looks gorgeous!

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Would love to add this to my ketogenic & paleo cook books !

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I am loving learning about Keto and your advice is so valuable and easy to follow. Great work.

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Helps me control my weight.

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Since following your recipes and meal plans I feel better, look better, have more energy and freed myself from Binge Eating!!
Thank you so much for your hard work!!

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I was introduced to the keto diet 6 weeks ago and have already lost 15 pounds! I'm eager to learn more of the principles and inspiring recipe ideas to keep moving forward with my health and weight goals.

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LCHF is a way of eating that helped me get rid some of my healthy problems, I feel amazing and the most important I eat real food! love it<3

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You have a great website with extremely helpful information, and excellent recipes to keep me going on Keto!

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Which blender/food processor do you recommend?

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Thank you for the excellent post, as always, as well as the interesting offer - this book sounds very good and I'm glad you and the author are giving us the chance to try a recipe!

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I live a low cab Paleo diet to help keep my diabetes under very good control. I have lost 22 pounds and have another 25 to go.  

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Thank YOu for all you do.

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I follow a low-carb/keto diet, for health reasons, high blood pressure and pre diabetes. I also follow a low-carb/keto diet to improve on myself, to gain mental clarity and focus, to prove to myself 'I'm worth it!' I follow a low-carb/keto diet to achieve my ultimate goal...to be health, happy, and free!😊

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I am just getting started on a paleo lifestyle and would love to win a cookbook on this diet.  I have been reading as much as I can on paleo and keto and am very interested.  I have tried a few recipes that I have found and would love to learn more.  Thank you for the opportunity to try and win it.

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For weight loss. Down 54 pounds thanks to keto.

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I initially started following a low carb diet to see if it would help my hands from hurting all the time. It did help tremendously, but the best surprise was that I have a LOT more energy, I am losing weight, and I feel fantastic!

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I am a classically trained chef and I bow to you Martina! Your recipes are flawless and absolutely delicious. I have lost 25 pounds eating your creative keto food and am thrilled to have found your blog and your books, I own both! YOU ARE FABULOUS!!

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Hello!! I started kept about 4 weeks ago and lost 10lbs on my own. I am looking for more direction and helping with meals and encouragement!!

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I like this recipe and look forward to reading the recipes. I hope to resolve the sweets I make always taste horrible. Hopefully, this book will address this issue. Too chalky or unflavorful.

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I love to get new ideas to follow the KETO diet

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My daughter living in another state has swapped weight for energy by cutting carbs -- I'm keen to do the same.

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Okay, so I have been following a keto diet for 6 months now and have lost 35 lbs without changing my activity level (only 40 more to go).  I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic and high cholesterol.  More Pills.....  I am going in for blood tests in a few weeks so we shall see if my results have improved.  Wish me luck!

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It would be so awesome to have this book! I am in love with the keto diet, the energy it brings, and feeling healthier than ever! Looking forward to more of your stuff!

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I follow a low carb WOE for health reasons.  Both parents, both siblings, grandparents...all have/had diabetes.  I have to be the one to break the cycle.  Carbs affect my blood sugar as well as my emotional state.  Losing the excess weight is a good thing too.

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Great recipes !

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I do keto for better health and my pcos.

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Really enjoy the low carb recipes

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Would really love this!

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I follow a low carb diet because it has been the only lifestyle that has truly worked for me.

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While I am not keen on liver at all, the texture and metallic taste really turn me off, my husband loves it. He began eating low carb about 2 months ago and I am trying to make things to keep him eating this way. This is something I plan to make for him with veggies and flax crackers.

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My main reason for doing keto is to keep my blood sugar in the normal range. I am also steadily losing weight. Yay!

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I am just starting a low carb diet and so I am looking for new and interesting cookbooks/blogs to help me succeed. I am trying to lose 10 lbs that I seemed to have gained over the last 2 years and then keep it off while not starving myself and feeling lousy.

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I am trying to keep my weight down and also feel it is a healthier way to eat.

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I feel better and have more energy when I eat low-carb.

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The book is beautifully illustrated and I would love to include it in my cookbook library.

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I love pate. I'm going to make this this weekend. Yummo

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For health and happiness... Smile

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I would love to win this! I often get stuck making the same meals. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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It started as a way to try and control my sugar. I was diagnosed with diabetes last June and startEd doing EVERTHING the doctor and dietician told me. After 6 months I was still having trouble keeping my sugar below 120. I was now taking 4 metformin and 20 units of insulin at night. I started looking for tips on controlling blood sugar when I came across LCHF and ketogenic diets. I decided I would try it to see if I could regulate my sugar. It worked. I am now on the 4th month of this way of eating. My wife has joined me as well.in the first 2 months I lost 30 lbs and have lost 37 all told. My wife has lost 25 as well. Oh and the blood sugar at my last checkup my A1C was 5.0 down from the 9.4 when I was diagnosed. I know take 1/2 of a metformin when I get up and the other half with dinner. This website has been an awesome reference and base for finding great recipes.  The wife and I know cook together at least 5 nights a week. We plan meals together and get to spend more time as a couple. We have become spoiled as to our own culinary skills and are many times disappointed when we eat out with our friends with the quality of meals we are paying to much for. Were it not for socializing with them we'd rather stay home to eat.

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Very simple recipe.  I like that. I'm trying to cut out carbs because it causes inflammation, in the body, and I have an autoimmune disease, Lupus.  I'm sure it's not good for me and plus I want to lose some belly fat.  Good reasons to me!

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Thank you for the review and opportunity

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I am new to Keto.  I have 52 pounds I need to lose.  I'm looking forward to this new way of eating and taking control of my health.

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I am trying to follow a low carb lifestyle to lose weight and get off my medication for high blood pressure and pre-diabetes.  

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It's an easy way to keep my weight in check and stay away from bad ingredients.

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Eating low carb is keeping my Diabetes II in check and helps me lose weight.

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I m new to keto reduced weight would like to folllow

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Would like more Keto ideas which a Keto cookbook could provide.  I vary between intermittent fasting to low carb to Ketogenic.  Ketogenic foods always work with low carb lifestyle.

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Amazing!

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i've been cycling my tried-and-tested meals for a while now, so i reckon this would be a very nice, tangible alternative to getting inspired via instagram meal photos.

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Would love to win this book, thank you for the contest!

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Looks delicious!

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I want to keep my type 2 diabetes controlled.  I've read that some people get completely off all meds, and that's my ultimate goal. This should save me from going on dialysis and dying of kidney failure like my Dad did.

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I follow a low carb diet because it makes me look and feel fantastic!

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Great recipe. Thanks.

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Thanks for the post!  I've been looking for simple keto-paleo recipes and this fits the bill! Smile

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The Paleo diet is new to me, but I feel positively challenged. This book looks a big-big ''treasure'' of inspiration to me. Thank you Martina for hosting this giveaway! Keep up the good job!

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i am just starting and need all the help i can get!

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I follow low carb for a few reasons: lower triglycerides; break my sugar & carb addiction; lose weight.

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At 53, my body is in a major freak-out. After trying to lose weight for the past 10 years since starting menopause, I have found that eating low-carb is the only thing my body positively responds to.

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I'm trying a Ketogenic diet as I have issues with Chronic pain, and I read that carbohydrates stimulate the inflammatory markers in the body. As a bonus, I'm losing weight!

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Thank you

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I love this recipe.  Yum

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Can't wait to try the recipe

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I'mean following a low carb/keto diet because it's actually working. I have struggled and been unhappy with my weight for way to long.

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Looks delish!

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I've gone back to really low carbs after suffering from chronic fatigue for years. My doctor asked me the very telling question - when was the last time you felt good, walk me backwards? It was when I was low-carbing and exercising regularly. Bingo. I'm back to eating Keto and feeling better every day.

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I'm starting the low carb diet to help lose weight.  Not sure where to start and this book would be perfect for me!

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I am slowly getting back into keto. This recipe is a must try. So easy!

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I initially followed a low-carb diet because I wanted to lose weight quickly. Now, sticking to the low-carb lifestyle makes me feel good about myself and like I have accomplished something each day.

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It was time to leave sugar, grains, starches and gluten. I was a sugar addict, without realising it. And it affected my health in many ways. Glad to have made the switch to low carb, after having considered it for many years.

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I am new ketoer & follow it for autoimmune disorders.  

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Would love to have some new things to try out!

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I started low carb after a quick intro by Gretchen Rubin, the writer about happiness and habits.

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Looks awesome!

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I follow low carb because I can eat as much cheese as I want without gaining weight!

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I went low carb because my mom told me about it and how great she feels and is all around happier, so I decided to join her on this journey and now I love it too!

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I did to stop insulin resistance - then I quit. Now I'm pondering it again...baby steps!

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I do a low carb diet because I'm carb sensitive. This cookbook would be wonderful to help me on this Ludwig journey.

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I follow a keto diet to maintain my health and keep my famy healthy

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Would love to win this book. Looks like there are many amazing recipes for us ketoers to try Smile

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I'd love this book! I especially love the fact it caters for AIP!!

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I follow low carb because it works...plain and simple. I was never able to sustain any other way of eating I tried in the past. Low carb works...I've lost fat and gained muscle. I'm sold on it! (would LOVE 900 new recipes...thanks for the giveaway!)

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I would love to win this cookbook!

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The book looks amazing - would definitely love and enjoy to try some recipes Smile
Thanks for sharing!

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I would love some new healthy recipes!!

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Wonderful recipe, can't wait to try it ...

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