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The Well Fed Trilogy

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Order Well Fed Weeknights and get Well Fed and Well Fed 2 at a huge discount—just $13 each. (That's almost 500 delicious paleo recipes—and even cheaper than Amazon.)

Bursting with vibrant flavors and foolproof recipes, Well Fed Weeknights—the third installment in the best-selling Well Fed cookbook series—puts 128 complete (and completely delicious) paleo meals on your table in 45 minutes or less.

With Well Fed Weeknights, author and mouthy paleo cook Melissa Joulwan brings her love for food and spirit of adventure to a knockout collection of weeknight recipes inspired by takeout classics, food trucks, and cuisines from around the world—all totally free of grains, dairy, legumes, and soy.

Every complete meal—a healthy serving of protein with plenty of veggies and luscious fats—is thoroughly tested and easy to make, with affordable ingredients you’ll find at your regular grocery store. Who wants to go to multiple stores?! And all of the recipes include my “You Know How You Could Do That?” variations, as well as Cookup Tips to help shorten meal prep.

The book also includes instructions for a Mini Cookup with step-by-step details for cooking six paleo kitchen staples in under an hour. Cook once, and fancy-up your meals all week long with cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, homemade mayo, and more.

Debuting in Well Fed Weeknights are fun and flexible Food Court Recipes: blueprints of dinner themes, like Meat & Potatoes, Burger Night, Velvet Stir-Fry, The Ultimate Salad Bar, and more, all offering basic techniques and creative variations to satisfy your personal cravings.

Well Fed Weeknights is also packed with useful tips and how-to info including:

  • How to eat in restaurants without abandoning good habits
  • How to cook quickly and eat slowly
  • Essential pantry foods for weeknight cooking
  • The best kitchen tools for fast cooking
  • Dozens of sample menus
  • A mobile shopping list for every recipe

With fresh ingredients, flavorful spices and herbs, luscious sauces, and simple prep, Well Fed Weeknights is sure to become a splattered-and-bookmarked kitchen companion.

I sent an advance copy of Well Fed Weeknights to some of my favorite food people, and their reactions were just what I hoped they’d be!

I often find the question ‘What do you want for dinner?’ more stressful than actually prepping and cooking the meal, but thanks to Well Fed Weeknights, the what’s-for-dinner game just got crazy fun. You’ll be blown away by how many time-saving resources are packed into this cookbook, and the recipes are the perfect balance of joy-in-my-mouth and hey-that-clean-up-went-fast. So feel free to ask me what I want for dinner tonight, because I’ve got about 34 pages in Weeknights already bookmarked. — Melissa Hartwig, New York Times bestselling author and co-creator of the Whole30 program

I’m head over heels in love with Melissa Joulwan’s Well Fed Weeknights! My spice-loving kitchen sister has created yet another amazing collection of umami-packed meals—and this one is tailor-made for busy folks like me who crave flavorful, nourishing meals whipped up in minutes. Why look anywhere else for culinary inspiration? — Michelle Tam, New York Times bestselling author of Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans

Mel is one of my favorite authors/chefs in any food genre. She never ceases to impress with her creativity and passion, and Well Fed Weeknights is no exception. Beautifully presented and exceptionally laid out, it’s got all the “need to know” elements and bullet points of a healthy Paleo lifestyle. Be prepared to get your Paleo on every night of the week! — Mark Sisson, Publisher of Mark’s Daily Apple and Founder of Primal Kitchen

We’re all time poor and we all need to make better choices about what we put into our bodies. This new compendium of easy and fast recipes from Melissa Joulwan is the tastiest way I’ve seen to get started or continue to be inspired. — Andrew Zimmern, TV personality, chef, and food writer

You'll also get Well Fed and Well Fed 2...

Preparing quality food is among the most caring things we can do for ourselves and the people we love. That's why Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat is packed with recipes for food that you can eat every day, along with easy tips to make sure it takes as little time as possible to get healthy, delicious food into your well-deserving mouth. If you count meals and snacks, we feed ourselves about 28 times each week. All of the Well Fed recipes—made with zero grains, legumes, soy, sugar, dairy, or alcohol—were created so you can enjoy your food every time.

The two essential tricks for happy, healthy eating are being prepared and avoiding boredom. Well Fed explains how to get in the habit of a Weekly Cookup so that you have ready-to-go food for snacks and meals every day. It will also show you how to make Hot Plates, a mix-and-match approach to combining basic ingredients with spices and seasonings to take your taste buds on a world tour. The recipes are as simple as possible, without compromising taste, and they've been tested extensively to minimize work and maximize flavor.

Every recipe is shown alongside a full-color photo and an introduction about why that particular recipe is a keeper. Along with ingredients and detailed directions, each recipe also includes variations—called “You Know How You Could To That”—and serving suggestions to make complete paleo meals.

Food feeds our bodies and fuels our training, but it also nourishes our spirit. Melissa grew up in a food family: her dad owned a restaurant and her mom won just about every cooking contest she entered. They are also a melting pot family—Lebanese on Dad’s side, Italian and Slovak on Mom’s. From the time Mel could shove food into her mouth,she was eating kibbeh and eggplant parmesan. In addition to learning how to make pancakes in the morning, she picked up tricks for making baba ghanoush for dinner. The recipes in Well Fed reflect her affection for traditional cuisine and for foods with contrasting flavors and textures. Foods that taste like home.
All but one of the recipes are officially Whole30 approved. Melissa and Dallas Hartwig of the Whole30 wrote the foreword for Well Fed. And even better, they’ve given all of the Well Fed recipes (except for one dessert: Peach Almond Crisp) their stamp of approval for happy eating during participation in the Whole30 program. 

With 115+ original recipes and variations, this book will help you see that paleo eating, too often defined by what you give up, is really about what you'll gain: health, vitality, a light heart, and memorable meals to be shared with the people you love.

Well Fed has more than 1100 5-star reviews on and appeared on the Wall Street Journal best sellers list.
"Well Fed is more than just a cookbook—it's the definitive resource for every Paleo chef (and aspiring chef)... This more-than-a-cookbook book has the potential to revolutionize your food-life..." — Melissa Hartwig, New York Times bestselling author and co-creator of the Whole30 program
I swear, Melissa is a Paleo M.F.K. Fisher. – Michelle Tam, New York Times best selling author of Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans
“I literally own every “paleo” cookbook available on Amazon. I wish I had [Well Fed] when I was just getting started. It is the very best of my whole collection… Every recipe WORKS…. I have never reviewed any of the many books I have purchased from Amazon, but this author deserves a shout out. Her writing style is authentic and engaging, and the information she shares is fresh and useful… I will be buying multiple copies today so I can gift them to some very lucky people.” – AnitaB

Thank you so much for your recipes… Yours is the only paleo food blog with flavor profiles that indicate you had an understanding of cooking prior to cleaning up your diet, and I am loving it! – Katie

I am a bad cook. However, I used your recipe for the Creamy Spice Market Kale and it tasted like something that someone else made. That is one of the highest compliments that I can write. GREAT flavor! Thanks. – Dara

I just wanted to say I recently discovered your AWESOME recipes since my family went about 90% paleo. Every single thing of yours I have made so far has been DELISH! Just wanted to say thanks, and keep them coming! – Allyson

I’m writing to thank you for sharing all of your fantastic recipes. Our fav (so far) is the Italian Sausage & Eggplant Strata. I can’t wait to get home for lunch and have a slice. My husband and I are on Day 30 of our very first Whole30. Your recipes and blog were/are so helpful and inspirational! We’re going to keep going. – Susan


Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat is the follow-up to the deliciously popular Well Fed, and it's packed with even more internationally-inspired recipes, mouth-watering photos, and easy meal ideas.

All 200 recipes and Quick Meal ideas in Well Fed 2 are made with zero grains, legumes, soy, sugar, dairy, and alcohol—without sacrificing fun and flavor. The recipes are easy to prepare and were tested extensively so they work every time—and so you don't have to spend all your free time in the kitchen.

Well Fed 2 includes 110 original recipes, plus 45 of Melissa's popular ''You Know How You Could Do That'' variations. You'll also find 44 Quick Meal ideas (no recipe required!) and tips for turning individual dishes into multi-course meals.

The book opens with information to help readers manage their relationship with food, including ways to identify emotional appetite versus true hunger, 30 reasons to do a Whole30, tips for socializing while keeping good habits, and a call to action to develop the best version of themselves.

Paleo can seem restrictive, so a broad array of international recipes have been paleo-ized for delicious flavor without sacrificing good nutrition, including Deconstructed Gyro, Thai Basil Beef, Chinese Five-Spice Pork Ribs, Lemon Lamb Tagine, Tod Mun Chicken Cakes, Belly Dance Beet Salad, Garlic Creamed Spinach, Sesame Cucumber Noodles, and even Banana Pecan Ice Cream.

Inspired by international sausage flavors, these 15 meatball recipes can also be shaped into patties or sausages, then grilled, baked, or pan-fried. It's exponential meat goodness!

Ideas for meals and snacks that don't require a recipe, but add zing to everyday eating for paleo newbies and veterans.

More than 100 of the recipes and Quick Meal ideas in Well Fed 2 can easily and tastily be modified to comply with the autoimmune protocol of paleo. The book includes detailed instructions for adapting the recipes for people who need to take extra care.

All of the recipes are officially approved by Melissa Hartwig, co-creator of the Whole30 program, except the Sweet Potato ''Waffle'' and the Banana Pecan Ice Cream.

In addition to plenty of how-to tips inside the recipes themselves, the book includes a short section that explains standard culinary terms so you'll feel confident in the kitchen.

Well Fed 2 has a 5-star rating on Amazon and was a Wall Street Journal best seller. It was also named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon.

"Mel Joulwan has done it again: a beautifully designed, inspirational, educational cookbook filled not only with her trademark fantastic recipes, but also loaded with her wit and warmth. Mel inspires me to keep doing what I do. She fully lives—and LOVES—the Primal/paleo lifestyle."—Mark Sisson, founder of Primal Kitchen and publisher of

"Melissa's done the impossible: she managed to improve on Well Fed, the most dog-eared, sauce-splattered, well-loved resource in my kitchen. No matter if you're cooking to impress a crowd or just yourself, Well Fed 2 offers everything a real food lover could hope for in a cookbook: international flavors, inventive tips, vivid stories, and stunning photography that dances off the page. I could cook out of this extraordinary book every single day."—Michelle Tam, New York Times best selling author of Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans

"For those of you who have already begun to live a better life thanks to the first Well Fed, welcome back! Here, you'll find enough recipe variations, inspiration, and excitement to propel you even further down your own individual path of health and happiness. For those who are starting with Well Fed 2, you are about to embark upon a journey. Trust us when we say these are not just recipes, and this is not just a cookbook. The information contained here ignites your spark—and will change your life the way it's changed so many others."— Melissa Hartwig, New York Times bestselling author and co-creator of the Whole30 program

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