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An Open Letter to ALL Bacon Lovers…

Beyond Bacon Book Review and Giveaway

Something special is waiting for you on the shelf of your closest bookstore… or in your nearest Amazon warehouse…

There is a newly released cookbook that is seriously calling your bacon-loving name and is ready to show you the wonders of the whole hog …

Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog, by Matthew McCarry and Stacy Toth (better known as The Paleo Parents), just hit the market

This is the book for you if you are a self-declared bacon lover who is ready to go even beyond and explore the world of cooking with the whole kit and kaboodle!

Filled with beautiful stories, descriptions, mouth-watering photos, and over 100 incredible recipes dedicated to the entire pig, you will likely want to read this book cover to cover as if it were a novel. At least you will if you are anything like me.

I grew up watching my Mom go to bed at night with her cookbooks as her novels and pleasure reading. I have apparently inherited this same trait… as has my oldest son. We both love “reading” cookbooks, and this one did not disappoint.

When this one arrived on our doorstep, and I told my son that it was by the same authors who wrote Eat Like A Dinosaur, he immediately opened it and proceeded to post-it every single recipe that he wanted us to make.

Paleo Cooking

This is what the book looked like when he was done…

Paleo Parents Beyond Bacon

And he has held me to cooking through this book. We have really been having fun with some of the inventive and creative recipes…and the boys have been getting a kick out of all the different ways you can use pork.

Okay…A little more about the book….

From the Paleo Parents website:

“All the recipes in Beyond Bacon are elegant yet approachable, making it the ultimate cookbook for the foodie in you. You’ll find:

  • Perfect Pork Chops, better than most restaurant steaks,
  • Pho Soup with chitterling “noodles” and other healing and delicious soups and stews to stretch your dollar,
  • the already-famous-among-recipe-testers Savory Bacon Jam fantastic with green apples or our Homestyle Biscuits
  • sweet treats made luxuriously rich with lard, such as Grain-Free Pie CrustSalted Mocha BiscottiFudge, and Maple Lard Scones,
  • instructions on how to properly BBQ and smoke your meats as well as recipes to make your own sauces,
  • instructions for curing your own bacon, pancetta and even home-made sausage better than store bought,
  • details on how to properly fry foods, like Corn Dogs with Sweet Potato Crisps and Sweet & Sour Pork, and
  • an extensive guide on how to make and cook with the nutrient dense essentials: pork stock and CLA-rich lard.”

And did I mention the photos? Oh. Well… I’m telling you now. Beeeautifulll! I am a super-visual person and the photography throughout this entire book had me wowed. 

If you don’t believe me, you can go check out the 76 five star reviews (out of a total of 77) over on Amazon to see how much others have been enjoying this book as well.

Now, I would love to share a copy with one of you, my wonderful readers, so that you start enjoying this one too.



If you would like a copy of this book, just simply do One, Two, or all Three of the following for a chance to win one. Just leave A SEPARATE COMMENT for each one that you do so that you can earn an extra entry for each.

1. Tell me what intrigues you about this cookbook!

2. Follow Cook It Allergy Free and/or Paleo Parents on Facebook, or tell me if you already do.

3. Share this post with your friends on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook or other social media and leave an additional comment saying you did so. Help spread the word about this great new cookbook!

The contest will end on Thursday, August 1st at 9am PST. The winners will be announced then. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.


Disclaimer: While I did receive an advance copy of the cookbook, I was not paid for this review and the opinions are entirely my own. The cookbook included in this giveaway is being provided by me.

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  1. On July 28, 2013 cheryl birkey said

    1. I just started Paleo on July 1 and am so interested in owning this cookbook. I own Practical Paleo right now and am loving all the recipes that book offers. With this book, I’ll be able to delve even deeper into the Paleo lifestyle and really expand my cooking knowledge.

  2. On July 28, 2013 cheryl birkey said

    I follow Paleo Parents on Facebook!

  3. On July 28, 2013 Beverly said

    A beautiful book! I want to learn how to cook pig much better, I know how to cook bacon and everything else is hit or miss.

  4. On July 28, 2013 Beverly said

    I follow you and Paleo Parents on F.B.

  5. On July 28, 2013 Adrienne said

    I love pork…especially since going paleo! That is why this book is so intriguing to me! Can’t wait to see all these recipes!

  6. On July 28, 2013 Adrienne said

    I follow you and Paleo Parents on Facebook!

  7. On July 28, 2013 Adrienne said

    Shared on Facebook!

  8. On July 28, 2013 Diana Cote said

    I guess what intrigues me about this book is all the reviews I have read about it, also the art work and preview photos and recipe names look really good. It’s paleo and thats a big thing for me, I am trying to turn the rest of the family paleo too so that would be great if I could make yummy food they could enjoy. 🙂

  9. On July 28, 2013 JamieK said

    I’m intrigued because I was raised only cooking the basics – pork chops, bacon, pork loin…it would be exciting to learn about the not so popularized parts of the pig that are just as tasty!

  10. On July 28, 2013 JamieK said

    I already follow both Cook IT allergy free and Paleo parents on facebook. 🙂

  11. On July 28, 2013 Mindy said

    Already follow Paleo Parents and am looking forward to following you as well. Liked on FB!

  12. On July 28, 2013 Diana Cote said

    already a fan of both paleo parents and cook it allergy free on facebook. 🙂

  13. On July 28, 2013 JamieK said

    I pinned it!

  14. On July 28, 2013 Mindy said

    About the cookbook – I already love everything that “the Parents” do, so I’m interested in EVERYTHING they have in the cookbook. But I am most anxious to learn how to render lard. That will be first!

  15. On July 28, 2013 Mindy said

    Pinned to my Paleo Recipes for all my followers to see. 🙂

  16. On July 28, 2013 Mindy said

    Shared on FB. WOOHOO!!!

  17. On July 28, 2013 Mindy said

    Tweeted too!!!

  18. On July 28, 2013 Cary said

    I am interested in this cookbook because I have Ulcerative colitis and I follow the specific carbohydrate diet and a lot of Paleo recipes fit perfectly into this eating plan. I love being able to have more and more ideas for meals. Thank you for the giveaway!

  19. On July 28, 2013 Amy Fox said

    I am intrigued by the use of the whole pig, but as especially looking forward to bacon jam!!

  20. On July 28, 2013 Amy Fox said

    Already follow paleo parents, and will be following you today!

  21. On July 28, 2013 Shelly Nelson said

    I sooo want this cookbook. I’ve been following Paleo Parents for a while now, and love the stuff they create. I love pork of any kind and would love to be able to own this book to create more of their lovely dishes!

    Shared this on Facebook and
    Pinned it:

    Awesome give away, and I’m glad to have found another great website with recipes to try!

  22. On July 28, 2013 Robin Sellman said

    I follow Paleo Parents on FB.

  23. On July 28, 2013 Robin Sellman said

    I’m intrigued by the sweet potato drop biscuits, and bacon jam. I want to know how to make these.

  24. On July 28, 2013 Robin Sellman said

    I just shared this on Pinterest. I forgot to mention the maple lard scones in my previous entry.

  25. On July 28, 2013 Debra A said

    We just ordered a 1/2 hog, and I would love to learn how to use the different parts in a delicious way! The lard and curing have me most intrigued! :o)

  26. On July 28, 2013 Debra A said

    I follow Paleo Parents on FB!

  27. On July 29, 2013 Alisa said

    That is just plain adorable Kim! I’ve got the book, but haven’t handed it over to my niece yet – I bet she will be engrossed in it too!

  28. On July 29, 2013 Alexis Salerno said

    I shared this on Facebook on my Gluten Free in Orlando page

  29. On July 29, 2013 Alexis Salerno said

    I now follow Paleo Parents on Facebook

  30. On July 29, 2013 Alexis Salerno said

    I LOVE everything bacon and would love to have this cookbook!

  31. On July 29, 2013 Terry said

    My daughter and I both are celiac, and I just started following Cook it Allergy Free on Facebook. My whole family really gets into cooking good food and I really enjoy reading about healthy eating.

  32. On July 31, 2013 Christa said

    I enjoy the recipes shared on the Paleo Parents website, and would like to see more of their recipes. I need some help with paleo-style meal planning, and I think this cookbook will have some great ideas!

  33. On July 31, 2013 Christa said

    I follow both Paleo Parents and Cook IT Allergy Free on FB.

  34. On July 31, 2013 Christa said

    I shared this giveaway on FB.

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