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Book Review: Eat Like a Dinosaur

If you’re the type of person that isn’t fooled by the growing volume of processed gluten-free goodies on grocery store shelves, you will love the forthcoming book Eat Like a Dinosaur from the Paleo Parents. This book is full of family friendly, super healthy, and may I say, super delicious, recipes. And I am proud to say that I wrote the forward to it.

You will love the recipes for 50-50 Bacon Burgers, Chocolate Chip Cookies (date sweetened) and everything in between. The book is simple, with fabulous illustrations as well as tips for how to get your children to gobble down healthy food while living in a world that pushes processed fake foods.

Here are some of my favorite features:

  • Ancestral-based approach to eating
  • Over 100 quick and easy, fun, family friendly recipes
  • Special chapter for parents, sharing tips and tricks on how to approach a diet change with your kids
  • Visually highlights top 8 allergens so that kids can self-identify recipes that work for them
  • Allergen index in the back

Watch a video preview of the book below with Stacy, Matt, Cole, Finian, and Wesley!

Get your copy on Amazon!


  1. says

    My family is really excited about this book. We end up modifying almost everything for oxalate content, but it’s nice that “it has good bones” and sets us down the path toward healthy eating!

  2. Lacey says


    Thank you very much for posting this review. I purchased the book immediately after reading this post. I haven’t tried the recipes yet, but I love that the book makes food, nourishment, and even food supply chain accessible to children. I hope there are more books like this in the future, that teach “food” holistically.


  3. says

    Thank you! I’m going to have to get a copy for myself and a few for friends! What a fabulous idea for a children’s cookbook! Thank you for sharing it!!

  4. Gerry Filippini says

    Elana, my husband just recently found out that he has multiple allergens: gluten, wheat, corn, dairy, tapioca, potato and the list goes on. I am so grateful to you and all the effort and time you have put into creating recipes that I am able to use to add variety to his (and my) diet. I made to Shepherd’s Pie the day I received the recipe in my email – my husband was elated. He absolutely loved it. Can’t wait to try out some of the other recipes in the “Almond Flour Cookbook”. Also, I made the Paleo bread and he was thrilled. Thrilled that he could have sandwiches again. So thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! You ROCK!!

  5. says


    We’re beginning to plan our backpacking/camping trips for this year, and I’m wondering if you’ve made up an almond flour recipe for Logan Bread? I converted my recipe to gluten-free years ago, but would like to come up with a grain-free version now.


  6. Carol Feancis says

    As a person who was diagnosed with a gluten allergy late in life, I am looking forward to this book because it will include recipes I can share with my daughter and her children who also suffer from the same allergy to gluten. The recipes look quick and simple which makes it seem less scary trying new recipes. I love the pictures with recipes!

  7. Stephanie says

    I recently heard of a sweetner that I had never heard of before and I am curious to know your opinion of it, if you are familiar with it. It is Luo Han. From the limited information I have about it it seems similar to stevia.

  8. Lynn Salmon-Easter says

    WOW!!! This is great! I teach nutrition and have been eating gluten free and casein free for over 10 years and I still struggle to help my daughter find yummy paleo foods she likes to eat.
    This is a gem :)

  9. says

    My 5 year old daughter has just been diagnosed with allergies to wheat, milk, and eggs. Are the recipes in your book free of all of these things or just the wheat/gluten? I am so excited about buying this book but wanted to make sure the recipes would work for her. I’m overwhelmed at this new diagnosis and not really sure what to make for her now.

    • says

      The book is true to the cover, all recipes are free of dairy, legumes (soy) and grains. We also note where they are nut and egg-free on individual recipes :)

    • Beth says

      This book is dairy and wheat free. There are eggs in some of the recipes in this book but I think that your daughter will be able to enjoy most of the recipes. Another site you should check out is They have 5 young kids and lots of good recipes without wheat, dairy or eggs.

  10. says

    Everyone in the state of Georgia that eats Gluten Free needs to check out “Jilly’s Cupcakery”. They have 2 locations: Roswell and Alpharetta, AND they provide amazing gluten free cupcakes. Check out their website… http://www.jilly‘

  11. Elizabeth Richardson says

    A great book – Marvellous recipes that stear cler of processed foods – it is such a shame that they always appear to contain bad things –
    Thank you again to the authors of this book!

  12. Karina says

    Yes, I know how processed gluten-free products can be! I looked at the ingredient list for some gf bagels yesterday and the ingredients included sugar and partially hydrogenated oil. What’s more, one of the main ingredients was corn starch! Yikes! I’ll have to check out the book! I love kid food lol!

  13. Amy says

    I have just been diagnosed with a pretty severe gluten sensitivity and when I have browsed the gluten free section of the grocery store, I am disappointed that a lot of the items that are gluten free have soy in them as an emulsifier/binder. Soy is harmful on many levels. Wondered if there was a brand that any of your readers could recommend to me?

    Excited about the cookbook! I have two young kids and they will be thrilled to try some new healthy recipes!

    • says

      Amy, as overwhelming as it may sound at first, the best brand is going to be the one that comes out of your own kitchen.

      Baking with almond flour and coconut flour is easier than you’d expect, especially almond flour. You may never want store-bought again. And, of course, you know every single ingredient that goes into it.

  14. says

    Elana, I absolutely loved your Foreword in Stacy and Matt’s book! I’m sure it sold more than a few copies for them. You nailed the heart of their book in that, and here, too; it’s a wonderful resource! I’ve been toting it around to some yucky appts of late. It’s really brightened my day as I’ve read it, and I’m an adult with no kids at home! ;-) Truly it’s great for everyone, but especially a gift to families who want to eat healthy and have their kids with them in the kitchen, learning exactly what that means. :-)


  15. says

    I love your intro to this review. It is disheartening to see how much processed food is marketed directly to those with health concerns. Never mind how absurdly overpriced it is. It simply isn’t really food. Hurray for good, real food!

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