I have been a little sick this past week and craving kale kale kale. (Really, I can’t get enough of it.) So I made the Winter Kale and Persimmon Salad. I became a fan of persimmons when we came to Colorado, but here in California they are everywhere, and that’s good because I’m crazy about persimmons.

The Citrus Vinaigrette that goes with this salad is made of extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon and orange juice, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Massaged into the kale and topped with toasted almonds, this salad makes me and my mouth so very happy.

What can you expect in this cookbook, and why should you get it? Well, to start, it’s chock full of great recipes and dazzling photos. And that right there, is reason enough to buy any cookbook – especially a Paleo one. Most authors could stop right there and be happy, but not Michelle and Henry. The book has a HUGE amount of process photos that perfectly depict the cooking process of every recipe. The book also has cute and charming comic-book-style illustrations of their family throughout. And the best part in our opinion, is Michelle’s writing. If you’ve never been to their blog, you can get a big taste for free of what to expect in the book.

We’re so excited to share this book with you, because it’s so much more than just a cookbook. You can tell from the first 20 pages that Food For Humans is a personal book for Michelle and Henry, dotted with family photos, adorable pictures of their boys, and a collection of personal stories to go along with them. Before you’re through the first 50 pages, you feel like you KNOW their family.

While I could talk all day about how great the food looks, I also want to mention how beautiful the cookbook itself is. It has a thick, solid cover, and smooth pages that are easy to turn. (Perfect for letting kiddies take a peek!) There are TONS of pictures (all superb, of course), clear instructions and ingredient lists, and adorable piggy valentines in the back. (Our love is not kosher.)

Best of all, there are cute, funny cartoons featuring Michelle and her family scattered all throughout. While picky chefs with big noses may disagree, I personally like to have a cookbook that I actually enjoy reading. When I look through Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, I feel like I’m actually listening to Michelle talk, not just finding recipes and trying to figure out all of the steps involved. Each time I open it up, it’s like a treasure hunt: I think, “What tiny illustration or heart-warming story will I discover this time?”