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Amy Subach's funny, bikey, family-friendly, feminist cookbook for busy people on fussy diets.
Amy Subach's funny, bikey, family-friendly, feminist cookbook for busy people on fussy diets.
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Paleo for Unicorns is a feminist, humorous paleo cookbook, written for even the most beginnery of beginners.

  • Learn basic cooking skills
  • Figure out how to make a bunch of food with not too much cooking, even if you have a lot of restrictions
  • Dismantle the body shaming diet industrial complex
  • Make food that even little kids will love

This book will inspire you to start cooking and taking care of yourself, because taking care of yourself is a radical feminist act.

It's a hardcover book!
It's a hardcover book!

Here's an excerpt from the introduction:

Paleo for Unicorns is anti- authoritarian, anti-doctrinarian, anti-inflammatory, open-minded, and accepting. It's not just about the type of food you should shove down your beautiful pie hole, it's also about feminism, exercise, parenting, and riding a bicycle!

I'm going to share my favorite paleo recipes with you. I'm going to tell you to do things like exercise, and sleep, and be nice to yourself. I'm also going to talk a little bit about approaching parenting in a more holistic and healthy way that I have coined Lazy Parenting (tm). I'm going to encourage you to change habits that make you feel bad, and adopt new habits that make you feel fantastic. You are a unicorn, and you deserve to feel fantastic.

Paleo, as I've come to define it, is a way of eating that that includes meat, organ meats, vegetables (but not legumes), fruits, nuts (not peanuts because they are technically legumes), fermented foods, natural sweeteners, and sometimes dairy (raw, organic, goat, etc, if you tolerate it). It does not include grains (wheat, corn, quinoa (not really a grain actually), rice, etc), white potatoes (except sometimes it does), french fries (bummer, those are so good), processed junk foods, industrial seed oils, sugar, or alcohol. Easy paleo (and mostly paleo) recipes make up the meat and sweet potatoes of this book. The recipes are easy, because while I love cooking and have since I was making mud biscuits in the backyard (not a euphemism for pooping outside, this time), I have two small kids and I have no patience for any recipe that is finicky, requires a lot of special ingredients, or takes a lot of time.

One more thing: books about diet and health often make the reader feel less- than, like they need to change. I know that change is hard. I know it is a perpetual challenge for me to love and accept myself in the capitalist patriarchal racist imperialist society we live in, and as a cisgender white woman I have it pretty damn good. As the badass Audre Lorde has said, "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." Please accept this book as a guideline for how you can better love and care for yourself. Let me say this: You are ALREADY worthy of love. YOU ARE A DAMN UNICORN.

Oh yeah, and here's a recipe. from the book. For paleo dessert, because we all need dessert even if we aren't allowed to eat most things.

About the author

Photo of Amy + her coffees by Ashley Walters
Photo of Amy + her coffees by Ashley Walters

Amy Subach lives, cooks, makes music and art, and bicycles with her kiddos and doggo in Portland, Oregon. You can check out her Negative Affirmation and Erotic Selfie quilts on her website and follow her on Twitter at @amysue.

About the publisher

 

Elly Blue Publishing exists to help build a more feminist bicycle movement, which we've been doing our best at since 2010. We're an imprint of Microcosm Publishing, based in Portland, Oregon. 

About the rewards

The book itself! It's soooo good, people.

Paleo + Fermentation

At this reward level, you'll get Paleo for Unicorns, plus a paperback copy of Sandor Ellix Katz's first book, Wild Fermentation. Based on his 2001 zine, this slim book walks you through everything you need to get started fermenting gut-healthy basics at home, from kimchi to yoghurt to sauerkraut and much more. 

Your Health, Your Own Damn Way

This superpack of books includes Paleo for Unicorns and:

  • Alive with Vigor collects empowering stories of finding your own health and body positivity even when the deck's stacked against you.
  • Sick another compilation; these are accounts of radical folks' experiences with physical illness
  • Maps to the Other Side is a life story of madness, creating a self-advocacy community for bipolar folks, permaculture, hopping trains, and other adventures
  • This is Your Brain on Anxiety gives you funny, science-based solutions for living a calmer and less activated life

Elly Blue Publishing sampler pack

Includes Paleo for Unicorns plus a mix of the books we've published:

  • Culinary CyclistAnna Brones's gorgeous book of bicycle-inspired recipes and eating habits
  • Our Bodies, Our Bikes contains 50 different takes on cycling, gender, and the sometimes weird art of having a body
  • Bikes in Space Vol 2feminist bicycle science fiction stories
  • The Bikenomics zine contains new ways to look at prosperity, health, personal finance, and public investments
Feminism Rules

Includes Paleo for Unicorns, of course. And:

I Love Funny Cookbooks

Includes Paleo for Unicorns, which, did we mention is very funny, plus:

Urban Bike Mama superpack

Paleo for Unicorns plus:

  • Cycletherapy contains true stories of grief and healing, interspersed with more uplifting stuff about bicycling with your loved ones (bonus, this includes an essay by Amy!)
  • Urban Revolutions introduces you to the city cycling movement and gives pointers on getting started cycling yourself, on your own or with your fam
  • Our Bodies, Our Bikes a good number of these essays feature kids, reproduction, and such, as you might expect
  • Zoom is a book for toddlers, a tribute to a young boy's love for riding his balance bike
Greatest hits of Elly Blue Publishing
Includes Paleo for Unicorns (an instant classic!) and:

All the EBP Books and Zines in print

Of course Paleo for Unicorns is the newest on this list, plus our entire back catalog:

Enjoy your books, your food, and your new year! Thank you!

Risks and challenges

Every book carries its own risks; the one we feel most acutely here is of incurring the wrath of angry vegans. While we support a spirited debate about the politics of food, we also strongly believe that everyone should eat what is best for them. Our goal with publishing this book is not to didactically advocate any specific diet or lifestyle, but to provide helpful and funny information to people who medically need to eat a low-carb, anti-inflammatory diet. You do you, friends. And thank you for your support!

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    Our most feminist books: Paleo for Unicorns: Eat the Patriarchy, The Post-Structuralist Vulva Coloring Book, Manspressions, Slip of the Tongue, and Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick

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    Paleo for Unicorns: Eat the Patriarchy, Comfort Eating with Nick Cave, Defensive Eating with Morrissey, and So Raw It's Downright Filthy

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    Greatest Hits of Elly Blue Publishing

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    Pedal Zombies
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