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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.
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
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
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 Cyclist—Anna 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 2—feminist bicycle science fiction stories
- The Bikenomics zine contains new ways to look at prosperity, health, personal finance, and public investments
Includes Paleo for Unicorns, of course. And:
- The Post-Structuralist Vulva Coloring Book has drawings of all types of vulvas in unexpected settings, paired with quotations and phrases of postmodern philosophers
- Manspressions: Decoding Men's Behavior defines much needed terms, from mangry to manthropology
- Slip of the Tongue looks at words and language from a personal and feminist perspective
- Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick collects much of Cristy Road's early, super feminist, intersectional, and body-posi drawings into a book of postcards
Includes Paleo for Unicorns, which, did we mention is very funny, plus:
- Comfort Eating with Nick Cave helps you drown your sorrows in vegan versions of comfort classics
- Defensive Eating with Morrissey because when someone you love behaves badly, gently teasing them and having a delicious meal are not the worst ways to cope
- So Raw It's Downright Filthy combines tasty raw recipes with photos of garbage
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
- The Culinary Cyclist our first bikey cookbook, and now not our last!
- Pedal, Stretch, Breathe is a guide to yoga for people who bike
- Our Bodies, Our Bikes definitive of the feminist bicycle genre!
- Biketopia: Feminist bicycle science fiction in extreme futures
- Bikes in Space - the original of the genre
- The Velocipede Races a steampunky novel of a teen who is forbidden to race bicycles
All the EBP Books and Zines in print
Of course Paleo for Unicorns is the newest on this list, plus our entire back catalog:
- Taking the Lane #12: Bikes and Religion
- Taking the Lane #11: Four Paws, Two Wheels
- Bikenomics zine
- Bikes in Space 1 and 2
- Pedal Zombies
- The Velocipede Races
- Our Bodies, Our Bikes
- The Culinary Cyclist
- Pedal, Stretch, Breathe
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter