Review: Well Fed 2

By : | 4 Comments | On : October 29, 2013 | Category : Recipes, Uncategorized



Melissa Joulwan has done it again. I am a huge fan of her first book, Well Fed. Many of her recipes became classics in my house. The flavor combinations she uses really entice me to try her recipes. I can’t say that about many cookbook authors. I have a little hoarding issue when it comes to cookbooks and my collection is currently overflowing into several large stacks with no place to put them. I look at the book, then I think “meh”, I don’t want to make that.

There’s something magically different about Melissa’s recipes. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe that it’s just the right number of,and combination of ingredients or the simplicity of her recipes compared with the punch of flavor. She offers great suggestions for altering her recipes which I really appreciate, like “you know how you could do that” or “tastes great with” ideas.


Pear and Bacon Bites from Well Fed 2

Her personal story and intro to the book is pretty close to the way I follow paleo. I choose to eat potatoes, she doesn’t. That’s pretty much the only difference between our philosophies. I like her “30 Reasons to Whole 30″, and also her spread on emotional appetite vs. true hunger. As a nutrition practitioner, I see this all too often. If I had the time to get yet another degree, it would be in psychology because most of my job is motivating folks and dealing with so many warped relationships with food. The truth is that for many, if you end your food addictions and just eat paleo, food becomes food and nothing else.

On to the recipes! I made three of them. The first recipe was the Pear and Bacon Bites. There are five ingredients and it takes no time to make these. I needed something easy to bring to a dinner party and this dish was a huge hit. Did I mention it was easy? I don’t think recipes have to have tons of ingredients in order to be a winner. I have also used her “You know how you could do that” suggestion and used apples instead of pears. This is my new go to recipe to bring when someone invites me over for dinner from now on. You’ve been warned.


Cincinnati Chili from Well Fed 2

The next day, I was hosting a big party and needed to make chili for a crowd. I turned to Well Fed 2 again for and decided to triple her Cincinnati Chili recipe. One of the people from the event was from Cincinnati and said it tasted just like it. The spices were just right and rich, the way I like it. Another winner.

I also made the Taj Mahal chicken (but didn’t shoot it because it was too dark and the photo would have been ugly). Loved it! It was easy to make, full of flavor, and a big hit with my whole family. There are several other dishes in here I’m dying to try. If you’re stuck in a rut, love ethnic food and flavors, and are looking for new inspiration, I highly suggest you check out Well Fed 2.

Oh, and if you’d like to enter to win a copy, I’m giving one away! You could even win a $500 shopping spree to Whole Foods. Act soon, as the raffle ends on Halloween, 2013. Click here to be brought to the raffle page. Ready to buy it now? Click here to get it from my Amazon store!


  1. posted by Sharon T on October 29, 2013

    Love Well Fed!

  2. posted by Sarah on February 16, 2014

    Diana, do you know of anywhere local (Boston area) to buy sugar-free bacon? Even my Whole Foods doesn’t carry it. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    • posted by Diana Rodgers on February 18, 2014

      sugar is used in the curing process for traditional cures. I’m not sure of any local uncured bacon.

  3. posted by Nina on March 3, 2014

    Oh I am laughing!! I read your post with great interest (nearly sidestepping to Amazon to order the book, but kept reading.)
    I got to the Taj Mahal chicken part and read that you didn’t shoot it as it was too dark. Wait, what?! Shooting chickens at night?! Then I realised you were talking cameras and not rifles. But it was too late… Giggling had begun ;)

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