Well Fed 2 Book Review

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Today I am incredibly excited to share my review of Well Fed 2 by Melissa Joulwan!

A couple of months ago, Melissa contacted me to see if I would be interested in checking her work for the autoimmune protocol modification section of the book. I was absolutely thrilled that one of the top Paleo cookbook authors was going out of her way to make sure that the book would be useful to us! Melissa has experience trying the autoimmune protocol to troubleshoot her own healing journey, and no doubt her experience showed her how incredibly difficult this can be. In the back of the book, she has listed every recipe along with notes on it’s compliance with the autoimmune protocol, and suggestions for substitutions, additions or subtractions if necessary to make the recipe comply.

If you aren’t familiar with Melissa’s blog, The Clothes Make the Girl, you should be – she is witty, funny, and shares an incredible amount of information about her healing journey as well as fantastic recipes. Well Fed 2 is just as personal, charming, and informative. Everything about the book is uniquely her, from the personal stories to the graphic design and practical presentation of information. In the introductory material, you will find Melissa’s story, an intro to Paleo and the Whole 30, foods to eat and avoid, how to be the best version of yourself , tips for eating out and social gatherings, emotional eating, how to stock your kitchen and cooking basics, among other background information useful to those both starting a Paleo diet as well as those of us who have been at it a while.

What I love most about Well Fed 2, is that it is not just a recipe book – it is an idea book. Melissa gives us endless ideas of how to create simple yet diverse meals with common staples. For example, she has a section titled “snacks in seconds” giving us ideas of how to pull together a nourishing snack with foods readily available – like smoked salmon-wrapped cucumber spears, or sardines wrapped in a nori sheet and dipped in coconut aminos (yum!). Another awesome section is called “burgers, balls and bangers” – here she gives us 15 different ground meat/spice combinations, not including variations! This section is the holy grail of homemade breakfast sausage recipes and would be incredibly useful for anyone on the autoimmune protocol. Recipes include Turkish Doner Kebab, Romanian, Turkey and Cranberry, Classic Pork, Greek, and Moroccan Chicken and Apricot.

Lastly, let’s talk about the food – the book contains over 100 recipes, 44 no recipe required meal combos, and tons of variations and alternate suggestions, bringing the total to over 200 recipes and meal ideas. Melissa totally gets that people don’t have a zillion hours a day to spend in the kitchen preparing complicated recipes. It is apparent she has created these this offering from the perspective of a person who needs to feed themselves 24/7 while living a busy life, while having fun and enjoying a varied, nutritious diet. Not a small feat, if you ask me! Most of the recipes I tried took less than an hour to prepare and did not require any exotic ingredients.

Here are all of the recipes I prepared this week from the book:

Pina Colada Chicken (page 96) and Coconut Cauliflower Rice (page 202)well fed recipie

Beef Stew Provencal (page 122)

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Stuffed Grape Leaves (page 148) and Tabbouleh (page 172)


Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup (page 206)


Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon (page 210)


Let me just say, we have been in food heaven this week! When I first received the book, I flagged a countless amonut of recipes that I wanted to make, and this barely puts a dent in it. Of everything that I made, I liked the Pina Colada Chicken and Stuffed Grape Leaves the best. I found Melissa’s recipes to be simple, easy to follow, and the autoimmune protocol modifications or recommendations spot-on. Her recipes are incredibly fun, flavorful and different from how I usually eat, and I found this departure from my normal extremely enjoyable. Even though the book is not 100% compliant, about 2/3 of the recipes in the book are either autoimmune protocol compliant or can be modified to be so.

If you are on the autoimmune protocol, or even just Paleo, be sure to add this book to your collection! I decline a lot of book review opportunities because most Paleo authors do not take the autoimmune protocol into consideration. Thank you, Melissa, for being one of the first to include us, and lets hope that other authors take the hint and create recipes that are safe for us to eat as well!

Well Fed 2 can be purchased here on Amazon.

Have you picked up a copy yet? What did you think?

About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a cook and one of the bloggers behind Autoimmune Wellness. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner by the Nutritional Therapy Association, and is the author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, a guide and recipe book for the autoimmune protocol, and AIP Batch Cook, a video-based batch cooking program. You also can find her on Instagram.


  • Mickey! Thank you so much for being part of Well Fed 2. Your suggestions on the AIP modifications really helped a lot. Thank you, too, for this lovely review of our cookbook. I’m glad you like it! I’ll continue to think about how to make as many of my recipes as I can compliant or adaptable to the AIP. Best wishes for a happy holiday season!

    • Mickey says

      Thanks so much Melissa! I had a pleasure helping you make the book safe for those of us on AIP, and it really means a lot that you thought of us! 🙂


  • Katherine says

    Thanks Melissa and Mickey! This is *wonderful* news. I love Well Fed and recommend it to everyone, paleo or not. Though my current AIP/PHD diet is somewhat different than what it was when I purchased Well Fed, it’s still a book I reach for often.

    I’ve pre-ordered Well Fed 2 and am eager for its arrival!

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