Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch

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Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Wondering why I’ve been absent from this little corner of the Internet these past few days? It’s ‘cause this weekend marked the kick-off of my January book tour to promote Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans—and I’ve been way too freaked out to be productive.

That’s not to say I haven’t had a blast.

First up was a rollicking gig with my buddies Melissa Joulwan and Diana Rodgers on Thursday night at CrossFit Palo Alto, where we answered questions from a packed house…

Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…signed copies of our books, and got an opportunity to crack wise with many of you.

Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Then, bright and early yesterday, with the invaluable assistance of Diana and our superstar pal Julie Mayfield, we hand-packed a couple hundred swag bags and headed for the city. With less than two hours before guests were set to arrive at The Box SF, we scurried around the venue to get it ready for our official book launch party.

But to be honest, the space needed almost no sprucing up at all. It’s simple and gorgeous, and our only real additions were a couple of tablecloths and banners, a place for the lovely folks from Books Inc. to sell copies of our cookbook…

Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…a special Nom Nom Coffee Bar (courtesy of Four Barrel Coffee and Highwire Coffee)…

Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…a kombucha stand (serving up amazingly delicious booch on tap!) by Revive Drinks… 

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…and a photo booth by Photo-matica (sponsored by, well, me and Henry!) that would crank out endless shots of our guests.

Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Plus, with a menu of delectable brunch bites by Zenbelly’s Simone Shifnadel… 

Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…I knew the food situation was in good hands.

Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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Nom Nom Paleo Book Tour!

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Nom Nom Paleo Book Tour! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

My upcoming book release party in San Francisco may be sold out, but that’s just one in a series of book tour events I’ll be doing in January. After the New Year, I’ll be meeting, greeting, and eating my way through the Bay Area, Southern California, Houston, Dallas, and the Pacific Northwest!

Yes, I know that’s just a tiny portion of the country, but I plan to visit other spots throughout the year, including Chicago, Austin, New York, Hawaii…and perhaps even venture across the ocean to a Land Down Under (where women glow and men plunder.) 

But in the meantime, there are plenty of spots where you can catch up with me in January. I plan on hosting giveaways at every single event, so click on the links below for more information and to RSVP!


DECEMBER 21: PRESENTATION AT CROSSFIT CHIANG MAI (CHIANG MAI, THAILAND)

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Yes, my tour will kick off in Thailand! It didn’t take much nudging from Mark Ritchie of CrossFit Chiang Mai to convince me to travel half a world away to stuff my face; after all, I’ve always been a gastrotourist at heart.  Besides, it’s not every day that I get a chance to tour the wet markets of Chiang Mai, visit restaurant kitchens, cook with locals, and kick back with our family. I have a feeling my visit to CrossFit Chiang Mai will be one of the highlights of my book tour, so if you find yourself in northern Thailand later this month, come see us! I’ll be doing a presentation and Q&A from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 21. Please RSVP by calling or emailing CrossFit Chiang Mai.


JANUARY 2: JOINT SIGNING AND Q&A WITH DIANA RODGERS & MELISSA JOULWAN AT CROSSFIT PALO ALTO (PALO ALTO, CA)

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Bay Area peeps: Come kick off the New Year with a super-special joint book signing with me, Diana Rodgers (Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go), and Melissa Joulwan (Well Fed and Well Fed 2) at my favorite hometown gym, CrossFit Palo Alto! Diana and Mel aren’t just bestselling cookbook authors and leaders in the Paleo community—they’re also two of my favorite people. I’m giddy that they’re coming to the Bay Area from across the country for this signing (and for my book release party)!

I always have a blast when the three of us get together, so come join in on the fun! We plan to offer freebies and giveaways, and all of our books will be available for sale and signing, too. Please RSVP by clicking here.


JANUARY 6: SIGNING AND Q&A AT CROSSFIT INVICTUS POINT LOMA (SAN DIEGO, CA)

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The Sea of Green just opened a brand new location! I’m thrilled to be able to sign books at Invictus Point Loma—my only San Diego-area stop in January! Copies of my book will be available for sale at the event by a local bookseller, and I’ll be hosting a special giveaway, too.

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Nom Nom Paleo Cookbook Trailer + A Sweet Giveaway!

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I think the best part of going to the movies is catching the previews, so naturally, I love that so many authors are now making short videos to promote their cookbooksAs the New York Times observed, cookbook trailers “are slowly becoming as widespread as trailers in other corners of the publishing world”—only with “charming kitchens and light jazz.”

Sadly, my kitchen’s more messy than charming, and light jazz makes me want to punch somebody. So when it came time for me and Henry to make our own trailer, we focused instead on channeling the cartoony spirit of our cookbook. Hit the “Play” button and check out what we did!

(Trouble seeing the video above? Click here to view it on YouTube.)

I absolutely adore our trailer’s animation and bouncy, ’80s-inspired Nom Nom Paleo theme music. The super-talented Lauren Ratcliff and Mark Bartels did an amazing job bringing Henry’s book illustrations to life, don’t you think?

If you dig this trailer as much as we do, I have a favor to ask: please hit the “Share” button on the video, and pass it on to everyone you know. We’d love to spread the good food word (and, of course, sell some books, too), and what better way to deliver the message than with a cartoon?

Need more incentive to share my cookbook trailer? How about a crazy-amazing giveaway sponsored by the good folks at Caveman Cookies?

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Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans Book Release Party + A Giveaway!

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Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans Book Release Party + Giveaway by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

[11/24/13 UPDATE: Whoa! The tickets for the party SOLD OUT in just a few hours! Thank you all for your excitement for our book! And for those who didn’t nab a ticket, I’ll be posting about my book tour events soon—hope to see you then!]


Got plans for the hours between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2014? Don’t get stuck listening to your roommate complain about another New Year’s hangover; instead, come join us in San Francisco for the Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans Cookbook Release Party!

I can think of at least five reasons you must come celebrate with us:

1. THE BOOK!

It’s our labor of love, and the reason we’re throwing this shindig!

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans Book Release Party + Giveaway by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Our book was a labor of love, and we hope you dig it as much as we do.

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And besides, we included butt jokes in the book.

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans Book Release Party + Giveaway by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Copies of our cookbook will be available for purchase at the party (while supplies last!), and we’d be thrilled to sign ’em for you. We love this book, and can’t wait to share it with you in person!

2. THE FOOD!

What’s a cookbook release party without insanely great food? We’re going to pass around the bestest Paleo brunch bites this side of the Mississippi! 

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans Book Release Party + Giveaway by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Our friend Simone Shifnadel of Zenbelly is catering the party, and she’ll be sending around plenty of hearty, brunch-y appetizers. I also have it on pretty good authority that Simone’s famous No Joke Dark Chocolate Cake will make an appearance, too.

Plus, with generous food contributions from friends like U.S. Wellness Meats, Whole Foods, Good Eggs, and others, we’re in for some seriously tasty grub.

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans Book Release Party + Giveaway by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

3. THE PEOPLE!

While you eat, you can mingle with your fellow foodies and Paleo nerds. What could be better? I mean, where else are you going to find such a large gathering of people who don’t eat bean burritos?

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Surprise!

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I’ve already kept this secret for longer than I thought possible, so I’m just going to blurt it out: we wrote a cookbook.

Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam & Henry Fong http://book.nomnompaleo.com

I’m not talking about our iPad® cooking app, but a hardcover, 8- by 10-inch, 288-page full-color book stuffed with over 100 recipes and more than 900(!) photos and cartoons. Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans will be published by Andrews McMeel and available on December 17—just in time for the holidays! 

Surprise! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I guess it’s no secret that I’m obsessed with cookbooks. Growing up, I dreamed of writing one, though I always dismissed the notion as insanely presumptuous even after this blog’s readership began to take off.

Then, two years ago, I suddenly started receiving inquiries from book publishers. Their unsolicited offers were incredibly tempting, but after much hand-wringing, I turned each of them down. At the time, Henry and I were up to our eyeballs in app development—not to mention our day jobs and parenting duties. If we threw a cookbook on top of our mounting pile of responsibilities, we’d drown. 

Surprise! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

It wasn’t until after the Nom Nom Paleo app was released (and more than a few pep talks from Henry and some of our good friends) that I started to come around to the idea of penning a cookbook. If we were to pour our hearts and souls into this project, however, we had to do it right. Henry and I promised ourselves that we would throw everything we had into this book: there would be no compromise on content, design, or quality.

Surprise! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

So last year, my co-conspirator and I quietly began working in earnest on the book. When we weren’t working, parenting, blogging, or sleeping, we were developing, shooting, and writing recipes.

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Every chance I got, I experimented with flavor profiles and tested recipes; meanwhile, Henry worked doggedly on the book layout and design—usually after a long day at the office. He also started plotting and drawing the dozens of cartoon illustrations featured in the cookbook. 

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