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Our (Cookbook) Birth Announcement!

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Our (Cookbook) Birth Announcement! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Our (Cookbook) Birth Announcement! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Our (Cookbook) Birth Announcement! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Our (Cookbook) Birth Announcement! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Our (Cookbook) Birth Announcement! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Our (Cookbook) Birth Announcement! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Hello from northern Thailand!

I hope you’ve been enjoying our blog posts about our travels in Asia, but before we head out for more adventures in Chiang Mai, I wanted to shoot you a quick note because…drum roll, please…today marks the official release of our cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans!

(I’m using the word “official” because—much to my surprise—copies of my book have already been magically popping up in bookstores across North America. Woo hoo!)

Our (Cookbook) Birth Announcement! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

It’s been a long road. Henry and I painstakingly pieced this thing together from scratch—from the writing, photography, and recipe testing to the illustrations, cover design, and layout of each page. We even conscripted some underage labor into helping out.

Our (Cookbook) Birth Announcement! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Our (Cookbook) Birth Announcement! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Thankfully, we had the help of our wonderful, life-saving partners at Andrews McMeel, and the unflagging encouragement of our family and friends. Together, we crafted a book that we’re incredibly proud to call our own. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to finally share with you everything that Henry and I poured into the pages of this cookbook.

Our (Cookbook) Birth Announcement! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans is packed with stuff—literally. We filled every last page to the very edge of the margins with over 120 recipes and more than 900 step-by-step photographs and cartoon illustrations—not to mention tips, tricks, and even a few off-color jokes. Our aim was to create a fun, engaging cookbook that’s as entertaining as it is useful for you. And now, after years of work, it’s finally here!

This is where you come in…

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Cooking From Well Fed 2 (And An Exclusive Recipe From The Book!)

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Cooking from Well Fed 2 http://nomnompaleo.com

The first time I met Melissa Joulwan, she hugged me.

It was the summer of 2011. We had planned to meet for dinner at Animal in Los Angeles with the Hartwigs of Whole9, and my nerves were jangling like deranged wind chimes. I’d never before met any Internet celebs in real life (or, frankly, anybody from the community of Paleo bloggers at all). I was going to meet a group of real-food superheroes that I’d admired and followed ever since going Paleo; their advice had changed my life. As Henry and I approached the restaurant, I felt like the new kid at school. I was desperate for my inner goober to stay hidden.

But that first hug from Mel—and her warm smile—instantly put me at ease. She teased and I giggled, and in no time at all, we were all sharing plates of food and raucous laughter. It’s hard not to become good friends with people with whom you’ve shared a platter of fried brains.

Cooking from Well Fed 2 http://nomnompaleo.com

Since then, we’ve shut down restaurants in multiple time zones. Whenever Henry and I meet up with Mel and her husband Dave, we lose track of time, excitedly chattering about any and everything until we’re kicked out of whatever establishment we’re in. 

It’s not just Mel’s keen palate, sassy writing, and glossy hair that I love; she and Dave are among the most creative, funny, and generous trailblazers we know. They strive to always do the right thing, aligning their goals with their values, and balancing work with play (and travel!). No wonder Mel and Dave are our role models; they follow their passions and make cool stuff—all while staying absolutely true to themselves.

As you all know, Mel’s dazzling personality and love for amazing flavors shines brilliantly in her first cookbook, Well Fed—the most dog-eared, sauce-splattered, well-loved resource in my kitchen.

Cooking from Well Fed 2 http://nomnompaleo.com

It’s a flat-out amazing book—I can’t tell you how many people have confessed to me their deep love of it—but Mel’s now done the impossible: she somehow managed to improve on Well Fed. No matter if you’re cooking to impress a crowd or just yourself, Well Fed 2 offers everything a real food lover could hope for in a cookbook: international flavors, inventive tips, vivid stories, and stunning photography that dances off the page. The first time I flipped through the book, I already knew everything would be crazy-delicious, because my picky palate is rivaled only by Mel’s high flavor standards.

I joked recently in a recent interview with Liz Wolfe on the Balanced Bites podcast that I don’t read books any more—I just read magazines because I don’t have the time (or attention span) to get through anything longer than an US Weekly article (preferably about Baby Nori—and not just because her name makes me hungry for sushi). Besides, books are for smart people. But I do make an exception for cookbooks. And besides my own book, there’s no cookbook I’ve anticipated more than Well Fed 2

Cooking from Well Fed 2 http://nomnompaleo.com

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Forky Friday: Birthday Cookbook Giveaway!

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Forky Friday: Birthday Cookbook Giveaway! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

**UPDATE: THE GIVEAWAY IS OVER! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO SEE IF YOU WON!**

"Happy birthday, mommy! What are you turning today?" Lil-O asked me when I got home this morning.

"I’m turning old,” I told him.

As a gift to myself, I’m not posting a typical Forky Friday. Instead, I’m treating myself to a solid chunk of sleep before heading to my graveyard shift at the hospital tonight. For half a second, I’d considered taking the day off from my regular zombie drug-dealing schedule, but as my sister once reminded me, I’m not turning 5 years old. I can work on my birthday. Don’t get me wrong: I’d much rather be dining at RN74 with the awesome Paleo Chef a.k.a. Mary Shenouda, but duty calls.

Enough about my real job—I’d rather celebrate the last year of my 30s with a present to YOU! And guess what? This giveaway isn’t limited to just U.S. residents—it’s open to everyone in the whole wide world!

Ready?

Forky Friday: Birthday Cookbook Giveaway! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

It’s no secret that I love cookbooks. I never went to culinary school or trained with a professional chef; instead, I learned to cook by watching my mom and sister in the kitchen and obsessively poring over cookbooks. These days, I rarely cook from books (I read ‘em for pleasure), but I firmly believe that you’ve got to master the basics in order to excel in the kitchen. 

The best cookbooks aren’t just for newbies—they’re perfect for all levels of expertise: from rookies learning to boil water to pros who are looking to up their game. The four books I’m giving away go well beyond the basics; they’re essential tomes for every kitchen.

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Forky Friday: 8/9/13

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Forky Friday by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I’ve been sick as a dog these past few days (don’t worry, I’m taking my Vitamin D supplements and sipping on bone broth), so I’ve been delinquent in responding to emails from readers lately. To make up for it, I’m going to answer a bunch of ‘em in this post. I’ve got more links about Instagram, test tube beef, Paleo/Primal books on the horizon, happy pigs, and chowing on the odd bits.

Ready?

From email: “Hey! Where did all the ‘Paleo Eats’ posts go? How come you’re not showing us your daily meals any more?”

I haven’t stopped posting my Paleo Eats on the blog altogether, but I’ve recently found that it’s a whole lot easier (and more fun) to just snap a quick Instagram of whatever I’m eating. If you’re not following me on Instagram or Twitter, you’re missing a lot of my food pics (as well as random photographs of my kids trying to freak me out with googly-eye stickers).

Forky Friday 8/9/13 by Michelle Tam of http://nomnompaleo.com

(By the way, I read every comment and email I get from my readers, but I’m most likely to respond to Instagram and Twitter ‘cause that’s where I lurk the most. So if you need to holler at me, that’s your best bet!)

From email: “I’m on Instagram, but my pictures always look weird. Which filter do you use to make your photos pretty? Or do you use a special app?”

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Photo Essay: Cooking From The Against All Grain Cookbook

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I love getting stuff in the mail—especially awesome new cookbooks. Not too long ago, I was delighted to see that the mailman had delivered a review copy of Danielle Walker's new cookbook, Against All Grain. After flipping through page after page of Danielle’s gorgeous photographs and tempting, family-friendly recipes, I was inspired to devote an entire afternoon to cooking from her book—and photographing the results to share with you.

Photo Essay: Cooking From The Against All Grain Cookbook by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

After all, photographs are the best way to show off the deliciousness of a cookbook’s recipes, don’t you think? 

Yesterday, as soon as I stopped sweating from my morning CrossFit class  and inhaled a plate of leftovers for lunch, I rolled up my sleeves, threw on an apron, and started cooking. I’d originally intended to make just two dishes from Danielle’s book, but in the end, I couldn’t pass up the chance to make one of her super-chocolatey grain-free treats, too.

During my Against All Grain cooking marathon, I made a pot of Granny Sarella’s Spaghetti Sauce, Fruit Juice Gelatin Shapes, and Dark Chocolate Cake Brownies. Wanna see?

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