Sisterhood of the Traveling Paleos

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Hey, Austin!

I’m sorry to have missed you guys when I was in Texas a couple of months ago, but I’ll be back in ATX in a week-and-a-half for a joint Q&A and cookbook signing with Melissa JoulwanDiana Rodgers, and Arsy Vartanian. So come to the Barnes and Noble at The Arboretum at 7pm on Thursday, April 10—it’s my one Austin-area book event!

To RSVP for this free event, click here!

Giveaway: A Signed Copy of Well Fed 2 & Socks!

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The days are getting nippy. Can you think of a better way to get cozy than to curl up with a fantastic cookbook in some comfy knee-highs? I didn’t think so.

Thanks to my pal Melissa Joulwan, one lucky winner will win a signed copy of her soon-to-be-released cookbook, Well Fed 2 AND a pair of Well Fed Socks! I’ve already gushed about the awesomeness of her book here, and everybody knows Gumball Poodle makes the best socks ever.

So what are you waiting for? There are a bunch of different ways to enter for a chance to win—and even international readers can enter to win—so click on the box below to get in on the action! 

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

But do it soon, ’cause the deadline is 8 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, October 18, 2013!

Good luck, everyone!


Are you lost and looking for my recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index! You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel, December 2013).

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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Giveaway Time: A Trio of Cookbooks!

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**UPDATE ON 10/9/12 @ 10:15 pm: THE GIVEAWAY IS OVAH! CONGRATS TO CICHLISUITE!**

I’m going to let you in on a secret: When I’m too lazy to take food photos and throw together a new blog post, I host a giveaway. Win-win! (Well, unless you don’t actually win.)

Kidding aside, one lucky reader will receive THREE great cookbooks that run the gamut from Whole30-approved to not Paleo at all (but awesome nonetheless!).

First up: My pal Melissa Joulwan's ridiculously great Well Fed.

I’ll say it ‘til I’m blue in the face: Well Fed is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. Your life isn’t complete ‘til you’ve tasted her Bora Bora Fireballs or The Best Chicken You’ll Ever Eat. Mel’s book is crammed with so many great tips, antidotes, and tantalizing dishes that you won’t even notice that you’re eating Whole30-compliant meals. If you haven’t gone Paleo yet, Well Fed’ll convince you to make it a lifestyle.

Next up is Tammy Credicott’s new cookbook, Paleo Indulgences

I rarely make or eat dessert these days — “Paleoized” or otherwise. But when I’m in the mood for some sweet off-roading, Tammy’s been a great source for foolproof recipes that deliver the goods without the usual gluten gut punch. I made her blueberry crumble muffins the other day, and my decidedly non-Paleo parents inhaled ‘em. Not in the mood for sweets? There are plenty of savory indulgences in her cookbook, too.

Last but not least: Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc At Home.

This cookbook wasn’t written for Paleo eaters, though you’ll find plenty of Paleo-friendly recipes in there. I’m including this gorgeous hardcover ‘cause it’s beautiful and inspirational, and authored by one the best and most acclaimed chefs in the known universe. I mean, the guy’s the only American chef to have been awarded simultaneous three-star Michelin ratings for two different restaurants.

Beginning in the late ’90s, I’ve enjoyed mind-blowing (and wallet-blowing) meals at all of Chef Keller’s restaurants, from The French Laundry (in California’s wine country) to Per Se (in New York City). Ad Hoc's one of their more casual cousins, but it's equally worthy of an off-the-rails splurge. Don't believe me? Just ask Mrs. Whole9 (a.k.a. Melissa Harwig), who visited Ad Hoc earlier this summer.

I still look at Henry's photo of Ad Hoc's famous fried chicken (taken in the summer of 2009 using our old point-and-shoot!) and fondly remember the days when I'd fall headfirst into this platter of awesomeness:

Ready to join Cookbook Hoarders Anonymous with me?

Simply leave ONE comment at the end of this post by Tuesday, 10/9/12, at 9 p.m. PST letting me know your all-time favorite cookbook. Yep — that’s all you gotta do to enter for a chance to win this prize package (worth $110)!

(Sadly, Tumblr — which hosts my site — restricts this contest to U.S. residents over the age of 18. Apologies to my super-awesome international readers!)

Good luck, and be sure to tell your friends!

Giveaway Time! Win A Copy of Well Fed!

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m keeping a copy of Melissa Joulwan’s cookbook, Well Fed, on my kitchen counter this month to keep my Whole30 on course.

I’ve been a superfan of Melicious for as long as I’ve been Paleo, so I was impatient for her cookbook to join my collection.

What I love about Mel’s blog is that the recipes are foolproof and filled with handy tips to ensure success in the kitchen. Her prose is so good that she doesn’t need fancy food pictures to keep your attention (*cough*). It’s fun to read her Smupdates and inspiring to follow her adventures in self-improvement.

The fantastic thing about Well Fed is that it’s all these things PLUS beautiful food photography, practical advice on how to actually get food on the table for every meal, and adorable sketches. I treasure this cookbook because you can tell her heart is on every page — each recipe is interwoven with anecdotes from her childhood and genuine words of inspiration.

And it’s not a put-on. I can attest to the fact that she really is that warm, encouraging, and va va va voom in person.

(Above: Me, Melissa & Dallas Hartwig, Melissa Joulwan, and Dave Humphreys at Animal, inhaling totally non-Whole30-compliant foods.)

So far, I’ve successfully recreated Mel’s Asian-style Scotch Eggs

The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat….

…and Waldorf Tuna Salad.

Well Fed offers variations of just about every recipe in the book, so you’ll never have to make the same thing twice. In fact, Mel encourages you to stretch your culinary muscles and experiment. Being self-confident in your own cooking chops is the most important tool in the kitchen, hands down.

Now, who doesn’t already have a copy of Well Fed?

Shame on you!

Because I love all of you — even the sad sacks who haven’t managed to get themselves this insanely great cookbook — I’m giving away a copy of Well Fed to one of you (retail value: $29.99).

AND: In honor of Melicious’s roller derby girl past (haven’t you read her memoir?), the lucky winner also gets a pair of my limited edition Nom Nom Paleo knee-high socks by Gumball Poodle! (Retail value: PRICELESS!) 

These are UNISEX socks, so gents: You can wear ‘em proudly, too — pair them with your kilts or Speedos.

If you already have Gumball Poodle’s BACON or MEAT socks, you’re familiar with the quality: These knee-highs are thick, comfy, durable athletic socks, and 100% made in the USA. You can roller skate in them, CrossFit in them, or just curl up on the couch in them.

(By the way, once I get my act together, I’ll offer a limited quantity of these socks for sale, so stay tuned…)

What do you have to do to win?

Here are the rules:

  1. Like The Clothes Make the Girl and Nom Nom Paleo Facebook fan pages.
  2. Follow @Melicious11 and @nomnompaleo on Twitter. (If you’re not already on Twitter, get on it!)
  3. Leave only ONE comment on this post below, telling me you followed these instructions.
  4. Do all the above by Tuesday, 1/17/12 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Good luck! 

Who knows? I might even throw in a jar of homemade spice blend or two…

**UPDATE on 1/18/12 @ 12:26 a.m.**

The giveaway has ended! Congrats to Aleen! Thank you to everyone who entered!

Homemade Coconut Butter

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Paleo food maven Melissa “Melicious” Joulwan is awesome in so many ways, but her greatest contribution to society is her easy recipe for making homemade coconut butter.

Here’s what I gathered to make my own batch:

  • 8 ounce package of Let’s Do Organic Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Kosher salt (key ingredient in my humble opinion)

Here’s how I made it:

I dumped everything into my Vitamix…

…and blitzed everything on high for a minute. Yep, my blender is one loud mofo.

After about a minute, a paste forms and you’re done! Don’t over-process the butter because it can overheat the Vitamix and then it’s Bad News Bears!

Presto change-o…coconut butter!

So simple and delicious! Thanks, Mel!