Forky Friday: 2/14/14

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Forky Friday: 2/14/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Forky Friday: 2/14/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Because I heart you guys so much, I’m going to treat y’all to a special Forky Friday roundup of recipes from my new cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, that have been reprinted (with permission!) around the web. Some of ’em (like my Bone Broth and Slow Cooker Kalua Pig) are classics that are familiar to loyal readers, but many of these recipes have never before appeared on my site, including my umami-packed Magic Mushroom Powder and Macadamia Nut “Ricotta.” You won’t find these exclusive recipes on my blog’s Recipe Index, so bookmark this post and share it with your friends.

Forky Friday: 2/14/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Alright—enough of the jibber-jabber. On to the recipes!

Asian Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

This is one of my signature dishes, so there was zero chance of me leaving it out of my cookbook. Since the book’s release, I’ve loved seeing how my fried “rice” has been re-created (and in some cases, re-imagined!) by some of my favorite bloggers, including Diana Rodgers of Sustainable Dish, Kate Williams at Serious Eats, and Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen.

Check out this video of Jaden’s wonderfully pared-down riff on my recipe:

(Can’t view the video? Click here!)

Bone Broth

Are you sick of hearing me extol the virtues of meaty bone broth?

Well, too bad, because I’m here to tell you to read this Serious Eats article about my recipe, in which my bone broth is put to the test. 

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…But Cavemen Didn’t Use Photo Booths!

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In seven days, I’ve hopped from book tour stops in San Francisco to San Diego, and Los Angeles to Houston—and for the next two days, I’m in Dallas. I’ve absolutely loved meeting everyone on the road (more pics of my events will be coming soon!), but I miss Henry and the boys terribly. It’s hard to believe it was just a week ago that a packed house of friends, family, and readers came to celebrate our book release in San Francisco (and stuffed themselves into a photo booth to commemorate the occasion):

(Can’t see the video above? Watch it on YouTube here. Also, our friend George put together a sweet video of the party, too—check it out!)

Is it weird that my tour’s not even half over yet, and I’m already nostalgic?

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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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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Giving Thanks

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’Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…except for me, because I had to don my trusty hospital scrubs and start another week of graveyard shifts.

Giving Thanks by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

But don’t feel badly for me. I have so much to be thankful for, including:

Giving Thanks by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

  • Date nights! This week, Henry and I took a much-needed breather over dinner at Ad Hoc in Yountville. There, we tucked into a platter of Ad Hoc’s famous Buttermilk Fried Chicken for the first time in several years (!). Unlike our pre-Paleo forays to Ad Hoc, we ordered  the gluten-free version this time. No, it’s not Paleo, but I’m happy to report that the crispy, tender chicken was just as mind-blowingly delicious as before.

Even better: our new friend Ruben at Ad Hoc decided that a copy of our book had to be displayed above the bar.

Giving Thanks by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

After a few of the staffers spotted it and flipped through it, one came over to ask me: “So what exactly is Paleo?”

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