I’m typing this post in Austin this cloudy morning as I get ready for Day 2 of PaleoFX. I’ve got two cooking demos lined up this morning, during which I’ll show folks how to make my Sriracha…


…and Chilled Summer Berry Soup with Whipped Coconut Cream.


I’m crossing my fingers that there’ll be no blender mishap (ouch!) and I won’t come across like a blithering idiot. It happens sometimes.

For you folks at home, I’ve still culled the interwebs for some of my favorite recent stories: the Top 10 Most Overrated Health Foods, a profile on one of my favorite Paleo chefs, and recipes for asparagus, salade niçoise, & the best-ever bone-in ribeye! I may even have a couple of exciting book previews for you to eyeball…

What’s been piquing my interest this week?

I really love reading Darya Pino’s health blog, Summer Tomato. This self-proclaimed “PhDork” always has a sensible take on health and nutrition, and her articles are concise and well-researched. Plus, she stresses the importance of enjoying the pleasures of eating and sharing a home-cooked meal – messages that totally resonate with me. Check out her latest posts on the Top 10 Most Overrated and Top 10 Most Underrated Health Foods. As a Paleo eater, I personally don’t consume beans or lentils these days, but I agree with the other foods on her underrated list – especially mushrooms. I LOVE mushrooms.


By the way, I just pre-ordered Darya’s new book, Foodist; it’s coming out later this spring, and I can’t wait to add it to my collection.

In a previous installment of Forky Friday, I mentioned that I was crushed that I would be missing Chef Gregory Gourdet’s special Paleo dinner at Departures. I was even sadder after I read this profile of him in Portland Monthly. After finishing the article, I want to hang out with him even more.


Now, how ‘bout some tasty recipes?

  • Spring is the perfect time for fresh salads, but I don’t mean wimpy ones with precious baby vegetables. I’m talking about a hearty and delicious salade niçoise, and Saveur shows you how to make the perfect one here.
  • I love me some J. Kenji López-Alt from Serious Eats. He always manages to find the perfect way to make just about anything and everything; all I have to do is follow his directions. He recently posted about the Ultimate Best Steak Ever, and I have to tell you: The title is 100 percent accurate. Sous vide and blow torch for the win!


  • Asparagus is back in season in the Bay Area! It’s my favorite spring vegetable ’cause it’s delicious and super-easy to prep and cook.  Plus, you can eat the tender stalks with your hands, and they make your pee smell funny. Win to the fourth power. Check out this simple yet delicious recipe from Simone Shifnadel for Lemony Roasted Asparagus.

Last but not least, I want to shout from the mountaintops about two upcoming Paleo cookbooks that look absolutely fantabulous.

First up is Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining by soon-to-be-newlyweds Hayley Mason and Bill Staley of The Food Lovers’ Kitchen.


Gather will be out in just one month, and you do not want to miss out. I’ve seen this book, people. I’ve gawked at the photos and savored the food. Amazon’s editors recently picked Gather as one of its Best of the Month in cookbooks, and for good reason. You will love this book.

And get this: Bill and Hayley are offering to send you a PDF of the entire Easter section of the book if you pre-order in the next few days! Check out the details here. The Easter feast featured in Gather was shot in my kitchen (and we all got to eat Hayley’s insanely great cooking!), so naturally, it’s my favorite part of the book.

Another book on your must-buy list is Diana Rodgers’ Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts on the Go, available July 30.


I’m not saying this because I love hanging out with Diana, or because she’s my housemate in Austin, or because I almost burned down her three-century-old farmhouse in Massachusetts, or because she throws a mean party, or because we adore her family. I’m saying this because Henry and I have both pored over her book, and we want to make EVERYTHING in it.

If you’re busy – and we all are, right? – Diana’s book is your ticket to mouthwateringly tasty and super-portable meals – with surprising flavor twists that’ll put a delighted smile on your hungry face.


I receive emails all the time from newly Paleo-fied people who are frustrated because they don’t know what to make for breakfast and lunch (and aren’t keen on munching on leftovers from dinner). Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts on the Go is the solution, and I’m going to be recommending it everyone who wants to change up their daytime meals with inspired, delicious, and healthy choices.

Want a preview of what Diana’s serving up? Click here to download a free PDF of a recipe from her upcoming book – and then go pre-order it already!

Ciao chow for now!

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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