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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (August 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628600217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628600216
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Simone Miller is a self-taught chef who has been working in the food industry for 17 years. She worked at several restaurants in New York and Connecticut before relocating to San Francisco in 2007. Once in the Bay Area, Simone worked as a personal chef while working to launch a catering company. Shortly after getting Zenbelly off the ground, Simone learned whatwas behind her constant headaches and lethargy: a pretty serious sensitivity to gluten. Discovering she had food allergies put the brakes on the business, but only long enough to pivot. Simone couldn’t imagine serving people food she hasn’t tasted, and recognized the tremendous need for gluten-free catering. All signs pointed to turning Zenbelly into a gluten-free catering company. And who better to do it than someone who couldn't imagine living a life restricted by food allergies? Simone is a chef on a mission: To prove that gluten-free and paleo cuisine can be just as gourmet, refined, and artfully presented as what you’d find in a fine bistro. She draws on her holistic nutrition education to bring true nourishment to her cooking, and belies the notion that healthy food can’t be delicious enough to impress the most serious gourmand. Simone offers a chef's perspective to paleo recipes on her blog, There, she shares her grain-free recipes that have made believers out of some of the most die-hard gluten eaters, and has encouraged countless people to roll up their sleeves and have fun creating simple, delicious, healthy food.

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I can't wait to try the rest of the recipes.
The Zenbelly cookbook is a wonderful paleo cookbook that will bring out the gourmet chef in all of us.
There are beautiful photos for every recipe that are so enticing and inspiring.
L. McGill

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michelle B. Buhr on September 6, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Just got my copy today, so full disclosure: I haven't actually made anything yet. But, I LOVE this cookbook. As an experienced cook with an extensive cookbook collection, I've become very careful about which cookbooks I'm willing to purchase to take up valuable space in my library. I've been disappointed in the past and in an effort to streamline have donated or sold entires shelves worth of cookbooks. So, it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I ordered this cookbook sight unseen.

I just love it, and here's why:
1. The photography is beautiful and inspiring. A must for me.
2. There's information in here that can actually teach even experienced cooks.
3. There's great paleo recipes that aren't your usual "pot roast with turnips instead of potatoes or roasted chicken with chili marinade." I've spent a good part of the day looking through this book and there's tons of recipes I can't wait to make. What I'm excited about are there are unusual (but not weird) combinations that I wouldn't have thought of, e.g., cauliflower soup with lime/roasted sunchokes/lamb stew with tomatoes, olives, citrus, etc.).
4. Ms. Miller gets that folks trying to go paleo miss "crunch." I cannot wait to try to plantain shoestring fries (!!!), plantain tortillas, and her recipes for crackers looks great too. Also in the bread/crunch category of things I haven't successfully let go of: pizza. She swears her crust recipe is approved by New Yorkers, and I'm going to give it a try this week.
5. I love the suggested menu combos in the back of the book.

I'll update my review when I've made 5 things, but, I will say, this is the first cookbook review I've ever written, and I have over 100 cookbooks (I've pared down!).
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joe Salama on August 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have had the pleasure of tasting firsthand the succulent food which was borne from the hands of the author of this book at an event she recently catered...and it is brilliant. Yes the food is brilliant. So it was not a big surprise to me that the food in this gourmet cookbook of hers tastes OUT OF THIS WORLD - although I was a bit surprised that she gave away so many of her culinary secrets in it. But none of these things are the reason that I gave this cookbook such a high rating.

We all have cookbooks on our shelves because we like to idea of making something delicious and new. But how many of us actually cook new recipes from them? And how often do we try something new? The reason I rate this book so highly is because this book presents the recipes, most of which have a relatively small number of ingredients - in a way that actually motivates you to cook them. There is a photo of all the ingredients next to each list, and very clear and well outlined simple steps to making gourmet recipes with subtle and complex flavors. This has the practical effect of empowering the reader to actually cook the recipes. I haven't seen anything like it before, and I think Simone is onto something very enlightening here because The Zenbelly Cookbook not only gives you the instructions to make TASTY food, but also presents them in a way that gives you the encouragement and confidence to execute successfully.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tooncesmom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 29, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The Zenbelly Cookbook by renowned Paleo chef Simone (Shifnadel) Miller, owner of Zenbelly Catering is a masterful combination gourmet and Paleo cuisine. What? They're not synonymous? Well, not always, but Simone has done an outstanding job of demystifying the epicurean into common sense methods for everyone from the kitchen-challenged to gourmands.

Between the pages of this beautifully photographed book are simple weeknight menus, entrees requiring few ingredients and simple instructions so nearly anyone can create rave meals.

I particularly like the photographic section on "how-to's". Here Simone shows how to dice or mince an onion (Tip: use a good quality chef's knife for this task), how to supreme an orange? Didn't know what that meant, eh? Well, with The Zenbelly Cookbook, now you do.

I learned something new in her photo description of how to core, julienne, mince and dice a bell pepper. All these years I've done it the hard way! She even shows you the correct way to hold a knife and how to use it and keep all your fingers.

The photos of her salad dressings make me want to dash into the kitchen to try a few. I especially want to try her Blood Orange Vinaigrette (p. 52). This one is Whole30 compliant and should be perfect with the Roasted Beet and Orange Salad (p. 114).

I tried the Orange-Ginger Beef Stir-fry (p. 202) and loved the subtle flavors of orange zest and black and white sesame seeds. She starts this recipe with a stir-fry marinade of ginger, garlic, sriracha sauce, fish sauce and orange juice.

Last night I prepared Simone's Roasted Sunchokes with Rosemary Salt. If you've never tried sunchokes (sometimes called Jerusalem artichokes), give these a try. They're remarkably easy since you don't have to peel the sunchokes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aaron L Smith on September 13, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
My favorite cookbook! I could go on and on about how much I love this book but instead I will just say this:


Seriously, she cracked the code. I had lost all hope in the potential for a palatable Paleo pizza but I decided to try the recipe anyway. It completely blew my mind. The book is great for a host of other reasons and recipes, but in all honesty, I would happily have paid twice the price just for the pizza recipe.

Buy it!
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