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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: 9.9 x 8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,575 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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The photography is beautiful and inspiring.
Michelle B. Buhr
The Zenbelly cookbook is a wonderful paleo cookbook that will bring out the gourmet chef in all of us.
Every single recipe I have tried of Simone's has been phenomenal.

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11 of 11 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 5 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!). This is the first one I've been excited about in 2014.
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Format: Paperback
Paleo catering chef Simone Miller is one of the true innovators in the world of healthy gourmet cuisine. Far too many people in her position as a professional in the business of making for for people attempt to create "healthy" dishes by adding in more whole grains, removing the dastardly fat, and using as many spices and other flavoring ingredients to mask the undesirable flavor that a low-fat, high-carb diet deemed as most nutritious tends to have. But you haven't experienced real whole foods that nourish your body and are a delight to your taste buds quite like what you'll get in THE ZENBELLY COOKBOOK.

The reason for eating Paleo for Simone is a simple one: "I feel better." And if you feel better, you are better and health is wealth in a day and age when chronic disease and obesity run rampant. Who in their right mind wouldn't want their body to function optimally so they can live a long and prosperous life without all the nagging aches and pains that come from less-than-ideal nutrition? For people new to eating a Paleo diet, hearing about ditching grains and embracing things like saturated fat may sound like a whacked out idea to be healthy. But Simone explains this way of eating is far superior to the so-called "healthy" default diet that so many Americans are currently eating that you'd be nutso not to try it to see how you feel.

When people begin a Paleo diet, they think it's just removing all the things they love the most. But Simone explains what the good foods are that will have you smacking your lips in pure enjoyment as you put together these amazing recipes she has created for this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katja Heino on August 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is hands down on of my most favorite cookbooks in my kitchen. Not only are the photographs beautiful and mouth-watering, everything that I have made has been divine. Simone is a goddess in the kitchen. Her recipes are amazing. Her presentation is lovely. I love that each ingredient is pictured so you can see what goes into the food. Beautiful, amazing food does not have to be complicated. This cookbook is a must have for anyone looking for healthy, creative, and accessible recipes. LOVE IT!
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