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There's something undeniably special about this collection of recipes from Simone Miller. The Zenbelly Cookbook is your new answer to not only "What's for dinner?" but also "What can I serve my family for our next holiday?' 
- Diane Sanfilippo, New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo and The 21 Day Sugar Detox

Simone Miller cooks the food I want to eat- crave-worthy, farm-to-table dishes that both satisfy on busy weeknights and impress at weekend dinner parties. Until I can afford to hire Simone as my private chef, I'll have to settle for cooking my way through her fabulous cookbook
- Michelle Tam, New York Times bestselling author of Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans

True gourmands interested in good health as well as good taste can rejoice! In The Zenbelly Cookbook, Simone Miller combines her fine palate and love of food with professional technique to share imaginative, comforting recipes for the home cook. From main dishes like Roasted Rabbit and Twice Cooked Pork Belly to treats like Sweet Cinnamon Cereal and Apple Cider Donut Holes, the beautiful photos inspire, and the clear instructions make it easy for anyone to cook Paleo like a pro
- Melissa Joulwan, author of Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat. 

I've had the pleasure of trying some of Simone's recipes, cooked by Simone herself! Her lamb dish was the best I've ever had. Simone has a true talent in the kitchen. Her recipes are healthy, flavorful, and perfectly balanced. I am thrilled to be able to re-create Simone's dishes at home! 
- Arsy Vartanian, author of The Paleo Slow Cooker and The Paleo Foodie Cookbook

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, Zenbellyblog.com. 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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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I've been eating paleo for about 5 years now and have been an avid home cook for about 14 years. I have a lot of cookbooks and I have to say don't really use most of them that often, partly because with paleo once you've been following it for a while it's pretty easy to just bang stuff together. Sometimes though you get stuck in a rut and need some fresh inspiration to find your cooking mojo. This is the book that will restore your passion for paleo and cooking. I've had this book for a week and cannot stop cooking from it, I've tried the pistachio-crusted rack of lamb, ginger scallion pork meatballs (amazing!), coffee rubbed flat iron fajitas, spanish cauliflower rice, blueberry muffins, shiitake broccoli, pizza dough (a revelation), and the brownies. Every single recipe has been fantastic and several have been mind-blowing (grain-free pizza dough!)
As others have mentioned already the photos in the book are lovely and the layout is clear and easy to use however what I think sets this book apart from other paleo cookbooks and other cookbooks in general is that the recipes really deliver in the flavor department. So often when I cook from a recipe I will alter it quite a bit after its first use to coax more flavor, that has not been necessary with any of the recipes from this book so far and that really speaks to the quality of this book. I can't wait to try more of Simone's amazing recipes and this may be the first cookbook where I try every last one. I will be purchasing some as gifts for christmas this year and feel confident that the recipients will adore it as much as I do.
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