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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 (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,037 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, 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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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.
Hannah
Every single recipe I have tried of Simone's has been phenomenal.
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7 of 7 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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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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3 of 3 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tooncesmom TOP 500 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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