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Joovvin' with Michelle Tam, New York Times Bestselling Author and Co-Creator of Nom Nom Paleo

Two-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author, Michelle Tam, is the co-creator of Nom Nom Paleo, the Saveur award-winning food blog and Webby award-winning cooking app. Her debut cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award, and her second cookbook, Ready or Not!: 150+ Make Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes, is available now!

We were honored when Michelle agreed to sit down with us recently.  So without further ado, let's get Joovvin'...

What is the one fitness activity you hate doing the most, but yields the best results?

Push-ups! You don't need any special equipment - so you can do this effective, body-weight exercise anywhere.

Considering the popularity of your paleo cookbooks, it's probably like asking who's your favorite child. :)  But do you have a favorite recipe for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?

For breakfast and lunch, I almost always eat some combination of leftovers from a previous night's dinner. My favorite dinner recipe changes all the time, but I currently love my Wonton Meatballs recipe.  

Have you ever used red light therapy (photobiomodulation)?  If so, what type of results did you experience?

Nope! But it sounds intriguing!

What is your favorite non-paleo "cheat meal"?  The one that's too hard to pass up if you (or your kids) are craving something sweet?

Although it doesn't sound like a cheat, I'm a sucker for a slice of well-made, raw, vegan cheesecake. Preferably passion fruit flavor.

What is something you enjoy that most people would be surprised to learn?

I used to win weekly radio contests regularly as a teenager (like once a week) and when the mood strikes, I’ll apply myself and win another one.

Your new cookbook, Read or Not!, was released this past summer. What kept you up at night when writing it?  Conversely, what really gets you excited when talking about it?

Our biggest goal when creating Ready or Not! was to teach and inspire people to cook their own meals again. Being a perfectionist, the thing that kept me up at night was making sure the recipes were fool-proof and work on the first try. I love, love, love this cookbook, so it's easy to get excited talking about it. I really want to show people that you can assuredly put a tasty meal on the table, whether you are ready or not, regardless of how experienced you are in the kitchen!

If you could teach a class on one thing (other than food/cooking), what would it be?

That's a tough one because I would choose to teach about food or cooking! If it's not a hands-on class, I'd love to lecture about how I figure out where/what I want to eat when traveling.

What person(s) of influence are you closely following right now?

I love Dr. Rhonda Patrick's podcast, “Found My Fitness.” I think she's super smart and has some great tips on how to be healthy.

If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say and where would you put it?

"Take a deep breath. It will all be okay." I'd put it on a busy highway so hurried commuters are reminded to take a moment to chill.


Thanks again to Michelle Tam for Joovvin' with us.  Also, don't forget to check out Michelle’s cookbook, Ready or Not!, when you get a chance. It’s loaded with all kinds of delicious paleo recipes!


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