Michelle Tam

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Michelle Tam
Born (1974-09-20) September 20, 1974 (age 48)
Redwood City, California
OccupationBlogger, food writer, and cookbook author
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
University of California, San Francisco
Years active2010–present
SpouseHenry Fong

Michelle Tam is an American blogger, food writer, and bestselling cookbook author known for recipes and food writing focused on the Paleolithic diet and lifestyle.

Nom Nom Paleo[edit]

Wanting to see her adopted diet and lifestyle reflected online, Tam launched her food blog, Nom Nom Paleo, in October 2010.[1] Noted for its humor, high-quality recipes, and distinctive photography,[2] Tam's website has earned multiple awards, including Saveur Magazine’s Best Food Blog Award (Special Diets).[3] By the fall of 2014, Nom Nom Paleo was receiving 110,000 page views per day (3.3 million page views per month),[4] with The New York Times calling Tam "something of a Martha Stewart of Paleo."[5]

Tam's first cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, became a New York Times bestseller,[6] and was recognized as one of the Best of the Best Cookbooks of 2013,[7] as well as one of the best cookbooks of 2014 by Serious Eats[8] and America's Test Kitchen.[9] Six months after the cookbook's release, Tam's publisher reported that it was in its seventh printing, with 150,000 copies in print.[10] In March 2015, Tam's cookbook was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award.[11]

In 2014, Tam's Nom Nom Paleo cooking app for the iPhone and iPad earned a People's Voice Webby Award in the Lifestyle (Tablet & All Other Devices) category.[12]

Tam's second cookbook, Ready or Not!, debuted in August 2017 on the New York Times bestseller list,[13] and reached #1 on both the Wall Street Journal Bestsellers List[14] and the Publishers Weekly Bestsellers List for Hardcover Nonfiction.[15]

Best known for her focus on the Paleo lifestyle, Tam is also widely recognized as an "early adherent of sous vide cooking"[16] and an "early convert" to Instant Pot pressure cooking.[17] Tam has also garnered praise from noted culinary professionals like Michael Ruhlman[18] and Christopher Kimball.[19] Tam and her work have been featured across various media outlets, including CBS This Morning,[20] Bon Appétit,[21] Serious Eats,[22] The Kitchn,[23] Epicurious,[24] Sunset Magazine,[25] The New Yorker,[26] and The Food Network.[27] She maintains a partnership with Whole Foods Market, which has featured her recipes and product selections in store locations and online.[28]

Personal life[edit]

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Tam received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of California, Berkeley.[29] After earning a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco, she worked as a full-time night-shift hospital pharmacist.[30] Tam is married to her co-author and collaborator, Henry Fong. Together with their two young sons, they divide their time between Palo Alto, California[31] and Portland, Oregon.[32]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kleiman, Evan. "This Week on Good Food: Orthorexia, Going Paleo, The Industrialized Meat Conundrum". KCRW's Good Food. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Best Food Photography on a Blog - The Homies 2012". The Kitchn. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  3. ^ "2012 Best Food Blog Awards: The Winners". Saveur Magazine.
  4. ^ Henry, Sarah (December 29, 2014). "The Paleo Diet's Mommy Blogger". San Francisco Chronicle.
  5. ^ Williams, Alex (September 19, 2014). "The Paleo Lifestyle: The Way, Way, Way Back". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Best Sellers - February 2014". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Best Cookbooks of 2013". Eat Your Books. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  8. ^ Williams, Kate (December 10, 2014). "The Year in Cookbooks: Our Favorite Reads of 2014". Serious Eats.
  9. ^ Kimball, Christopher (December 4, 2014). "My Favorite Cookbooks of 2014". America's Test Kitchen. Archived from the original on February 17, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  10. ^ Bean, Joy (July 7, 2014). "Comics and Cavepeople: Nom Nom Paleo is Having Fun with Food". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  11. ^ Tishgart, Sierra (24 March 2015). "The James Beard Foundation Announces 2015's Media Awards Finalists". Grub Street (New York Magazine). Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  12. ^ "People's Voice Winner: Nom Nom Paleo". The Webby Awards. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Best Sellers: Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Best Selling Books: Week Ended Aug. 6". The Wall Street Journal. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  15. ^ Juris, Carolyn (11 August 2017). "This Week's Bestsellers: August 14, 2017". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  16. ^ Manjoo, Farhad (November 19, 2014). "Bringing Sous Vide to the Home Cook". The New York Times.
  17. ^ Roose, Kevin (17 December 2017). "Inside the Home of Instant Pot, the Kitchen Gadget That Spawned a Religion". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  18. ^ Ruhlman, Michael. "A Consideration of Paleo". Ruhlman: Translating the Chef's Craft for Every Kitchen. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  19. ^ Kimball, Christopher (November 21, 2014). "The Seven Best Cookbooks to Give for the Holidays". The Wall Street Journal.
  20. ^ Blackstone, John (November 7, 2014). "Live Like a Caveman with a Paleo Lifestyle". CBS This Morning. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  21. ^ Bilow, Rochelle (7 June 2016). "Don't Make These Common Mistakes When Going Paleo". Bon Appétit. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Nom Nom Paleo on Serious Eats". Serious Eats. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  23. ^ Christensen, Emma. "Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam". The Kitchn. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  24. ^ Sung, Esther. "Eating Paleo: Not Just for Cavemen". Epicurious. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  25. ^ True, Margo (June 2017). "6 Chefs' Favorite Summer Recipes". Sunset Magazine. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  26. ^ Kolbert, Elizabeth (July 28, 2014). "Stone Soup: How the Paleolithic Life Style Got Trendy". The New Yorker.
  27. ^ Wadyka, Sally. "Should You Go Paleo? Nom Nom Says, Yes!". Food Network.
  28. ^ "Nom Nom Paleo Shopping List & Recipes". Whole Foods Market. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  29. ^ Hyman, Vicki (January 15, 2014). "Couple's 'Nom Nom Paleo' Cookbook is Kid-Tested, Fred Flintstone-Approved". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  30. ^ Foster, Brooke Lea. "The Night Shift". Psychology Today.
  31. ^ D'Ardenne, Kimberlee (December 3, 2013). "Paleo for Palo Alto". Palo Alto Weekly. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  32. ^ Knutson, Ariel (19 September 2017). "A Week of Dinners: Michelle Tam". The Kitchn. Retrieved 1 January 2018.

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