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Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,057 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Ready or Not, it's a new cookbook from the James Beard award-nominees and New York Times best-selling creators of Nom Nom Paleo, the wildly popular blog, app, and best-selling cookbook!

You know how it is: some days, you're fired up and ready to cook; other days, you dread the thought of making dinner. More often than not, you find yourself floating somewhere between inspir
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Jill McGill
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, cookbooks
Well, Michelle Tam has done it again! Ready or Not! is the perfect follow-up to her Nom Nom Paleo cookbook.

In this cookbook, you will find high-quality, delicious recipes that are very easy to follow. For those that are visual like me, you will absolutely love all the colorful pictures of each recipe, you definitely don't see that in most cookbooks. You will also find beautiful illustrations with fun and entertaining personal cartoons throughout.

What I really loved the most was the first chapt
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best cookbooks I have ever owned: full of flavor, colorful step by step pictures including how to stick your pantry, great for any level of cooking experience & perfect for those of us that want to cook healthy flavorful meals with little time! These authors inspired one of my favorite kitchen purchase: Instant Pot pressure cooker 🙌🏽 #lifechanging
Maurício Linhares
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, not really surprising that this is an amazing book, but the weekly meal plans are most likely the best part. Lots of Central America and Southeast Asian inspired pieces, lots of fish sauce, hot peppers and chicken (yes, paleo people are not only eating red meat and bacon) and lots and lots of vegetables. It definitely feels like this book asks for much more veggies than the previous one, which is also a huge win.

Starting my cooking soon!
Janis Hill
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing me with a free electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.

Well, I have to start by saying this is a very different cook book to the ones I am used to reading and reviewing and, for a while, I wasn’t too sure if I was finding it refreshingly different or just a little too off centre for my liking. So, yeah, mixed feelings about the layout and formatting, but we will get to that later.

What I di
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Paleo or not, Michelle Tam's books are delicious! We have loved every recipe we have tried from this book. Especially like that she includes a bunch of Instant Pot friendly dishes. Love all the pictures and the great time saving ideas.

Only two things I wasn't crazy about. 1) The layout - I understand why the book is divided the way it is (based on how prepared you are vs. ingredients or types of recipes), but I wasn't crazy about it. 2) The serving sizes are ridiculously huge. I seriously can't
Chelee Ellis
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m a huge Michelle Tam enthusiast! I know when I make one of her recipe’s it will turn out and will be delicious. I love this book concept. Have a lot of time? She’s got some recipe’s for you. Little to no time? She’s got your back!

Her cookbooks and blog have made me a better cook and have helped me branch out and have fun in the kitchen. I find the inclusion of her family charming and the animation is too cute for words.

Thanks again, Michelle and family for another jewel in my kitchen.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: other
I was expecting something else when I got this book. So, I was disappointed. Also, the recipes are not my type. I don't like to cook with lots of 'weird' ingredients. However, I love the way it's written. I wish all cookbooks were written this way. ...more
Emily Joyce
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
paleo cookbooks are inherently insufferable, but this is a great layout and I enjoyed all of the recipes I sampled!
Blake Osborn
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SO many great paleo recipes! Every single one I've tried has been delicious ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Educational and absolutely delightful. this is a "must-purchase" for paleo eaters but would also be a great intro cookbook for anyone interested in experimenting with paleo: a diet that steers clear of processed foods in favor of healthy fats, quality meats and lots and lots of veggies!

Ready or Not! is SOLID, well-organized, and easy to use. The pages are sturdy, the binding is strong and there are photos of every step in every recipe! This cookbook is open on my counter right now, and this spo
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, cooking
This looks like a keeper, step by step pictures!!
I like the green beast dressing and all of the vegetable receipes. I like the casual way the book is set up.

As usual uses ingredients that are for food above my pay grade, but I just either skip that stuff or use something else.
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this arc from Netgalley for an honest review. This is another great Non Nom Paleo cookbook. If your interest in Paleo or want easy recipes these books are for you. Not only is there great recipes and information but there's also humor found within. I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy. ...more
Anusha Narasimhan
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love a book that makes me want to cook and eat healthy food. Not only does it give a Paleo 101, it also offers great recipes and tips. With illustrations and photographs, the presentation was unique and appealing. Recommended to people who want to learn how to cook simple and healthy food. Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing for the ARC.
Alex Can Read
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I recieved an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Michelle Tam, also known by her blog name Nom Nom Paleo, is at it again. She brings her signature wit, charm and realistic approach to Paleo cooking to her second cookbook in spades. Ready or Not! Features 150+ make ahead or “make-now” meals.

In this beautiful book, once again filled with cartoon drawings of the whole family done by her husband and co-author Henry Fong, Tam shares the kind of recipe many of us are lo
Chris From RecipesNow!
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ready Or Not! (150+ Make Ahead, Make Over, and Make Now Recipes by nom nom Paleo from authors Michelle Tam and Henry Fong) was created to be the go-to book for fast, easy to prepare, Paleo recipes. Perfect for when there’s no time to make a good meal. This book is focused on making a healthy impact on your life, cooking your own food – whether you’re ready to cook or not.

With offerings of make ahead, reheat and eat dishes, and last-minute options there should be a recipe for any need. For those
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

After trying to read the first book, but running out of time and being put back on the hold list at my library, I found this one on Netgalley and knew I needed to snatch it up.

My fiance and I have been eating paleo (ish) for a few months now. It agrees with us, but I'm a horrible and lazy cook. Because of this I often need to look at recipes multiple times and I still get them wrong lol. Although I have a few good standbys
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second Nom Nom Paleo cookbook takes a different approach. The book is organized to support meal planning rather than based on the type of meal or ingredient. There are a number of recipes for condiments and common sides, such as sauces and wraps. The other recipe sections are organized based on the amount of preparation required prior to cooking, the ability to make batches for use in future meals, and for quick meals. Mixed into the sections are recipes for beverages and desserts as well. R ...more
Thank you to Netgalley, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Michelle Tam, and Henry Fong for the chance to read and review this ARC;

I love, love, love NomNomPaleo, NomNomPaleo Podcat, Michelle Tam, Henry Fong and the Double "O's for years, and so I jumped on this like a hot cake the second I saw I could add it to my Netgalley ARC's pile. I can tell you right from the get go that nothing about this book disappointed and that I'm glad I read it and reviewed it the same day I got my hands on it.

From the b
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
First of all, if you're interested in getting this book, I recommend not getting the e-book. I found it hard to navigate. the breakdown of the cook book , into Get Set, Ready, Kinda Ready, and Not Ready is a nice idea, but flipping back and forth on my kindle app was ultimately really annoying. Each recipe is broken down into ingredients and illustrated steps (kinda like a comic or graphic book), which again is good, but made it difficult to see the whole procedure on one page to see if it real ...more
Jessie Young
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
She's done it once again!!! Her first book is my very favorite paleo book. This one will be my new favorite. So many amazing recipes presented in an easy to follow fun way! There are so many pictures in this book. Every step is photographed for some recipes. It's great to be able to see what my food should be looking like. Visual learners this book is for you. Everything is broken down into manageable steps. There is great background information and tons of practical help for those new to paleo ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2017, cook-books
Months ago, I happened across one of Michelle's live FB videos where she demonstrated yummy recipes and, of course, made a plug for her new book. I pre-ordered it on a whim and then promptly forgot about it so it was a lovely surprise when it arrived today and it's A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I've read much of it (the discussion areas), paged through the majority of all the great recipes and a list of stuff we want try is steadily growing. My special needs son is especially eager to try several recipes. This ...more
📚♾ JRFOS ♾📚
I wish all cookbooks followed this format!
Meaning, she explains the WHOLE process of cooking! Not just hey's some recipes .."Go"

Not everyone knows about the setup prep before you cook, to make your life easier. OR which cooking utensils that work best.

Recipes fail the user because they aren't setup successfully with instruction prep prior to cooking!
ie. using the right tools, reading a recipe properly , or they assume they understand the basics! (I'm almost 40, mom of 3 & I learned ma
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Much like Nom Nom Paleo's first cookbook, this is chock full of delicious-looking recipes, very easy instructions, and humor. I love the setup, organizing recipes into how much effort it takes to make them. And the four weeks of meal planning guide in the back are helpful, too. I would follow it 100% if I wasn't on such a medically-restricted diet right now. But even though I can't have 60% of what's in this book, I've already made plans to make the 40% I *can* have. Some of it is so creative, a ...more
Leith Devine
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Thanks to Andrew McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ready or Not! is a great cookbook, written for those following the Paleo diet. I'm not on the Paleo diet, but Michelle Tam cooks a lot of Asian recipes that I enjoy. Her recipes are creative and delicious. She also has a lot of great recipes for the pressure cooker, which is a great time saving device. Regular ingredients are easily substituted for Paleo specific ingredients if they are una
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to view this cookbook before its release.

This is a great follow up to Nom Nom Paleo, which I purchased, and I'll likely purchase this one too! The style of this cookbook is very similar to Nom Nom Paleo and the recipes look very high quality. I really enjoyed the experience looking through this cookbook. The design is beautiful and isn't pretentious at all.

For those of us who are very visual they have photos for every recipe which is rare in most cookboo
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another winner and must-have addition to your cookbook collection!

I have the first Nom Nom Paleo book and I frequently cook several recipes from it that are now staples to our family's menus. AND this cookbook, like that debut one, has several great recipes too! Each dish I tried was a big hit with my family. But what I loved most about this 2nd book is that there are options for meals that you can make-ahead, for things you can do with leftovers and for when you need a meal right away!
Wallis Chan
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
Michelle Tam is simply the Queen of Paleo. In her latest book, she slays with a ton of versatile and easy-to-make recipes. This is a must-have cookbook of the year. The photos in the book looked crisp and gorgeous. Unlike other cookbooks, this is actually a seriously funny book. It's worth reading the book from cover to cover. You will be inspired to cook at some point during this journey. The only thing I was slightly disappointed at was the lack of 'duck dishes'. I only found one in the book ( ...more
Rosemary Bagley
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a way of eating, I didn't think the Paleo Diet particularly interested me. Then I read this cookbook (yes, I like to read cookbooks) Ready or Not! by Michelle Tam. Michelle Tam's writing, instructions and photographs made the food look so tasty and easy to cook that I tried some of her recipes. The food was so good that I bought the book. I'm still not sold on the Paleo Diet as a way of eating, but I am sold on Michelle Tam's book and recipes. I guess that means whether or not I adopt the Pal ...more
Erik Dabel
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
We have been cruising through this book for about a month now,making 1-2 dishes per week. Everything has been incredible. Simple ingredients, whole foods, simple recipes. Sure, some of the ingredients are a little obscure and hard to find, but I've had a great time expanding my palate and trying new things.

My only complaint, and the reason for 4 instead of 5 stars, is that the format can be a bit hard to follow at times. It's set up like a comic book, so if you are used to the standard recipe bo
Gretchen Hicks
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great cookbook for anyone. It's an even better cookbook if you are on a Paleo type diet or a Whole30. (Not all recipes are Whole30 compliant but lots are). I love the way it is organized. It is based on the amount of time you have to spend vs. lame typical categories that have whole sections I never ever use. (Hello appetizer and dessert sections, sorry you are always ignored.) The cookbook also has a personality. I know that's a weird thing to say but with the cartoons and Michelle's ...more
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New York Times bestselling cookbook author Michelle Tam is the critically acclaimed co-creator of Nom Nom Paleo, the Saveur Best Food Blog Award winning website 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 eagerly-anticipated second cookbook, Ready or Not!, hits bookstores this August.

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