Review & Giveaway: Nom Nom Paleo App

As you can probably imagine, I’m super picky when it comes to food blogs and recipe sites. I have high standards for myself and when it comes to stuff I really care about — like food, recipes, and writing — I tend to expect high quality from others, too. My list of go-to blogs for recipes and snappy writing is pretty short, and Nom Nom Paleo has a prominent place on that list.

I’m not sure if she knows this, but our friendship was launched before we’d ever exchanged an email or met each other. Way, way back in the day, when Dave and I first started tossing around the idea of a cookbook, we planned to call it “Paleo Nom Nom.” We even bought that URL and started planning the web site. Then one day I stumbled across Nom Nom Paleo. I was devastated — my new web site and cookbook title were gone. But then I got over it and started to get excited, because I liked Nom Nom’s vibe, her recipes, her photos… she won me over with her Nom-Nom-iness. And now I can’t imagine the world any other way.

Until recently, we didn’t have an iPad, so aside from the sneak peek I got at PaleoFX, I didn’t have the good fortune of enjoying the Nom Nom Paleo app. But that’s all changed because Dave, as the IT Direction of Smudge Publishing, feltit was essential to our business that we have an iPad. I’m so glad he did because the Nom Nom Paleo app is awesome. And if you have an iPad, you should get the app right now. And if you don’t have an iPad, you should consider getting one so you can use the app. (I’m not really kidding about that.)

With Nom Nom Paleo and FitBomb at the helm, I knew the recipes were going to be delicious and the photography was going to gorgeous — but it’s also a very good interactive app. The user interface is flexible and easy to use, with plenty of ways to move through the information, depending on your preferences. It’s slick and friendly and beautiful.

Use It Your Way

The app includes 53 mouthwatering recipes to start, and you can beef that baby up with additional 10-recipe sets. One of my favorite things about the app is the various ways you can browse the recipes. They’re categorized by ingredient (Bacon!), meal part (Sides, Main Dishes, etc.), Cooking Method (Slow Cooker, Sous Vide), and Whole30 compliance.

And once you’ve picked your recipe, the options don’t stop there. You can page through each recipe step by step or use the card view to see ingredients and instructions on one page.

In addition to instruction marked by Nom Nom Paleo’s trademark wit and friendly voice, the app lets you add recipes to a list of favorites for fast reference, easily add ingredients to a shopping list that you can email to yourself (or your designated grocery shopper!), and convenient links to the web to buy cooking equipment or visit the Nom Nom Paleo web site. The whole experience is smooth and seamless.

The Photos & Recipes

FitBomb worked his camera magic, and these two — who are crazy in just the right way — documented each step of each recipe. That means the app is bursting with 1,500 stunning photographs. No, that’s not a typo. Fifteen hundred BEAUTIFUL photos. I can tell you from experience, getting that many good shots is not easy.

And the recipes. They’re 100% Nom Nom: flavorful, bold, easy to make, meant to be shared. Here’s a small sampling of the succulent choices:

Moroccan Lamb & Chestnut Stew
Magic Mushroom Powder
Slow Cooker Kalua Pork
Broiled Bacon-Wrapped Tuna Medallions
Prosciutto-Wrapped Frittata Muffins
Great Balls of Fire

I am especially excited about dukkah, a condiment made of pistachios, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, coriander, and cumin. It sounds like it was invented from a list of my favorite things!

More Than Recipes

But it’s more than just recipes. There are all kinds of extra bites of content to help paloe newbies and old-hands refine their approach to eating,managing the kitchen, and getting meals on the table.

– an overview of paleo
– a list of essential kitchen equipment and pantry staples
– a month of meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and sides
– ridiculously adorable illustrations

Plus, there are some revealing truths about the smarty-pants behind Nom Nom Paleo. For instance, she confesses, “I once paid my cousin five dollars for a single piece of grape-flavored Bubble Yum.”

And the story behind the blog name:  “You know — the sound you make when you’re eating something incredibly mind-blowing, and you’re just scarfing it down. Like this: NOM-NOM-NOM-NOM-NOM-NOM-NOM-NOM.”

One of the reasons I love books is that I when I turn the pages, I can feel the humans that made it: the writer who had the ideas, the designer who laid out the pages, the photographer who captured special moments in time, the printer who applied ink to paper. Too often, the Kindle and the iPad leave me cold, but every screen of the Nom Nom Paleo app is infused with the warmth of these people:

See It In Action

Get in on the Giveaway

Now we get to the really good stuff. Nom Nom has graciously offered up three prize packs, so I’ll randomly choose three winners from the entries.

UPDATE 07/16/12: We have our winners! Congratulations to Stephanie F., Mandi, and JAM!

The Prize: Nom Nom Paleo app + Nom Nom Paleo socks

To Enter:
1. Sign up for the Nom Nom Paleo newsletter to get delicious news delivered to your inbox.

2. Sign up for my newsletter for a communique from me once a month with cool stuff that doesn’t make it into my blog.

Then post to comments to let me know you signed up, and you’re good to go! That’s it! So easy!

Deadline to Enter: 11:59 p.m. Central, Thursday, July 12, 2012

Buy It!

Of course, instead of leaving it in the hands of fate, you could just go buy a copy of the app now. You should probably to that! Available in the iTunes Store!

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129 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: Nom Nom Paleo App”

  1. Megan says:

    Signed up and confirmed! Good to know you like the app, I might just have to get it. :)

  2. James Parsley says:

    Signed up and confirmed! Always love reading your stuff!

  3. Tammy says:

    I am so signed up!

  4. Mandi says:

    Signed up! Thanks!

  5. Libby Kite says:

    Signed up for both newsletters! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Kristin B says:

    Signed up and CONFIRMED! Yippee!!!

  7. J.K. Clark says:

    I have the app and love it, but would be happy to share it with a friend or family. Those awesome socks, though, I would keep!

  8. Sarah says:

    Signed up. Now I’m gonna have to buy an ipad. 😉

  9. Kimberly S. says:

    Signed up for both newsletters! Thinking winning thoughts! Thank you!

  10. Paul says:

    I’m all signed up

  11. Emily says:

    Subscribed! How cool – a review of one of my favorite bloggers by one of my other favorite bloggers.

  12. Jamie says:

    Done and done!

  13. Jennie says:

    So excited!! All signed up and ready to rock!

  14. sizzle says:

    Done. Done. And Done!

  15. Melanie says:

    I signed up!! I already have the Nom Nom App, but would love some of the packs! Definitely LOVE the socks too!!

  16. Jenn Casey says:

    I’m in! This app looks amazing!

  17. Petra says:

    Signed up!

  18. LJ says:

    All signed up!

  19. Graham Lutz says:

    now…If I could just get my hands on an ipad….

  20. B. Furukawa says:


  21. Therese says:

    Just signed up at Nom Nom — thanks for the reminder of another great site. There is only so much time in the day to check out good sites & I had forgotten them. You’ve given me another good reason to break down & buy an iPad!

  22. DoniB says:

    Done. Thanks Mel!

  23. JafaGirl says:

    All signed up and confirmed! :)

  24. Stompy says:

    I’m signed up! Haven’t committed to paleo yet, but I’m thiiiiisss close.

  25. Lisa says:

    Yay! All signed up! Don’t know how I missed these newsletters before!

  26. Julie says:

    Already signed up for both. Thanks!

  27. suzanne says:

    Done, and confirmed!!!

  28. Kimmie says:

    I signed up for both!! :) love both your blogs, and would looooove the app and socks!

  29. Torea Rodriguez says:

    All signed up! Love those socks!!

  30. Kelly says:


  31. Maura says:

    Whoa! This is an exciting giveaway. Thanks to both Paleo goddesses!

  32. Christine says:

    Confirmed, signed up for both newsletters, love the recommendation and the app review, great!

  33. shirley says:

    Done and done. The Nom Nom Paleo app is on my wishlist, would be fun to win it here.

    Really loving your cookbook, thanks for being you, you rock!

  34. Jo Anna says:

    Signed up for both. Thanks!!

  35. Omar Hossain says:

    Just signed up for both newsletters. Huge shout out from a fellow Austonian!

  36. barefootrow says:

    Hi just signed up to both.

    My wife came back from a holiday and while she was away i was trying paleo. she is a great baker and was anti but she brought your book as a gift to me. Through reading it on the plane home (a long flight) you managed to convert her and she is now trying paleo. well done. We did a massive cook up on sunday and so far have had your:
    Chicken w red pepper and onions..
    Mince & spinach muffins
    ginger and garlic prawns
    and tonight is rogan josh before a Michael Pollan lecture at the opera house. good foodie times thanks for inspiring my wife to give it a go.

    • Mel says:

      Oh, man! This is such a great comment… I love stories like this. Thank you so much for letting me know — and congrats to you both on making the switch to paleo!

  37. Janine says:

    Bought the iPad just for the app. I’m not kidding (it was justified). Love love love her app. What a bargain!

  38. RBL says:

    Signed up for both newsletters! Love both sites (and the recipes on them)!!

  39. wendy says:

    already signed up for both, and visit you both every day. Question is, when is the Well Fed Meliscious app coming out? Hmmm?

  40. Carolyn says:

    On board with both. Thank you!!

  41. KP says:

    Funny to find your post. I downloaded the Nom Nom app and made the Tandoori chicken. Hadn’t planned my side yet so I googled Indian Paleo and it lead me to your site. I found the cumin carrot coins and made those to accompany my dish. My family loved them. According to my son, “these carrots are so good, I need more.” After they went I bed I took time to browse your site and read your blog. Cookbook is next – I am hooked.

    • Mel says:

      I’m so glad you found me! And really glad your son gave the carrots his stamp of approval. YAY!

      Well Fed is loaded with great recipes and paleo cooking tips. I hope you add it to your collection!

  42. Jenn says:

    Signed up for both!

    Love both your site and Michelle’s site. Recipes that I’ve tried are amazing! And your Well Fed book just shipped from Amazon! Can’t wait to try out new recipes!!!!

  43. Debbie says:

    Hi! I am now signed up for both newsletters! I bought my iPad a few months ago as a tool to use for your recipes….. And nom nom paleos! I love your recipes, thank you! I make the tahini dressing at least once a week, along with the curry! Its so delicious. I started making my homemade mayo….using your method ( love room temp eggs…!) and both times That i made …..PERFECT! Tomorrow I’m making your slow cooker five spice ribs! Thanks so much for sharing all your fabulous recipes, they all have been five star:)!

  44. keturah says:

    All signed up! Have been for a while and I have the app already..its awesome I love it

  45. Frances says:

    Signed up! Thanks very much!

  46. Jade Roberts says:

    I’m subscribed! (Possibly over-subscribed… :)

  47. audra says:

    Subscribed to both and mama needs a new pair of socks!

  48. Cheri Walter says:

    Signed up & confirmed! Already have the app and LOVE it!

  49. Ashton says:

    Started my Whole30 this week with “Well Fed” recipes…can’t wait to add in more from NomNom!

  50. Samantha says:

    Signed up and good to go!

  51. Aimee says:

    All signed up!

  52. Tony says:

    Signed up. If anyone is having doubts – don’t. Both sites are two of the best paleo sites I’ve found. Already, cooked multiple meals from both sites – and they with a family with multiple dietary needs – they were family approved. Keep up the great work ladies!

  53. Karen C. says:

    I would love to win! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  54. Mabel says:

    Already signed up for both

  55. Stefanie says:

    Signed up for both!!! :)

  56. Tricia says:


  57. Harmony says:

    signed up for nomnoms mailing list just now, and I’ve been on yours since you first announced it (however I have not ever received a newsletter so either I’m not really subscribed or you haven’t sent one out?)

  58. Christi says:

    Just subscribed to both! Hope I win, that looks like an amazing app to put on hubby’s ipad……maybe then I’d like it =)

  59. Ham-Bone says:

    Done and Done! Nom Nom!

  60. jaryn says:

    done and done! thanks! :)

  61. Reyn Grey says:

    Whoo-hoo1 All signed up!

    *wipes drool from screen* That Moroccan stew recipe looks fantastic!

  62. Cat says:

    I just signed up. I was lured here by your crispy chicken livers and I just love your site. Off to make them now.

  63. bryan says:

    Coincidentally this is perfect timing for me. Completed a whole30 and have been meaning to find more inspirational recipes. This contest works out perfectly since I would randomly stumble upon these two sites but never signed up for a newsletter and would have totally bought some of those socks if I knew about them while they were in stock.

  64. Marianne says:

    I love the enjoyment of good food created by people whose passion shows through. Thank you to both sites for many wonderful meals!

  65. I signed up for both newsletters.

  66. Julie says:

    I have signed up for both!

  67. V-Lynn says:

    I’m new to all this. 36 days but whose counting? I’ve been following both sites for most of it. Thanks for the help.

  68. Rebecca says:

    I’m signed up for both newsletters!

  69. Christopher Sorel says:

    already get the Nom Nom Paleo newsletter and she told me about you. love her app

  70. Erin Fitz says:

    Done and done.. can’t wait! :)

  71. Jessica says:

    All signed up. I just got an iPad for my bay so I’m upper excited for this!

  72. Christopher Sorel says:

    signed up now for your newsletter

  73. Jennifer Mai says:

    You’re blog and nom nom paleo’s are awesome! Thank you for all your knowledge!

  74. Isaac Murchie says:

    Done and done! I love Nom Nom Paleo, and would love to have the app!

  75. Molly says:

    Signed up!

  76. Heather says:

    I’ve signed up for both and will keep my fingers crossed that I win, haha. Also, I love your site and I’m so glad I found it through Nom Nom Paleo. :) Your story is inspiring and, frankly, I think you rock!

  77. socs says:

    signed up for both your newsletters, I regularly drool over and read both your blogs, I should’ve signed up even before this giveaway.

    BUT winning a prize won’t hurt either :)

  78. Hello! I signed up for both blogs!!!

  79. Kevin P says:

    Signed up for both. :)

  80. Scott James says:

    I’ve signed up for both. And I must say I love Nom Nom Paleo and Well Fed. Well Fed is my go-to cookbook right now. MMMmmmmmMmmmMm. Thanks!

  81. Brandyn says:

    All signed up! Thanks for the great blogs!

  82. Jenn says:

    Signed up and ready to rock out with my app out!

  83. kelly says:

    How have I not signed up before?? I hit up both your blogs all the time! I have rectified that issue today-signed up x’s 2. I SO want this app! (and I love my Well Fed cookbook too)

  84. Elizabeth says:

    Signed up! What a cute family photo at the end and the photos in the app of the food are truly amazing!

  85. i have signed all up, cant wait to see if fate comes my way

  86. Jill T says:

    Success! Great giveaway – thanks!

  87. Danielle O. says:

    Signed up! So excited!!

  88. Nicole says:

    Confirmation acquired x 2!!! nom nom well fed!

  89. Deborah says:

    Signed up. Two great blogs!

  90. Renee says:

    Signed up. Excited. : )

  91. Trayce says:

    I’m signed up for both, and have been for quite awhile, but I don’t ever get the newsletter – from either site. I just tried to sign up again, on both sites, got a message my email is already in use and expect a message (email) to update preferences. I got the email from Nom Nom’s site, but not yours… anything you can do to help? Thanks

  92. Erin says:

    Signed up for both. Thanks!

  93. Joni says:

    Just signed up for both newsletters. Love both websites but didn’t even know the newsletters existed. Thanks!

  94. Mari says:


  95. JAM (@imjustamirror) says:

    Nice, newsletters! All signed up.

  96. Allison says:

    I keep getting errors when I try to sign up for either :(. But knowing me, I’m probably already subscribed.

  97. melissa debono says:

    Done and Done, all the way from down under :)

  98. Simone says:

    Just signed up to both, looking forward to your posts. Another from down under!

  99. jennifer d says:

    Yay, I just confirmed my subscriptions to both newsletters! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  100. Sherry says:

    Done and done.

  101. Erin says:

    I have signed up for both. Thanks!

  102. Connie S. says:

    Already signed up for your newsletter and now signed up for Nom Nom’s. Thanks.

  103. TanyaV says:

    Already signed up on both :)

  104. Whitney says:

    All signed up!

  105. Sharon says:

    signed up for both! finally decided to go gluten-free for health reasons and in searching for support found MORE paleo recipes that looked flavorful and appetizing (versus comercial, pre-packaged foods) and found your site in my searches … looking forward to receiving your book from amazon soon!

  106. Mel says:

    Dear friends who’ve been signed up for my mailing list for a while… you haven’t erred. I’ve been lazy! But that’s all going to change!

    Starting in August, I’ll be sending the monthly newsletter. For real. I mean it this time :-)

  107. Ty says:

    Done (raised to the second power)

  108. D Berver says:

    Done! Thank you!

  109. Steve says:

    Already signed up for both, that was easy.

  110. Signed up for both and confirmed. Fingers crossed for me to win!! Those socks would look great on me as I peruse the app to make delicious diner. :)-

  111. Liana says:

    I’m in! or rather subscribed. :)

  112. Kay says:

    Signed up for both newsletters. Love your book! My son and I have just started paleo and your weekly cookup helps keep us going. I tell everyone how easy it is to make mayo. Who knew?

  113. Maya Powers says:

    I signed up!

  114. Jennifer says:

    I’m in… Subscribed to both!

  115. candy says:

    I have signed up for both!

  116. Jen says:

    Signed up for both. Thanks!!

  117. Kristin says:

    Subscribed to the newsletter!!!

  118. Aimee says:

    One minute to spare! I’m signed up.

  119. annie_snowdreamer says:

    Hey, fantastic blog1
    And your comments about nom nom are so true!!!!

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