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Welcome to A Good Food Day

Hey there! Welcome to our shiny, new blog. You’ll see me a lot around here. I’m Tammy, and I co-wrote A Good Food Day with Marco. It’s out in just THREE days! If you haven’t gifted it to yourself yet via pre-order, we hope you’ll pick up a copy soon. Don’t forget copies for friends and fam. They like eating and feeling good, right?

We’ve been chomping at the bit for this day to come, so I’m psyched to tell you about our plans for this space.

First up, a proper introduction…

Marco and I go way back. Back to 2005, when he was still sucking on cigarettes, scarfing loads of bread, and powering through days with way too much coffee. I thought soy burgers and low-fat Snackwell’s cookies were healthy choices and didn’t think twice about my habitual need to pop back Tums and Nexium.

We met when I was a restaurant publicist at BeccaPR, and Marco and his popular Manhattan restaurant, Hearth, became a client. I was his day-to-day contact for over six years, so we talked often. With some clients, I had to close my eyes and take a deep breath before calls or meetings, but Marco and I just had good talks and mutual respect.

As he was starting to get into health and wellness and how to make those things a part of his life, I was making the switch from publicist to certified health coach. I spent a few years feeling like shit way too often (digestive issues, a pretty unwavering level of high anxiety, and a general case of the blahs), so I started looking for ways to heal in a familiar and favorite place: food.

I devoured anything and everything on nutrition and the psychology of eating. I got so hooked, I wanted to make it my full-time gig. While I was going through my training at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Marco had the idea for a cookbook that reflected his new way of eating – equal parts healthy and delicious. He asked me to write it with him.

Three years later, including countless hours of recipe testing and shooting the shit in Marco’s home kitchen, the book is almost here!!!

These days, Marco is busy with Hearth and his new broth take-out window, Brodo, and I run my private health coaching practice.

So, why a blog?

We both fully understand the internal battle between wanting to eat healthy and wanting to drink cocktails until the wee hours and eat pizza for breakfast. The struggle is real!

We get the confusion and frustration that comes along with sifting through nutrition advice. We’ve experienced the SOS symptoms your body starts sending out when you feed it garbage too often. We know how crappy “healthy” food can be and that if it doesn’t taste good, the health kick thing won’t last long. We think our experience, skills, and hard-earned lessons can be useful.

Our blog is a place for us to share recipes, resources, insights, and inspiration to help you eat well and feel great.

What does eating well mean to us? We tackle this in the 10 Principles for A Good Food Day. It’s in the cookbook, just after the introduction. If you don’t have a copy of the book yet, you can download a preview with the 10 principles right here on this page.

What you’ll find here

We’ll dig into food and cooking, of course, but nutrition, wellness, and restaurant industry-related topics are fair game too. Basically, the stuff we know and love.

There may be the occasional “things that make you go hmmmm” post, but most will be the actionable sort focused on something you can cook, eat, download, purchase, practice, track, improve, or let go. In the case of this post, something we think you should read – this blog!

You won’t find precious food with tiny spoons and checkered cloth napkins here. Nor will you find calorie counts or fat grams alongside our recipes. And the only way we’ll post stuff like “Hey, look what I ate for dinner last night!” is if it involves some truly useful nuggets of information that can help you out in the kitchen.

We will never disappoint in the “real talk” department. We’re not into extremism or being judgy. And because we will always be genuine, occasional curse words are part of the package.

Will we screw up sometimes? Probably. This is a new medium for both of us. Will our photos and videos be wonky at first because neither of us (okay, especially me) is a pro with a camera? Yep. But we hope you’ll keep coming back for the meat of the blog – the useful content and conversations we plan to have here.

Questions and feedback are always appreciated and welcomed. Bring on the thoughtful comments, even if you want to respectfully disagree.

We’re psyched you’re here and hope you’ll visit often! To keep up with the latest, follow along with us on Twitter and Instagram. You can also sign up for our email newsletter, which will have exclusive goods and the occasional giveaway (don’t worry, we won’t be an inbox-clogger by any means).

Now, we’d love to hear from you in the comments…

  • What topics or types of recipes would you most like to see here?
  • What’s your biggest struggle with making healthy food choices day in and day out?


Share Your Thoughts

  1. Sujeeva

    I just bought the cookbook and am loving it. May have to laminate the pages to protect them from the drool.

    Over the last few years I have put on more than 50 lbs and gained some awful eating habits. I really don’t have an excuse for not eating healthy. It’s just that after a long day, take out Chinese or pizza delivery or the drive through was easy. My struggle has always been time but to be honest that’s a crock. I can make the time if I plan my meals out on a weekly basis. My other downfall is sugar – glorious sweet sugar in my coffee, the regular sodas I’d drink – just one a day mind you (call BS on that!) and in a hundred other things that I consume.

    After feeling bloated and tired all the time I’ve made the choice to eat healthy – not a new years resolution, hate those – just a choice. This is where the Good Food Day cookbook comes in for me.

    What I would love to see are meal plans. For example; I am making the braised chicken thighs with Garlic, Lemon and Greek Olives for dinner tonight. What would a good side be for this? Should I have a soup or salad so I fill up faster? Dessert -’nuff said but can you add some that are lighter and fast. Maybe a low fat zabaglione with fruit..just sayin’.

    Congratulations on the cookbook and I’m looking forward to your future blogs.

    January 24, 2015 • 10:42 pm •
  2. Tammy Walker

    Hey Sujeeva! Cheers to you on your new choice! Man, “choice” sounds and feels so much better than a “have to” or “supposed to,” doesn’t it? Puts you in the drivers’ seat with your health. I like it. So, meal plans…Marco and I have talked about this. Maybe we need to take it beyond talk and put some together to share here. In the meantime, how about a vegetable side like the Roasted Beet Salad (pg 78) or Escarole Salad with Pear and Pecorino (pg 66)? Both are great winter salads, and lighten up your meal (the thighs are hearty) while still filling you up.

    January 28, 2015 • 10:22 pm •
  3. Beverly Delidow

    Enjoy the cookbook very much. The first recipe I made was the chicken thighs with lemon and onion – so good! The lovely cover recipe (shaved asparagus salad with quinoa) caught my eye, but I didn’t have asparagus so I tried something different with it. I had stalks from some heads of broccoli after the florets had been removed for another dish. I took the rind off and made thin shavings of the broccoli stalks and used them in the salad instead – they’re a little bit sweet and still delicious!

    June 22, 2015 • 10:54 pm •
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