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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; 1 edition (20 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937715000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937715007
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""The Feed Zone Cookbook" features unique, simple recipes for quick meals that will help fuel your workouts and speed recovery." -- "Men's Journal" "The beauty of "The Feed Zone Cookbook" is that it is practical and based on real-life experience--not just theory...Let "The Feed Zone"" Cookbook" help you find your way into the kitchen with enthusiasm." -- Active.com "["The Feed Zone Cookbook" is] packed with recipes that will not only offer healthy alternatives, but actually taste good as well." -- NBCSports.com "The chapter on homemade energy bars, which are made from rice and eggs and other savories, is probably the single most unique feature. However, there's also tons of straightforward meal recipes (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) that are both quick and easy to prepare." -- "Outside" magazine "The foods described are intentionally simple to prepare, impressively flavorful, easy to digest...Just honest to goodness recipes made with real food." -- BikeRadar ""The Feed Zone Cookbook "is allowing us to have our cake and eat it too...Packed with tasty recipes." -- "Paved" magazine ""The Feed Zone Cookbook" is the ultimate guide for triathletes who want to support their training with delicious, wholesome food." -- "Triathlete" magazine "Dr. Lim's experience is just the kind of thing us serious athletes look for in a cookbook author....For the athlete on your list who trains hard and appreciates fresh, wholesome food and creative fusions of flavors, "The Feed Zone Cookbook" won't disappoint." -- "LAVA" magazine "[A cookbook] geared towards athletes that actually has recipes that make you excited to hit the kitchen...Creative, beautiful, and inspiring...straightforward, yummy, and yes, actually good for us athletes." -- "3/GO "magazine "Biju and Allen actually got me into the kitchen, cooking these recipes." -- Levi Leipheimer, professional cyclist for Omega Pharma-Quickstep, from his foreword to "The Feed Zone Cookbook" "Biju m

"A book like this is invaluable. Whether you're like me or just a casual Sunday cyclist, you're going to love "Feed Zone Portables" because from now on you aren't going to eat just because you have to in order to make it home from your ride. You will reach into your back pocket for a Feed Zone portable and feel like a kid with a candy bar. You will be rewarding your body with the goodness within these pages. Don't be surprised if you ride longer and harder than ever before." -- Taylor Phinney, professional cyclist for BMC Racing Team and 2-time Olympian

"My gold medal ride in London was fueled by Biju's Oatmeal. I told Allen to change the name to Gold Medal Oatmeal. It took a team to win--I left my nutrition to the experts and they left the ride to me." -- Kristin Armstrong, professional cyclist and 2-time Olympic gold medalist, 2-time UCI World Time Trial Champion

"One bite showed me a lot of what I was missing. Eating real, flavorful, and simple food was a revelation. Being around Allen and Biju began to ground me and my diet. Good food may only be a portion of what it takes to ride professionally, but to me it has been truly life changing. I believe that not knowing what to eat and when to eat it can be as detrimental to performance as shirking your training. Now that my nutrition is dialed in, I can focs on the other important aspects of training and racing." -- Tim Johnson, professional cyclist for Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.com

"Having personally handed out hundreds of "Feed Zone" rice cakes to some of the best athletes on the planet, I can attest that there is a direct correlation between these portables and improved performance and recovery. Simply put, this is very healthy, creative food developed by smart people who care...and the taste is sublime!" -- Davis Phinney, Olympic bronze medalist, USPRO National Champion, 2-time Tour de France stage winner

"After being introduced to "The Feed Zone," I began to realize there was another way to

"A book like this is invaluable. Whether you're like me or just a casual Sunday cyclist, you're going to love "Feed Zone Portables." You will be rewarding your body with the goodness within these pages. Don't be surprised if you ride longer and harder than ever before." -- Taylor Phinney, professional cyclist for BMC Racing Team and 2-time Olympian
"My gold medal ride in London was fueled by Biju's Oatmeal. I told Allen to change the name to Gold Medal Oatmeal. It took a team to win--I left my nutrition to the experts and they left the ride to me." -- Kristin Armstrong, professional cyclist and 2-time Olympic gold medalist, 2-time UCI World Time Trial Champion
"Good food may only be a portion of what it takes to ride professionally, but to me it has been truly life changing. Eating real, flavorful, and simple food was a revelation." -- Tim Johnson, professional cyclist for Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.com
""Feed Zone Portables" introduces an entirely new genre of food for training and exercise, fit for the road, trail, snow, or anything in between. Take a few minutes to cook yourself with real food and you will notice the benefits in both flavor and your performance." -- Timmy Duggan, professional cyclist for Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff, USPRO National Champion and Olympian
"Having personally handed out hundreds of "Feed Zone" rice cakes to some of the best athletes on the planet, I can attest that there is a direct correlation between these portables and improved performance and recovery. Simply put, this is very healthy, creative food developed by smart people who care...and the taste is sublime!" -- Davis Phinney, Olympic bronze medalist, USPRO National Champion, 2-time Tour de France stage winner
"After being introduced to "The Feed Zone," I began to realize there was another way to eat that actually nourished me as an athlete. I didn't have to live off of processed bars, which dehydrated me and upset my stomach." -- Matt Segal, p

"Food for a faster you. The recipes are simple, with generally eight ingredients or fewer, and take little time to prepare." -- Outside
"Primarily designed for cyclists to eat while riding, [these recipes] work just as well for runners when they've stopped running for exercise and started running to get to where they need to go on time." -- Runner's World
"You won't look at on-the-bike fueling the same way again." -- Triathlete magazine
"More than 50 of the recipes are gluten-free, and most are vegetarian. All are designed for making quickly, and eating on the bike." -- BikeRadar.com
"This is the perfect book to plan what to eat on the bike, especially if you've found yourself dreading having to eat one more packaged bar or energy gel on long training rides. The recipes are also really easy, making it perfect for those who don't like to spend lots of time in the kitchen." -- Active.com
"The genius of "Feed Zone Portables" is this: The book sits at the intersection of reality and practicality. With a little pre-planning, these items (all easy, all developed in Thomas' home kitchen) can be taken with you for nourishment on a hike, on a ride--or simply to work or on a road trip." -- 5280 magazine
"Whether you're like me or just a casual Sunday cyclist, you're going to love "Feed Zone Portables." Don't be surprised if you ride longer and harder than ever before." -- Taylor Phinney, professional cyclist for BMC Racing Team and 2-time Olympian
"My gold medal ride in London was fueled by Biju's Oatmeal." -- Kristin Armstrong, professional cyclist and 2-time Olympic gold medalist, 2-time UCI World Time Trial Champion
"Eating real, flavorful, and simple food was a revelation." -- Tim Johnson, professional cyclist for Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.com
""Feed Zone Portables" introduces an entirely new genre of food for training and exercise." -- Timmy Duggan, professional cyclist for Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff, USPRO National Champion and Olympian
"I can attest that there is a direct correlation between these portables and improved performance and recovery." -- Davis Phinney, Olympic bronze medalist, USPRO National Champion, 2-time Tour de France stage winner
"After being introduced to The Feed Zone, I began to realize there was another way to eat that actually nourished me as an athlete. I didn't have to live off of processed bars, which dehydrated me and upset my stomach." -- Matt Segal, professional rock climber for North Face Athlete Team
"Recipes from Feed Zone are my new, not-so-secret training tool. They deliver huge taste and even bigger performance benefits." -- Rebecca Rusch, professional cyclist and 4-time winner Leadville Trail 100, 3-time 24-Hour Solo Mountain Bike World Champion
"I never bonk when I have rice cakes in my pocket." -- Evelyn Stevens, professional cyclist for Team Specialized-lululemon, 2-time U.S. national time trial champion

Food for a faster you. The recipes are simple, with generally eight ingredients or fewer, and take little time to prepare. "Outside"

A book like this is invaluable. Whether you re like me or just a casual Sunday cyclist, you re going to love "Feed Zone Portables" Don t be surprised if you ride longer and harder than ever before. Taylor Phinney, professional cyclist for BMC Racing Team and 2-time Olympian

Primarily designed for cyclists to eat while riding, [these recipes] work just as well for runners when they've stopped running for exercise and started running to get to where they need to go on time. "Runner s World"

You won t look at on-the-bike fueling the same way again. "Triathlete"

Exercise physiologist Allen Lim, Ph.D. and chef Biju Thomas, authors of "The Feed Zone" cookbooks, have spent decades working with endurance athletes to find the balance between taste, sport-specific nutrition, and portability. One of their greatest contributions is the rice bar, a real-food version of the snack bar. "Men s Health"

Recipes from "Feed Zone" are my new, not-so-secret training tool. They deliver huge taste and even bigger performance benefits. Rebecca Rusch, professional cyclist and 4-time winner Leadville Trail 100, 3-time 24-Hour Solo Mountain Bike World Champion

More than 50 of the recipes are gluten-free, and most are vegetarian. All are designed for making quickly, and eating on the bike. "Bike Radar"

After being introduced to "The Feed Zone," I began to realize there was another way to eat that actually nourished me as an athlete. I didn t have to live off of processed bars, which dehydrated me and upset my stomach. Matt Segal, professional rock climber for North Face Athlete Team

This book, co-authored by chef-to-the-cycling-stars [Biju] Thomas, is packed with healthy, at-home recipes for natural goodies that both satisfy hunger and keep you pedaling. Best of all, they re designed to go with you on the trail. "Dirt Rag"

I never bonk when I have rice cakes in my pocket. Evelyn Stevens, professional cyclist for Team Specialized-lululemon, 2-time U.S. national time trial champion

The genius of "Feed Zone Portables" is this: The book sits at the intersection of reality and practicality. With a little pre-planning, these items (all easy, all developed in Thomas' home kitchen) can be taken with you for nourishment on a hike, on a ride or simply to work or on a road trip. "5280 magazine""

From the Back Cover

FEED ZONE PORTABLES

A Cookbook of On-the-Go Food for Athletes

Biju Thomas and Allen Lim, PhD

Food athletes crave, made from scratch.

Real food is a revolutionary idea in a sports world crowded with bars, blocks, and gels making bold claims about performance. While working in the trenches of professional cycling physiologist Allen Lim found a growing number of riders setting aside prepackaged food they were paid to promote in favor of small sandwiches, fresh pastries, and even leftover pizza. When the menu changed, no one could argue with the race results.

In "Feed Zone Portables," Dr. Allen Lim and Chef Biju Thomas debut 75 portable foods that taste great, are digested quickly, and help you perform at your best.

Rice cakes, baked eggs, cookies, and waffles pack in the nutrition you need without the taste fatigue and queasy stomach that follow a fistful of sports bars and gels. Wrap up your favorite flavors with these made-from-scratch recipes, both savory and sweet.

"Feed Zone Portables" will forever change how you think about food and its role in performance. "

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Really straightforward recipes that are designed either to be made in a hotel / while touring, with minimal kit, and / or made to be wrapped and carried while cycling. Much preferable to your average gloopy / sticky / expensive / branded energy bar!
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I brought this cookbook as I was fed up of eating dry bars and sticky gels on long bike rides as they sometimes upset my stomach and I already knew some of the benefits of “real food” as detailed in the first chapter but did not have access to it.

Although there are some annoyances in terms of the American measures and temperatures I’ve just written on the book where I’ve converted something. I already owned some measuring cups so used those but is easy to print off a list of cups (volume) to weight conversions for different foods online if needed.

The recipes are really good and tasty, I’ve tried rice balls, rice cakes, two bite pies and sticky bites so far. I’ve even started experimenting and included my own ingredients – my sausage, bacon and ketchup rice balls make a nice breakfast portable on an early ride!

I’d recommend ensuring you look closely at the nutrient make up of all the recipes before buying ingredients and cooking as they range from 10g to 50g of carbs per serving (you should aim to eat around 60g of carbs per hour while exercising). In my opinion the effort of buying ingredients, cooking the recipes and storing them is only worthwhile for between recipes with between 20g and 50g of carbs per serving, otherwise you can end up eating a whole recipe in an hour or two. This has limited the use of the cookbook as I'm only really interested in about 50% of the recipes on this basis.

I tend to have a big cook off once a month and cook a few recipes to last me a while, I’ve had no trouble freezing anything and defrosting overnight in the fridge before my ride. Rice can be frozen safely if it’s wrapped as soon as possible after cooking and frozen as soon as it’s cool.
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When I found out that the authors of "The Feed Zone Cookbook" had released another book focusing on portable food I didn't think twice about it and ordered it immediately. There is a great variety of portable foods that work great for cycling (and any other endurance sport), from rice cakes to pies or muffins that are easy to make and taste better and are much more easily digested than pre-packaged sports bars (and cheaper too). It is also easy to adapt the recepies to personal preferences, and they also included a lot of recepies and suggestions for gluten and lactose intolerants.

I am also pleased with the hard cover and the quality of the printing and pictures in the book, especially considering it is reasonably priced.
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This book is just the ticket because, as a keen cyclist, I loath energy gels (like taking cough mixture) and energy bars are expensive. Also I never feel like I'm eating proper 'food'. I live in rural France and you can never rely on bakeries, cafes etc being open & 3 hours plus in the saddle can leave you feeling terrible when you can't replace the burned calories.

These little parcels of proper food are terrific, prepared in advance and stored in the fridge, you can make enough for several days training. They are all pretty simple, not huge lists of ingredients, some items are clearly American, but they are available online. I've made the Denver Rice Cakes on page 72 and I have to stop myself from scoffing the lot! Some recipes are made in a baking tray, then cut up and wrapped in foil, others use a muffin tin to create mini portions. All in all, one of the most useful books I've bought in ages.

There are many pages around the science of nutrition in sport and I can't say that I'll be absorbing all that info any time soon. but still, it's there if I want to train harder or progress in future.

An update----

Anyone looking for Grits, just replace with dry polenta (but not the one labeled 'fine')
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A really excellent book, with a very good initial section on calories and your body's limits; followed by a selection of fantastic mini food recipes. Loved the layout and structure and as you would expect very good nutritional guide for all the recipes.
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The recipes in this book are so good that lots of mums are asking for them! The book is well laid out, the photos are clear and the recipes are so easy to follow.

One of my most recommended books for parents or coaches trying to make sure their team or kids eat right during tournaments or cycle rides.
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I bought this book at the request of my son who is a very cyclist and member of a club who regularly take on the challenge our high mountain passes in the Lake District as well as long distance rides. Nutrition is such a big part of creating stamina and recovery times. These recipes provide exactly what is needed as well as being really tasty. A good book for any athlete.
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I would say a third of the book is about the theory of diet and the athlete - interesting.
the rest are menus once you get the hang of the science you can make up your own snacks.
some of the ingredients are only in America (Grids - native american version of Polenta (i think??) )
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