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The story of Dr. Allen Lim's Skratch Labs is a sports nutrition fairytale of sorts, born out of dedication for the pro teams and riders whose diets and nutrition he carefully supervised. It was at great personal cost that he tinkered with the preparation of wholesome foods under the belief that real food produces real results. Season after season of ferrying his mobile kitchen (essentially a rice cooker, bags of groceries, and a host of practical cooking implements) from race to race wasn't all for naught, as Levi Leipheimer's stellar 2011 season would be more than sufficient to prove that Lim's nutritional instincts were dead-on.

Just like Lim's widely acclaimed drink mixes, The Feed Zone is an accidental success of sorts, borne out of a definitive search for a solution to the dreaded 'gut rot' experienced by so many cyclists who are routinely forced to consume large quantities of carbohydrate and electrolyte-heavy foods out of necessity. Just like the old adage "garbage in, garbage out," Lim understands that complex results don't require complex fuels. With a little olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and good, old-fashioned salt and pepper, you'll discover that an entire universe of simple and refreshing flavors are capable of helping you unlock real-world results.

Lim describes The Feed Zone as his love of simple, childhood foods coming full circle from his days growing up in a Chinese household. He learned at an early age to cook chicken fried rice, the family recipe he is now sharing outside his close-knit circle of relatives and professional athletes. More than just another cookbook, this is a creative collection of recipes curated by Dr. Lim and his personal friend Chef Biju Thomas that are flavorful and wholesome for the athlete's tummy, but still delicious enough that everyone in the family will soon find their own personal favorite.

The book is packed with 160 mouth-watering recipes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, along with the crucially portable mid-ride snackables. You'll also find a host of valuable tips for maximizing nutritional input before a race, or getting the most out of your post-ride recovery meal. Some of the recipes include Fish Tacos, Wine and Soy Mushrooms, Recovery Grilled Cheese, Summer Melon Soup, Lemon and Herb Salmon, Bison with Spice Rub, Grilled Chicken Skewers with Summer Orzo, and Pork Loin with Peach Chutney. Of course that famous Lim family Chicken Fried Rice, and the doctor's signature rice cakes -- in both sweet and savory variations, have also been included for your own training day preparation.

From summer grilling to winter searing to stewing, you might also be surprised to find that with minimal prep, the recipes are simple enough to take on the road for race day. Sure, you won't have Lim alongside in person to coach you through each one, but with the book's beautiful photography and educational presentation, you might find yourself gladly compromising some saddle time for kitchen time. The book's glossary also contains succinct explanations of valuable cooking techniques, allergy substitutions, essential kitchen appliances and utensils, along with an extremely handy grocery list of staples to keep in your cupboards should you ever find yourself seeking guidance or inspiration in the produce aisle.

The Feed Zone is presented with a handsome hardcover, and contains 320 pages.

Tech Specs

Dr. Allen Lim, Chef Biju Thomas
1934030767, 978-1934030769
Publication Date:
(first printing) November 1, 2011
Velo Press
Recommended Use:
cooking on the go, elevating your pre-race and recovery diet

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5 5

Great Recipes

I hardly ever buy cookbooks, in fact this is only one of 3 I own. I found myself stuck in the mundane food rut that many training for cycling do. I got this book to expand my diet and it did just that.

Great recipes included for breakfast, lunch, dinner, portables, and even desserts. I haven't made one of these yet that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed! The bison are sweet potato tacos are a big hit!

Best of all its the most energized I've felt when I stick to the book and train regularly. Highly recommended.

5 5

Eat Real Food!!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fantastic book with great nutrition info beyond just the recipes. If you don't cook and don't plan on cooking this may not be for you, but go borrow it from a friend and read the first couple chapters before the recipes.

Fig and Honey Rice Cakes, awesome!
Rice Pudding, yes please.
Crispy Rice Omelet, I'll take one of those as well...(you'll need to get the portables companion book for this one though)

5 5

Eat Right!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fantastic recipes to eat better every day. From simple items to take on your rides to full blown meals to eat at home. everything I have tried is fantastic.

5 5

Quick, Simple & YUM!

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am always looking for healthy and quick recipes that don't require a zillion ingredients or a white chefs coat. This book has been such a treat and functional for all the dietary needs in my household. The meat eater, vegetarian and gluten free eaters are all covered in this book with easy substitutions. For us it is helpful that a lot of the snacks and meals can be easily consumed on the go or thrown in a container for lunch. I am looking forward to ordering the other book from Skratch Labs.

2 5

Not that impressive

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

We have bought multiple cookbooks, and this one we were really looking forward to it. Maybe our expectations were too high, but it did not live up to it. There are much better athlete cookbooks out there. Sorry skatch labs, but not impressed.

5 5

best cookbook ever

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The recipes are amazing and easy to make. I've found that the amount the rice cake recipes makes more than I can eat in a week of riding. But thats not even a real issue. I need to pull it out more often and my chef girlfriend make some of these

5 5

Stop eating junk

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

An awesome book of simple solutions for training. If you are lucky and know how to cook, lots of new ideas. If you aren't so gifted in the kitchen, proven recipes for your type. Save $$ and add happiness.

5 5

You now have time to cook

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I always hear friends say, "Oh, I'll just grab something from Whole Foods after the ride" Hey, lazy person, get your nose in The Feedzone Cook Book and start learning how to feed yourself tasty food that you make. Chef Biju makes it easy for you to cook tasty and healthy food at home, without needing to know the difference between julianing, cubing, or dicing. So get your face in this book and start eating better. You won't regret this purchase. Promise.

5 5

Great book

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Awesome recipes and very easy to make. I need to use this more.

5 5

Easy, accessible, delicious

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The recipes cover a great range. My wife and I have made almost everyone and have yet to find a bad one. this one blows away the traditional cook book. It offers reasonable back ground info. It also breaks down recipes into easy to understand instructions. Great gift for active friends.

5 5

This will turn anyone into a chef

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can grill and I can make some fine pasta, but that's the extent....or should I say was the extent. This book is dead simple and makes unbelievably tasty meals. I have purchased a handful to have on hand for gifts, it will work for anyone.

This will turn anyone into a chef
5 5


I am loving this cook book! Thank goodness for Dr. Lim and Dr. Biju, they keep the recipes simple yet flavorful. I can already feel my energy levels rising from the extra carbs added into my meals and MAN does that feel good on a long run/ride. I would suggest this to any athlete along with the Portables book!

5 5

Dr. Lim and Biju are Heros

No brainer of the day: buy the feed zone cookbook to change your food game.

Seriously. We have adopted this cookbook like nobody's business. It's a part of our life now.

Recipes are super simple and you don't need to make three trips to whole foods to get it right.

Thanks to Dr. Lim and Biju for sharing.