You Did It! Quarterly Is A Go


Remember a few weeks ago when I asked you to support me in my quest to become a curator for a paleo box of goodies for Quarterly?

Within a 2-week timeframe, I needed 1000 of you to tell Quarterly you wanted a paleo box. You guys are so awesome, there were 1100 of you in just one week that voted yes.

You did it! And now I can send you presents in the mail.

I’m working on putting together my first box! For details on how it works and to sign up for my box, head to my page on Quarterly.


hr_brown1About Quarterly

Every three months, the Quarterly curators — people like Andrew Zimmern, Timothy Ferriss  and me (!)— put together a box of goodies and send it to their subscribers. It’s like a quarterly magazine only better because it’s stuff to do — and in my case: eat — in addition to stuff to read. “It’s like a magazine,” says a Quarterly rep, “but instead of receiving words on a page, our subscribers receive actual items that tell a compelling story crafted by the curator.”

My First (and Future) Quarterly Box(es)

I’m SO EXCITED about the responsibility and privilege of being your paleo personal shopper! I don’t want to give too much away because the fun of surprise packages is the surprise, but… you can always expect delicious things to eat and tools to make training hard, eating clean, and living loud more fun.

My first box is going to be a kickass assortment of things I think are essential in any well-stocked paleo kitchen. I just got word that we were able to land a new product for my box — this awesome product isn’t even in stores yet! — that will make eating super healthy much, much easier. And I’ve created a new, exclusive recipe that Dave is going to illustrate to go into the box.

In future boxes, I’m going to explore fun themes like paleo holiday must-haves, international dinner parties, and more. Plus, every Quarterly package will include an exclusive something made by Dave and I… exclusive recipes just for Quarterly subscribers, illustrated stories, and more. If that sounds good to you, head over to Quarterly to learn more and subscribe to my Quarterly Paleo box.

Thank you for helping make this happen!



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  • Denise says:

    FUCK YES. That is great news.

  • Suzann says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait!!

  • Sarah says:

    Yay! New to the Paleo lifestyle and it isn’t big here in the UK…yet. Will feel super special getting my quarterly 🙂

  • Tracy says:

    Well, I was not part of the voting…totally missed that, but I just subscribed! Can’t wait for my first box!!!

  • Trish says:

    PALEO, FUCK YEAH! Just signed up and so happy to have been one of the voters. I have a September birthday so thanks for my present, Mel!

  • Darcy says:

    Do you think the value of the box would be a good deal with Canadian shipping… it works out to be about $78… sometimes we Canadians miss out on good stuff but if you think that’s still a good value, I’d sign up in a second!

    • I know the Quarterly people take my wishlist for the box and put as much into it as they can for the cost — plus, every box will include an exclusive recipe from me. The shipping is kind of steep, I know! But everything in the box is high quality, and I don’t think you could buy everything separately and have it shipped to Canada for that price. I know that this first box will have one product that you can’t get in stores yet. I hope to continue that trend in future boxes.

  • Alyson says:

    SO excited!! I voted for you and I just signed up to receive the boxes! Can’t wait! Ok, that’s a lot of exclamation points. But remember when you were a little kid and getting mail was so novel and thrilling? This concept brings that feeling to us old folk!! Or at least to me!!

  • Mandy says:

    YES!!! That is fantastic news.

  • Zuravin Blaine says:

    I’m trying to sign up and it won’t let me! Is it my comp?! I’ll throw it out the window right now I swear to god!! *picks computer up*

  • Zuravin Blaine says:

    False alarm. Once threatened with death the computer produced. I’m in like flynn, can’t wait!

  • Lynn says:

    WOW – I just opened my email and there was my notification that your first Quarterly box ships in September! I am already subscribed for the ongoing series! I am on my first Whole30 and it will end in mid September- your first box will be my reward for finishing so now I am even more sure I will succeed!

    I love the idea of the special illustrated recipe! I know you cant tell much… but how about we speculate and give some “wish for” items?

    What I wish for in Melissa’s First (or Future) Quarterly boxes:

    A homemade TCMTG spice blend (or two)
    Wooden spoons (maybe with your signature on the handle???? Wouldn’t that be cool to cook with?!)
    Reusable tags for Mayo and signature sauces like Sunshine Sauce and Zesty Ginger Dressing
    Well Fed bling (socks? wrist band?)
    A booklet of your Fave Posts (and other contemplative stuff, so I can read it not on the screen)
    Whatever Melissa puts in it!!

    • I’m so glad you’re excited! This first box will include a letter from me and an illustrated-by-hand recipe. We’re going to try to get even more cool, handmade stuff into future boxes. YAY!

  • Stephanie says:

    Hooray! So excited about this! Can’t wait until my box comes in September! I love that I’m giving a gift to myself every 3 months (and as a hardworking, homeschooling mom of 3 – I deserve it!)

  • Paleo Granny says:

    Shipping to Canada is expensive but still excited to get the goodies.

  • Emma says:

    Just ordered mine too! Can’t wait for it to ship!!!!

  • kari says:

    I signed up right away! It will be like Christmas every few months!! So pumped!

  • noblepower says:

    ‘K I’m in, too, and can’t wait!

  • Abby says:

    Ordered my Quarterly as soon as the email hit my inbox! Supper pumped about my paleo goodie box!!

  • Lauren says:

    Hi Mel,

    I really want to subscribe, but do you know the actual shipping date of the box? I’m leaving for an extended trip on October 1st and I’m in Canada so I need to make sure that it would be here before I leave!

  • Chris says:

    Yay! I’m so excited to see what you come up with, Melissa.

  • Jen S. says:

    I just subscribed too! exciting! It wouldn’t however for some odd reason, take my coupon code. Oh well, it’s a great value anyways!

  • Lisa D. says:

    Oh.Hell.Yes! … now I have to wait until September-ish? Argh. Waiting is so harrrrd. “I want it now!” said in my very best Veruca Salt voice… 🙂 Congrats on your Curator-ness!

  • Caroline says:

    I’ve been going back and forth about if I want to subscribe or not.. Then last night while falling asleep my thoughts ran back to the box. I decided it’s worth it. I have to do it! It will help me with my journey on the Paleo lifestyle and keep me motivated to keep my body feeling so good.

    So, I just subscribed. Can’t wait!!

  • AKM says:

    Just signed up! Excited!

  • This is awesome!!!
    I’ve perused Quarterly before, but never really found something that interests me. There were a few that were a ‘maybe’, and several that looked cool, but unfortunately I missed them.
    So I signed up for your box! How could I not? Finally, something right up my alley!
    Thanks & I can’t wait!

  • Amy in Austin says:

    I’m so excited! All signed up for the subscription – you’ve kept me reading your amazing blog since ’08 and I have no doubt your Quarterly boxes will be even more amazing!

  • Thank you SO MUCH, everyone! I’m glad you’re excited — I am, too! At last count, I heard we had 400 subscribers, which is almost twice what Quarterly predicted. Nice job, you guys!

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  • Dana says:

    Wow, got excited and pressed send too fast. I’m so excited for you and your quarterly box, can’t wait to order it! I’m currently cooking my way through Well Fed 2 for a whole30. Loving it so far, obviously! Funnily enough, I didn’t have the original Well Fed until I just ordered it along with the newest version of the whole30 handbook. But I’m not allowing myself to open it until I finish this whole30 – it’ll be my “treat” to myself 🙂

  • Craig says:

    Congrats!! That’s an awesome achievement.

  • Bella says:

    Wow, I’m so glad I found you. I’ve been experimenting with the Paleo lifestyle for a few months now and feel awesome when I stick to the program. Lately, I’ve fallen off the wagon 🙁 so as soon as I saw an email from Quarterly about your great new box I had to sign up. Checked out your webpage as well and love it. You are bookmarked and I can’t wait to receive my first box.

  • Janice says:

    I subscribed right away, like some of your other followers I was a little disheartened when I saw the shipping cost to Canada, however I have both Well Fed books and they are the best purchases I’ve made, I’m sure this new purchase will be the same. Can’t wait to receive something in the mail other than a utility bill.

  • Rochelle says:

    OK…I’m slow…if I didn’t already order ahead of time can I still get the box? Is there a time limit?

  • JenO says:

    SOLD OUT! 🙁 i missed the first box…. hopefully i can get the next one? BTW, CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Eryn says:

    Congrats, this is so great! Just went to sign up for notification of the next box but I don’t see your name on the list to be wait listed! I sent them an email, hopefully they will add you shortly! I need to get in on the next one for sure!

  • EmayPA says:

    I’m SO psyched – and can’t wait to get my goodies!

    Such fun! Thanks, Mel!

  • Tiffany says:

    I would love to sign up. I can’t get the link to work though. Am I too late?? Oh I hope not! I love this idea and all of your recipes!!!

    • Sorry about that! I fixed the links, so you can sign up now. My first box is sold out, but the next one will be coming in November. If you join the waiting list, you should get an email alert when it’s time to sign up for the new box.

  • Kris R. says:

    So I signed up for this bit of lovely when I first saw this post, and the anticipation for it is outstanding now that we are in September. Can’t Wait!

  • Noblepower says:

    Just received my box & I’m so psyched! Stuff I’ve been wanting to try & looking forward to the recipe – can’t wait for the next box!

  • Amy Drorbaugh says:

    Just got my first box and my kids and I had so much fun opening it! Like Paleo Christmas! Can’t wait for the next one. (And my favorite flavor of coconut butter…score!)

  • Karyn Petric says:

    So Excited my box should be here on Monday!!! I think I am going to hug my UPS man!!!

  • Laura in Iowa says:

    Mine came today, and it was like paleo Christmas! I live in the middle of nowhere, so i wouldn’t be able to buy any of this stuff without ordering it online, and I’m exited to try new things without having to buy a whole case.

  • Jeni says:

    Got my box on Friday and loved the contents!! Can’t wait to make the snuggle soup 🙂

  • Kat says:

    My box came today! I can’t wait to try the anchovies. I am not sure it will serve 2 though 🙂 The knife is a work of art and has a balanced feel in my hand. Thanks for such a wonderful selection! Looking forward to the next box already.

    • You’re so nice — I’m glad you’re excited about the stuff I picked out! All my favorite things 🙂 The next box has a VERY fun theme, and I’m super excited. Thanks for subscribing!

  • Maggie says:

    I just signed up! I am so excited for my first box of surprises!!

  • EmayPA says:

    YAY! FINALLY got my box. Was on a slow train from LA (seriously – it then derailed near Harrisburg).

    I kept checking in here to see if anyone else was waiting, but kept getting glimpses of what other people got.

    We need spoiler alerts. heh.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this box.

    SPOILER alert: 🙂

    The knife is gorgeous! and all the other yummies – omg! The coconut butter looks deadly good. And I’ve always wanted to try the primal pacs.

    You rock, Mel! This is such fun!

    Thanks again!

    • No, way! Do you think the awesomeness of the Quarterly box made the train derail?!

      I’m really glad you like all the goodies. Have fun trying all the new stuff! Thank you very much for subscribing!

  • Jennifer says:

    I was going to comment as soon as the box came that it was awesome, then between here and your facebook page, it looked like maybe you didn’t need more of those comments? Anyway. I thought the box was awesome EXCEPT for the anchovies which my first response was that they would surely languish in the cupboard until far past expiration. I forced myself to eat them today. I am a sworn and convinced sardine and anchovie hater even though I had never tried. I had to psych myself up and let myself get really hungry. I told myself things like, “I always put chocolate in my chili now because she said it was a good idea and that sounded crazy at first too”. I fixed just like you said in your note, and it was beyond edible. Really good! Now I have a new source of healthy protein and I NEVER would have tried if you hadn’t included them in the box. So kudos to you for breaking me out of my comfort zone. And now I can saw honestly the entire box is totally awesome!

    • That’s fantastic! I’m SO glad you tried them — thanks for trusting me! And YAY! Now you have more protein choices. Thank you very much for subscribing to Quarterly and for taking the time to post your comment. I really appreciate it!

  • Meg says:

    I subscribe to a lot of subscription boxes, but yours by far, is the best one I have ever received. I am SOOOO glad I signed up for the subscription because I would be so sad if I ever missed one of these. Great job putting this together!