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About Me

I’m Natalie. Have a question? You can reach me here: I’d love to hear from you!

I’m passionate about keeping my family healthy. And feeding my kids things other than pizza. (We really love pizza. This is tough sometimes.)

I’ve been married to a chiropractor-and-wellness-expert husband since 2003. Steve (yes, we love Journey jokes) is still my very best friend, my go-to guy for all things health-related, and my favorite taste tester.

Oh, and he loves salads. And he washes my pots. How did I luck out?

I have four kids who are my kitchen helpers, currently 16, 15, 11, 8. They can all crack eggs by themselves and name dozens of types of produce. (My eldest can now make French macarons & crepes and the other two girls can bake independently, too. My dreams have come true.)

Our youngest is the lone boy. He’s affectionately known as #babylukedanes on my Instagram feed. (It’s a long, Gilmore Girls-related story.) He’s our fried egg expert.

They all keep me on my toes all day and remind me why becoming a mother was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. We try to have dinner together every night as a family — an important tradition from my childhood.

We’re fairly recent transplants to the Boise, ID, area, and we like it here a lot. I grew up in Idaho, so I feel like I’ve come home.

What We Eat

Our eating habits have adapted over the years and have fluctuated between “from scratch” to “paleo-ish”. We feel better when we go light on the grains and dairy, but I wouldn’t assign a dietary title to our style of eating.

Steve and I probably lean more toward grain-free than the kids do, though. Many of the recipes on my site are Whole30-compliant, paleo-friendly, gluten-free, or could easily be made dairy-free.

Sometimes using descriptors like “paleo” or “keto” is easier than listing all of the things a recipe doesn’t have.

About Perry’s Plate

I started Perry’s Plate in Feb 2008 as a way to easily access and share our most favorite recipes, and it has blossomed into something that I never expected — a creative outlet and business for myself and a community of supportive friends and food-lovers.

I’m the author of The Big Book of Paleo Slow Cooking, and The Big Book of Paleo Pressure Cooking. You can read more about my first book here: About the Book.

From 2010-2020 I contributed to Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen Blog and Pioneer Woman: Food & Friends.

My work has been featured in other places such as, Bon Appetit (online), Glamour (online), ABCNews (online), BuzzFeed, HuffPost Food, Gourmet (online), LDS Living (print and online) and Clean Eating Magazine (print and online).

About the Photos

I’m also a self-taught photographer and unless otherwise noted, have taken all of the photos on Perry’s Plate. I use a Canon 7D for all of my photos, and I bounce between a 100mm 2.8L and a 24-105mm lens.

I love and appreciate all of my readers. Without you, this blog would be a very lonely place. So thank you for giving me a little of your time and attention — I will continue to send you tasty bites from our plate!

Again, you can contact me at or use the contact form with any suggestions, questions, or comments. I’d love to hear from you!

I love, LOVE to connect on social media. You can find me on Instagram (my favorite), Facebook, and Pinterest. Drop over and say hi!

Also, check out the podcast interview I did at We Get to Know in May of 2018.

Disclaimer: The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child’s condition.



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Larry Dreher

Tuesday 5th of July 2022

Hello, Just wanted to say hi and THANK YOU. I saw your paleo slow cooker book in the library which pointed me here. The site is great, and it looks like I'll be hanging out a while trying out your stuff. My wife and I tend to rotate between Keto and paleo with a whole thirty or two thrown in so your stuff is right up our alley!

Natalie Perry

Tuesday 5th of July 2022

Hi Larry! Welcome! I hope you find some things you like here :)

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