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27 Mar

10 New Primal Blueprint Books (Plus a Prize Package Giveaway)

Primal Blueprint Books

As I mentioned back in my New Year’s postPrimal Blueprint Publishing has launched, and my team and I are on a mission to change lives, one book at a time!

Last month, we released Mira and Jayson Calton’s Rich Food, Poor Food, and early reader feedback has been incredibly positive. With ten more books either nearing release or in development and with many of you emailing me asking for details, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you what I have in the pipeline. Whether you’re just starting or are a Primal veteran, I think there’s something here for everyone.

Prize Package Giveaway

I’d love to hear what you think. In the comment board below, let me know which of the ten books below you’re most excited about and why, and tell me your idea(s) for a book you think Primal Blueprint Publishing needs to publish. Do those two things and you’ll be entered to win all eight Primal Blueprint books pictured to the right. The lucky winner will be chosen at random. This contest ends at 11:59 pm, Thursday, Mar. 28. Many thanks to everyone that shares their thoughts and, in so doing, helps me make better books for you.

First up, a look at the books with 2013 release dates:

The Hidden Plague, by Tara Grant. This book is for sufferers of Hidradenitis supprativa, a painful skin condition that is poorly understood by the mainstream medical community and strongly associated with the Standard American Diet. Tara suffered for decades before taking matters into her own hands, modifying her diet, and curing herself. There are an estimated 12 million sufferers of this condition in the USA, with many of them unaware of their condition. Tara provides a field guide to managing and overcoming this disease using evolutionary health principles.

Primal Cravings, by Megan and Brandon Keatley. Well the title says it all here! Welcome back all the comfort foods that you’ve disciplined yourself to avoid in pursuit of Primal/paleo dietary principles. This creative, beautifully photographed book is the work of Brandon and Megan Keatley, Crossfit trainers in South Carolina who have dabbled and experimented and reclaimed some of the most indulgent foods you can imagine as Primal/paleo approved! See for yourself, starting with the delicious burger on the cover!

Paleo Primer. This book from the British couple Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore sets forth the Primal/paleo living principles in a fun, simple manner, making it a great book to introduce newcomers to the movement. It’s filled with creative and delicious recipes, and memorable, humorous cartoons that capture the essence of Primal/paleo living at a glance.

Upcoming Projects

Here’s a look at some exciting projects in development for 2014 release:

Death by Food Pyramid, by Denise Minger. Denise has done numerous guests posts on MDA (Will Eating Whole Grains Help You Live Longer?, Will Eating Red Meat Kill You?), and has her own avid following at her Raw Food SOS blog. Denise has been hard at work for a great many months now on an exquisitely researched expose on how “Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics, and Shady Special Interest Groups Have Conspired to Ruin the Health of America”,  and what you can do to avoid succumbing to such bad influences. She absolutely skewers the bestseller The China Study for their flawed data collection and distorted conclusions, and generally goes to great lengths to set the record straight about the flawed conventional wisdom we have been fed our entire lives.

The South Asian Solution, by Dr. Ronesh Sinha. Dr. Ron, an internal medicine specialist in Los Altos, CA, is doing some great stuff in the Bay Area, treating high risk South Asian patients and Silicon Valley employees with unique solutions that respect the evolutionary health model. South Asians, who are mostly Asian Indians, are one of the most insulin resistant ethnic groups on the planet, with rampant diabetes and early heart disease. His approach has successfully engaged and motivated South Asians to improve their health and reduce their risk while still respecting their cultural lifestyle preferences.

Primal Pregnancy, by Michele Blackwell, MD: This respected Ob/Gyn from Webster, Texas provides a detailed manual for a healthy and successfully pregnancy and childbirth, with a focus on integrating modern medical advice while still adhering to Primal living principles. Dr. Michele will cover a wide range of topics, including fertility, successful conception, all the trimesters, a healthy birth, nursing, and recovering your old self by the time the little one’s first steps are taken.

The Primal Prescription. In this hard-hitting expose on America’s dysfunctional health care system, Dr. Doug McGuff, fitness author and emergency physician from Seneca, South Carolina details how we came to spend over 7 trillion dollars per year on health care, yet rank 49th world wide for health outcomes and life expectancy. Dr. McGuff uses the concept of “signal disruption” to demonstrate how top-down controls have created an unholy alliance between the Government, Big Pharma, Big Agra, and Medical providers to create the ultimate “sick care system”. You will see how government intervention allows Big Agra to create the diseases that Big Pharma produces drugs for, so that doctors can “manage” your illness, so that you can stay just well enough to remain addicted to what made you sick in the first place. Having detailed the road to health care serfdom, Doug will show you the way out. By focusing on yourself and applying Primal lifestyle, dietary and exercise principles you will learn how to extract yourself from the belly of the beast, and enjoy the vibrant health that is your birthright.

Primal Woman, by Carrie Sisson. As I hinted at in a recent post, Carrie is shaping a story that touches on subjects of her particular interest and expertise: aging gracefully, dealing with empty nest syndrome, sorting through misinformation about menopause and hormones that women are subjected to, and fine-tuning the Primal living style from a female perspective. Carrie has a degree in Spiritual Psychology and injects a mystical, spiritual element to some of the everyday topics at hand. I can’t wait to read this! (Nope, I’m not even allowed a peek just yet…).

Perfect Balance, a Primal Approach to Overcoming Negativity with Food, Dieting, and Body Image, by Emily Deans, MD. Dr. Deans is a Massachusetts psychiatrist who explores the causes behind out modern obsession with and, for many, dysfunctional relationship with food. By hormonally, psychologically, and metabolically disengaging from processed food dependency, those who struggle with food issues have a better chance to heal from the psychological factors that contribute to their condition. Perfect Balance helps the reader eat and enjoy great, wholesome, natural foods without trending into a neurotic need to adhere to a Primal or paleo-style diet.

Primal Endurance, by Mark Sisson. Yep, I’m going back to my roots, this time to tell enthusiasts who insist on pursuing extreme endurance goals how to do it right! First and foremost is how to “go long” in training and racing without being a carb addict. Yep, it’s possible to be a high-functioning endurance machine when you become truly fat and keto-adapted. This refreshing concept is raising interest in the staid endurance community, as folks like Ben Greenfield, Dr.’s Phinney and Volek in The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance, and even the world’s foremost endurance exercise physiologist, Dr. Timothy Noakes of South Africa, are out on the cutting edge spreading the word.

Primal Blueprint Publishing

Author Services

I’ve partnered with my old friend Matthew Bennett to provide support to both aspiring authors who want to bring their dream and their story to life, as well as authors who have their manuscript and want to market and sell it effectively. Matthew is a respected coach and lecturer for authors, and a master of creative marketing methods that identify niche volume buyers for your work. Matthew and I are in development with author support products right now, but we want to hear from you in order to present the services and materials that are of most interest. If you are an aspiring author, or have a manuscript that you wish to sell and promote, please take some time to complete the comment form at this Author Services link.


My team and I are always on the lookout for detailed book proposals or completed manuscripts that promote well being from an evolutionary health perspective. Visit this page for details on how to engage with us about your masterpiece.

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  1. I am excited about the Primal Pregnancy book because some day soon I hope to have the chance to use it! Meanwhile, though, the Primal Woman book would be my second favorite. I would love to see a book that gives recipes/tips/tricks for primal non-food household products, like cleaners, deodorants, perfumes, lotions, herbal remedies, etc. A book like this could also include a resource section to buy these items if making them were not an option at the time.

    Joanna wrote on March 27th, 2013
  2. I’m most excited about Primal Pregnancy. I just had a baby but plan to get pregnant again. I had a very hard time being disciplined with my food choices during my pregnancy.
    I would like to see a book on Primal babies / children. My daughter is almost 4 months old and I know that at her next appointment, her doctor will tell me to start introducing her to cereal. In a day where a toddlers’ on-the-go snacks include cheerios and gold fish, it is hard to not go for convenience. I know there is the “healthy baby code” but it is more of a program and not a book and it is super expensive.

    Caren Martin wrote on March 27th, 2013
  3. I’m most interested in your Endurance book. I’d be most interested in more cookbooks.
    Thank you,

    Ashley wrote on March 27th, 2013
  4. Looking forward to read ‘primal endurance’.
    Being an endurance athlete age grouper, i am becoming more and more intrigued by getting more metabolicaly efficient. Meaning how to use body fat as your prime source of fuel during traing and racing ironman events.
    I have seen too many athletes seeing their race ruined due to GI distress. Race nutrition may as well the most important aspect of the race.

    Steven wens wrote on March 27th, 2013
  5. OOhh, Primal Balance – excited about that concept.

    Knittingknails wrote on March 27th, 2013
  6. I am most excited about the Primal Connection. I have always thought that food is only the beginning and that we all need a way to connect to a primal lifestyle that exists outside of food. Finding a way to do this while maintaining our connection the the modern world in a healthy fashion can be difficult. Most people don’t mind turning the electronics off an hour before bed, but getting them to set them down for an hour of play before that is almost unheard of today. I would love to read how you recommend adopting this into our lives.

    Nicholas Halter wrote on March 27th, 2013
  7. Oh wow, what a fantastic list of books! We’re having an unseasonably cold spring in the UK right now, so Primal Cravings looks especially appealing.

    Something I’m particularly enthusiastic to see coming up are the books on Primal parenting. Having recently got married and starting to think about having children, I’m awash with questions for almost every step of the process, with precious little by way of helpful Primal-friendly answers coming back from internet searches.

    Rachel wrote on March 27th, 2013
  8. Mark,

    Very excited about the Primal prescription. It would be great to have a detailed but easy to follow resource to direct people to when the standard objections come about (cholesterol, heart disease) while I can point people toward your blogs and places like Peter Attia and Chris Kresser. Even with that people sill hold strong to “yea but the recommendations” I think it will be eye opening to see show how policy and decisions were made and the connections to big pharma and big ag. I believe this would sway people to dig deeper into things and discover how food impacts theri health.

    I would like to see a book about the ethics or food production and agriculture. I’m sure there’s one that exists, but It would nice to have the primal flare.

    Getting back to how nature intended, rhythm of the seasons, rotational farming. And of course how quality sourced meat and produce impacts us and our environments!

    Luke DePron wrote on March 27th, 2013
  9. I’m most excited about Emily Deans’s “Perfect Balance.” I’m a Marriage and Family Therapist in-training, and I see a lot of people who’s symptoms I imagine could be at the very least tamed if they were to opt for a paleo-type diet. Since I am not certified to give nutritional advice to my clients, I would love to have current, well-founded resource I could recommend from an author I trust. I read Emily’s blog frequently and appreciate her transparent, balanced approach. Thanks for considering!

    Hilary wrote on March 27th, 2013
  10. Very much looking forward to Primal Woman and Perfect Balance!

    Would love to see a book discussing supplements and herbal remedies, etc. that talked about how to find good quality, where are good sources to check to see if something is actually helpful or just hype.

    Susan wrote on March 27th, 2013
  11. The four that most caught my attention are: Primal Cravings (I’m female; enough said); Paleo Primer (could use that); Death by Food Pyramid (amen, get the word out); and Primal Woman (there are seventy-six million Baby Boomers).

    All sound good.

    Denise wrote on March 27th, 2013
  12. I am most interested in Primal Pregancy as it is something I hope to achieve in the near future.

    Heather Deaton wrote on March 27th, 2013
  13. I’m new to the primal lifestyle, so any information is new and welcomed. Primal Cravings sounds like a must read for me. Also am curious, for someone with a less athlete level of getting into the best physical shape for my own personal abilities, again at the beginning of this journey.

    Dana wrote on March 27th, 2013
  14. They all sound like great books, but Primal Woman sounds the most exciting to me. Primal Pregnancy also sounds like a great book for the future, but I’m not planning to have kids any time soon. I think you should publish a book that talks about being primal in the workplace (for those who are reluctant to wake up extra early in the morning for a workout and are exhausted when they get home).

    Rebekah wrote on March 27th, 2013
  15. For me the Death by Food Pyramid looks really interesting – it would make for an interesting conversaation with my 8 year old who has just been studying the Eatwell plate at school – this is the UK version of the food pyramid. (I suggested she challenge her teacher with the question: if we are all doing what the government tells us to do how come we are getting fatter and fatter as a nation?)

    In terms of the book I would like to see it has to be the one entitled: ‘How to be Primal in 21st century Britain’. 99% of the information out there in both book and blog/website form is written by Americans and for Americans. Not that it doesn’t make useful and interesting reading but it would be really great to have approved food, shops, recipes and so forth to which i could directly relate. I’d love to see a chapter on where to buy nitrite free bacon, and what to feed your family if you refuse to buy into battery farmed but can’t afford to eat meat more than once or twice a week if you buy free range. Lunch box ideas for fussy kids – (or meal ideas for kids who really don’t like veggies) now that would be a winning chapter too :)

    Ali wrote on March 27th, 2013
  16. I would love to read them all!! esp primal pregnancy!

    Katrina wrote on March 27th, 2013
  17. They all sound excellant – Primal Prescription would be #1 on my list. Been primal for a while, thinking about going off my thryroid meds. In future, would be interested in digestion/gut and the connection to the skin – acne, roseacia, etc.

    Caroline wrote on March 27th, 2013
  18. “Primal Cravings” makes my mouth water just to think about!! A suggestion for a future book not on your upcoming list would address the challenges of getting the whole family off sweet/carbohydrate products.

    Laura wrote on March 27th, 2013
  19. I’m most excited about…. Primal Woman ! It sounds like something that would really resonate for my wife, who is living more gracefully every day (in her 60s). She has been gluten free for a while, but recently jumped on the Primal living bandwagon in all its aspects. She would love a book that discusses this, including menopause, nutrition, and more spiritual aspects of living a simpler life.

    For future books, I can think of two:

    (1) Skills for us travelers in terms of hunting and gathering while on the road: Besides our own snacks, a nice summary of what we might find at certain FF and fast-casual restaurants would be helpful (or scarry). We can’t IF in all instances. Also, when we travel abroad, i.e., what to eat when in Europe, or Asia, or wherever, etc., perhaps with language cards/helpful translations for the waiter/chef, etc.

    (2) Living Primal for those of us who’ve started in our 50s. No, we are not former marathoners like some others we know. An emphasis on how PB living helps us as we approach later life would be interesting (nutrition, exercises w/o injury, expectations for weight management, etc.)


    KenCo wrote on March 27th, 2013
  20. I think I am most excited about Paleo Primer – because I need the primer and all the encouragement that I can find. I have been attempting this primal lifestyle for more than a year, and just can’t seem to make much headway.

    And for future projects, I would like to see something that addresses the sickest of our population (um, that would be me) – people who are in too much pain for most of the physical requirements of primal life; people who are on so many prescriptions that “where to start” becomes an hourly roadblock; people who cannot find, nor afford, the kind of medical care that would be necessary to alter any current situations. Ah, but, how would a book address all this? That, I do not know.

    Ouida Lampert wrote on March 27th, 2013
  21. Book I am most interested/excited about : Perfect Balance because I have had life long issue with food and body image.

    Book that needs to be written : Primal Pets. A book to take on the big pet food industry and the pet version of Big Pharm but provide a safe and knowledgeable base for feeding pets to avoid food related health issues. Something that is written well enough to gain respect in the veterinary field as well as with pet owners. As a vet I think this is long overdue.

    Minerva wrote on March 27th, 2013
  22. I am very interested in the Primal Pregnancy and the Primal Woman book. I think both of those will be great. I would love to see one about raising primal kids.

    Kirstin wrote on March 27th, 2013
  23. Death by Food Pyramid, because I’m fascinated by stories that expose the misguided and sometimes malicious ideas behind a nation’s nutrition.

    My idea: Primal parenting — raising kids to be healthy and happy.

    Tom wrote on March 27th, 2013
  24. I am most interested in Paleo Primer, I am new to the primal lifestyle and I find it to be overwhelming at times. I have literally stared at food in the grocery store, trying to figure out what to eat. There were definite “no”, definite “yes”, and lots of “ummmm”. Anything to help me get a firm grasp. I would also like to see some recipes that are kid friendly. I have 2 kids, one of which is on the picky side. I would like to incorporate more paleo principles into their meals (especially lunches!).

    Dana wrote on March 27th, 2013
  25. I think Perfect Balance sounds very interesting!

    As far as something for future consideration, maybe primal wilderness survival? Ya know for when the Zombie Apocalypse happens.. :-)

    Matthew wrote on March 27th, 2013
  26. I am definitely most excited for Primal Pregnancy. We actually came to the Primal lifestyle because we wanted to be healthier (and lighter) as we try to conceive. Along those lines, I’d love to see a data-based/backed book integrating Primal principles with the specific dietary needs of children based on their stage of development. I think you could tap into the gardening market as well by tackling both urban/small space gardening with Primal principals (best, easiest, highest nutrient vegetables to grow organically; best pairings in a small container, etc.) – this could even be tied into a cookbook – Here are 4 different organic, urban garden plans (varied in size), and the meals you can make from them.

    Meadow Snyder wrote on March 27th, 2013
    • +1 Primal Gardening!

      (I’m campaigning… :-))

      Chica wrote on March 27th, 2013
  27. They all sound like fascinating reads! I am excited to read some more on the whole Primall/Paleo topic. Primal cravings would be great for some new variations on delicious food, but Primal Prescription and Death by Food Pyramid have really gotten my attention. Love the Primal Blueprint series, and would love my own collection to get my husband to read too!

    Jessica wrote on March 27th, 2013
  28. I am so excited for Brandon and Megan Keatley’s Primal Cravings book! I am all for more food ideas and have such a hard time letting go of those long time favorites. As so many are, I am always on the go and would love a whole cookbook for slow cookers. I find myself modifying many Primal recipes to be slow cooker friendly anyhow, but you can never have too many ideas.

    Kalli L wrote on March 27th, 2013
  29. I’m excited about Death by Pyramid. I love Denise’s writing style and copious research she puts into every article.

    I’d love to see a “Primal Adventures” type book that has those creative workouts staff and visitors have created over the years plus ideas for primal vacation locations and activities. There are so many awesome things to do on this earth, but I haven’t found a good resource in one place!

    Michelle wrote on March 27th, 2013
  30. I am excited about Primal Women. I have already noticed a huge difference from being Paleo as opposed to before. I am also excited about Death by Food Pyramid.

    I would love to see something written for paleo pets.

    Tiffany wrote on March 27th, 2013
  31. I am really interested in finding paleo diet books for vegetarian, post-menopausal women with osteoporosis. Anyone with osteoporosis is advised to eat large quantities of dairy (in lieu of calcium supplements).

    Teri wrote on March 27th, 2013
  32. It is a tough decision, but I’d say I’m most interested in reading Perfect Balance, a Primal Approach to Overcoming Negativity with Food, Dieting, and Body Image, by Emily Deans, MD.

    I am very interested in the relationship between mental and emotional health and the principles outlined in the Primal Blueprint. I would love to see a book (or many books) that explore the relationship between SAD lifestyles versus Primal lifestyles and the ability to cope in healthy ways with the stressors and conditions of post traumatic stress disorder.

    Thanks for all you do Mark!

    yoolieboolie wrote on March 27th, 2013
  33. I really like the 21 day transformation. It keeps things simple and to the point. I would like to see more on barefoot “primal” running. I read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and it really peaked my interest.

    Sarah wrote on March 27th, 2013
  34. I do not think that most women suffer from “Empty Nest Syndrome”! This is usually a time when woman are finally able to focus on their own needs, rather than those of their children. As a single mom, who prided herself on being there for her children until they left for university on a daily basis, I can truly say that I looked forward to some “me” time. I have continued to support my children since they have become independent adults but I have never ever wished for them to return home and be dependent on me, as they were before I became an “Empty Nester”.
    I would like to commend your recent book “The Primal Connection” as being one of the most important books that I have read in 2013! I think that our values have been steered away from what makes us feel good about being human. Many of us are too focused on a scarcity mentality that has us striving for more material wealth rather than on connecting with those that we love. My home, car or wardrobe does not provide anywhere near the pleasure I enjoy from an intimate conversation with friends and family. Your book has reinforced my convictions to turn off the computer & TV, and pick up the phone to call my family and friends and connect with those that people that really matter in my life.
    Thank you, Susie

    Susie wrote on March 27th, 2013
  35. The most attractive book is “Primal Cravings”. The book I would most like to see from you is a book of real life Primal success (and failure?) stories that include challenges overcome and lessons learned.

    Gregory Collins wrote on March 27th, 2013
  36. At first, I picked Death by Pyramid, because I really enjoy all the research I have read by Denise. So thorough and VERY informative. I can trust a book by her will be just the same and I will likely learn a ton.
    Then I scrolled down and saw Primal Pregnancy. As a 35 year old woman who is looking at putting one in the oven within the next two years, this book would be very interesting AND useful!

    Book ideas for the future? Perhaps a cookbook for meats off the beaten path for those of us not trained at Cordon Bleu. I am thinking specifically basic yet delicious recipes using offal, rabbit, ostrich, buffalo, etc. Right now, I will likely pass by these meats because I simply don’t know how to cook them and/or they are very intimidating.
    Another cookbook idea would be just vegetables. As a person who has trouble thinking outside the box in cooking (I am not that good of a cook, I own that), I get tired of steamed or sauteed veggies day in and day out. There are a ton of veggie cookbooks out there, but often not primal (recipes with cheeses, dairy, breadcrumbs, etc). Having a cookbook devoted to primal veggies would be awesome.

    Jenni wrote on March 27th, 2013
  37. I am excited about Paleo Primer! I am new to this, but I have been following the plan for 5 days straight now. I’m feeling good! I think you guys should make a book about smart paleo choices for eating out and eating with other people. The only problem I’ve run into is making smart choices when going out to eat and when eating with people who have invited me to their house. I normally try to limit the SAD foods as much as the meal they have made requires. A book about that would be great! Keep up the good work!

    John wrote on March 27th, 2013
  38. I would say The Primal Prescription sounds like the most exciting because there are too many people on prescription meds that they could avoid taking them by eating and exercising correctly. It would be nice to share such a book with them.

    As for another book, how about something that gets into living primally on a budget. When I tell people about eating this way, the first thing they say is how expensive it is or they don’t know how to go about obtaining good food. It can include a how to guide on buying in bulk, freezing, lacto-fermenting, and just how to stretch your dollar to get the most out of your primal food.

    Mike wrote on March 27th, 2013
  39. Looking forward to the Primal Prescription, as I’m curious to see how government, pharma, and big agriculture are all connected to poor modern day health from the Standard American Diet.

    I would love an in-depth book on common problems that people experience with their health (such as irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, psoriasis, arthritis, acne, heart burn, etc.), with a chapter dedicated to each problem outlining very specific food recommendations and lifestyle practices that can help cure those problems (basically tailoring the Primal Blueprint to specific needs). I would find this very useful to give to family and friends who experience these common problems!

    Brian wrote on March 27th, 2013
  40. I am anticipating the PRIMAL CRAVINGS book to help me curve the ‘comfort food’ I have been dealing with. Since I swithced to the PRIMAL cook books, my resting heart rate and blood suger levels have dropped, along with 25lbs have ‘disappeared’. Thus allowing me to do more!

    Can you help us with recreating a bread and pasta. I have found a glutten free pasta from Devella Deli free that is very simialr to regular pasta, can you help us recreate in a ‘good’ version?

    Thanks for what you have thus far, it helps!!

    Bryon wrote on March 27th, 2013

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