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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.

Don’t Forget to Share Your Thoughts Below for a Chance to Win a Primal Blueprint Book Prize Package (See Details Above)

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  1. I am most excited to see the Perfect Balance and Primal Pregnancy books come out. I am interested and intrigued by the psychological aspects of fitness and nutrtion and also understanding and bringing awareness to others how our society, American in particular, comes into play in regards to our body image and how we see and feel about food. I am approaching the child bearing years of my life and want to do the best that I can to prepare for and go through pregnancy as healthy and balanced as possible. I want my children to have a healthy start in life from the get go.
    Something that I think would be interesting to write about in terms of the Paleo / Primal life style is eating in season. A catchy title may be The Paleoannual Eater ( meaning someone who cares about eating paleo but also about locally and in season). This could be both a factual and informative book as well as one that presents recipes and pictures encouraging seasonal cuisine and recipes. A primal lifestyle includes doing whats right for the system within as well as the system at work around us in our community and enviroment.

    Tammy Schmidt wrote on March 27th, 2013
  2. Most interested to read death by food pyramid. I love science!

    More books on children in the lifestyle. There are a ton of websites about the food. But very little on all the other aspects like avoiding the electronic world, how much exercise is healthy for young children etc

    Karen wrote on March 27th, 2013
  3. I am so glad there are all these great books on Primal living. I would love to read The Primal Connection.

    A book on foraging would be a good primal addition. Some urban foraging as well as rural.

    CC wrote on March 27th, 2013
  4. Primal prescription sounds right up my alley. I am a current college student and want to be a future doctor (paleo/primal oriented of course) and learn how to succeed in an industry rampant with corruption and bad practice even with some of the most sincere people as unknowing participants. My fingers are crossed

    Justin Wisor wrote on March 27th, 2013
  5. I’m looking forward to the Primal Endurance. I just completed my first marathon in early March and will probably do a few more before it is all said and done. I’m looking forward to getting some advice.

    Spencer M. wrote on March 27th, 2013
  6. I am most interested in The Primal Prescription because I have been saying this same thing ( the perfect sickness care system) for a while. I would like his input on it as well. People need to be aware of this “system and how to reclaim their health by getting “out” of the trap.

    I would like a book aimed at outlining a slow transition for kids and teenagers to start eating primal. I find this is a big challenge for me and lots of folks as they try to make a change for the better.

    Michael Jaramillo D.C. wrote on March 27th, 2013
  7. Death by Food Pyramid sounds like an absolute must-read to me! I’m thoroughly excited about that one and McGuff’s book is a very close second. As for what else… I think you should do even more books exposing the errors of conventional wisdom and drawing new conclusions from the same old data.

    Kim L wrote on March 27th, 2013
  8. My pick would be either the Primal Blueprint or the 21 Day Total Body Transformation since I’m just getting interested in the primal lifestyle. I have been exercising since the middle of December and trying to eat better, I just want to take it to the next level. So I would be grateful for which ever book I would win.

    Dan Eakins wrote on March 27th, 2013
  9. I’m interested in the Primal Pregnancy book, though it’s going to come a little late for me and my (currently pregnant) wife. As a future parent who has been struggling with weight issues all my life, I’d really like to see a book that focuses on introducing kids to healthy paleo/primal eating in a way that will interest them.

    Matthew wrote on March 27th, 2013
  10. Hey Mark,

    Im looking forward to the forthcoming books, two in particular piqued my interest. Primal Pregnancy and Primal Balance. I’m embracing the primal lifestyle and it’s already having an impact. From general well being to weight loss. Soon, I’ll be starting a family and im hoping that they will join me in the primal lifestyle.

    I don’t find any glaring holes in the literature that is available, but a book about raising a primal family would be an asset.


    Saskman wrote on March 27th, 2013
  11. I would love to read the Paleo Primer. I really could use a good intro.

    Michelle wrote on March 27th, 2013
  12. I think I would like to read Perfect balance although I would like all of them. I work 80+ hours a week and I find meal prep difficult, All those convenience foods are a thing of the past and there are not alot of restaurants that you can or want to eat at. I would like to see a book about meal prep for primal lifestyle. Today I started prepping six meals a day and photographing it and am thinking this will help with eating the right calories, staying paleo, and eating more often.

    Amy wrote on March 27th, 2013
  13. I’m definitely most excited about reading The Primal Prescription. Our nation’s current healthcare system and our current national state of health have become an interesting and worrisome topic, needing both reform and review. I’m interested to see what Dr. McGruff has dug up about a healthcare system that spends so much money, yet prevents and improves the health of so few.

    I think it would be interesting to see either a book on Gluten Intolerance, and a book on the Anthropology/Evolution of the human gut/digestive system in relation to the changing access to food and the development of agriculture.

    Juanathan Cruz wrote on March 27th, 2013
  14. I’m most excited for Death by Food Pyramid, by Denise Minger and Perfect Balance, a Primal Approach to Overcoming Negativity with Food, Dieting, and Body Image, by Emily Deans, MD.

    Death by Food Pyramid, because I’d like to widely distribute it — and I mean far and wide — and dispel some of these notions I hear so blithely bandied about day after day in my workplace and elsewhere.

    Perfect Balance, because I personally struggle with, and I’m sure others do as well, on the “doing everything perfectly” or not at all syndrome. Finding a balance is not simple.

    One book I would LOVE to see written is Primal Parenting for our Children. Help parents to help their children!!!

    Jennifer G wrote on March 27th, 2013
  15. I would love to read all of these, but when having to choose one, I am most excited about Primal Pregnancy because as a birth doula it is a field of particular interest to me.
    I think a book you should publish is one geared towards kids. Well, to parents of primal kids in a world dominated by SAD, to be more accurate. I have not found it difficult to switch to primal ways for me, in fact I have never felt better and so it is easy for me to keep making good choices. But I have read the books and done my research so I know WHY. My kids eat extremely well here at home, and thrive. But they are surrounded by temptations in almost every social setting they encounter. Visits at friends and relatives, birthday parties, even at school, the list goes on and on. I would love to see a book which deals with how to be a primal parent in a world where our kids are given all sorts of bad stuff almost everywhere.
    (for instance; make sure our kids are well fed before we go to parties, make trail mixes and packed lunch boxes that can keep us going for hours when travelling, always offer to bring food to parties, volunteer to bake cakes etc)

    Elin wrote on March 27th, 2013
  16. I am very excited about all of these new books. I’ve been reading and researching for some time now and getting ready to begin this transformational diet with my family. We travel a lot, and I think this will be very doable and will keep us more healthy as we get into our busy performance season.

    Mark, thanks so much!!!

    Dorene Bankester

    Dorene Bankester wrote on March 27th, 2013
  17. I am so excited about Death By the Food Pyramid and Primal Women. Being new the community I would love to read any of these books as all the primal library books in my area are reserved for months! One book subject that would interest me is how to transition your family to a primal diet with transitional recipes and menus. Also, as a homeschool mom, any kind of book to help kids understand the benefits of the Primal Pyramid and the trouble that can come from eating the USDA pyramid.

    SuzyH wrote on March 27th, 2013
  18. I’d like to take a look at the Primal Women book. I have a lot of friends who have jumped onboard the primal/paleo band wagon, but a few of them are at that age where they’re nearing menopause, and are getting a lot of conflicting information.
    I think a great book to put out would be primal recipes for the slow cooker.

    Sara wrote on March 27th, 2013
  19. The Primal Endurance sounds very interesting for those of us who do both Crossfit and running. There has been big interest in marathons and half marathons lately and I think having the Primal take on endurance athletes would be a great cross section to address. Love all the other books I have read and look forward to reading this one.

    Stan wrote on March 27th, 2013
  20. Primal endurance is the one I’m most excited about. I’m really interested about how the body can adapt without carbs and what to fuel it….
    As to a future book, I would like a book about primal living in the modern world, what and where to eat when out and about, which is the best option for quick food on the go, what to have with your coffee in one of those high street chains( fruit salad? Or has it got added sugar?) delving into day to day facts

    Paul O'Hara wrote on March 27th, 2013
  21. I would love to read Primal Prescription. I found Body by Science very interesting and know his next book will be just as good. For a future book, I would like to read one that covers detoxification, supplements and herbs that fit into the Paleo lifestyle. I know there are plenty of articles online regarding these topics but it would be nice to have one comprehensive source that is research based covering these highly popular topics.

    Wendy wrote on March 27th, 2013
  22. Definitely looking forward to Primal Cravings. Woot! Woot! But, ya know, if I were to WIN all 10 books I would dive heartily into each one. After finishing Primal Cravings, of course. 😉

    Suzi Q wrote on March 27th, 2013
  23. I am interested in the Primal Endurance. As an athlete that has only used gels or carbs to fuel in training and races I really want to shift my eating to remove the sugars but don’t know what to substitute. Hopefully this book will help. Also, I bought 5 copies of Rich Food Poor Food! I loved it so much I bought one for each of my kids too!

    Patti Page wrote on March 27th, 2013
  24. I can’t wait for Primal Woman!

    I would love to see a book that’s kind of like a “Chicken Soup for the Primal Soul”, only not so cheesy. Stories of how every day people deal with every day challenges, how they do their best to balance work, family, and primal living (from the perspective of everyone from the city girl to the suburban family to an older couple who sold everything and lives in an RV, traveling, etc – possibilities are endless).

    Or a book on how to Play. That would be awesome.

    Sunny wrote on March 27th, 2013
  25. Primal Cravings, I’m always looking for new recipes. Especially ways to create bread without perfecting the stiff egg whites that don’t collapse when you incorporate your dry ingredients. Hope this book contains some new baking techniques. For 2014 looking forward to Carrie’s Primal Woman we need more information for women over 50 and the issues we face. A book that really addresses the middle age crowd like myself who have spent years eating SAD and are usually on a number of prescriptions. I’ve spent the last 3 months detoxing, repairing my gut and weaning off all medication except Thyroid. I’ve been eating Primal 3 months with very little weight loss and now finally my weight loss has accelerated. People with years of repair need to understand it all doesn’t happpen overnight and that is not clearly communicated. We see posts of much younger successes and wonder what’s wrong and why we don’t see the same results as fast. I feel better than ever and don’t want to see people my age give up.

    Natalie wrote on March 27th, 2013
  26. I am most interested in Paleo Primer because I am basically a newcomer. And, what I would like to have would be a Workbook dedicated to everything related to “ketosis’: how to best get there and how to stay there; safety; benefits, etc. along with opportunities for record keeping progress with spreadsheets for weight, BMI, body fat, viceral fat, exercise, etc. and also improved/worsened details related to ability to sleep…

    Kathryn Wolfe wrote on March 27th, 2013
  27. Primal Cravings, Primal Prescription and Carrie’s book all will be must-reads for me! As far as what I’d like to see, I’d love a cookbook or nutrition guide of some sort for staying primal with food allergies/sensitivities. I can’t do dairy and my daughter can’t do tree nuts, my husband is allergic to poultry, and my son is allergic to beef and bison. We eat a lot of pork, lamb and game but it’s tough sometimes coming up with meals that the whole family can eat!

    Kathy S. wrote on March 27th, 2013
  28. For me, the tie is between “Primal Balance” and “Primal Pregnancy.” As a psychologist, cognition and behavior are two of my dorky passions, so “Primal Balance” is a no-brainer/I’ve got to read it title for me. As a woman who wants to be a mother someday, “Primal Pregnancy” will be a great addition to the reading list I’m developing for when “someday” becomes “today.”

    Nicole wrote on March 27th, 2013
  29. primal prescription definitely. I think it’s an absolute necessity in an age of symptom treating and misinformation. People need to understand what really defines health and how to treat their bodies.

    Probably counterintuitive to your theories but somehow a Primal Vegan book would be very interesting for those of us who abstain from the animal products.

    Jenna wrote on March 27th, 2013
  30. Since I’m 18 weeks along with baby #3, Primal Pregnancy is right up my alley! dI developed gestational diabetes with the first two, and although I didn’t know what Primal was at the time, that’s how I ended up eating to control my blood sugar without meds. This time around, I’m hoping that keeping my diet super clean and Primal from the get-go will help me avoid having to go through that again.

    Marcella wrote on March 27th, 2013
  31. I’m a big fan of rich food, poor food. I don’t realy have the whole family onboard yet but this book has helped us make better choices in some non primal food areas.

    would like to see a book on “picky primal”. A book for people or kids the just don’t like anything, be it food or exercise. Just a guide to get your family onboard especially the kids with fun ideas to get them paleo and not now it tell it to late.

    Andrew Cunningham wrote on March 27th, 2013
  32. I am most excited for “Perfect Balance, a Primal Approach to Overcoming Negativity with Food, Dieting, and Body Image”. After a lifetime of struggling with weight and body image issues, I am now trying to heal from obesity and fix these issues. I have a very dysfunctional relationship with food that started and was reinforced (environmentally and physicologically) at a very young age. A book that helps address and work through these issues is something I am very excited about.

    As for a book idea, I think a book that is targeted towards the severely overweight (obese) audience is greatly needed. This book would provide information to help make the transition from the standard American diet into primal living. The nutritional information provided would be specifically geared towards healing a broken metabolic system . The exercise guidelines will be geared towards those who are very out of shape or who may not have had experience with exercise. However, I think this book would be the most valuable if it could make the nutritional changes extremely accessible to understand and implement. Because some of this is so different than conventional nutritional wisdom, perhaps the book could really break down the lifestyle overhaul intos mangeable steps to show how to gradually change eating habits and transform the reader’s current way of eating into a primal way of eating to heal his/her body.

    Amanda wrote on March 27th, 2013
    • ^^ Actually, maybe I’ll figure all this out and write this book (after I finish my dissertation – if only there was more time in they day). If Susan Powter hadn’t already claimed the title, I would call it some thing like: “Stop the Insanity: Using primal wisdom and modern science to finally reclaim your body and health”

      Amanda wrote on March 27th, 2013
  33. I’m really excited about Primal Woman! A lot of primal principles are universal, but there are some women’s health issues that I’d like to learn more about. I would also really love to read a book geared toward students or other people short on time and money. I think it would be helpful for people who can’t always get 8 hours of sleep or can’t afford organic.

    Dee wrote on March 27th, 2013
  34. I’m looking forward to several of the books, but Perfect Balance speaks loudest to me right now. As a 55+ woman who has struggled with weight, and has seen the results of even minimal adherence to a Primal Blueprint diet, I’m ready to take the next steps, put all of the pieces in place, and move my health to a more positive stance.

    Molly wrote on March 27th, 2013
  35. Frankly, I can’t wait to read all of them, except Primal Pregnancy (as I am past this stage in life). I’m so new to the Primal lifestyle that I like to read anything I can get my hands on. I do think that Primal Prescription will be a very interesting read also!

    I think in the future I’d like to read more about the new diseases that are coming out due to the genetic changes in the foods now days and how Primal eating can help keep our families from getting them.

    Jil Cornaby wrote on March 27th, 2013
  36. I am excited about Primal Woman. Being a woman in her 30’s, many of these topics have become very relevant. I would like to learn more about hormonal balance and influences throughout the body.

    As a mother, I would like to see information about raising primal children and a primal family.

    Lisa wrote on March 27th, 2013
  37. Mark, I think a bood geared specifically to kids and all things primal would be great. Impringting them with healthy lifestyle choices can be a template for a lean happy life. Thanks for all your posts! I am about two months into Primal and feeling better all the time.
    Cheers Don MacDonell

    Don MacDonell wrote on March 27th, 2013
  38. I would love to have “Paleo Primer” to add to my collection. I have alot of PT clients that would benefit from reading this.

    Lucas Boyer wrote on March 27th, 2013
  39. Just getting into the paleo spirit and adjusting training methods in the process… keen to read Primal Endurance for guidance/inspiration!

    Karen wrote on March 27th, 2013
  40. I’d really like to get my hands on primal endurance. I’m a runner, and enjoy it. But I’m sick of all the carb binging I go through. And I go through a lot, especially since I hit 30.

    AJ wrote on March 27th, 2013

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