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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 most excited for “Death by Food Pyramid”, by Denise Minger
    Why? Because science is the best process we have to illuminate truths. Opinions run strong on every subject imaginable, but facts are facts. Show me the science!

    Chris Waggoner wrote on March 27th, 2013
  2. I am excited about “Death by Food Pyramid” because I believe there are a lot of people that don’t know about this approved food pyramid that we are following. Many people believe that whole grains is the way to go to be healthy. However, I think if people knew the truth about grains and carbohydrates they would quickly change their opinions. I think we need more exposure to the truth about the politics behind it all and the interest groups that pay to promote their products. I think this author is doing some serious research and I’m excited to read it. I believe this is the book that needs to be published because it gives more exposure and information on what’s really going on with this Food Pyramid.

    Victor Reyes wrote on March 27th, 2013
  3. I’m most excited about The Primal Prescription.I’m a huge fan of Dr McGuff’s writings.His Body by Science was game changing.Would like to see a more entailed follow up(besides the Q and A book) book incorporating the Primal/Paleo lifestyle with conventional type weight training/met con instead of crossfit style workouts.Which are nothing more than injuries waiting to happen.

    Mike M wrote on March 27th, 2013
  4. Excited about Perfect Balance.
    How about an Asian recipe book? Asians generally eat differently from the western counterparts.

    Diana wrote on March 27th, 2013
  5. Primal Cravings and Death by Food Pyramid sound like they would be right up my alley.

    For ten weeks, my 7th Grade daughter came home from “Health” class at school each day and would tell me what the teacher taught her about healthy grains etc., and it made me cringe. Death by Food Pyramid will surely help with that situation.

    It’s funny that a previous poster would ask for more recipes with organ meats, because it seems to me that every Primal/Paleo cookbook I come across has more offal recipes than necessary.

    It sounds like Primal Cravings would fulfill my wish for a Primal book. Looking forward to your upcoming offerings.

    Thomas wrote on March 27th, 2013
  6. I’m looking forward to Perfect Balance. I am definitely an emotional eater so being to better understand the whys and how to find trigger points would be helpful.

    Others have touched on it but I would also like something how to teach kids how to make better food choices. At home I have no problem because I usually don’t buy any junk food and my son doesn’t complain. But once my son goes to school or visits friends houses, he doesn’t always make the best choices. And he usually suffers for it (headaches and stomach aches) He would be more willing to listen to information from someone other than his mom.

    Angelica wrote on March 27th, 2013
  7. I’ve been looking forward to Primal Woman for quite some time. I’m a primal newbie and am in the process of getting my nuclear family fully on board. They’re all for it in spirit but the execution is still challenging. I would love to see a publication geared towards adolescents and specific challenges they face in becoming primal and staying the course in the face of a society and education system that doesn’t necessarily deem this lifestyle “normal”.

    slaura wrote on March 27th, 2013
  8. I would like to see the Primal Prescription. I know a lot of people who have various ailments, MS, CFIDS, Fibro, etc. who would benefit from a more detailed and documented treatment than what can be given in a more generalized paleo/primal book.

    Keith wrote on March 27th, 2013
  9. I would like to read The Primal Prescription. It’s interesting to me how money dictates everything.

    Along those same lines I’d like to read something about GMO foods and how that is all in our system.

    Jim wrote on March 27th, 2013
  10. Book most looking forward to: the recipe books. Looking up things on-line is all well and good, but a lot of times easier to have a resource in the kitchen instead of constantly trying to print things from online.

    Book idea: would love to see a book geared for primal eating during pregnancy, and how to keep the habits with the children when they are born.

    Antonella Chester wrote on March 27th, 2013
  11. Would LOVE to read the “Cravings” book. I’d like to see a book on raising a primal family that covers things like starting off primal, transitioning to primal (a challenge with all ages but especially at school age and the stuff that’s marketed for kids’ school lunches), and with tips on doing primal for busy families (budgeting, planning, simple meals on the go).

    Sayward wrote on March 27th, 2013
  12. I can hardly wait for DEATH BY FOOD PYRAMID. I just finished reading Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss, and even tho as a MDA follower I knew processed foods were terrible, this book really shook me up.

    I like to see a book dealing with “Primal on a Budget”. My 22 year old loves what going Primal has done for me, but keeps saying that it’s too expensive for a grad student. You know kids–sometimes they have to hear it from someone other than mom…

    Trish wrote on March 27th, 2013
  13. It is hard decision between the Primal Endurance vs The Primal Prescription. I am both a Doctor and a runner. I think I would choose the Primal Endurance, because I desperately need to increase my endurance. I think a good topic to write is in cooperating Primal lifestyle into going out to eat at a restaurant or party .

    Jason wrote on March 27th, 2013
  14. I”m most interested in “Death By Food Pyramid” because it appeals to my libertarian suspicion of crony-government. I came to the lifestyle from the realization that the USDA food pyramid was probably bought and paid for by cereal companies when I was a kid. I simply flipped it, followed the exercise routines in Primal Blueprint, and reduced body weight by 20%

    Brian Brady wrote on March 27th, 2013
  15. I’m really liking the Primal Pregnancy, not so much for mself as it is for my fiance. We are looking forward to having children and with her never having the experience as of yet ! Beleive me when I say, she has alot of questions :) and as she is the one to have turned me on to the Primal Blueprint, this to me is a great way to give back.

    As far as a book that I would like to see, hmmm ! I’m extremely interested in what drives us. What gives us the urge to make smart and or not so smart decisions. Is there something in our Primal Blueprint that compels us to make the same mistakes over and over again .

    Erik wrote on March 27th, 2013
  16. I’m excited about Primal Pregnancy, although it’s being published a bit late for me. I’d love to see a book for Primal Teens, or for teens starting down the Primal path that also deals with body image issues. I think it would do a lot of good for so many kids.

    Amy R wrote on March 27th, 2013
  17. Most excited about Primal Cravings. I don’t miss too many comfort foods, but my fiancé, while she watches her diet and is about 50% primal, isn’t all the way there yet. She’s happy with her health and weight, so I don’t push. But when we get married, and she moves in, she’s likely to be out of work for a while and therefore at home, where she can do the cooking (I do most now when we’re together). So a primal book on comfort foods might give her more options that won’t conflict with my primal diet.

    But I also like the Primal Endurance idea, since I’m an annual Grand Canyon Rim to Rim in one day hiker. So I’ve been wondering how to keep fueled without going high carb on the hike.

    Craig wrote on March 27th, 2013
  18. The book I am most excited about is the Primal Endurance. I am new to the Primal way of life and have been an endurance athlete all my life. I love to run for long distances and look forward to learning how I can continue my passion for running while still following the Primal way of eating and living.

    Matthew wrote on March 27th, 2013
  19. I’m most interested in Primal Pregnancy…I’m hoping to embark on that journey soon and I’m excited to read anything I can get my hands on about a more primal and natural way.

    I think a great follow up book to that would be “Primal Baby” with all sorts of info on what to feed your growing child at the different stages (once off the breast).

    Kristin S wrote on March 27th, 2013
  20. I’m most excited about Primal Cravings and Denise Minger’s book. I’d love a book on ancestral approaches to body care, beauty products, and cleaning products.

    Michelle wrote on March 27th, 2013
  21. Primal Pregnancy is very exciting! As a birth educator and a doula I would love to have this resource to share with families. Often pregnancy is when a woman really reevaluates her nutrition and exercise regimens. She is also often the main influence on what the while family eats. This could set the tone for a whole family!

    Alex Porter wrote on March 27th, 2013
  22. I am most interested in Primal Woman. I just turned 60, am getting back on track food and activity-wise, and am (sadly) well aware that most of the current health/fitness/nutrition information currently available now is not geared for women in my age bracket.

    Chris wrote on March 27th, 2013
  23. The paleo primer book interests me most as it sounds like it will be a good way to help convert friends and family to paleo.
    A future book on all of the details and studies concerning fasting would be of interest as I have found the articles in this site to be interesting already and would like to read more. A recipe book containing exclusively slow cooker recipes would also be good. As would a book detailing any specifics to help women be as successful as men when following a paleo diet (as in my experience it’s not as effective by comparison).

    John wrote on March 27th, 2013
  24. I know you said only 1 but I am excited about several! The books I am MOST excited about are:

    Primal Cravings: Having just finished the 21 DSD, I am now into Whole 30 and transitioning my family into going 100% paleo. While I have yet to read it, Primal Cravings appears to touch upon replacing some of those things have been given up in order to live and eat healthier. Try getting a teenager to give up hamburgers and pizza and see what kind of chaos will erupt in your household! Primal Cravings will certainly help ease the transition and perhaps I will be less likely to hear, “Mom, are we done yet? When are we going to eat normal again?”

    Paleo Primer: This sounds exactly like the book I could have used in addition to the “Mark’s Daily Apple” I am a new comer just 6 weeks in – a little hand holding and a light reference for my family as they grudgingly follow my lead into the paleo lifestyle, would be nice. Hahaha! They HAVE to follow! I am the only one who does the cooking!

    Death by Food Pyramid: I so need this book! My daughter and son-in-law believe I have gone off the deep end regarding my new bacon habit and lack of whole grains. I am still too new to clearly articulate to them why that damn pyramid is wrong and too old to be able to memorize and recite the science and reasoning behind my claims! They both live me and eat RICE CAKES and whole wheat bread! What the heck do I know? I am just the mom.

    Primal Woman: This book resonates with me in particular because I am 43 years old, making huge changes in my life and already dreading in anticipation of my soon to be empty nest! My baby is now 13 and time goes so darn fast. Fine tuning the primal lifestyle for me is clearly a must! Anything regarding fitness inside and out would be an amazing resource for me.

    The book you need to write is about people like me! A book that is about the primal transition for an overweight, middle aged woman with a large family. I don’t cook for 1 to 2 people. I cook every night for 8 people! I need help with the dynamics of feeding healthy food to so many. Most of my day is currently spent looking for new and different paleo recipes that I think everyone will enjoy and then spending the better part of an hour or two preparing these meals when I get home. Then it all gets undone in when they go to school – My kids eat CEREAL at school with 2% milk! Are you kidding me?!? I shudder to think about what is in their school lunches. . . I want them to eat healthy all of the time! What can I pack for them besides carrot sticks and veggies? Once upon a time, I traded healthy eating for convenience – I don’t do that anymore and I don’t mind shopping every day for fresh veggies but a little convenience would be nice – crock pot recipes or something that can be made in advance during the weekend. Also a little insight on how to rehab the junk food junkies I created would be awesome! They are really starting to freak out.

    Now that I started paleo I feel great but the weight has not really melted off like I had hoped – Why not and what can I expect? Are there any vitamins I need to supplement with? My husband believes that this is just a fad and that we will be back to our old eating habits soon – Ugh! I have been throwing away processed food behind his back because he says I am wasting money. Then he will eat something (like cookies or doughnuts) to thwart my determination. How do I counter those cravings? What do I do when I go out to eat? Am I stuck playing vegetarian? Do you have a list of restaurants that are paleo friendly?

    Maybe once I know more, I will write this book for you.

    Jennifer Agles wrote on March 27th, 2013
  25. Very very interested in Perfect Balance. Having had massive body image problems my entire life coupled with feelings of worthlessness and a drive to stress eat, this book sounds like something that could be a great deal of help for me.

    I started primal eating a week ago, seven days in I am seeing a massive improvement in energy. Can’t check the scale yet because I need to buy a new one, but I am definitely seeing an impact on how my clothes fit.

    Brian wrote on March 27th, 2013
  26. I am most excited to read Perfect Balance as someone who has a past of eating disorders.

    As far as the future I would also love a grok children’s book with fun kid primal recipes in it!

    JenJohnson wrote on March 27th, 2013
  27. I think that Primal Cravings is the most interesting book on the list that I would like to read. Getting to the root of poor nutrition can be helpful not only to fitness professionals, but for personal relationships too.

    As for future literature, something I would love to be a part of as well, would be a book in the lines of the Primal Curriculum. This would be a secondary or post-secondary school text (or book) that a course could be built around for educating future fitness professionals. Once we get the education out there, the message will grow fast, like a viral video on social media!

    Rick wrote on March 27th, 2013
  28. My wife is a doula and CBE so I am excited about the primal pregnancy book. I’d like to see a book deal with looking more of the justice implications of the food industry and a wholistic approach to a healthier and more just/equitable society.

    Nick wrote on March 27th, 2013
  29. I am most excited by the 21 day transformation book. I like the idea of having daily step by step ideas on how to implement these things. I would be interested in reading a book that describes what a primal lifestyle was like for those who lived it, our ancestors so that I could draw conclusions from the historical record.

    Dana wrote on March 27th, 2013
  30. “Death By Food Pyramid” really appeals to me. While I was always raised to have a healthy skepticism of the government, this did not really apply to the food pyramid. And, as I see, more and more, how big business lobbies to change the food pyramid I am interested in learning more of the history behind this, as well as the corporations. I want to educate my kids about the REAL facts, and why they shouldn’t believe everything that they read. I home school my kids, but do have to do certain topics (such as health.) It is nice to be able to do some civics, logic, and history at the same time with just one book.

    CrazyCatLady wrote on March 27th, 2013
  31. I am excited about two books: Primal Cravings because Health-Bent is my number one favorite recipe site and I have been waiting for new recipes (!!!) and Death by Food Pyramid because I know how much I love Denise’s writing, and believe this will be an incredibly insightful, thorough, and entertaining expose.

    An idea for a book would be an unbiased, no-nonsense guide to supplementation. I don’t want a whole book detailing every study ever on a particular supplement, but one that gives a no-nonsense overview of possible supplements that would be beneficial, reasons why, and – importantly – what form to take these in. I haven’t had time yet to wade through the details on whether the selenium available in my costco-brand multivitamin is bioavailable to me and whether the designer multivitamin that costs $50 for a small jar is worth the cost. I’d love to see breakdowns on numbers – what percentages of nutrients do we get from different types of diets, how much we get (and actually absorb) from different types of multivitamins, any information available on compatibility, pros and cons, etc. I like this section in Perfect Health Diet, but believe a more comprehensive book on the subject (that’s still readable and not TOO comprehensive) would be valuable.

    Michelle wrote on March 27th, 2013
  32. I am interested in the Primal Woman but Death by Food Pyramid is a close second.
    It would be fun to see a compilation book of all of the weekly questions, “is it Primal”. A quick reference guide with explanations would be a great tool!!

    Denise wrote on March 27th, 2013
  33. Most interested in the primal cravings.

    Any other themed recipe book would be welcome–creative ideas and new ingredient usage is always helpful.

    Ali wrote on March 27th, 2013
  34. I am most excited for Perfect Balance- I struggle most with the mental issues and feel bad when I’m not eating perfectly all the time which leads to more struggles and more eating of non-primal foods so I look forward to reading a psychiatrist’s perspective. I think there needs to be more books on the mental struggles one has when it comes to eating this way, especially as it’s such a radical shift from what most people around us eat!

    April wrote on March 27th, 2013
  35. I have been eagerly awaiting Primal Women. Carrie has long been my poster child, so to speak, for aging gracefully and beautifully. That is to say healthfully, vitally and positively. After wonderful and sometimes exhausting years of raising my children and being married to my lovely husband, I am beginning my menopausal journey. Rather than viewing it with resignation as the beginning of the end, I am committed to inviting this new chapter into my life in the ways that I have described. Yes, I am changing. Many times I thank you Carrie for walking before me and carrying the torch of womanhood so exquisitely.

    Michelle Smith wrote on March 27th, 2013
  36. I’m most excited about Denise Minger’s Death by Food Pyramid; not just for myself, but for everyone who hasn’t heard about how bad the USDA Food Pyramid guidelines are. The more people that have access to this information the better off we’ll all be.

    I’d love to see a book about “advanced” paleo/primal topics. Once you’ve got the diet and exercise down, how do you incorporate primal living into your modern lifestyle. Would that be The Primal Connection? I guess I’ll have to order it.

    Becky wrote on March 27th, 2013
  37. As a paleo marathon runner, I’m most looking forward to Primal Endurance and also Perfect Balance.

    In the future, I would love to see a book that focuses on “nose to tail” cooking and eating using organ meat, bones, etc.

    Petra wrote on March 27th, 2013
  38. There are several of the books that I am excited about reading. Primal Woman, since I am about to enter my 40’s and Primal Endurance since I want to use my 40’s to get in the best shape of my life. I would be very interested in seeing a book on raising primal kids because I think that is a huge challenge when preparing meals.

    Amanda Z wrote on March 27th, 2013
  39. I was looking forward to Primal Women.

    Does anyone have a suggestion for a book that talks about facts regarding the female physical body, nutrition and exercise without the spiritual component?

    RM wrote on March 27th, 2013
  40. Quick and Easy meals! I feel like I’m always running from one obligation to another, so I totally could use this book. Of course all of these books sound amazing and I’ll have to get my hands on them one day, one way or another.

    Sarah M wrote on March 27th, 2013

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