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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. Death by Food Pyramid & The Primal Prescription both sound fantastic as both aspects of CW/Big Brother are scary.

    As for a suggestion, previous suggestions for something geared toward Primal Kids (and the parents that have to feed them) sounds fantastic and, I’m sure, would be a welcome addition.

    Dayna wrote on March 27th, 2013
  2. I can’t wait for Primal Endurance! I actually enjoy doing high intensity exercise like BeachBody’s Insanity every so often (as long as I don’t crash from it) and it’d give me great insight on how to do it Primal-style. I’d be especially interested to hear about what you think the effects of recovery drinks (chocolate skim milk) are in terms of the lifestyle – because it seems to aid recovery by actually spiking insulin!

    Georgios wrote on March 27th, 2013
  3. I’d love to read Primal Woman. Thanks!

    Jen wrote on March 27th, 2013
  4. Primal Endurance. As a long time endurance athlete, I both love endurance sports and experienced its major drawbacks. I want to know all of the details on this one.

    I think it would great to see a book on Primal Travel- how to do it, practically and philosophically.

    LS wrote on March 27th, 2013
  5. I am most excited about Primal Connection. It’s great to have all the resources regarding diet and fitness– this book takes the Primal philosophy into the rest of one’s life.

    Belva Jennings wrote on March 27th, 2013
  6. I can’t wait to read The Primal Connection and Perfect Balance. It would be really great to see a book on seasonal primal cooking.

    Claudia wrote on March 27th, 2013
  7. I’d love to read primal woman. love all the aspects of it.. and I am a woman lol

    sugar wrote on March 27th, 2013
  8. I’m very excited to see Primal Prescription. Our family has been on a path to wellness outside of mainstream medical care. I would love to see more books addressing modern chronic illnesses such as leaky gut, asthma, and food allergies.

    Sarah Gyurkovitz wrote on March 27th, 2013
  9. My girlfriend has to eat completely gluten free, doctors orders, and I’ve had a hard time making the transition with her. These books would really help me find the foods that I need to be eating and that we can enjoy together. Would really help change our lives. Literally.

    Mitch wrote on March 27th, 2013
  10. I’d really love to see more about vegetarian/primal books. I need all the help I can get!

    sugar wrote on March 27th, 2013
  11. Being in the medical field and sick and tired of seeing the poly-pharmacy that occurs with adults, especially the elderly, I am excited to read “The Primal Prescription”.

    vli1127 wrote on March 27th, 2013
  12. I think I am most looking forward to “Death By Food Pyramid”. I LOVE her site and how she broke down the China Study.

    I would like to see more books about how to deal with mood disorders through a healthy diet, when just eating right is not enough.

    Tasha wrote on March 27th, 2013
  13. I would love to read Primal blueprint “quick and easy meals”. This would be great for my very active family of five. I think a kids cookbook or a kids lunch ideas book would be great as well, as a parent I want to pack my kids a great lunch but struggle with being creative enough to put together combinations that they will consistently eat.

    Christie wrote on March 27th, 2013
  14. I would LOVE to get the Paleo Primer because I am so new to eating Paleo.

    I would love to see a book about how to eat for lifting and exercise!

    Carrie Symes wrote on March 27th, 2013
  15. I am most excited about the book “Death By Food Pyramid”. I am a college student at the University of Illinois and from my health conversations with friends and colleagues I have gathered that many people still believe the Food Pyramid to be the Gospel in terms of health/diet. I believe my friends and colleagues can really benefit from learning the truth about the Food Pyramid as long as it is written super objectively.

    Kieran Brennan wrote on March 27th, 2013
  16. I am excited to read “Primal Endurance” the most. The reason being because my whole life I have wanted to achieve a strong level of endurance but keep falling off the wagon due to the constant bombardment of new ideas and techniques to get you there. “Primal Endurance” I’m sure is going to be right to the point no nonsense BS! As far as the future is concerned I think Primal Publishing should release a book on homeopathic treatments of illness and injury for those who don’t want to use modern medicine to heal. I’m training to be an EMT and would love to hear different techniques outside of medicine to aid in the healing process.

    Josh wrote on March 27th, 2013
  17. Looking forward to Primal Cravings! Can’t wait for some new quick and easy recipes.

    Sophia wrote on March 27th, 2013
  18. I’m really excited to read Dr. Dean’s book – I feel that this is an area where Paleo eating and lifestyle have been able to really enrich and improve my life – changing the way that I think and feel about food and self-image – I’m really interested to study this area more and help to progress my own journey in this area.

    I would really love to read a book that discusses career and educational choices as a part of lifestyle adaptation – I have been able to modify some of the things that I do at the office to live in a better way (standing up and taking walks at lunch, for example), but I feel that the whole educational experience (college, the way we learn and the way we share information) and the way that we structure our careers and work schedules can use some real examination from a paleo/optimal life perspective.

    Elizabeth wrote on March 27th, 2013
  19. Primal Cravings is the one I most look forward to seeing.

    I think a book I would enjoy that many others would enjoy as well are the tricks our brain plays on us; the motivations we need; and how to “hack our brains” so that we can overcome those desires we allowed ourselves to indulge in before going Primal/Paleo. The science of your past books has been great, but we are all living day to day in some of our “triggers” so the more strategies we can use to combat those issues the better.

    Jeff wrote on March 27th, 2013
  20. I am definitely looking forward to The Primal Prescription. As a chiropractor, I am constantly at odds with the American health care system that is not only failing my profession, but fails at many other levels.

    I would like to see a book directed at health professionals and dietitians about how to inspire people to follow a primal lifestyle. Unfortunately being a living example isn’t enough for most people.

    Dr. Cory wrote on March 27th, 2013
  21. I am really looking forward to reading both Primal Pregnancy and Primal Woman. I’ve loved the occasional articles on the site about the primal lifestyle from a female perspective and I’m looking forward to seeing more of it in book form!

    I would also like to see a book on primal parenting, with advice on how to get kids to embrace the primal lifestyle from the start. Thanks!

    Jessica wrote on March 27th, 2013
  22. I think I’m most looking forward to the Primal Prescription in it’s take on our modern healthcare system. We all are fairly aware of how backwards it is but it will be great to have a book that focuses on that, hopefully in easy enough terms to understand if you don’t have a medical or pharmaceutical degree!

    I think that YOU need to publish a primal slow cooker book. There are a few recipes here and there and the book that claims to be Paleo online in fact isn’t and contains a multitude of ingredients that doesn’t align with our goals. I would trust a book from you to have things spelled out with options and alternatives:)

    Kelly wrote on March 27th, 2013
  23. I am excited for the south Asian solution. I work with a high Indian population and finding good nutritional habits that can also coincide with the strong flavor preference is always a challenge.

    I’m most intereste in a future book that deals specifically with how paleo/primal habits can effect individuals with diabetes, namely type II.

    Steven hicks wrote on March 27th, 2013
    • The south Asian diet is among the healthiest and most diverse in the world. Their store-bought produce often contains no additives and is completely organic. However, I notice that, when it comes to desserts, south Asian meals are often made with a large amount of sugar. I have no idea, but could this be the reason for such a prevalence of insulin resistance and diabetes among south Asian communities?

      Dane Thorsen wrote on March 29th, 2013
  24. Hi, I am most interested in the Primal Quick and Easy Meals. After a long day at work, I need to recharge and rescue myself from slow death by couch! This time of day has been my downfall for ages, and the Primal lifestyle calls to me like no other. I am a newbie, but wild vistas beckon, and I am looking to LIVE before I die!

    PS- Tom Cooper’s idea of Primal children’s fiction is great, but how about a children’s picture book to educate kids on the PB lifestyle? Save the next generations and reverse society’s decline by going back to basics!

    Sue D wrote on March 27th, 2013
  25. I have read much about paleo and have yet to make the full lifestyle change. I currently am working on no sugar and gluten free. (One step at a time!) I know all the packaged foods are so not good for you; but unfortunately are very convenient. Therefore, I would really be interested in the books Perfect Balance and Primal Cravings. I have dieted my whole life and seems as if when I have to say “no” to something it makes me WANT that thing even though I may not have eaten it in a month.

    I am very glad you are doing your own publishing. It gives us so many more information to be able to get our hands on instead of waiting for a main stream publisher to pick it up. Congrats!

    Sarah P wrote on March 27th, 2013
  26. Perfect balance for sure! I think many people start taking this so seriously and are being so extreme that I consider the stress is causing more harm than benefits, health-wise but also socially.

    Aziz wrote on March 27th, 2013
  27. Looks like an exciting bunch of books! I am most interested in Primal Cravings and Primal Woman. I love the idea of new recipes and also of addressing concerns that are specific to women.

    Kim wrote on March 27th, 2013
  28. I think all those title sound spectacular, but i am truly excited to read Death by food pyramid! The cookbooks would also be highly helpful & inspiring. :)

    Meme Love wrote on March 27th, 2013
  29. I was going to suggest a primal book geared towards maturing women, but then I scrolled down and see you’re already on it. Super excited for Primal Woman to come out, because I am a 51-year old woman just entering menopause. Also, I’m a spiratual person and the fact that your author comes from a spiritual place makes me want to read it even more. Can’t wait till 2014!!!

    Cheri wrote on March 27th, 2013
  30. I think I would really love them all, too hard to decide. I know I would use the cookbooks every day. I’m also a 57 year old woman, so….Primal Woman would be fantastic. Shoot, send them all. I need all of them.

    Jeri wrote on March 27th, 2013
  31. I most want to read Paleo Primer! I am very new to this and have just started looking into it and that would be a huge help! Plus it might help me get my roommate on board! Having food in the house I don’t want to be tempted by will be hard without a little assistance!

    Alicia wrote on March 27th, 2013
  32. Primal Prescription sounds most interesting to me. Both of my parents struggle with prescription med issues/addictions, and I have always felt like their doctors are just trying to force feed them sub-par solutions to health problems with little pills.

    Lisa wrote on March 27th, 2013
  33. I’m excited for all of them, but Primal Woman most of all! I’d love to see a book about staying primal while eating out!

    Vicki wrote on March 27th, 2013
  34. I’m brand new to the Primal/Paleo world. I’m actually just trying to figure it out and get organized to start making changes. Paleo Primer sounds like just the book for me! :) But every single last one of those books gets me excited to make this change!

    As for a book to publish, I think I’m a little too n00bish to say anything. I like the idea someone above had about raising a primal child. My kids are on a low protein vegan diet due to a metabolic disorder, but if that wasn’t the case, I would want them to be on this diet too.

    Miranda wrote on March 27th, 2013
  35. I am most excited about Primal Cravings! I am always looking for new exciting recipes to use. For future books, I would love to know more about the history of nutrition and how to explain to my other “non-paleo” friends why returning to our paleolithic nutrition is best. An in depth history lesson would be great! The process of digestion is also of interest to me. Thanks for spreading the knowledge!

    Layla Ghaz wrote on March 27th, 2013
  36. I am looking forward to Paleo Primer. I have recently started on the Paleo/Primal lifestyle change. I try to get all the information that I can. I look forward to the recipes. I am always looking for a variety.

    I would love a book that links Crossfit and Paleo together. I always see that many those two go together. I am not a big Crossfit fan. I would love to see why Crossfit is so big with the Paleo/Primal community.

    Amber wrote on March 27th, 2013
  37. I am most excited for Primal Cravings… those two words, coupled with “beautifully photographed book”, makes me MOST excited for this one!! I myself do have a hard time with cravings, and I look forward to new recipes to conquer those cravings!

    I would love a book on going primal with children. Obviously, starting a child out from birth on a primal diet would be not too difficult, but changing a child’s complete diet and cravings that are already established will be much harder. Tips, tricks, sample recipes… I would love it all!


    Tiffany T wrote on March 27th, 2013
    • Totally agree with looking for a book to introduce teenagers and young adults with this way of eating and cooking!

      My son is off to uni soon and is wanting to learn how to make quick and easy meals which do not cost the earth but keep him healthy.

      Primal Woman is the book I can’t wait to read!!!

      Clarissa wrote on March 27th, 2013
  38. I would love to read primal cravings, but I would also love to get the primal primer for my mother, she bought primal blueprint but hasn’t finished it. I would love to get her to do this with me so she can get at least her diabetes under control. I would also love to see something for children to help get them to understand why the food pyramid is so wrong and to help them think for themselves about food and nutrition with guidance from their parents of course.

    Jeri Hammond wrote on March 27th, 2013
  39. I’m interested in Primal Endurance. As a long distance runner, being “told” to stop running so much is hard to hear. Would like to see a Primal Snacks book, with quick, minimal ingredient recipes.

    Andy Stead wrote on March 27th, 2013
  40. I can’t wait for the Quick and Easy Meals book. I have limited time to cook, so I normally end up with egg scrambles. I’d love to get some new ideas. Echoing what was said above, I would love some cuisine-specific cookbooks, too!

    Lynette Mores wrote on March 27th, 2013

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