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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’d have to say Perfect Balance by Dr.Emily Deans sounds like the winner for me. I keep telling myself that something like Primal Cravings would potentially be the final nudge my wife needs to go primal with me, but I’m realizing that I can’t keep using that as an excuse (even though she does much of the cooking). I really think I’m my own biggest roadblock right now and this book would be the greatest help for my situation.

    As for a new book idea…how about Primal Persuasion – a book with tips for approaching loved ones, friends, acquaintances or anyone else you think might benefit from a primal lifestyle in a manner that won’t come across as pushy, nosy, or just downright rude.

    John wrote on March 27th, 2013
  2. I think I would be most interested in the quick recipes book because that’s what I usually have the most trouble with.
    As far as a book that I would like to see, would be a book on raising primal kids. How do we give kids the good eating habits from the get go while also ensuring that they are getting all the nutrients that they need.

    Raya wrote on March 27th, 2013
  3. I’d start with Primal Prescription. I work in Canadian health care and I see so many patients who would benefit from a primal living. Part of my job involves giving information on Stroke prevention and healthy living and I find it very difficult to tell patients nutritional information I don’t agree with.

    I’d like to read more about hormones and the effect of artificial hormones on our bodies. As well I’d like to know more about vitamins and supplements.

    Lisa wrote on March 27th, 2013
  4. I would love to read all of them, however if I had to narrow it down to just one, I would choose “Primal Woman.” Because, I am a woman, and because even though I am currently following a primal diet with great success, I would like to learn much more about living life with a primal slant. A book I would like to see in the future in one on the Primal Lifestyle – a day-to-day primal survival guide to living in a in a toxic world.

    Debby wrote on March 27th, 2013
  5. I am really excited about Primal Cravings.
    I would love to see a book written for a transition to a primal life style that takes into account an entire household, kids and adults alike. A book that would deal with the issues of resistance within the family, how to make it fun for the kids and not quite so overwhelming for the parent/parents trying to implement the change

    Kim P wrote on March 27th, 2013
  6. I would love to read the Primal Craving book since I have been having lots of those lately and not sure how to curb them, I would love to see a book for primal children as I have Four boys and a book directed at them may help me convince them they are not missing out and it’s food for them. And as soon as perfect balance is available for preorder I’m Ordering a copy for my self and a family member.

    Jessica Lukowski wrote on March 27th, 2013
  7. I am so excited about Primal Blueprint its been on my “to read” pile for a few weeks and is in line to be read but to have all of thenother books acvompzny it would be great. I would love to see a book come out and be published on primal party planning it could be a short book on foods and beverages that are primal and include activites that could be primal something out of the ordinay would be awesome!

    domingo wrote on March 27th, 2013
  8. I am most excited to read Denise Minger’s “Death By Food Pyramid”. I stumbled upon her Raw Food SOS Blog after reading The China Study and was intrigued with her research, since The China Study went against what I had researched about the paleo/primal lifestyle.

    Success stories inspire me to be the best I can be. Hearing the voices of others and their journeys have inspired me to be my best self. Perhaps a publication that outlines the success of others and what works for them; Chicken Soup for the Primal Soul.

    I would also like to read a book about raising children (toddler to teenager) within a primal lifestyle.

    Erica Walter wrote on March 27th, 2013
  9. Primal Cravings sounds interesting – my diet is so much cleaner but i still get caught up in sugar once or twice a month. Much healthier but frustrated.

    Lindalee wrote on March 27th, 2013
  10. Paleo Primer, The Primal Prescription, & Primal Endurance all hit my hot points for bringing the Primal lifestyle to my wider circle of friends and acquaintances.

    Robert wrote on March 27th, 2013
  11. I’m most excited to read Tara Grant’s book when it comes out. “The Hidden Plague.” I’ve been waiting anxiously. Thanks, Mark!

    Barbara wrote on March 27th, 2013
  12. Definitely have to say I’m most looking forward to ‘Death By Food Pyramid’ I have such trouble tying to convince people that following food pyramid isn’t necessarily the way to go.. But I have a feelings I’ll be reading every one of those books when they come out!

    Haley wrote on March 27th, 2013
  13. A lot of these have got me excited, but Primal Cravings does sound like the one I would read first: I love my steaks and salads (and, of course, bacon), but would love to see healthy versions of comfort foods (I assume more mashed potatoes than mac’n’cheese, but still…). As for book suggestions, 2 thoughts come to mind, Primal Brain, which could focus on all of the ways to maximize mental and emotional functioning, with a good deal of the neuroscience involved; and, Primal Family, which I envision as a sort of handbook for adapting the diet, exercise, and lifestyle recommendations of your books and blog to suit small groups of people with varying physical abilities and dietary needs: in other words, how can a family most effectively work out, eat and otherwise spend time together for maximum benefit and enjoyment? Thanks!

    Bob wrote on March 27th, 2013
  14. Primal Women, ever since you mentioned it I have been waiting to read it.

    Toni wrote on March 27th, 2013
  15. I’m really looking forward to Death by Food Pyramid. I own a small grain-free food product company and I’m always asked about why we avoid wheat and those “healthy whole grains”. A book like this will likely give me more insight/truth so that I can help my customers dig themselves out of their conventional wisdom pit.

    In the future I’d love to see a book that focuses on ethnic cuisine. I grew up with traditional Chinese food (lots of rice, bean products, dark brown mystery sauces) as well as other forms of Asian cuisine. One of the hardest parts for me when I switched to Paleo a couple of years ago was facing relatives who had no clue why I ditched rice and skipped most dishes at family gatherings (most are soaked in the “mystery” cornstarch-based brown sauces). So perhaps this book would be part cookbook and part “how to” on navigating in ethnic meal settings (I would have loved a book like this when I first started Paleo!).

    Christina C wrote on March 27th, 2013
  16. I’m new and still skeptical of the primal lifestyle. I would read the Paleo Primer and would request a Paleo Dessert book.

    Jessica wrote on March 27th, 2013
  17. Death by Food Pyramid! I think Denise’s blog is well written, detailed and incredibly convincing. There are people in my life who are reluctant to read aything from the big, bad internet. I am looking forward to her book and will buy at least three to share around with some of the people that need to know what she has to say! Second choice – Primal Pregnancy – for the obvious benefit it will be to expectant moms with nervous spouses and reluctant doctors.

    Bonnie wrote on March 27th, 2013
  18. I would love to have both the primal balance and the one for women.. I would like my mother to see that all of her health issues may be connected to her food consumption. I would like to have the balance book to try to make better sense of this life style I am doing.

    I would love for someone to create a book based on people with allergies. I was diagnosed earlier this school year with many food allergies.. I was directed to a Paleolithic life style. What I am having trouble with is the fact that I am allergic to many items used in suggested recipes. I feel so confused that I end up eating the same thing almost all the time… I am doing research of my own but if anyone knows of a book out there that does allergies with Paleolithic I would love the help!! Thank you!!!!

    Alana wrote on March 27th, 2013
  19. I’m an HS sufferer for the past 24 years and am so ready for relief and hope versus the extremely lonely darkness I’ve come to know all too well in fighting this disease alone and constantly defeated. I NEED to read The Hidden Plague by Tara Grant and learn to transform my body like she did. You have no idea the surreal feeling of thinking I could possibly heal from this…

    Julie Melendez wrote on March 27th, 2013
  20. I’d love to read them all one day, but right now, I’m most interested in Primal Endurance. I used to be an endurance athlete, running XC and track in high school in college. These past few months, however, I’ve taken a break from running, partly because of a sprained ankle and partly because I wanted to try new things for weight loss and strength-building. Nonetheless, I’d like to get back into running because I just love doing it and it takes me to my happy place.

    As for a book I’d like to see in the future…I’d have to think on it. I think it’s amazing that there already so many great and varied titles out touching on a primal lifestyle. I know there is already the 21 Day Transformation, but I think another book more in-depth on fitness and nutrition would be great. Or a book with primal motivations, sort of like a coffee table book or maybe a pocket inspiration book.

    Shirley wrote on March 27th, 2013
  21. I am trying to get my parents and brothers to start eating primal but its hard when I only have occasional access to the internet, so I have to copy interesting articles and take them home (no printer). With the books in my hands I think I would have a better chance of showing my family that primal is better than what we’ve been doing all these years.

    I am most looking forward to reading Death by Food Pyramid and Primal Balance, oh and Primal Woman! :)

    I would love to see a Primal book for teenagers, something that covers body image and depression because my brother is very overweight and he gets teased at school and then overeats. Its a sad, vicious cycle that I’m sure many people go through. I just want to help him to get better.

    Dee wrote on March 27th, 2013
  22. I’m interested in learning more about non-food/movement parts of living primal, especially to give to other people as well (to explain it’s not just a “diet”) so the primal woman and primal connection are definitely something I will read!

    I really liked the ideas behind the book ‘The Vegetarian Myth’ but a lot of the science wasn’t great. I would love to see a book similar to this, (better researched) especially discussing the sustainability of primal living on a worldwide scale.
    Or a book covering how to adapt the primal lifestyle to certain health conditions (Ms, CFS, etc)

    Ash wrote on March 27th, 2013
  23. can’t wait to read them

    aimie halo wrote on March 27th, 2013
  24. I am most looking forward to Primal Cravings. I love going through cook books and have many! I am new to the Primal lifestyle and want to begin replacing my old cook books with books that fit into my new lifestyle. I would really love to see a book that is geared towards raising kids on a Primal diet. Especially older kids who are already addicted to their SAD lifestyle. Also a monthly cooking magazine would be awesome!

    Rita wrote on March 27th, 2013
  25. I’m looking forward to perfect balance, and I’d really like to see more books in the same vein, looking at mental health and food.

    remy wrote on March 27th, 2013
  26. Death by Food Pyramid interests me most beacause I like dietary comparisons with research, bias considerations, etc. Primal Woman would be my second choice because in the past I’ve read a lot of different perspectives on nutrition and menopause but none from a primal perspective. It’s interesting that the Primal Cravings book seems to be coming out on top. That one doesn’t interest me at all. Since going paleo I don’t see food as a source of comfort and don’t get cravings anymore (only basic hunger) and I feel this is a positive :)

    Lynne wrote on March 27th, 2013
  27. Primal woman really interests me with Perfect Balance coming a close second.

    But honestly I would love to read all of them.

    And the biggest thing that I wish is that Primal Pregnancy was around 15 years ago when I was pregnant with my eldest daughter!

    Charlotte wrote on March 27th, 2013
  28. I’d be most interested in Primal Cravings.

    I would love to see a book about Primal/Paleo living and mental health. I have medical depression that I have been unable to lick since going primal and I would love more resources in that field.

    David wrote on March 27th, 2013
  29. Primal endurance would be my first choice. I am moving more and more into primal life style and want to maintain my endurance addiction with long Saturday runs. That combination has been tough for few weeks, but it is improving. So my fat burning for energy is getting better.

    Risto Puhakka wrote on March 27th, 2013
  30. I’m really excited to see “Primal Cravings” and “Primal Woman.” I’m getting to that age when things like aging gracefully and managing menopause naturally are increasingly important. I recently purchase “Rich Food, Poor Food” by the way, and found it a very interesting read.

    Stephanie wrote on March 27th, 2013
  31. I am excited about reading Perfect Balance and the South Asian Solution. I think both books touch on very important subjects – the former about the psychological and physical dependency on modern processed foods and the latter dealing specifically with south Asians who tend to have very high grain/rice based diets, which are part of their culture and eating tradition. As an exercise physiologist with many South Asian clients this is especially interesting to me. As others have mentioned previously, as a mother and paleo enthusiast, I would really like to read more about children and paleo. I have a 4 year old and a 1 year old. My youngest eats very well but I have found it very difficult to transition my 4 year old. Advice on how to do this successfully would be very valuable.

    Farida wrote on March 27th, 2013
  32. I cant wait for the Primal Prescription. I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to realize that the health care system is not working. I think a 5 year old could understand that it will reach breaking point one day.

    I think a book on hormones would be awesome. The whole primal principles are really about manipulating our hormones. It would be excellent for someone to right a book where a layperson could understand how the ultimate battle lies within the manipulation of these hormones.

    Alex wrote on March 27th, 2013
  33. I am most excited for the Paleo Primer. I was a vegetarian for almost twelve years. I started when I was ten and ended just one month ago. I have always obsessed about food and exercise and I am hoping to find a better balance. I already like my weight. I just want to see that other people can live happily without being obsessive. So far this has been a lot of fun. I am looking forward to a book where a couple writes about a lifestyle and not a diet.

    Ashton wrote on March 27th, 2013
  34. I am interested in Primal Cravings. As more and more of my circle of friends become primal eaters and many others are on their way, it would be nice to be able to please those appetities for “normal American fare” at get togethers. Thanks for all the hard work you are doing. The book Rich Food, Poor Food looks awesome! In the future, I wouldn’t mind seeing something on natural healing. There are so many items in our own cupboards that can heal or allieviate basic ailments! I love learning about those!

    Ryan. wrote on March 27th, 2013
  35. Primal Prescription and Primal Woman are the two that capture my attention. There is a gap in the literature between childbearing and menopause, and then from the 50s through end of life. Perhaps a series Primal by the Decade to cover the lifespan from infancy on. Food, nutrition, kinds and intensity of exercise, games ( we all need more play), and handling stress. I’d also like a video app starting with stretching and flexibility moving into more weight bearing and lifting exercises for us “pre-beginners” who need to get in shape so we can actually get in shape as you outline in PB.

    Penney wrote on March 27th, 2013
  36. I can’t wait to read Perfect balance. I really wish and hope that all women can come to a place where they are accepting and in love with their bodies.

    When I lost my fiancee to cancer at age 21, my only coping mechanism was developing an eating disorder.
    I wallowed in this darkness and guilt for years before a kind friend took the time to make me a loving, slow-cooked dish of liver.
    Coming from a strictly anorexic, vegan way of eating, finding paleo was like someone had handed me a rope at the bottom of my dark, dank well.
    Climbing up and out into the light, I discovered muscle (emotional and physical) that I didn’t know I had. Paleo was such an effortless, nurturing way of healing, and I didn’t know that my body could feel this good. I’m happy to report that I’m now at a glowing, healthy weight, with curves, confidence and a smile to match. I’ve also just found a new partner who is digging his new primal learning.

    I’d also like to see a book that focuses on Paleo and primal approaches to sleep – such a vital part of our health, yet so undervalued. I sleep far better since going paleo, and I’d love to read:
    – what it does to our brain waves and neurotransmitter levels
    – how traditional societies sleep
    – a bit of a gonzo look at applying paleo approaches to improve sleep/insomnia.

    Thanks Mark, for all the help and inspiration that you’ve provided in my healing.

    Tessa wrote on March 27th, 2013
  37. Primal Craving is my pick. I love comfort food & so does my family. I think this would help my teenagers with the transition to primal. I would like to see a book about managing chronic pain and illness with the primal lifestyle even while having to take conventional medications.

    Barbara B. wrote on March 27th, 2013
  38. I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia 15 years ago, so low carb eating has been discouraged by my doctors. Frequent meals, plenty of complex carbs…I’m sure many of you know the drill. If I complained that I felt worse when I ate more carbs, I was tested for diabetes. New doc, new test…turns out I have reactive hypoglycemia. So primal/paleo is now perfect, but the complete opposite of how I’ve eaten for most of my adult life. Because of that, Primal Cravings is the book that really excites me, but The Primal Prescription piques my interest, too.

    Like some others who have commented, I’d love to see more on primal/paleo with kids, as well as more on baking.

    LeeAnn wrote on March 27th, 2013
  39. I would be interested in Primal Women, aging gracefully should be everybodies goal!

    Michele wrote on March 27th, 2013
  40. I’m looking forward to Primal Endurance. There are so many books and cookbooks on Primal and Paleo but not enough on endurance training while eating Primal/Paleo.

    I would like to see more books on training (marathon, triathlon) while on Paleo. What can we eat to help our bodies be the most efficient during long runs?

    Cathy Y wrote on March 27th, 2013

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