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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 looking forward to Primal Cravings. I’m having a hard time coming up with meals my whole family enjoys. Super picky eaters! They don’t yet seem interested in the science behind the PB yet so until then the food must do all the talking.

    Sharon wrote on March 28th, 2013
  2. I’d love to read Death by Food Pyramid, but I’m looking forward to Primal Woman, too!

    I think I’d most like to read more about primal parenting. Not food, but other aspects of primal life. How to keep them playing, healthy, and strong? Primal remedies for common childhood illnesses, primal sports, primal family traditions, primal education…

    Kristin wrote on March 28th, 2013
  3. After being diagnosed with Celiac, Fibromyalgia, PCOS, SIBO and multiple food sensitivities, the first thing my Western medicine doctor told me was that it would be best for me not to get pregnant, that I’m considered a “high-risk” pregnancy. I would love to get my hands on a copy of Primal Pregnancy. My doctor unfortunately seems to see Paleo/Primal living as a fad, even with my fibromyalgia acting up less frequently. I’m hoping to convince her that Paleo/Primal eating is safe and beneficial to those of us who have multiple conditions, and may indeed help with potential fertility issues.
    Any of you wonderful moms and dads have personal evidence that Paleo/Primal living benefited your fertility?

    Erica wrote on March 28th, 2013
  4. I would be very interested in Primal Woman. I find many Primal/paleo writings to be focused on the young especially men. As a health care provider, I know this is not uncommon. Many/ most research studies are done with young men. As a woman of a certain age, I’m interesting in combining primal information with the challenges of aging.
    To go along with that, I would like to see an activity/ exercise program book geared toward older folks who are probably never going to go to a CrossFit gym!.


    PS: LOVED “Rich Food, Poor Food”!!!!!

    Deniseregina wrote on March 28th, 2013
  5. Primal Woman sounds like the one for me given my age (52.) I would love to see a cookbook focused on Paleo Kids, especially food they would have fun helping to make. I have 4 grandchildren and it can be difficult to find things that they want to eat.

    Bren wrote on March 28th, 2013
  6. I am very excited about Primal Cravings, Death by the food pyramid, The Primal Prescription, and Primal Woman, Also Perfect Balance.
    I love to cook and I am into natural healing,
    So the book I would be interested in, is more on healing yourself with herbs, and foods that heal.
    Also any cookbook, that has the nutritional description in it, would be appreciated, when I want to log on food on fit day, I dont know the nutrition or calories, carbs, fat, and so on, it is very hard to figure out.
    Thank you for your work, Mark, I love your Primal blueprint book, and the cookbooks

    Astrid Hensel wrote on March 28th, 2013
  7. I am mostly excited about Primal Cravings, Death by the food pyramid, Primal Prescription, and Primal woman
    I am into natural healing, so I would like to see a book on herbal healing and foods that heal. Also if the nutritional information could be on the recipes it would be very helpful, when i want to log them into fit day.
    Thank you for your work. I love your books and the cookbooks and am looking forward to any more to come

    Astrid Hensel wrote on March 28th, 2013
  8. I can’t wait for Primal Woman. It’ll be great to have a whole book of woman-specific information. My suggestion for another book would be one of primal answers to “conventional” questions–something that would help me make the argument for a primal lifestyle. As a medical professional, I know a lot of pretty tough critics and could use some hard data to back me up. Thanks!!

    Tonia Kaye wrote on March 28th, 2013
  9. While I am personally very interested the Primal Endurance book because I would like to compare it to Maffetone’s approach, it is Perfect Balance that I am most interested in acquiring. I know that my wife would really enjoy the primal perspective on topics that could be helpful to her. She is presently working on her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy and understands that food issues can systematically persist within a family’s culture.

    As for a to-be-released/written title I have really enjoyed the MDA posts concerningn child rearing that have been posted lately and wouldn’t mind those concepts being expanded into a Primal Parenting book that might draw in attachment parenting and elimination communication materials while also encouraging healthy independence in a Primal family system.

    Aaron wrote on March 28th, 2013
  10. The Primal Prescription caught my attention, as I am tired of going to the doctor and getting medicines prescribed before all the testing results come in.

    A book on Primal / Paleo children sounds very interesting to me as well.

    Monica W wrote on March 28th, 2013
  11. I can’t pick just one so I will choose 2: I am excited about Primal Woman, because at middle age menopause is not far off for me, and I am definitely hoping to age as gracefully as possible :-). Also very interested in Primal Prescription, because I am interested in how larger systems contribute to individual behavior.

    As for what books i would love to see in the future: a book targeted toward tweens and/or teens.


    Laurie wrote on March 28th, 2013
  12. I’d choose Primal Cravings to get some god ideas for new foods to prepare.
    Primal Endurance interests me for the books to come.

    Bruce wrote on March 28th, 2013
  13. Interested in Primal Cravings and Primal Endurance and would like to see a book that tackles the subject of Lectins in seeds and its effect on our metabolism.

    Bruce wrote on March 28th, 2013
  14. Death by Food Pyramid! As a teacher who is provided with textbooks that include the old school food pyramid based on the SAD, I’ve love to read a new resource that shows why the old pyramid needs to go!

    South Asian solution sounds interesting as well, and I think that as far as future directions are concerned, it would be great to take a look at what other cultures are eating. We are currently living in Australia and I notice that restaurant here do not start you with bread baskets, and most main meals include just meat and veg!

    Ashley wrote on March 28th, 2013
  15. Pick me! :)
    I would love to get my mits on Primal Craving. Food isn’t just fuel, it is love! Preparing and eating delicious food is an expression of caring…for ourselves and those we love! I would love some recipes that can satisfy the entire household, primal or not.

    CM wrote on March 28th, 2013
  16. I’m most excited about “The Hidden Plague,” by Tara Grant. I currently suffer from this condition, and I didn’t even know what it was called. One of my aunts is also trying to figure out what is wrong with her skin, and I think this book is going in the write direction. After trying various naturopathic cures, I have hope in the cure this book offers.

    As far as a book Primal Blueprint Publishing needs to publish, I’m waiting for a big full color Primal Fitness book. That would be awesome!

    Danthemantrump wrote on March 28th, 2013
  17. It’s hard to pick one but Primal Woman is definitely a book in excited to read.

    Melissa wrote on March 28th, 2013
  18. I am looking forward to reading the Primal Woman the most.

    And, while I am thinking, Carrie’s book might be addressing some of that already, I would love to see a book focusing on life CHOICES after switching to a primal life style and esp for women. I have always cherished my children. These days I am finding a lot more motivation to spend as much time as possible playing with them and as little time as possible being stuck inside with carrerr minded grown ups, in spite of my MBA degree:-).

    Julia wrote on March 28th, 2013
  19. This year I have found nearly complete relief from chronic muscular pain and occasional depression resulting from living with Graves’ disease (autoimmune thyroid disease) for twenty years by following, initially, the GAPS diet and now a paleo diet. I love to read everything about it since I started eating this way before I ever knew it had a name. I am particularly interested in Death By Food Pyramid as I have a close friend who had become an avid promoter and follower of the China Study diet., The book on South Asians also sounds very interesting even though that isn’t my background. I would be interested in nutrition education materials for pre-teens and teens that go beyond what I might teach over the dinner table or in the kitchen. My children are educated at home and most health/nutrition curricula that are available are bad or worse. My two college-age children only had informal instruction, but would have benefitted from a paleo nutrition/health/living course. Of course, MDA is a great resource….

    Caryn wrote on March 28th, 2013
  20. The Primal Prescription has my interest. Government, Big Pharma, and Big Agra all in bed together, sounds like a great read to me!
    Instead of a book idea… I’d like to recommend a Primal Blueprint documentary.
    Mark, ever thought of this???

    Chris wrote on March 28th, 2013
  21. I’m sure I’d enjoy Primal Cravings. Sometimes, you just want comfort type food that you had pre-primal.

    As far as what I’d like to see, I’d be interested in a primal book aimed at seniors, especially with regard to getting the old creaky body back into exercising and building upon it from there.

    TJayne wrote on March 28th, 2013
  22. These books look very wonderful! I’d love to read all of them :) I am the most interested in Primal Balance. I feel i would relate to as a result of my health journey and eating right for my body’s nutritional needs.

    monique wrote on March 28th, 2013
  23. Looking forward to Primal Cravings. Idea for the future: A quick handbook on how to convince your partner on jumping into the Primal Lifestyle. Keep up the great work!

    Thomas wrote on March 29th, 2013
  24. ……self-reliance, responsibility and integrity will lead me to the only thing I’m entitled to: a healthy, vibrant life if I EAT the foods from the PRIMAL PRESCRIPTION.

    But I can’t just eat myself healthy, I need to PRAY and LOVE too….so fire up the libidos and light the campfire so I can be me…. A PRIMAL WOMAN…. Who also needs community.

    But how to change the people in my world? Leading be example hasn’t been enough. Enter…PALEO PRIMER, and the fun, simple, creative and humorous way of introducing newcomers to Primal/Paleo living.

    Catherine H wrote on March 29th, 2013
  25. Hi Mark,
    Would love the chance to read Primal Endurance. There is so much conflicting talk out there from the primal community when it comes to endurance sports (I run ultra’s) that you wonder if it is possible. To hear from someone with your life experience and understanding of primal nutrition, training and health on this isn’t just good but sorely needed!!

    Mark G wrote on March 29th, 2013
  26. The primal Perscription sounds like it explains the path that many of us ended up with the results of the standard American diet. Would like to see a book or article on the possible dangers of primal/paleo lifestyle on those of us with today’s modern American diseases, and the prospect of reversing them.

    Chuck wrote on March 29th, 2013
  27. I’m looking forward to reading “Death By Food Pyramid.” We have lots of Americans struggling to follow a healthy diet that is killing them. I would be interested in reading a book about hunger in America and it’s link to the food pyramid along with a look at what it would take to change things so a truly healthy diet is more affordable to everyone.

    Nicole wrote on March 29th, 2013
  28. Primal cravings would be very helpful at the moment but some other titels also look interesting. I could use a primal cooking book with many simple recepies, any avalable yet?

    Joop wrote on March 29th, 2013
  29. Primal Cravings sounds like a great book. We all need help with those cravings for how we once did things, old habits, addictions etc.

    I would like to see a practical book on how to hunt/fish/rear/grow your own food that meets the primal needs. By temperate zone rather than USA or Canada etc I live in Australia, I know of others in New Zealand, canada, UK etc who like the primal life style and would love to DIY some of the foods. After all if you grow it, you know it. No surprises !

    Fig Barton wrote on March 29th, 2013
  30. I am most excited for primal pregnancy as we want to start a family soon and have decided going primal sounded like the best way to get healthy before doing so.

    I would like to see a book on raising a child primally, baby food, which to focus on for their life stages, etc. would there be any link between primal eating and childhood vaccines?

    Melissa wrote on March 29th, 2013
  31. I have experienced 2 non primal and 1 primal pregnancy. I was still pretty healthy with the first 2 but there was still a huge difference. My last pregnancy was easy, nausea was minimal and the birth was a breeze.. Despite having a 10 lb baby boy at home. recovery was awesome as well. Non of my children are vaccinated. I figure if you wouldn’t lick something off a plate then why would you inject it into your bloodstream completely bypassing all your bodies defence systems. then go on to suffer from detox symptoms of the same vaccine for years…and years without knowing the cause. I see kids and adults all the time in my line of work that would be so much better off had someone assured them the good bacteria in their gut was more important to focus on.

    Hope your future pregnancies are incredible!

    Beverley wrote on March 29th, 2013
  32. I think the book for me has to be The Primal Prescription because I believe it has the ability to benefit far more people than the others.

    Primal Blueprint Publishing needs to publish my upcoming book The Easy Way to Lose Weight, Get Fit and Stop Taking Medications.

    Nigel wrote on March 29th, 2013
  33. I’m stoked for the Primal pregnancy book, and that would have been my suggestion, if it wasn’t already listed here.
    I have been primal/paleo for 1.5 years and it changed my life.

    My suggestion, with regards to the primal pregnancy book would be thus: How and when to eat/introduce potential allergens (either while pregnant or once the child is born, and the research behind it. While I am milk and gluten sensitive, I have read/been able to find only a little bit on how to introduce these allergens in an efficient manner post pregnancy.

    Ashley wrote on March 29th, 2013
  34. I have noticed that people’s access, or lack of access, to a well-resourced kitchen with adequate space, is a strong influence on their shopping choices, and therefore their diet. Few people would want to get involved in creating elaborate recipes without the proper equipment. A book that illustrates how to produce great primal dishes with limited tools, could be a hit.

    Dane wrote on March 29th, 2013
  35. Hi there,

    Having suffered from poor body image and ‘diagnosed’ body dismorphier as an adolescent I am incredibly excited about the prospect of ‘Primal Balance’. Instead of going down the medication/therapy based route I made drastic changes to my lifestyle and diet and the primal blueprint was a fundamental book which allowed me to identify key areas to focus on and explained a lot of the concepts in great detail. Despite making a huge recovery I can still suffer from negativity and a bit of healthy/unhealthy obsession at times which can affect my personal relationships with some of my tribe. I am also very excited to read the primal connection!

    If I were to recommend a book that I’d love to read it would be Primal communication (if this is not covered in primal connection), alternatively primal living for adolescents. I love my tribe and the people around me and I am very lucky however, I find that as a young adult it is very difficult to find like minded individuals. I would love to see advice on how to approach encouraging my tribe to make the positive adaptations to their lifestyle that I have without sounding as if I am knocking their lifestyle. Youth culture is filled with advertisements and propaganda promoting ‘cool’ living, drinking, smoking, partying and generally not caring about yourself is perceived as the norm especially in the university culture I have just left and this makes my primal living occasionally solitary. Especially considering I don’t use social networks. Even at the climbing centre and the gym it’s difficult to communicate with people these ideas without sounding slightly dogmatic. I love to help people and this failure to be able to communicate and help people has left me feeling slightly down in the past.

    I don’t want to tell anyone what to eat or how to live I just like to question and occasionally offer advice but it seems there is no touchier subject than the physical/mental health of someone. Anyway to finish the rant I have been reading a lot about communication and the works of Paul Ekman and Daniel Goldman are very good if you have not read it already, Ekman’s work uses studies of tribes in papa new guinea which would be useful. Some of these ideas are very good for communicating with and reading peoples body language and facial cues to try and empathise and understand what people are going through. Since then I have felt more connected and comfortable talking to my tribe about these issues and as social animals with our complex language being a primary difference between us and other mammals I feel a book devoted to tribal communication may be interesting, especially for me =]

    Anyway keep up the good work, I’m a huge fan and your work has been a great asset to my life for the last 2 years, much appreciated.

    Kind regards,
    Jonny Landon

    Jonny landon wrote on March 29th, 2013
  36. Primal Woman! I was diagnosed about 5 yeas ago with low FSH hormones. It’s difficult to find well-researched information on what perimenopausal and menopausal women should be doing, primally speaking, and what changes would help the most to not be reliant on hormones. I would love to see more information on how to stay hormonally balanced.

    Read more:

    heidi wrote on March 29th, 2013
  37. I’m excited for Primal Pregnancy! Can’t wait to have my first little Grok baby :) I used to just microwave lean cuisines and had to learn how to cook while learning what food choices to make so an easy learn how to cook (paleo foods) book for those of us who don’t cook would be awesome.

    Abby wrote on March 29th, 2013
  38. I’m pleased to see that the book that Tara if finally out. Looking forward to reading her book.

    J wrote on March 29th, 2013
  39. I love food so I’m looking forward to Primal Craving. One of the things I struggle with in going paleo is lack of decipline and caving to the foods I crave. I look forward to seeing what this book can offer.

    Annie wrote on March 29th, 2013
  40. For me it’s The Primal Prescription. Too many people are getting sick withour understanding the connection to food and health. In my own circle symptoms of IBS and food intolerances appear. What’s maddening is that they are stuck on the conventional model of sterile food-pastured milk, canned processed sh%&, fast food, the idea if you give up grains you will not tolerate them later so better not give them up! All while they slowly get sicker.
    The doctors “know” better because they went to school to specialize in medicine. It kills me. I would love to read the Primal RX for clear maps of the food industry, government spending on pharma’s behalf ( flu shots) and how w make them all rich by ignorance.
    I could go on…but, such a book would be awesome to spread the word.

    Ez wrote on March 29th, 2013

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