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10 Nov

Announcement: Primal Blueprint Reader-Created Cookbook Now Available!

It’s been nearly a year since the Primal Blueprint Reader-Created Cookbook Contest began. Hundreds of recipes were submitted by loyal Mark’s Daily Apple readers and the best of the best were published right here on MDA. These recipes have now been bundled into a convenient eBook for all newsletter subscribers. In it you’ll find soup, snack, breakfast, salad and numerous meat (chicken, beef, pork, seafood, organ meats) dishes organized and categorized for easy reading.

If you are already a newsletter subscribe do nothing. Today’s regular Wednesday newsletter will provide access to this free eBook.

If you aren’t a newsletter subscriber yet (what have you been waiting for!) subscribe now and you’ll get this free eBook, the free 92-page Primal Blueprint Fitness eBook and weekly tips, recipes and inspiration from the MDA newsletter.

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Screenshots from the Reader-Created Cookbook (click to enlarge)

Last, let me announce the winner of the Reader-Created Cookbook Contest. All readers that had their recipes chosen to be published on MDA are featured in this eBook, received a Grok on! T-shirt and, of course, will receive a copy of this digital cookbook. But one lucky winner chosen at random will also receive a Primal gift package. And that lucky winner is… Richard Freund! Richard submitted the Grilled Beef Heart with Roasted Chili Peppers recipe.

Many thanks to everyone that participated in this contest.

I hope everyone enjoys this eBook and the recipes from fellow Groks. Here’s to Primal eating!

Stay tuned for today’s regularly scheduled post…

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Super! Can’t wait! And just in time for the holidays!

    Thanks for doing this Mark!

    Primal_Joe wrote on November 10th, 2010
    • The email to existing newsletter subscribers providing access to this eBook will be sent out in the next 20 minutes or so, by 9:45 am PST. Stay tuned!

      Mark Sisson wrote on November 10th, 2010
      • Hey Mark,

        I subscribe to the newsletter and have not yet received an email about the recipe ebook. Is there anything else I need to do, or should I just be patient?

        Primal_Joe wrote on November 11th, 2010
        • Joe, same boat here. If anyone has the email can they forward it on? I checked my deleted and junk just in case and haven’t received anything from Mark in the last few days. :\

          Stratispho wrote on November 11th, 2010
        • I had an issue with email today and lost my link to this…is there any way to get it resent?

          Nikki wrote on November 11th, 2010
      • I’ve followed all the directions in the email and have not been able to access the recipe book download, just the exercise book which I already have. Is there a problem?

        Sally wrote on November 12th, 2010
        • The recipe book is located on the exact same page the exercise book is found.

          Mark Sisson wrote on November 12th, 2010
        • Mark, I received your message that the recipe book is on the same page as the exercise book. When I went looking on Wednesday, it was not there. Just the exercise book was there.

          Now, because I used my password on Wednesday apparently, nothing happens when I enter it to try to access the recipe book again. I’m with Nikki, is there a way to get the password reset?

          Sally wrote on November 12th, 2010
        • The PW can’t be reset. It’s used by thousands of other people accessing the free eBooks. Maybe try clearing your browsers cache/cookies and trying again. I can assure you the eBooks are there and that the PW works.

          Mark Sisson wrote on November 12th, 2010
        • Mark, thank you so much! The suggestion to delete cookies worked perfectly and I have been able to download this great cookbook. Thanks for the book and for all your patient help.

          Sally wrote on November 13th, 2010
      • Mark, I have been following your website for about a year now and I have your primal cook book. You put out great information! I was able to get to the readers submited cook book the other day but now I cant open it up, I even tried re-subscribeing to the website. Any suggestions?

        Scott Penny wrote on November 12th, 2010
  2. This is so awesome! I cannot wait to get all the great recipes that are on this blog all together in one spot. In fact, I am even more excited to suggest them to my weight loss clients!

    Susan wrote on November 10th, 2010
  3. RIGHTEOUS. I’ve been waiting for something like this for a while now – the recipes posted online were great, but I have to admit that it’s kind of a hassle to keep my laptop open on the kitchen counter while I cook… Don’t get me wrong, I love trees, but I think that the convenience of having this guy on my kitchen cookbook rack will merit the worthy sacrifice of a few of my erstwhile sylvan friends :)

    Thanks, Mark, and word up to my culinarily inclined fellow readers for the recipes. Can’t wait to try ’em ALL!

    Alhaddadin wrote on November 10th, 2010
  4. Mark, thanks once again for making this available to everyone – I am sure others would have charged this.

    Maria wrote on November 10th, 2010
  5. Mark,
    This is awesome! Very nice of you to do this. No wonder we love your site.


    Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger wrote on November 10th, 2010
  6. What an awesome tribe of people we have to put this together, and a special thanks to Mark for doing the leg work of putting it together and posting it for free!!!

    Grok on!


    Rob wrote on November 10th, 2010
  7. I think the price is too high. Can you do something about that?

    Jonathan wrote on November 10th, 2010
  8. Excellent. Downloaded and on my desktop. I think Google was getting tired of my hitting refresh on my gmail account every 30 seconds waiting for the newsletter to come in. I’ll need to hit the grocery store this weekend for sure now.

    Thanks Mark

    skink531 wrote on November 10th, 2010
  9. Great stuff! Thanks for all you do!

    Victoria wrote on November 10th, 2010
  10. Thanks Mark and everyone who contributed recipes! Your generosity is truly amazing!!!

    Rodney wrote on November 10th, 2010
  11. Wow! I did not expect this and couldn’t be happier, a cookbook with so many peoples signature recipes in it, this is a early Christmas present indeed! You should make this a tradition, the primal holiday tradition for healthy inspiration ;D.

    Householder wrote on November 10th, 2010
  12. Thanks Mark!

    Sean wrote on November 10th, 2010
  13. I just looked over this, it’s amazing.

    Beautifully presented with detailed directions on everything.

    The Fat Guacamole Devils and Sushi With A Twist is something I’m gonna try very soon.


    Jeff wrote on November 10th, 2010
  14. Thanks for providing this, Mark.

    As an early purchaser of the PB Cook Book, while I was happy with the recipes in general, there were quite a few inconsistencies, missing bits of information, and odd design / layout oversights – which are the only real complaints I’ve seen people posting about on the books’ Amazon page.

    This new book, however, has a consistent, intuitive, and aesthetically pleasing layout, that absolutely cures all of the previously-mentioned issues. It’s good to know that you are listening to your customers. It’d be doubly nice if – assuming a future printing of the original PB Cook Book will be revised with this design – you make a complimentary digital version available to your database of purchasers.

    Again, thanks for this – it is appreciated, and will see a lot of good use.


    Anthony Paige wrote on November 10th, 2010
  15. This is awesome. Just what I needed – I felt I was starting to stagnate in the kitchen :p

    Chris wrote on November 10th, 2010
  16. YAY!!!!
    In our household we have a running joke ala the movie “Little Miss Sunshine” where the grandpa expresses his dislike for having chicken every single night. In fact he words it as “effen chicken again”?? my older family members just call it FCA for short. I really hope this helps me out in the chicken department especially!

    I make every meal from scratch so creativity and variety is key to appease all involved. I feel like it’s Christmas!

    TY and Cheers

    PrimalStyle-Real.Yummy.Food wrote on November 10th, 2010
    • Was also going to say cooking is my #1 passion outside of my family; so I can’t wait to print this =)

      PrimalStyle-Real.Yummy.Food wrote on November 10th, 2010
  17. Awesome! Perfect timing, too.

    Thanks Mark (and all those who contributed). The primal/paleo community never ceases to amaze me.
    We spend our time actually helping and educating each other, rather than blast authors in the face with pepper laced pies and dump paint on unsuspecting models.

    Jared wrote on November 10th, 2010
  18. ….

    If you dump paint on someone wearing fur, aren’t they just going to replace it with another coat?

    A bit counter-productive, no?

    And why don’t PETAphiles dump paint on leather-clad biker gangs?

    …sorry for rambling…

    Jared wrote on November 10th, 2010
  19. So excited about this! Thank you.

    Kelly wrote on November 10th, 2010
  20. Thanks!

    How much calcium is in 1 serving of the Primal Fuel Vanilla Creme? It doesn’t state calcium on the label but surely there is some?! I like to keep track of how much calcium I am getting in my diet each day.

    kathy wright wrote on November 10th, 2010
  21. You beauty! Thanks Mark. I have a nice little stash of Paleo recipes now. I’ll never get bored of selections.
    Brilliant of you to share.. appreciated

    Glenn wrote on November 10th, 2010
  22. Hurray! I was so excited to find the cookbook link in my email box after a long day at work and class. Thanks Mark!

    Sarah Due wrote on November 10th, 2010
  23. Thanks Mark! I look forward to making most of these. Grok On!

    Victor wrote on November 10th, 2010
  24. OH MY GOSH


    Just what I needed.

    I am going to re-subscribe at my home address so I can get cooking!
    I am new to this lifestyle and loving it! Shifting how I cook is not always easy.

    Also I am really loving the freedom and flexibility of getting off the “chronic cardio” plan. I was your typical case study!

    Did I say Thank you yet?

    I am also almost done reading Primal Blueprint. Handing it to my husband next.

    Cindy wrote on November 10th, 2010
  25. WOW! Thanks Mark!

    Tammy wrote on November 10th, 2010
  26. Thanks very much – some excellent recipes there. Much appreciated.

    Simon Kemp wrote on November 10th, 2010
  27. A quality presentation of these great recipes. I especially liked the way the table of contents linked directly to the recipes. Thanks very much for putting this together and then giving it away!

    Clarissa wrote on November 11th, 2010
  28. For some reason, I didn’t receive this in my email account even though I get the newsletters weekly. Is there any other way to track cookbook down? Looking for advice or suggestions. Thanks.

    East coaster wrote on November 11th, 2010
  29. I didn’t receive this in my email “inbox” either but I know I receive the newsletters.

    Kathy Wright wrote on November 11th, 2010
  30. I didn’t get one either, although I am a subscriber. (I checked my spam filter to make sure it wasn’t there).

    expat wrote on November 11th, 2010
  31. I got the newsletter but it was only some PB “tips & tricks”. It didn’t have a link to the cookbook.

    Franc wrote on November 11th, 2010
    • Any subscriber that didn’t get the newsletter with the link and the accompanying password you can email me at mark at marksdailyapple dot com.

      Mark Sisson wrote on November 11th, 2010
  32. What was the title of the email containing the link? The last one I received was “Intermittent Fasting” on the 9th. I fear Aweber hates me! What do I need to do to get this awesome ebook?

    Vince Veselosky wrote on November 11th, 2010
    • Wow, that was amazingly bad timing on my part. Thanks so much Mark!

      Vince Veselosky wrote on November 11th, 2010
  33. Awesome!

    Travis wrote on November 12th, 2010
  34. i am not getting any newsletter why is that what to download the books please

    gijive wrote on November 13th, 2010
  35. Thank you so much! Love the ebook!

    Just wanted to let you know I found an error in a recipe. The dressing ingredients for the Lobster salad ( are completely wrong. Looks more like roasted tomato salsa to me. Imagine my surprise trying to make this, had to improvise on the spot.

    Anastasia wrote on November 13th, 2010
    • Ooops! Typo. Thanks for pointing that out, Anastasia. I’ll fix it today.

      Mark Sisson wrote on November 15th, 2010
  36. Thanks for this free gift Mark. And thanks for all the folks who gave us this recipes. This is a great community.

    Andrea wrote on November 15th, 2010
  37. I am a subscriber but I lost my link. Can it be resent?

    D wrote on December 6th, 2010

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