Introducing The Primal Blueprint: Updated and Expanded Paperback Edition

With strong sales of the original hardcover Primal Blueprint book over the past three years, I was honored by a request from mainstream retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.) to produce the Primal Blueprint in paperback. Piece of cake, right? Get rid of those couple annoying typos, edit a bit here and there, then fire up the presses, right? Not quite. In the past few years, plenty has happened to further shape and refine the Primal philosophy. Much of this progress has come from the amazing contribution of the Primal/paleo/evolutionary health community: lively commenting and blogging on the Internet, and the magic of live connections at presentations and conventions. The movement has exploded beyond my wildest dreams and continues to pick up momentum daily.

I took advantage of this paperback opportunity to carefully review the original work (really enjoyed the read – 5 stars!) and all the feedback we received about it. I’ve refined and clarified the Primal philosophy on stuff such as fruit (exercise more moderation and selectivity on today’s year-round supply of overly-cultivated offerings), macadamia nuts (ranked superior to other nuts and seeds due to unfavorable omega-6:omega-3 ratios among other nuts and seeds), the Primal Essential Movements (adding a practical element to the “Lift Heavy Things” lifestyle law) and much more. I carefully edited and reworded certain sections to improve readability. I also included some really cool bonus material, including an incredible full-color, 16-page insert of seven of our favorite success stories and their stunning before/after photos: Malika Duke, Nick Laszlo, Michelle Matangi, Dave Parsons, Deanna Eberlin, and Wade Baker. Other bonus material in the paperback:

  • Pictorials, detailed descriptions and workout log pages for the Primal Essential Movements and Primal sprint workouts
  • “Hacks” for each of the 10 Primal Blueprint lifestyle laws to promote quick results in body composition, fitness, athletic performance, daily energy levels, and reduce disease risk factors and reliance on medication
  • Common questions and stumbling blocks – pulled from reader submissions
  • Commentary on diets and dieting, including compare/contrast of Primal Blueprint with other popular programs

I wouldn’t say you need to read this book if you’ve read the hardcover, but it makes for an excellent gift for a friend or loved one to become acquainted to the Primal Blueprint philosophy – especially during the time of year that people are inspired about new beginnings. Thanks for your interest and continued support.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. I have the hardcover edition, but I was wondering if I buy a copy for my kindle, which edition will it be?

    1. I’ve got the book also, but would definitely buy a kindle version if it was the new edition.

    2. The Kindle page version says:

      Publisher: Primal Nutrition, Inc.; 1 edition (December 31, 2009)

      Too bad. Is there an updated Kindle version in the works?

    3. I just got a Kindle for the Holiday, and I’d prefer to have the new edition as well. Do you have an ETA for the Kindle update?

        1. I’m glad you clarified that. I already have the “old” version in hardback and was looking forward to getting the new version on Kindle. Let us know when it’s available!

        2. Just wanted to add my voice to the Kindle crowd. I also the hardback copy, but would definitely buy the Kindle copy if it was the new version.

        3. I’d buy a Kindle updated version in a heartbeat. Please make this available ASAP. 🙂

  2. I just want to throw in that in addition to macadamia nuts having an awesome nutritional profile, hazelnuts are a close second. They’re very low in PUFA’s compared to almost all other nuts, and they’re literally half the price of macadamias. I’m doing a Whole 30 this month and I stocked up on both macadamias and hazelnuts. Trader Joe’s sells hazelnuts for only $5.99/lb, which is an awesome deal. I’ll be processing a bag with some coconut oil into hazelnut butter for a treat during the month.

    1. Mmm, the hazelnut butter sounds awesome! How are you planning to make it? (So others of us can replicate your recipe.) Thanks!

      1. It’s so easy. Just melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, pour it in the bottom of a blender, add about 1/4 of the hazelnuts and process slowly until you get the “funneling” effect, then add the rest of the bag 1/4 at a time. I usually add a little Himalayan salt as well. You’ll be done in 3 minutes!

        1. Don’t regularly hang out in the baking isle, but all the nuts in that isle are raw, and much cheaper than the ones in the whole foods section or snack isle…I think I bought a 24 oz bag of hazelnuts for less than $5, same with walnuts, almonds, and mac nuts (I can’t think of others – maybe pecans?). Plus they have little bags – 1/2 a cup worth of nuts if you need a snack on the go

    2. I’ve been buying blanched almonds for $2.49 per 8 oz at TJ’s in Chicago. I’ll have to see if they have the hazelnuts for that cheap when I go back to Chicago!

      1. TJ’s does not carry blanched hazelnuts. However, I processed them before with the skins still on and you couldn’t even tell. This was initially a concern of mine, but it made no difference.

  3. Got your three books (the one above plus two cookbooks) in the mail today. So excited! I’ve been considering going primal for months, and today hubby and I started. We’re looking forward to it, and love all the support and resources on this website. The books are beautiful, I hope the recipes work out well. Thanks for all your work and for waking us up. I hope to report back with great results. 🙂

    1. You should submit your and hubby’s photo to the New Year Challenge 🙂 I’m hopefully going to talk my husband into participating tonight.

  4. Cool beans. I have read the PB in hardcover but never actually owned my own copy–maybe I’ll pick up the paperback now to have it handy!

  5. Hmm now I am torn, I have the book on audio….may need to go check it out myself. Help motivate me during my challenge and give me something to clarify questions I have about what to eat.

    Hazelnuts hmm? That does sound good!

  6. NOOO!! I just bought the original for my Kindle last night!! Is there going to be an update available for those of us that have purchased it recently? I had already bought/read 2 copies of the 21-Day Transformation (Kindle and Paper) and wanted to read the whole thing…this always seems to happen….

    1. I just bought copies of the book for Christmas gifts so second your disappointment! Maybe an e-book or something will be available soon?

    2. You should still be able to return the Kindle book, right? I think you have a week.

  7. Just went Primal January 1 with the original hardcover book. Will be looking forward to an iBooks version of this one in the future!

  8. Here’s another vote for the Kindle version!

    But seriously, congrats on the big milestone–hope this gets the primal word in the hands of even more people!

  9. Got it (by suprise) on New Year’s Eve. We weren’t able to get the hardback and I asked for it for Christmas.
    I was sooo excited to see the “updated and expanded” banner and that the new intro was dated Dec. 2011. Finally, I got something BEFORE 95% of the rest of the population – lol.

    Thanks, Mark — I’m loving it!!

  10. Amazon delivered it quite a bit before Christmas. Enjoying the read.

  11. Got a Kindle for Christmas and bought the ebook. I also vote for a Kindle update.

  12. I just started my primal eating for my New Years resolution and have headaches. Is it due to no sugar and caffeine in my system. What should I do?

    1. Why not have some coffee? Give it a try and see if it cures the problem, if I go without my morning coffee I go into Godzilla mode.

    2. If you were drinking a lot of caffeine before it could be withdrawal, so try easing off it slowly (& be sure to count how many cups you have daily).

      You could be dehydrated as well. If your veins are popping out and your mouth is dry, try hydrating drinks like milk or electrolytes and wet foods like vegetables and fruits.

      However, you could also have headaches if you are low in sodium or magnesium. Right before eating, try sprinkling table salt or “lite salt” (Na+/K+ 50/50 blend) on your food to taste. Seaweed and shellfish are also good sources.

      Low Mg is implicated in migraines. Leafy green vegetables are high in Mg, as well as white ocean fish and cocoa powder or dark chocolate. You can also absorb Mg topically, through oil or soaking in Epsom salts. (I recommend the latter.)

      I would follow up the caffeine or hydration angle first.

    3. get more iodized salt for up to the first couple weeks – the morton kind with iodine & other electrolytes….drink enough water, eat enough (or more than enough) primal food till it passes. Usual is a few days, but some people experience up to two weeks. stick to it – totally worth it. And congrats for taking the first step….ALSO – don’t quit coffee! Maybe lessen the amount of coffee to no more than 2 cups a day, but if your a regular coffee drinker, that would be why. Coffee actually has some great benefits and you can find tons of research online (just don’t put any sweetners in it, and maybe try a tbsp of heavy cream if you can’t do black)

      Good Luck!

  13. Disappointed that this didn’t come out before Christmas as most of my presents to family members were book-shaped! Wish I could’ve given the extended version.

    Is there an ‘extended material’ add-on/mini-book available/in the works???

  14. Yeah, kindle vote here too, but I’ll probably pick up a pb copy too. Can’t help myself:)

  15. If today we held the Primal Blueprint caucus on what Mark must do next, it’s obvious that KINDLE EDITION PB is the clear winner! (My vote included)

    No negative campaigning needed!

  16. I heard on television this morning that the American Medical Association has noted that eating more protein promoted weight loss!

    Hopefully you heard this too, Mark!


    1. Uh, I misinterpreted what I heard. Their study does not say what I just posted. Sorry all.

  17. Dave Parsons and Malika Duke look AMAZING! They are actually 2 of the stories that stick in my mind from this website. Glad you will be featuring them. I was hoping to see them in the 21 Day Total Body Transformation book

  18. Any discussion about The China Study — would love your updated and most recent take on the “high animal protein” issues? How does the Primal Blueprint compare with anti-cancer approaches? Please advise, Mark. C.L.

  19. I just bought the Kindle version too, disappointed to realize it’s the original 2009 edition. Chalk up another vote for a Kindle edition update!

    Let me me see if I get to return it and buy the proper paperback copy.

  20. What is causing the delay in shipping on Amazon until the 20th??

  21. I have just started the Primal eating plan about 10 days ago and am already seeing and feeling great improvements. I used to have headaches 3-5 days a week along with chronic pain in all my joints and in “pressure points” on my body from Fibromyalgia (five car accidents–some pretty bad). I have significant fatigue due to the Fibro. and have seen no comments or information about how to exercise (beyond walking 40 minutes a day) for someone with a chronic illness and physical limitations. I used to exercise excessively until car accidents started 12 years ago. Now, only have energy to walk. I am looking forward to loosing some weight, but do you ever make suggestions for people with limitations? Thanks!! I am so encouraged by this eating program!

    My headaches are almost non-existent in the last 10 days (after 12 years of headaches!!) and my joint pain is almost completely gone. Feels like a miracle. Great plan!!

  22. Mark quick note. Read your earlier book and thanks – your ideas are right on the money.

    Was thinking about picking up your latest book on Amazon as a show of support and to see what has changed; but will not as the photo on Amazon does not match yours; as such I’m not sure exactly what is being sold – old or new and revised.

    1. Yeah, the photo on Amazon hasn’t been updated yet, but rest assured that it is the updated and expanded edition. New artwork coming soon!

  23. Bummer! My dh just bought the hard cover copy of Primal Blueprint for me for Christmas because it was on my wish list. Paid full price and now there’s an updated version. Extremely disappointing. This should have come out BEFORE Christmas. I would have preferred it instead.

  24. I, too, am confused about how to buy the new version on Amazon. I bought the Kindle version via the link on this post and discovered it was the old version. I am not going to return it as I figure I have gotten more than that value from the website.

    But I would like to buy the new paperback version and am not sure how to make sure I am ordering the 2011 version. The link on this post sends me to a page with the cover of the old version and the reviews for the old version.

    Sounds like your publisher needs to get with Amazon to make sure your readers can get the current version. Looks like it will sell fast!

    (I too vote for the Kindle version of the new edition.)

  25. I just got the hardback like 3 weeks ago kind of bummed to find out a better version is out now after buying the other one…

  26. Say this report today – was curious about any perspective you might have on this. (fought my eye since I’ve increased my red meat and bacon intake from nearly zero to very regularly on this primal diet

    Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’

  27. Does the updated version of the book include the new food pyramid?

  28. Of course I bought the original version about a month or so ago…story of my life, I can’t reason myself into buying it again just for the extra content.

    Congratulations on it however. It is good to know you are continuing to improve it so that you can help more individuals who want to get control over their health and fitness.