• Good Calories, Bad Calories

    by Gary Taubes

    The best book I know that explains not only how to eat, but also how we got to a place of such confusion about eating. Writer Gary Taubes culls through 100 years of nutritional research to clearly illuminate the real causes of weight gain and what to do about it.

  • It Starts With Food

    by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig

    A great, readable overview of what food is and how food affects us – neurologically, hormonally, and from a gut and immune perspective. A must-read for anyone who suspects they may have food sensitivities and is unsure what to do about it.


    Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s terrific, informative website guides you through their 30-day elimination
    diet, employing the principles from their book.

  • The Primal Blueprint

    by Mark Sisson

    A breezy exploration of the ideas behind Primal and Paleo by the man responsible for the hugely
    popular blog “Mark’s Daily Apple.” Lots of inspiring before-and-after stories and photos of
    people who lost weight and became physically fit by reconnecting with whole food eating and
    primal lifestyle habits. More at

  • The Bulletproof Diet

    by Dave Asprey

    Explores which foods make you “Bulletproof” – possessing a sharp mind, pain-free body and
    robust gut. Asprey is a rigorous researcher, and while some of his tips might feel too advanced
    for many of us, overall he offers extremely good advice on reducing inflammation in the body
    and performing well.

  • Wheat Belly

    by William Davis, M.D.

    A readable account of what changed in modern wheat, and why it is likely making us sick and fat.
    If you think “gluten-free” is just made-up marketing nonsense (as I did), this book is a must-read.

  • Grain Brain

    by David Perlmutter, M.D.

    Connects the dots between our society’s increased consumption of grains and our increased
    mental illnesses such as ADHD, Autism and Depression. Very important reading for people with
    mental health issues.

  • No-Fail Fat Burning For Women

    by Skye St. John

    A great little book for losing weight. Takes a ketogenic approach, with influences from Bulletproof
    and The Whole 30. Keeps the exercise stuff beautifully simple, focusing more on eating in
    a way that is not fattening and using the fat you already have for energy instead.



    The ultimate ketogenic guide! Abel James (from My Diet Can Beat Your Diet fame) has a
    jam-packed blog and podcast, offering loads of information on the science behind ketogenic
    diets and using Paleo principles to stay fit and lean.


  • Well Fed

    by Melissa Joulwan

    Melissa Joulwan has created the ultimate Paleo cookbook for intuitive cooks.  Every recipe is offered with a few twists and substitutions, and Joulwan also has an ingenious “template” page, helping you  mix veggies, meat and spices in endless variations.

  • Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans

    by Michelle Tam

    Michelle Tam and her designer husband Henry Fong make Paleo cooking bright, breezy and fun in this  cookbook filled with delicious, family-friendly dinners.  Tam brings just enough Asian flair to her recipes, using things like fish sauce, sriracha and mushrooms to boost flavor.  One of my favorites.

  • Bulletproof: The Cookbook

    by Dave Asprey

    A rich, well-referenced book that takes the Bulletproof approach to cooking – so don’t expect to find any garlic or onions here (which Asprey feels sap performance).  There is an unabashed love of good fats and vegetables, however.  Asprey genuinely loves food and flavor, and the recipes reflect that.

  • Nourishing Traditions

    by Sally Fallon

    The ultimate traditional food resource and guide.  Sally Fallon (who also runs the Weston A. Price Foundation) offers recipes from every ancestral tradition around the globe, and provides clear instructions on how to make bone broth, fermented veggies, sourdough bread, properly prepared legumes, and fermented dairy foods like kefir and farmer cheese.  A treasure, and arguably the single biggest influence for me as I made the transition from processed food to real food.

  • The Low-Carb Gourmet

    by Karen Barnaby

    Bistro-Style food from a Canadian chef.  Great for Paleo people who use dairy – lots of amazing dishes that include cream and cheese, but all low-carb.  Many recipes call for 10 ingredients or less.

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Clean Eating

  • Primal Pastures

    A wonderful family farm in California dedicated to sustainable, humanely-raised, pastured meat.  They have a terrific website and will deliver to your door.  ####

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