Food: Books and other Resources

Here are some interesting books, blogs and other resources about food and eating. As always, find what works for you and let me know any feedback.

Basics

These are good starting points. You don’t need to read them all.

William Davis — Davis is a respected cardiologist in Milwaukee and author of the book Wheat Belly.

Lierre Keith — Those who are open to an alternative perspective on the vegetarian diet and food politics may wish to read The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability (2009) by feminist and activist Lierre Keith.

David Kessler, MD — Former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Author of “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite“.

William D. Lassek and Steven J.C. Gaulin — I recommend their January 2012 book Why Women Need Fat: How “Healthy” Food Makes Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever.

Ellyn SatterDietitian and author of “Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family”.

Mark Sisson — Mark Sisson is healthy lifestyle guru. He advocates learning and living what he calls the “primal blueprint” — a lifestyle that best expresses our genetic inheritance. He offers many thoughts about food, movement, exercise and general health. He also edits a blog called MarksDailyApple.com. His websites include long lists of pages of guides, concept primers and other resources in the “primal” lifestyle. I found useful his 2009 book The Primal Blueprint. His blog is great and inspiring.

Brian Wansink, Ph.D. — Cornell professor of applied economics, and author of “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think.” See also his website.

Robb Wolf — Robb Wolf is a former California State Powerlifting Champion and amateur kickboxer who coaches elite athletes. He is based in Reno, Nevada. A research biochemist, he is co-founder of the nutrition and athletic training journal, The Performance Menu, and co-owner of a top gym. His book The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet recommends eating the paleo diet plus smart exercise and lifestyle adjustments to lose fat and get healthy. His version of the paleo diet removes foods that are at odds with our health (grains, legumes, and dairy) and increase intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Possible Further Interest

If you are curious or like to read, you may find some of the following interesting.

Darina Allen — Irish chef, food writer, TV personality and founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland on the sea. This is real food, Irish style. You can visit for a cooking course, or just by her books, such as Irish Traditional Cooking. Read more here.

Natasha Campbell-McBride — Dr. Campbell-McBride (“Dr. Natasha”) developed a concept of GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome) and wrote the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia.

Kaayla Daniel — Kaayla Daniel is an American Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Ph.D. Her book The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food discusses why soy is unhealthy. She also points out how pervasive soy is in food and other products.

Michael and Mary Dan EadesDrs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades are a couple who practice bariatric, nutritional, and metabolic medicine in Arkansas. They have written many books on health, nutrition and exercise and produced and star in a PBS television cooking show Low Carb CookwoRx. Their best-known book is Protein Power and they currently focus on low-carb living and weight loss.

Nora Gedgaudas — I recommend the 2011 book by Nora T. Gedgaudas called Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond The Paleo Diet For Total Health and a Longer Life (at Amazon). It’s very good, and somewhat dense. I also enjoyed this article on her website about what it’s like to be approaching age 50.

Kurt Harris — Kurt Harris MD is a practicing board-certified radiologist and a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology. He grew up and was educated in Iowa. An independent science writer, he is also a thoughtful skeptic. He writes a good blog on “the field of nutrition through the lenses of medicine and evolutionary biology.” He coined the term Archevore to describe himself: “An Archevore is someone who eats based on essential principles, and also someone who hungers for essential principles.” He says, “The Archevore diet and approach to health is centered on a simple idea — that the diseases of civilization are largely related to abandonment of the metabolic conditions we evolved under – what I have termed the ‘evolutionary metabolic milieu’ – EM2.” Here is a pithy summary of the Archevore Diet rules. Also, his glossary of terms is handy to sort through acronyms used by him and others.

Chris KresserChris Kresser is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of integrative medicine. He has a practice in Berkeley, California. He emphasizes the importance of viewing the body as an interconnected whole, and stimulating the body’s highly sophisticated self-healing mechanisms. In his approach, the patient is empowered, educated and encouraged to play an active role in the healing process. He launched the Healthy Skeptic in 2008, and in 2011 merged it into ChrisKresser.com. One of his focuses is helping others to see through the common myths and misdirections peddled by the media and medical establishment. His blog is good.

Larry McCleary Dr. McCleary is the retired Acting Chief of Neurosurgery at Denver Children’s Hospital. His scientific publications span the fields of metabolic medicine, tumor immunology, biotechnology and neurological disease. He has written several books, including: Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly (2010, available in paperback), and The Brain Trust Program: A Scientifically Based Three Part Plan to Improve Memory Elevate Mood, Enhance Attention, Alleviate Migraine and Menopausal Symptoms and Boost Mental Energy (2008). He also hosts Brain Body Breakthroughs, a weekly internet radio show in which he interviews doctors and other cutting edge experts on health, nutrition, exercise and wellness.

Brad Pilon — Expert on intermittent fasting as it relates to losing weight and gaining muscle. Author of “Eat Stop Eat“. His blog is good. I found his data and conclusions on short, simple fasts compelling.

Michael PollanAuthor of “In Defense of Food” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”. Pollan is a great writer and reasonable.

Ron Rosedale — Dr. Ron Rosedale, MD is a metabolic specialist who was ahead of some others in the field of food. He wrote The Rosedale Diet in 2004. His approach is to regulate the powerful hormone leptin, which controls appetite and weight loss. The Rosedale diet emphasizes eating more healthy fats and is high fat, very low carb and low protein.

Joel SalatinJoel Salatin is a third generation family farmer working his organic, grass-fed farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley with his family. He has written several good books, including Folks This Just Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World.

Tom StandageTom Standage is a technology editor at the London-based magazine the Economist. He has written the book A History of the World in 6 Glasses (Walker & Company, 2005). It celebrates and reviews the history of six beverages that have helped shape the world from prehistoric times to the present day: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and Coca-Cola. He often gives the economic or business angle on the story, such as that Lloyds of London and the London Stock Exchange both began as coffeehouses. This book is fun, especially the audiobook.

Gary TaubesAuthor of “Why We Get Fat” (for popular audiences) and “Good Calories, Bad Calories,” a longer, heavily-footnoted version on the same topic. Taubes is especially good at shattering old ideas.

Ann VileisisAnn Vileisis is an award-winning historian who lives on the south coast of Oregon. She became interested in history and environmental issues as an undergraduate at Yale University where she earned her B.A. She also has a Master’s Degree in history from Utah State University. Her book is Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back. She reminds us that food does not come from the supermarket and advertisers cannot be trusted. She reviews two centuries of history of where food has come from in America. She highlights the movement toward locally grown or raised food and organic. She emphasizes that consumers need to know where food comes from in order to protect ourselves and our environment. Ann is married to nature author and photographer Tim Palmer. Together they lived for more than a decade as nomads, traveling in a Ford van as they did their research and writing. My favorite part of this book was about Martha Ballard, the subject of ANOTHER of my favorite books.

Terry L. Wahls — Dr. Terry L. Wahls overcame multiple sclerosis, primarily through diet and wrote the book “Minding My Mitochondria: How I Overcame Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Got Out of My Wheelchair.”

Richard Wrangham — Richard Wrangham is a respected biological anthropologist and primatologist at Harvard. I recommend his book Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human (2009). This is not a how-to cookbook, but it may inspire you to cook if you are human. This book reinforces the point that humans cook. Wrangham argues that we were cooking 1.8 million years ago, and that the activity was not an outcome of being human but that being human was an outcome of cooking. As Amazon notes: “Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution. When our ancestors adapted to using fire, humanity began. Once our hominid ancestors began cooking their food, the human digestive tract shrank and the brain grew.” This is not a how-to cookbook. One does not need to agree with all of Wrangham’s theory to find this book inspiring.

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