GENERAL - PALEO/PRIMAL/ANCESTRAL HEALTH
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf – fantastic book and fun to read. The chapter on grains was extremely interesting. I refer back to this again and again. A great overview of the science behind the lifestyle but practical advice on menus and exercise too.
The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sissons – another ‘must-have’.
Primal Body Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas – Nora manages to cram so much information into her books and talks; a treasure-trove of all things Paleo and beyond.
The Primal Connection by Mark Sissons – I loved this book. A thoughtful and enjoyable read that extends the Primal lifestyle into areas of our lives that we often overlook – a holistic approach to ancestral health.
KETOGENIC AND LOW CARBOHYDRATE DIETS
Eat fat, Grow Slim by Richard Mackarness – out of print but see my review here
The World Turned Upside Down: The Second Low-Carbohydrate Revolution by Richard D. Feinman
Tripping Over the Truth: A Metabolic Theory of Cancer by Travis Christofferson – Brilliant book – see my review here.
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee – A truly fascinating, brilliantly written book. An astonishing read – I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Missing Microbes by Martin Blaser – a fascinating book that looks at the consequences of the widespread use of antibiotics on our gut bacteria.
CHOLESTEROL AND HEART HEALTH
Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo – a ton of advice in here on all things Paleo (not just recipes)
Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso – a great starting point. Also includes a really useful exercise section.
Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans – we bought this for our Paleo-foodie friends and they rate it highly!
MISCELLANEOUS - GENERAL INTEREST
Against the Grain by Richard Manning – What an amazing book! An investigation into the effects of our transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers and the consequences for humanity.
The Other Side of Eden: Hunter-Gatherers, Farmers and the Shaping of the World by Hugh Brodie – a beautifully written book that explores the triumph of farming over the hunter-gatherer. Reading this changed my perspective on our relationship with agriculture, food and the land we live in – a truly wonderful book. With thanks to Professor Scruton for recommending it in his excellent article:
Tally ho! Let the hunt remind us who we are by Roger Scruton
The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith – a fascinating and controversial look into the issue of mono-crops, sustainability and ethical food choices
Swallow This: Serving Up the Food Industry’s Darkest Secrets by Joanna Blythman
Doctoring Data by Malcolm Kendrick