GENERAL - PALEO/PRIMAL/ANCESTRAL HEALTH
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf – fantastic book and fun to read. The chapter on grains was extremely interesting. A great overview of the science behind the ancestral approach to food and wellbeing, but practical advice on menus and exercise too.
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 foodie friends and they rate it highly.
MISCELLANEOUS - GENERAL INTEREST
Against the Grain by Richard Manning – 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