No More Low Carb Lies

The original title of this post “Tell Me Low Carb Lies” was confusing, so I renamed it. I still recall exactly where I was when I discovered that Gary Taubes was wrong about his insulin theory of obesity. It was January 2012 and I was in Long Beach, California staying on the Queen Mary. Someone was trying […]

5 Ideas From Food For Mood

Matt Stone just released a new book titled Food for Mood: Dietary and Lifestyle Interventions for Anxiety, Depression, and Other Mood Disorders. Like his other books it is an extension of the metabolism discussion. This particular book focuses on the role that our food and beverage choices and timing can have on both reducing or inducing […]

Understanding Willpower

People believe I have amazing willpower. They see me giving up certain foods or habits and sticking with some form of restriction as evidence of that fact. And I believed my willpower was strong as well. Exactly two years ago, I gave up coffee for an entire month. Me! The guy who has been running the website INeedCoffee for […]

5 Issues I Had With Your Personal Paleo Code

I just finished reading Chris Kresser’s book Your Personal Paleo Code. There is nothing new in this book if you are familiar with his blog or the basics of Paleo. It is a long winded version of Primal Blueprint mixed with Perfect Health Diet mixed with The Primal Connection. For the most part, the information […]

Healing Teeth, Hypoglycemia and Sandbag Training

I’ve been adding books to my Kindle for a few months, but until I arrived in California I hadn’t gotten around to reading most of them. This week I read three. #1 Healing Teeth How I Healed My Teeth Eating Sugar: A Guide to Improving Dental Health Naturally by Joey Lott My choppers are pretty […]

Yuck! – I Made a Spreadsheet

In December 2012, I received the book Yuck! The Things People Eat. At the time I said: This is more than a book. It is an eating challenge wish list. Yuck! The Things People Eat by Neil Setchfield I’ve been meaning to convert the book into a spreadsheet. One that I can track my progress […]

The Rise of Superman

Disclaimer: This is a book review for a book I couldn’t finish.  I heard a podcast interview with author Steven Kotler on the Accidental Creative, which inspired me to get his book The Rise of Superman, which is about increasing performance. The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler On the […]

Death By Food Pyramid vs The Calorie Myth

I just finished reading two books on nutrition. One was excellent and the other not so much. Death By Food Pyramid Death by Food Pyramid : How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Have Ruined Our Health by Denise Minger was outstanding. It has an excellent section on the history of the food […]

Training to Failure is a Tool

I just finished reading Solving the Paleo Equation by Matt Stone and Garrett Smith. With a minor exception I really liked the book. The audience is not necessarily just those stuck on a Paleo diet, but any dieter that finds themselves stuck, especially those that exercise a lot. This book was an extension of some […]

Paleo Manifesto, Code Red and Eating on the Wild Side

This post is about three books I read this month. The Paleo Manifesto Oh no, not another Paleo book! I had zero plans to ever read another Paleo book again, but I started hearing some positive buzz about The Paleo Manifesto as being something different. And it was. I really liked most of this book. […]

My 3 Issues with Becoming a Supple Leopard

Based of all the reviews and comments I’ve seen on the web, I think I might be the only person who didn’t love the book Becoming a Supple Leopard. This post will be a brief review covering the three reasons I didn’t care for the book. #1 Who is the Audience? Throughout reading the book, I […]

Revisiting the Paleo Books

Starting around 2008, I read and reviewed several nutritional books on this site, most of which have some popularity in the Paleo community. Although I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with a Paleo diet approach, as time goes by I find myself increasingly critical of ideas that made perfect sense to me just a few years ago. […]

Diet Recovery 2 and the “Turn Up the Heat” Experiment

In the past year, I’ve become a fan of Matt Stone at 180DegreeHealth. We agree on many things. The two primary things are we both see the neurotic approach to food and exercise as being unhealthy. My primary health interest is to find sustainable ways to become more resilient in a stressful toxic world. What interested me about […]

My Top 5 Books of 2012

Most best of lists for a given year are published in late December or early January. Not this one. I needed more time to finish reading the books that were published at the end of the year. Here are my top 5 books for 2012. #1 An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies […]

A Lesson From Mastery

After reading the latest book from Robert Greene, a small part spoke to me as the most important lesson that I can personally put into effect immediately. Mastery by Robert Greene Before I go into that lesson, I want to say that I enjoyed this book. There was nothing I would consider to be ground […]

What Taleb Got Wrong in Antifragile

Let me start by saying that I loved the new book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, however there was one point I believe Taleb fell for the survivorship bias he warned us about in Fooled By Randomness. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb If he only mentioned this once in the book, […]

Yuck! The Things People Eat

This week I received one the greatest gifts ever. This is more than a book. It is an eating challenge wish list. Yuck! The Things People Eat byNeil Setchfield Yuck! is an awesome photo filled book full of bizarre food items. Lots of bugs, weird seafood and animal “parts”. Some of the ideas from the […]

The Kimchi Chronicles is an Excellent Cookbook

I read a lot of cookbooks. For the past four years, I have checked out numerous cookbooks from the library. Most have some merit, but rarely are there any that really stand out as excellent. The Kimchi Chronicles is one of the best. The Kimchi Chronicles: Korean Cooking for an American Kitchen by Marja Vongerichten What makes an […]

My Car Battery and the Science of Good Luck

Last winter when I was spending a bunch of money on auto repairs, the mechanic advised me to also replace my battery. He gave me an estimate of $200 for a new battery installed. That sounded high, but when you own a diesel you expect everything to be a little higher. I decided to hold […]

3 Books I’m Looking Forward to this Month

Three of my favorite authors are publishing brand new books this month. Good times. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb Mastery by Robert Greene The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life by Timothy Ferriss

The Guinea Pig Diaries

During a recent trip to the library, I spied this book out of the corner of my eye under Staff Picks. Just look at that cover. I had to read it. The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by A. J. Jacobs I pride myself on my nutritional experiments. Seems I’ve been thinking […]

Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice

This summer I stumbled upon a lecture that fascinated me. It was John Gray discussing hormonal expression in both healthy and unhealthy relationships. I put up the video with my notes in the post Hacking Hormones in a Relationship. I was interested enough in the topic that I had to read the book. Venus on […]

Deep Nutrition, Perfect Health Diet and The End of Overeating

I’m way behind on my nutrition book summaries. In this post, I’ll cover three excellent books that approach nutrition from different viewpoints that compliment each other nicely. Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food Many of the readers of this site know about Weston A. Price. He was a dentist that traveled the world in the […]

Testing Myself For Autism

One of my interests is economics and one of my favorite economists is Tyler Cowen. I love his interviews on the Econ Talk podcast. This summer I’ve read three of his books. One of the books is titled Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World. At first I didn’t know […]

The Art of Fermentation Comes Out Next Week

My fellow fermentation fans, the wait is over. The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz is available for pre-order and will be shipping next week. From Amazon: The Art of Fermentation is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Sandor Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple […]

5 Spices, 50 Dishes

Now that I’ve conquered the Gyro Meatloaf, my number cooking priority is getting much better with Indian cooking. To date it has been the most challenging cuisine to cook. I love the Indian food that I get in restaurants. Not certain dishes, but every dish. After a visit to an Indian restaurant, I usually come […]

You Are Your Own Gym

You absolutely do not need a gym to gain strength. This book is full of exercise ideas that only require your own body weight. You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises by Mark Lauren does a good job illustrating many different exercises one can do one your own without expensive gym equipment. […]

Adrenal Fatigue? Not For Me

In the post Health Goals – Late 2011 Edition, under #3 Dialing in an Optimal Coffee Level, I asked this question: Do I have some form of adrenal fatigue? It is easy to understand why I might suspect adrenal fatigue. I have consumed a lot of coffee in the past 20 years. I even run […]

Hillfit: Strength is Not Just For Hikers

For the past few years I have been reading the fitness blog Conditioning Research by Chris Highcock. Although I would be hard pressed to name a favorite nutrition blog, I can easily say Conditioning Research is the best fitness blog. When I started reading the site, I had yet to be convinced on the effectiveness […]

Rejecting The Naked Warrior

In this post, I will review a book I bought almost 8 years ago. At the time I thought this book was excellent. Not anymore. The Naked Warrior by Pavel Tsatsouline is a book that focuses on body weight exercises. It promises secret knowledge to help you get super strong without using weights. When I […]

Healing Your Sinuses

I wrote this post in August, but for some unknown reason, I didn’t hit the Publish button then. I started tackling my sinus headache problem back in March. My early strategies were based off article I read on various websites. Nothing too scientific. Well, I figured it was time to do something I should have […]

Wheat Belly – Here It Comes

For the past 30 years, whole wheat has been considered the staple of a heart healthy diet. This may be the biggest lie in nutrition today. Not only is wheat not healthy, I discovered that removing it was the single best step I took to improving my health. Other books including The Paleo Solution and […]

Flavor Signaling and The Shangri-La Diet

I just read a fascinating diet book that approaches fat loss by adjusting the body’s fat set point by weakening the signal between calories and flavor. The Shangri-La Diet: The No Hunger Eat Anything Weight-Loss Plan is by Seth Roberts. This book provides an alternate hypothesis to reversing obesity, but it doesn’t contradict anything that […]

Summer Reading Roundup

I was going to put up three separate posts on the books I’ve read this month, but decided to combine them. In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks by Adam Carolla is the funniest book I’ve read in years. I was laughing out loud every few pages. The rants, observations and wisdom in this book […]

The Art of Non-Conformity Review

I feel like I’ve read this book before. The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World by Chris Guillebeau has a familar tone to it. It is another “define your goals” and “take on the world” book. I think how receptive you are to this style […]

One Man’s Rebuttal to Eat, Pray, Love

When I first saw this book at the library, I thought it was Eat, Pray, Love. Then I noticed what the title really said and I busted out laughing. Drink, Play, F@#k: One Man’s Search for Anything Across Ireland, Las Vegas, and Thailand by Andrew Gottlieb is the Eat, Pray, Love story told from the […]


I liked the cover of this book, so I read it. Numb: A Novel is by Sean Ferrell. Numb is about a man with amnesia that has a condition by which he feels no physical pain. He could have a nail hammered into his hand and not fell the slightest bit of pain. This talent […]

Strength and Fitness For a Lifetime

Last week Fred Fornicola from Premiere Personal Fitness sent me a copy of his e-book Strength and Fitness For a Lifetime – How We Train to review. Strength and Fitness For a Lifetime is a collection of older fitness enthusiasts that are still around and still in great shape. Almost all those profiled are over […]

The New High Intensity Training

My interest in High Intensity Training continues. The New High Intensity Training: The Best Muscle-Building System You’ve Never Tried by Ellington Darden Ph.D. is an outstanding book on the principles of High Intensity Training. It starts with a history lesson on the early days of HIT with Arthur Jones, Casey Viator and the Mentzer brothers. […]

The Joy of Pickling

In the past year, I’ve read or skimmed numerous books from the library on fermentation. Most were OK. None of them seemed complete. Until now. The Joy of Pickling: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market (Revised Edition) by Linda Ziedrich is the best book I’ve seen on fermentation. It covers […]

Beat the Reaper

I rarely read fiction, so take this review with a grain of salt. Beat the Reaper: A Novel is by Josh Bazell. About two weeks ago I decided I needed a break from all the non-fiction books I’ve been reading. After a little research, I found Beat the Reaper was available at my local library. […]

Vegetables From The Sea

After the radiation story hit, I went out and got a bunch of sea veggies. Then I located a book with ideas on how to cook with them. Vegetables from the Sea: Everyday Cooking with Sea Greens by Jill Gusman is the best book I could locate on the topic of cooking with sea vegetables. […]

The Rational Optimist – How Prosperity Evolves

These days I am bombarded with messages of pessimism in the news and financial blogosphere. Some of it is rational and some irrational. On the other side, there are charlatans and politicians that are ignoring reality and preaching messages of irrational optimism. I read this book because I wanted to hear a rational optimistic viewpoint […]

Why We Get Fat

I just finished reading the slimmer version of Good Calories, Bad Calories. Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (Borzoi Books) by Gary Taubes was written to be more accessible than his book Good Calories, Bad Calories. Although many of us adored the GCBC book (I read it twice), the majority of […]

Power To The People – 10 Years Later

It was almost 10 years ago that a book arrived in the mail that would change my life. Power to the People! : Russian Strength Training Secrets for Every American is by Pavel Tsatsouline. Prior to this book I had been lifting weights like the muscle magazines taught me. You know the hit-the-body-from-every-angle with multiple […]

The Age of Deleveraging

I just finished reading a book from one of my financial mentors. The Age of Deleveraging: Investment Strategies for a Decade of Slow Growth and Deflation is by A. Gary Shilling. Back when I used to spend hours every day watching the clowns on CNBC pump their fists about how great everything was, there were […]

Ranking the Paleo Books – March 2011

Now that the paleo diet is becoming more mainstream, I thought I put together a list ranking the paleo books. This list is for the person new to the diet and not my fellow nutritional geeks. Since I expect more books will be released in the coming years, I added “March 2011” in the post […]

Static Contraction Training

John Little is one of my favorite writers in the fitness field. He co-wrote the definitive fitness book Body by Science. Recently, I listen to an outstanding interview with him on High Intensity Nation. In the interview he discussed a style of training called Max Contraction Training that sounded interesting, so I checked to see […]

The 4-Hour Body

Finally finished reading it. The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss is a pretty good book. I don’t agree that eating first thing in the morning accelerates fat loss and I think the Geek to Freak chapter is dishonest. However, the book is fun. I’m […]

The 10,000 Year Explosion

I wanted to better understand what happened between the paleolithic age and agriculture. This book came highly recommended. The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution by Gregory Cochran is an excellent book that goes directly after the theory that humans stopped evolving 40,000 years ago. In fact, the book makes a solid case […]

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

This book is considered a masterpiece in the study of human nutrition. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price was published in 1939 and may be more relevant today than it was back then. The story of this book is fascinating. A dentist from Cleveland traveled the world to study what different cultures ate […]

The New Evolution Diet

The publisher of Art De Vany’s book was kind enough to send me an advance copy of the The New Evolution Diet to read and review. It will be released tomorrow. The New Evolution Diet: What Our Paleolithic Ancestors Can Teach Us about Weight Loss, Fitness, and Aging by Arthur De Vany is an excellent […]

Initial Impression of The 4-Hour Body

Today The 4-Hour Body was released on Amazon and other book stores. I happened to be near a Barnes & Noble, so I stopped in to scan the book. This is my initial impression. The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss is a beast of […]

The Leap

This book came highly recommended by a few bloggers that I respect. The Leap: How 3 Simple Changes Can Propel Your Career from Good to Great by Rick Smith is nothing new. I think this book has been written a hundred times before. A successful person reverse engineers how they made it and then hand […]

Your Brain at Work

My streak of outstanding books continues. Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long by David Rock is different than other brain books that I’ve read. This one directly tackles understanding the brain as an energy system that is impacted by emotions. Each chapter lays out a […]

A Guide to the Good Life

Background: During my college years I never took a class on anything even close to philosophy. It is still a new topic for me. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine is a modern guide to Stoic philosophy. I found this book extremely well written. It […]

8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back

I heard some good things about this book, so I decided to check it out. 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot (Remember When It Didn’t Hurt) by Esther Gokhale is a book with 8 lessons to help the reader eliminate and […]

My Review of The Paleo Solution

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf starts off with a stellar detailed look at macro-nutrients, hormones and then he goes after grains. The Paleo Solution makes the best case I have ever read for removing grains from your diet. Then the book went into the exercise portion. During his weekly podcast […]

The Talent Code

I stumbled upon an interesting audio book recently. The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. by Daniel Coyle is about talent and how it is formed. In the book we learn that talent is not something you are born with and it is not something that happens overnight. It also doesn’t come […]

Hooked: A Thriller About Love and Other Addictions

About the time I finished reading The Shallows, a book about the addicting effects of the Internet, I stumbled onto a recommendation for this fiction book. Hooked: A Thriller About Love and Other Addictions by Matt Richtel was a great book. No lengthy setups. I was hooked from page 1. The parts of the book […]

Con Ed

I rarely read fiction. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the genre, but I always seem to prioritize non-fiction. This past weekend I took a quick break into the world of fiction. Con Ed by Matthew Klein is about a con man that decides to live a clean life after prison, but is pulled back […]

The Selfish Gene

I really didn’t pay attention in my high school biology class. Now I am making up for it. The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition–with a new Introduction by the Author by Richard Dawkins was a great introduction into a topic that I never really thought much about before. The Selfish Gene is considered a classic […]

Pandora’s Seed

I finished another great book on my reading list. Pandora’s Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization by Spencer Wells is about the effects of civilization. It wasn’t too heavy in the science. The writing was very conversational and the topics were quite varied. Although some of the reviewers didn’t like that, I did. By not […]

Primal Body – Primal Mind

This paleolithic nutrition book was high on my list to read for a while. Primal Body-Primal Mind: Empower Your Total Health The Way Evolution Intended (…And Didn’t) by Nora Teresa Gedgaudas is another great book on nutrition. As I continue reading more about this topic, I find that I’m being exposed to less new information. […]

Influencer – The Power To Change Anything

I was interested in learning more about influence. This title jumped out at me. Influencer : The Power to Change Anything by Kerry Patterson and 4 other authors is full of stories on how groups and organizations can influence change. They break down their strategies into six sources of influence. Make the Undesirable Desirable – […]

Blunder: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions

A great quick read. Blunder: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions by Zachary Shoreis is both a history and a psychology book. Chapters are broken down by cognition traps and a historical example. Great stuff. The conclusion of the book provides advice on avoiding blunders. …make a realistic effort to slow our rush to judgment […]

When All Hell Breaks Loose

The past few months, I’ve been studying the sovereign debt situation around the globe and have come to the conclusion things are likely to get ugly. Life as we know it is mathematically unsustainable. Governments, be they federal or local, may collapse. This means government services such as water, sewage and electricity, could have interruptions. […]

Me 2.0

I wanted to learn more about personal branding, so I read this book. Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success by Dan Schawbel is about personal branding for the Millennial generation. Yeah, I am Generation X, so I knew going into this book that I wasn’t the target audience. The last time […]


Since reading The Upside of Down, I have been interested in simple versus complex systems. That is why this book caught my eye. Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex (and How Complex Things Can Be Made Simple) is by Jeffrey Kluger. It is not at all like The Upside of Down. It is a collection […]

Marco Polo Didn’t Go There

Two years ago I read the travel book Vagabonding, which I enjoyed. I was pleased to discover the author had written another book. Marco Polo Didn’t Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer (Travelers’ Tales Guides) by Rolf Potts is a collection of travel stories. Most of the stories […]

The One Book A Week Goal

My pal Stuart over at Brainmower announced he was setting a goal to read one book each week in 2010. This is an admirable goal, which I completed in 2008 when I read 60 books that year. However, in 2009 I read just 30 books. Guess I slacked off? Or maybe number of books isn’t […]

Hungry Monkey

This book set a record for the longest I have ever had to wait for an on hold item at the Seattle Library. Was the 4.5 month wait worth it? Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater by Matthew Amster-Burton is about a dad that is able to work from home […]

Body By Science

This is an outstanding book that challenged many of my beliefs about weight training. Body by Science by Doug McGuff and John Little makes a damn good case for super slow weight training. As I stated in a previous post, I read this book because I am unconvinced that slow training is superior to normal […]

I Wanted to “Slow” Burn This Book

Three fitness authors that I respect are supporters of slow weightlifting. I personally have yet to be convinced, but I wanted to challenge my beliefs. This book failed to do so. The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution: The Slow Motion Exercise That Will Change Your Body in 30 Minutes a Week by Fredrick Hahn can best […]

Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously

I think it was the cool title and an article on Wired that sparked my curiosity for this book. Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously is by William Gurstelle. This book can be divided into two sections. The first part described how certain people are thrill or experience seeking. The […]

One Nation Under Fear Book Cover

I was poking around Amazon this morning and stumbled on this great book cover. One Nation Under Fear: Scaredy Cats and Fear-Mongers in the Home of the Brave (And What You Can Do About It) by Bob Cesca. I have absolutely no desire to read a political book at this time, so I have no […]

A Collection of Gambling Stories

Because I loved the Amarillo Slim book, Amazon recommended that I might like this one as well. The Man With the $100,000 Breasts is by Michael Konik. The best gambling story in the book is one referenced in the title, which I unfortunatelywas already familiar with. This book was more informative than entertaining. I learned […]

Farm City

What would it be like to be farmer living in a ghetto? Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter is a very entertaining book. It tells the story of how gardening in an abandoned lot in an Oakland ghetto expanded into raising bees, chickens, rabbits and eventually pigs. This book is […]

The 50 Law

Back in April, I wrote the post An Urban Version of the 48 Laws of Power and broke my own rule about endorsing something before it even came out. Is the book The 50th Law as good as Robert Greene’s other books? No, it is even better. The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert […]

Brain Rules

This was another brain book that Amazon recommended for me. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School is by John Medina who happens to live in Seattle and hold a faculty position at Seattle Pacific University, which is in my neighborhood. Brain Rules is divided into 12 chapters. Each […]