Monday, March 31, 2014

Primal Blueprint Cookbook:

Primal Blueprint Cookbook by: Mark Sisson with Jennifer Meier
Non-fiction: cooking 279 pages
Book Count: 15

This book has a wide variety of meals, sides, desserts and misc. recipes that all fit with a primal/paleo diet.  They all look fairly easy to make and tasty.  The book is divided up by main ingredient or type of dish, but it could use a table of contents or index to making it easier to re find a recipe.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Primal Blueprint 21 Day Total Body Transformation:

The Primal Blueprint 21 Day Total Body Transformation By: Mark Sisson
Non-fiction: Food 192 pages
Book Count: 14

This book starts with a shorten description on the primal diet/ lifestyle and then has a 21 day challenge on how to jump into following the primal blueprint.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Primal Blueprint:

The Primal Blueprint By: Mark Sisson
Non-fiction: food, science 273 pages
Book Count: 13

I started reading the web site that goes with this book, before reading the book, so not only does this book go over a number of things that all the other diet books that I have been reading, but also other writings from the same author.  However, this book also deals with more then just diet, but a whole lifestyle based on the best things that were part of early human life. Also the next two or so books that I read in paper form will also be from the same author as this diet works for me. 
The primal diet is much like that of the paleo diet, (no grains, lower carbs, based mainly on veggies, meat, and fruits.) But also allows for dairy for those that do not have issues with dairy and understands that you aren't going to follow the diet 100% of the time and lets you know the best options of non-primal foods.  It also includes a large amount of exercise info that also goes against conventional wisdom like the diet itself.  It includes most of your exercising time spend on lower energy exercising like hiking, walking, slower bike rides or playing backyard pick-up games of your favorite sports.  Plus, every once in a while going all out with sprints, fast biking and other similar work outs for a short time.  And last some level of strenght training. This book is a bit more strict then the website, ( ) so some of the things I said may be more about the website then the book, as see last entry on having read the book weeks ago. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Steampunk Gazette:

The Steampunk Gazette By: Major Tinker
Non-Fiction: Sci-fi/Fantasy, History, Pop Culture 249 pages
Book Count: 12

This is a book on all things steampunk.  It includes chapters on the main things of steampunk, with shorter two or so pages sub-chapters on many things with a lot of pictures and examples on all these things.  It deals with the history of steampunk, sub-groups, conventions, living steampunk and much more. 

It was a very quick and fun read which I would have posted about in the middle of the month, with more details, but as many of you know I was a bit busy. 

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Wheat Belly:

Wheat Belly By: William Davis, MD
Non-fiction: Science, Diet 266 pages
Book Count: 11

Yes, I did check out a whole bunch of books from the same section of the library at once and now I feel like I have to read them all, even thought a lot of the information repeats itself, why do you ask?

Anyway this book as well as dealing with the importance of the effect that foods have on your blood sugar also deals with the way that modern wheat has been made and how it seams to be effecting people.  As some of you may know scientist and farmers have been working on grains that will make more food in less time for the last 50 years (they were working on it some since people domesticated plants, but in a slower less engineered way.)  This has lead to wheat that is much easier to grow, but also that has a different genetic make up then earlier wheats.  And it has also lead to an increase of people that have shown problems with eating this wheat (Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, other medical issues).  The author's belief is that the two things are connected.  This book first deals with the science and anidotial evidence to support his claim and then becomes a diet book about how to eat wheat free, including a few recipes.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

The Golem and the Jinni:

The Golem and the Jinni By: Helene Wecker
Fiction: Fantasy 484 pages
Book Count: 10

This is the story of a female golem (clay person brought to life to serve their master in Jewish mythology.) and a male jinni (based largely on the original jinni found in Muslim stories.)  They both end up in New York City at around the turn of the century (1900's) The golem was made to be the wife of a man who brought her to life on the boat ride over to America and then died of a ruptured appendice.  She is found by a kindly old rabbi after she accidentally steals food because without a master she can hear the wants of everyone and a small boy was hungry. The jinni pops out of an oil bottle in a metalworkers shop having no memory of how he got there or why he is stuck in his human form.  From there the story is of two fish out of water in an intertwining circle with an unexpected ending.