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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628600055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628600056
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you're tired of boring or overly restrictive Paleo recipes, this book is for you. Russ's love of traditional and international cuisine and culinary experience shine through in his delicious and satisfying recipes."
- Chris Kresser, M.S., L.AC, author of Your Personal Paleo Code and the blog ChrisKresser.com

"The Ancestral Table is a feast of lovingly crafted recipes that make the most of bold tastes and traditional cooking methods. The recipes -- a world tour of international flavors - flex the paleo template to include quality starches and some dairy, while remaining true to a well-reasoned, real food philosophy. It's clear that Russ takes good food and good health seriously - but he infuses the primal acts of cooking and eating with undeniable pleasure and joy."
- Melissa Joulwan, author of the cookbooks Well Fed and Well Fed 2 and the blog The Clothes Make The Girl

"I absolutely adore cookbooks that give me a sense of place, history, and flavor--along with deliciously authentic recipes. By weaving together a vibrant tapestry of words and photographs, Russ Crandall's Ancestral Table offers all of this and more, transporting and nourishing readers in both mind and palate. Bravo!"
- Michelle Tam, co-author of Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans and author of the blog Nom Nom Paleo

"The Domestic Man is an absolute stand-out chef in the ancestral health community. No one combines classical cooking techniques, outstanding and broad flavors, and international flair quite like Russ. With unique and unctuous recipes, The Ancestral Table is a book that will find a prominent place in our home: open, splattered, and next to my stove."
- Stacy Toth, co-author of the cookbooks Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog and Eat Like a Dinosaur, and the blog Paleo Parents

"The Ancestral Table contains a beautiful collection of dishes that will really get you excited in the kitchen. Russ's recipes are in the true spirit of slow food, covering the basics to the more advanced cooking techniques. If you're a foodie, this book is for you!"
- Diana Rodgers, NTP, author of Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts on the Go and the blog Sustainable Dish

About the Author

Russ Crandall is the talented home chef behind The Domestic Man, a leading food blog in the Paleo, gluten-free, and whole foods communities. In his 20s he suffered a number of life-threatening illnesses, was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune condition--and was sent home with a lifetime's worth of medications. Disenchanted with modern medicine, Russ started searching for his own answers and quickly discovered that eating a gluten-free, nutrient-rich diet instantly alleviated most of the medical issues that had plagued him for years.

Taking cues from his undergraduate studies in history and his travels around the world, Russ quickly discovered that traditional dishes--those that people ate just a few generations ago--inherently embody healthy principles because they were created at a time before processed foods existed. During the day he serves as a Russian translator in the U.S. Navy, and in the evening he can be found tinkering in the kitchen. He and his family live in Baltimore but consider Hawaii home.

More About the Author

Russ Crandall was born and raised in Washington State. After working as a chef in small restaurants for a few years, he joined the US Navy at age 20, and he continues to serve as a Russian and Indonesian translator. In 2010 he began chronicling his cooking adventures on his popular food blog, The Domestic Man (www.thedomesticman.com), and continues to post new recipes weekly.

His recipes focus on gourmet, traditional, and international dishes that are inherently healthy. Russ follows the Perfect Health Diet interpretation of Paleo, which recognizes the moderate use of safe starches (including white rice and potatoes) and some forms of dairy as having a place within the Paleo spectrum. He lives with his wife and son in Baltimore, MD.

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I can't wait to try these recipes for my family!
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I recommend this book to anyone who eats, whether you're Paleo or not.
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The recipes are easy to follow and photos are absolutely beautiful!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Bill & Hayley on February 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
I think most people who own a lot of Paleo cookbooks (or have to sift through the growing number of Paleo cookbooks) would like to know the following things about this book that set it apart from the rest:

- The recipes are different. Not like a little different... like, vastly different from the other books. Russ takes on the role of being your culinary tour guide around the world. Each recipe is accompanied with a nice amount of background on the dish, as well as a little personal story when relevant. And while there are some exotic recipes in this book, there are also some familiar ones that are dead ringers. His pizza crust recipe is out of this world. My wife and I have made it two times this week. Okay... THREE.

- The ingredients are what I'd call "laid back Paleo." Russ's approach is more Perfect Health Diet slanted, which I actually tend to find sensible (another reviewer called it Sensible, and I agree). It is not a strict Paleo book, not do I believe is it intended to be. However, while there are dishes that include white rice, potatoes, and dairy - there is also an extensive substitution guide in the back of this book.

Some other general points about this book. It's beautiful, well organized, and nicely designed in what I would call a minimalist style. I like that. I like seeing design elements clearly on the page, adequate white space to leave notes if needed, and the beautiful photos accompany every recipe.

If you're interested in a Paleo book with a laid back, more culinary approach to Paleo cooking (and you aren't put off by some intermediate-level recipes), this is the book to get. Definitely!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By prussianette on February 12, 2014
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I have been following the Perfect Health Diet for about 10 months now and have been wondering if there ever would be a cookbook to support the diet. I have a few Paleo cookbooks but, as people have noted, those recipes tend to have very few complex carbs in them.

Interestingly, I found this cookbook a few days ago as I was doing some searches around the word "tapioca". (I was getting a bit tired of only eating rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes and peas for my complex carbs, but didn't know of many tapioca recipes except for pudding.) I was sooo excited when I saw Paul Jaminet's name on the book, and noticed that there was still a day or two before it was released, so I immediately put in my order.

As others have noted, the cookbook has a beautiful presentation and photographs, with a supportive foreward by Paul Jaminet. I also loved the fact the author (Russ Crandall) wrote a bit about his personal journey towards eating well. At first I was a bit hesitant in reading it wondering if it would be "too long", and well boring, but I was pleasantly surprised. He has had some unique experiences in his life, and he does write about them in an engaging manner. Russ has an "everyday person" style to his writings which contrasts nicely to Paul's and his wife's more scientific style of writing. The Jaminet's style of writing was absolutely essential to the writing of the Perfect Health Diet as the whole point of the book was to show the diet was developed and based on scientific studies. However, there are a number of people (per comments on the Amazon reviews of the PHD book) that really struggled with some of what was written due to not being used to reading that type of book. Those individuals will probably find this book more comfortable to read.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By LCW VINE VOICE on July 20, 2014
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That was a rhetorical question. One I know the answer to. Carbs. Plain and simple a fear that this was a carby starch fest that wasn't "right for me". How many times have I said that and heard and seen it come from other low carbers.

So what made me try this book? A simple desire to add moderate amounts of starches back to my diet. I read The Perfect Health Diet, was impressed, realized it wasn't an all you can eat Las Vegas style buffet of carb goodness, and so I figured maybe this cookbook wasn't either. I was right.

What it is is an exceptionally well done book with beautifully styled pages full of food that not only looks delicious but tastes just as good. I consider myself a well traveled well read person and growing up in HI I cook a wide variety of dishes and cuisines. This book still challenges me with some delicious yet unfamiliar recipes. You may have to do some searching for certain ingredients, galangal how you elude me!!, but the internet casts a wide net and almost nothing impossible to find. There are the familiar too, of course, like Shepherd's Pie, Clam Chowder, Salisbury Steak, Fried Chicken, but I urge you to not flip past the Nabemono, Lomi Lomi Salmon, or the Gamjatang. While some recipes may stretch your palette and culinary repertoire, none of them are excessively difficult, fussy, or tedious.

Safe Starches (starches that are low in plant toxins) are fairly represented in this book and I urge everyone to give them a fair try in the name of not demonizing real foods and eating from as wide a variety of foods as possible. Still, for those who must or simply wish to remain low carb there are plenty of easy substitutions like cauliflower rice, mashed cauliflower, turnips, rutabaga, celeriac, etc.
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