My debut cookbook, The Ancestral Table: Traditional Recipes for a Paleo Lifestyle features over 115 delicious, gluten-free, Paleo-friendly recipes.
When trying to come up with an idea for my first cookbook, I kept returning to the same concept: I didn’t need to create a single recipe out of thin air. There are tons of delicious dishes that have endured for hundreds, even thousands of years, and mankind has tweaked them to perfection throughout history. My book is a celebration of dishes that we can enjoy in the same way that our great-grandparents enjoyed them, with only minimal adjustments made to honor my belief that foods should be healthful, nutrient-dense, and immensely satisfying.
The dishes in The Ancestral Table are inspired by traditional meals found throughout many world cultures today, and I’ve worked hard to develop recipes that are both exotic and impressive without being overly difficult or intimidating.
The book is full of brand new dishes, but I’ve also re-developed many of the recipes already introduced on this site. There are also quite a few firsts in here, including a couple dessert recipes, something I haven’t tackled on this site yet. I’m very happy with the quality of these recipes, and I think you will love having a perfect mix of classics and new favorites to add to your collection.
The recipes in The Ancestral Table are aligned with my belief that safe starches (white rice, tapioca, potatoes) and some forms of dairy have a place in the modern interpretation of the Paleo diet. Essentially, this is the first Perfect Health Diet cookbook – so it’s only fitting that Paul Jaminet graciously provided the foreword.
If you follow a more strict interpretation of Paleo, never fear! The Ancestral Table is mostly filled with strictly Paleo offerings, and the book includes a thorough substitution guide for anyone wanting to convert the other recipes to a more conventional version of Paleo while maintaining maximum taste.
The Ancestral Table: Traditional Recipes for a Paleo Lifestyle is out in all major bookstores and available online:
“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.”
“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: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat 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!”
“In The Ancestral Table, Russ Crandall dispenses with the typical Paleo prohibitions against white rice, potatoes, and dairy products, choosing to embrace the wisdom of ancient culinary traditions instead. Nutrient dense broths, fermented vegetables, and layers of flavors are featured prominently in recipes that are approachable, healthful, and, perhaps most importantly, absolutely delicious. This is the kind of food that can truly be enjoyed for a lifetime!”
– Tony Federico, B.S., author of Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman’s Guide to Cooking with Fire, host of the Paleo Magazine Radio Podcast, and author of the blog Live Caveman
“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!”
“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