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Gary Taubes's Top Book Recommendations


Want to know what books Gary Taubes recommends on their reading list? We've researched interviews, social media posts, podcasts, and articles to build a comprehensive list of Gary Taubes's favorite book recommendations of all time.

Being healthy and fit has gone mainstream--millions sweat the calories away on the roads or in health clubs and scrutinize labels and menus trying to do the right thing to control weight, delay aging, and feel healthy, fit, and energetic. And it's simply not working. Rates of obesity, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and cancer continue to climb, and even the most committed fitness enthusiasts often carry 10 or 20 extra pounds of body fat.In this updated and expanded edition of the 2009 hardcover release from Mark Sisson, publisher and de-facto leader of the burgeoning... more
Recommended by Gary Taubes, and 1 others.

Gary TaubesMark Sisson has got 10 basic ideas, including everything from avoiding the poisons in your diet to getting enough sunlight and play. (Source)

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The Saccharine Disease

Recommended by Gary Taubes, and 1 others.

Gary TaubesHe came to the conclusion that where people were eating sugar and white flour they were getting specific diseases. It’s a very compelling read. (Source)

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Not for Bread Alone

Recommended by Gary Taubes, and 1 others.

Gary TaubesStefansson spent a decade or so living with the Inuit and had a lot of adventures. It’s an amazing read. He was a great storyteller. (Source)

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Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

An epic study demonstrating the importance of whole food nutrition, and the degeneration and destruction that comes from a diet of processed foods.

For nearly 10 years, Weston Price and his wife traveled around the world in search of the secret to health. Instead of looking at people afflicted with disease symptoms, this highly-respected dentist and dental researcher chose to focus on healthy individuals, and challenged himself to understand how they achieved such amazing health. Dr. Price traveled to hundreds of cities in a total of 14 different countries in his search to find...
Recommended by Gary Taubes, Adam Haritan, and 2 others.

Gary TaubesWeston Price was a great dental scientist. He travelled around the world and did the equivalent of controlled dietary experiments. (Source)

Adam HaritanOne book that immediately comes to mind is Nutrition And Physical Degeneration by Weston Price. Additionally, there have been a few books that have been instrumental in helping me figure out my role, purpose, and mission in life. (Source)

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The Physiology of Taste

Or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy

A delightful and hilarious classic about the joys of the table, The Physiology of Taste is the most famous book about food ever written. First published in France in 1825 and continuously in print ever since, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s masterpiece is a historical, philosophical, and epicurean collection of recipes, reflections, and anecdotes on everything and anything gastronomical. Brillat-Savarin—who famously stated “Tell me what you eat and I shall tell you what you are”—shrewdly expounds upon culinary matters that still resonate today, from the rise of the destination... more

Gary TaubesThis book used to be described as the most famous book ever written about food. He has several chapters on the cause and prevention of obesity. (Source)

Barry C. SmithI’ve chosen The Physiology of Taste by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin — a French philosopher, early physiologist, a gourmand who was fascinated by taste and eating and diet and ways of living all involving the consuming of food and drink. What I love is the particular attention to detail that allows him to focus exactly what is going on in us as tasters when we’re consuming food and drink. Most... (Source)

P. D. Mangan@Blacklabellogic Yes, first diet book ever. Brillat-Savarin wrote about how overweight people love carbs in the early 19th century. (Source)

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