I posted something earlier about getting my Dad into paleo for health reasons, I want to do the same for my Mom. I was thinking about buying a book or two for both of them and slip them in to the Xmas presents this year. What is a great book for someone beginning paleo, or a good one to maybe sway them into that lifestyle? I was thinking possibly Primal Blueprint or Taubes' new book.
Yes, Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint is a good place to start.
Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat by Taubes is also good.
And more must-reads: The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf, The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, Neanderthin by Ray Audette, Primal Body Primal Mind by Gedgaudas.
"Why We Get Fat" is clear, compelling and concise. It's not quite paleo and some would say it's not quite right!, but I would think it has a good chance of getting there heads in a place that will help them accept the few commonsense tweaks (eat real food, and corn oil isn't a real food) that gets you from Taubes to Paleo.
Primal Blueprint is awesome, and might be better for somebody who is open-minded. For the die-hard SAD believer, the Taubes book attacks the premises of SAD head-on.
It depends on your target audience; but having read a half-dozen or so (including all the 'big names' including those cited above - except the Awesome book: gotta check that out) I enjoyed Art DeVany's NED the most. And not because of the "user friendliness", or even the recipes (there arent really any), but simply because the guy's well educated, has an interesting life-story to tell, and he's 72 years old and looks f***ing awesome.
Fact is, if you want people to "buy in" to Paleo, showing them the biography ofa 72-year old "athlete" who extoles it's virtues is probably the best way.
And as I said, Paleo aside, its acracking read :)