I am reading it right now, and can vouch that it is a great book for beginners (a.k.a. the completely clueless - lol). I had no idea that the book was only just published. I am very new to Paleo; as in #1 son gave me Rob Wolf's Paleo Diet book for Christmas and I started changing things up a few days ago.
@Justin12 I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance in August, which was a big enough learning curve already for a busy life/schedule. I felt like I was just starting to get a handle on that when Paleo came along. I am extremely grateful that Mr. Kresser kept things fairly non-technical; there's a much steeper learning curve here than GF and it makes it an awful lot harder to figure things out when everyone seems to be speaking in code ;o)
As to the pet thing, I know there have been quite a few studies (if you can believe them, right?) about the health benefits of owning a pet; longer lives, less stress, etc. We have horses here and I often refer to them as my four-legged therapists; they always make me feel better after a tough day. *laugh*
I read it. It didn't take much effort because it's a restatement of so many existing paleosphere ideas. Would be a great book for someone new to paleo. There are mini self-help quizzes at the start of most chapters which I really enjoyed. I thought he especially did a good job of taking some of the "primal connection" play/socialize ideas and making them more practical.
Two interesting things to me:
1) He went super safe as far as keeping things non technical. You'd barely know the guy is an acupuncturist by reading it. No mention of needles and very little talk about herbs or supplements.
2) I find the emphasis on pets, particularly dogs, interesting and also a little strange. I love dogs. But considering that most people who are seeking out paleo have got some kind of chronic health problem, adding the stress of owning a new dog to the equation just doesn't seem quite smart to me.
It was just published earlier this week. I bought it today on Amazon in anticipation of an 8-week paleo challenge (whole life challenge) that my gym is starting on Jan 11. I have a few years experience with paleo but I'm hoping that it will give a little more insight & education in a coalesced format than the piecemeal bits I'd find for free online.
I requested it at the library. Several reviews on Amazon if you want to get an early heads up.
Um, it just was published, and it's New Years, not all of us spent New Years reading a book in depth end to end to review it. Some of us are bit hung over and are just having our first mug of coffee... Maybe you can wait a few days? :)