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 with traditional recipes. He and his family live in Baltimore but consider Hawaii home.
"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: 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!"--Michelle Tam, co-author of Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans and author of the blog Nom Nom Paleo
"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
"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
"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