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About Russ Crandall
Russ Crandall is the blogger, home chef, and New York Times bestselling author behind popular food blog thedomesticman.com. His award-winning recipes focus on classic, traditional, and international dishes from a historical, linguistic, and cultural perspective. A native of Washington state, he has served active duty in the U.S. Navy since 2000.
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 traditional, nutrient-rich diet alleviated most of the medical issues that had plagued him for years.
His debut cookbook, The Ancestral Table, was released in 2014, and his second cookbook, The New York Times-bestselling (and 2015 Amazon.com best books of the year selection) Paleo Takeout, released in 2015. Russ has worked as a contributor to Food & Wine, Yahoo! Food, and AOL.com’s Kitchen Daily; his recipes have also been featured in People Magazine, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and Mashable. His blog was a finalist in the 2013 Saveur Best Food Blog Awards. Russ lives with his wife and two children in Pearl City, HI.
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Teaming up with nutritional researcher Kamal Patel, the two break down fundamental dietary principles through the lens of genetics: the concepts behind food/gene interactions, genetic variation among specific ancestral populations, and vital or problematic foods across all cultures. To ensure that you can fully utilize this research, they also walk you through the process of tracing your family tree and taking your first genetic test to determine your unique heritage.
By navigating the complex tapestry of modern ethnic groups, The Heritage Cookbook provides a comprehensive history of humankind, from our earliest ancestors to the cultures we recognize today. The book provides a record of our planet’s major staple foods, their historical origins, health implications for specific ancestry groups, and traditional consumption rates for each ancestral region.
As with his celebrated debut, The Ancestral Table, Russ painstakingly combs through traditional and historical cuisines from every corner of the world to develop a timeless cookbook fitting for any kitchen. Featuring over 300 beautifully crafted recipes, The Heritage Cookbook presents itself in a way that lets you build a healthy and delicious diet regardless of your unique background.