Well, folks — I got a book deal on Friday.  My roommates will tell ya, it's been a lot of weekends staying in, a lot of Friday and Saturday nights at the coffee shop typing away.  But it will all be worth it when I finally fulfill my dream of writing the first caveman diet romance novel, Legumes I Have Known: Peapods on Fire.

I'll be able to share more specifics in a few weeks.  But it's with a good publisher, where I wanted to be, and most importantly, with an editor who really gets the vision of the book. 

When milestones like this happen, you suddenly realize how much other people have helped you along the way.  Whether it's my sister Maggie helping put on the NYC Barefoot Run, Chris McDougall being willing to do the Harlem-to-Brooklyn run, my roommates for putting up with bloody cuts of meat thawing in the fridge, Robb Wolf for providing advice and encouragement, my agent Mel for seeing the potential of this back in January, Erwan Le Corre for so much, Art De Vany for original inspiration, and everybody in broader paleo community who is churning out good ideas and fresh thinking (Sisson, Cordain, Nikoley, Harris, Vlaskovits, McEwen, and now hundreds and hundreds of bloggers), everyone in Eating Paleo in NYC and Barefoot Runners NYC.  And yes, my grandmother who gave me Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma years ago, where I got the idea of buying a freezer chest — and look where that has gotten me.  And of course, readers of this blog.  And many more, this is far from comprehensive.

Over the past year, I've been working very hard to build this community online, in New York, and around the country.  But that was all with a day job.  Caveman on nights and weekends.  But now it's time to step it up from amateur to professional.  From side show to the big show.

Put down the gourmet cupcake, and buckle up.



Update: Here's more info on the book

15 Responses to “Book deal”

  1. Cathy says:

    Congratulations.  I am fairly new to your blog but like what I see. 

  2. zach says:

    Congrats!!  Only this last week was I made aware of your work, blog, etc.  Love everything I am reading and being connected to via your links.  It seems as if someone is coherently writing down all the thoughts I have been thinking for so long, and finally connecting ideas which I have been unable to connect myself.  So excited to be living!!  Look forward to learning more, and of course, reading the book. Thank you for your hard work. Take care. -z

    • congrats that is amazing! i feel so passionately about paleo living and am thrilled to hear you are making such progress getting the word out where you live! People are probably so sick of me talking about it but it’s changed my life!

  3. Excellent – I look forward to seeing the book!

  4. Grok says:

     Congrats man! That’s awesome.

  5. Tom says:

    That’s great news man! I can’t wait for the book to be released.

    Your appearance on Colbert was the final push I needed to start with the Paleo lifestyle, I want to thank you for that. 


  6. ben says:

    congratulations, thats rad! With Wolf’s book, now yours, and general online activity its good to see a young, 20/30somethingish lot getting the paleo thing spread even wider.

  7. Levi says:

    But the real question is: did you get an advance? 

  8. Geoff says:

     Congrats man, really exciting stuff! You’re embassador status is coming together in full force.

  9. Mark says:

     Congratulations John! Your commitment is paying off. I’ve enjoyed your blog and benefited from the growing paleo community. Looking forward to buying a copy!

  10. Larry says:

    FAN-FREAKIN’-TASTIC! Dude, I am so happy for you! Seeing you on Colbert is what opened my eyes to paleo and MovNat (attended the clinic in San Diego this weekend) in the first place and and I’m healthier than I’ve been in years. You have a gift for spreading this message as well as a gift for motivating others to help pull off your sting of successful events. It’s about time you got paid for you efforts! Keep up the good work/play!

  11. Hunter-Gallacher says:

    Congratulations! I will definitley have it on pre-order. Thanks for all your work on healthy lifestyles. I never would have thought googling my own name would change my life in such a good way.

  12. adam says:


    As a member of the paleo community and being in NYC, and also a photographer, you should have me shoot the cover!!!!

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