These are some of my favorite things to read, watch, listen to, and use in the kitchen. If you buy any of this stuff through my little store, I get a tiny kickback from Amazon… so why not buy yourself a present today!


Feed Your Mind

I’ve read all of these books (even the one I wrote!), and they all shaped my thinking about eating, training, and living.

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The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf[/amazon_link]
Robb provides plenty of excellent explanation of the “why” of paleo, plus meal plans and straight talk about exercise. Also, he’s hilarious.

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[amazon_link id=”0982207700″ target=”_blank” ]The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson [/amazon_link]
Mark is all about the sexy side of living right. It’s a nice balance to my general affection for strict rules and discipline.

[/one_third] [one_third_last] [amazon_image id=”098256581X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium”]

[amazon_link id=”098256581X” target=”_blank” ]Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso [/amazon_link]
Sarah provides a nicely-rounded family approach to eating, exercise, and living a happy life, plus lots of recipes.


[one_third] [amazon_image id=”B000WPMVKA” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Rollergirl: Totally True Tales from the Track[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B000WPMVKA” target=”_blank” ]Rollergirl: Totally True Tales from the Track by Melissa Joulwan [/amazon_link]
It looks like it’s about roller derby, but it’s really about strong women and not giving up on your big ideas… and it shares the story of how I transformed from über-nerd to Rollergirl.

[/one_third] [one_third] [amazon_image id=”0738212482″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Unleash the Warrior Within: Develop the Focus, Discipline, Confidence, and Courage You Need to Achieve Unlimited Goals[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”0738212482″ target=”_blank” ]Unleash the Warrior Within by Richard J. Machowicz [/amazon_link]
Don’t be put off by the sorta cheesy title; this little book is packed with badass ideas.

[/one_third] [one_third_last] [amazon_image id=”1841261904″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Half-Marathon: You Can Do It[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”1841261904″ target=”_blank” ]Half-Marathon: You Can Do It by Jeff Galloway [/amazon_link]
Dave and I read this before we started our half marathon training. It’s filled with excellent advice for runners of any distance — and I love Galloway’s run-walk philosophy.



Feed Your Body

[one_third] [amazon_image id=”B003I4P3JS” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Peter Gillham’s Natural Vitality Natural Calm Plus Calcium, Organic Raspberry-Lemon 16 oz (454 g)[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B003I4P3JS” target=”_blank” ]Natural Calm Plus Calcium, Organic Raspberry-Lemon 16 oz[/amazon_link]
Sleep the sleep of the righteous.

[/one_third] [one_third] [amazon_image id=”B004101GQC” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale, in Elegant Chrome[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B004101GQC” target=”_blank” ]Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale[/amazon_link]
Super helpful in the kitchen for ensuring I eat enough protein.

[/one_third] [one_third_last] [amazon_image id=”B001ASBBSG” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Simply Calphalon Nonstick 12-Inch Jumbo Fryer[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B001ASBBSG” target=”_blank” ]Simply Calphalon Nonstick 12-Inch Jumbo Fryer[/amazon_link]
My primary pan for almost all our meals. We have two — often on the stove at once!


[one_third] [amazon_image id=”B00004RHPA” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Farberware Professional 4-Knife Sharpener[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B00004RHPA” target=”_blank” ]Farberware Professional 4-Knife Sharpener[/amazon_link]
Absolutely essential for minimizing kitchen accidents. Dull knife=danger!

[/one_third] [one_third] [amazon_image id=”B001B40RL6″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]6 Piece Bamboo Cooking Utensil Set 4 Spoons and 2 Turners[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B001B40RL6″ target=”_blank” ] 6 Piece Bamboo Cooking Utensil Set 4 Spoons and 2 Turners[/amazon_link]
Durable, environmentally friendly, won’t destroy your pans.

[/one_third] [one_third_last] [amazon_image id=”B000IZ9HVA” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Animal House Shark Paring Knife[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B000IZ9HVA” target=”_blank” ]Animal House Shark Paring Knife[/amazon_link]
Makes chopping fun!


[one_third] [amazon_image id=”B000A39BWK” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Farberware Pro Stainless-Steel 8-Inch Chef’s Knife with Stainless Handles[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B000A39BWK” target=”_blank” ]Farberware Pro Stainless-Steel 8-Inch Chef’s Knife with Stainless Handles[/amazon_link]
This is the #1 knife I use for everything. LOVE IT!

[/one_third] [one_third] [amazon_image id=”B00004OCIP” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B00004OCIP” target=”_blank” ]Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler[/amazon_link]
Works great, even on hard-to-peel like jicama and mango!

[/one_third] [one_third_last] [amazon_image id=”B00004OCJO” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Oxo Good Grips Lemon Zester[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B00004OCJO” target=”_blank” ]Oxo Good Grips Lemon Zester[/amazon_link]
Indispensible for making marinades and mint pesto.


[one_third] [amazon_image id=”B0002V23BG” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Amco Enameled Aluminum Lemon Squeezer[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B0002V23BG” target=”_blank” ]Amco Enameled Aluminum Lemon Squeezer[/amazon_link]
I thought I didn’t need one of these until I got one. Make your life easier.

[/one_third] [one_third] [amazon_image id=”B000NO6PS4″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]KitchenAid KFP7I5 7-Cup Food Processor, White[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B000NO6PS4″ target=”_blank” ]KitchenAid KFP7I5 7-Cup Food Processor, White[/amazon_link]
This thing is a work horse! Ideal for sunshine sauce, mayo, cauliflower “rice,” and more.

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Feed Your Imagination

[one_third] [amazon_image id=”1936594196″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Jane Eyre[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”1936594196″ target=”_blank” ]Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte[/amazon_link]
My favorite book. Ever.

[/one_third] [one_third] [amazon_image id=”B000LPQ6DE” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Jane Eyre (Masterpiece Theatre, 2006)[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B000LPQ6DE” target=”_blank” ]Jane Eyre (Masterpiece Theatre, 2006)[/amazon_link]
My favorite film adaptation.

[/one_third] [one_third_last] [amazon_image id=”1936594390″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Picture of Dorian Gray[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”1936594390″ target=”_blank” ]The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde[/amazon_link]
Badass examination of identity and self-image.


[one_third] [amazon_image id=”0316011770″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Historian[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”0316011770″ target=”_blank” ]The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova[/amazon_link]
A big-time adventure story with thrills and romance.

[/one_third] [one_third] [amazon_image id=”0060509058″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Travels[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”0060509058″ target=”_blank” ]Travels by Michael Crichton [/amazon_link]
A compelling collection of essays about travels around the world and inside the brain.

[/one_third] [one_third_last] [amazon_image id=”B001B255JC” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Edge[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B001B255JC” target=”_blank” ]The Edge by Dick Francis[/amazon_link]
A fun mystery set on a train ride across the Canadian Rockies.


[one_third][amazon_image id=”0375842209″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Book Thief[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”0375842209″ target=”_blank” ]The Book Thief by Markus Zusak[/amazon_link]
Beautiful, sad story about a little girl during WWII.

[/one_third] [one_third] [amazon_image id=”1416985956″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”1416985956″ target=”_blank” ]Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz [/amazon_link]
Some days are just like that. On those days, you need to read this book.

[/one_third] [one_third_last] [amazon_image id=”B000C4T16I” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Consuming Passions : A Food-Obsessed Life[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B000C4T16I” target=”_blank” ]Consuming Passions : A Food-Obsessed Life by Michael Lee West[/amazon_link]
A food memoir that perfectly captures what food means to family.



Feed Your Ears

[one_third] [amazon_image id=”B00000IFV9″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Cheating at Solitaire[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B00000IFV9″ target=”_blank” ]Cheating at Solitaire by Mike Ness[/amazon_link]
Just the right mix of anger and redemption.

[/one_third] [one_third] [amazon_image id=”B0002TGYXG” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B0002TGYXG” target=”_blank” ]Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll by Social Distortion [/amazon_link]
My fave album from my fave band. Dare you not to love “Highway 101.”

[/one_third] [one_third_last] [amazon_image id=”B000001G4X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Moldau: Bohemian Fields and Groves Slavonic Dances[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B000001G4X” target=”_blank” ]The Moldau: Bohemian Fields and Groves Slavonic Dances[/amazon_link]
Painfully beautiful and exhilarating.


[one_third][amazon_image id=”B000VZEWIU” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Stronger[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B000VZEWIU” target=”_blank” ]Stronger by Kanye West[/amazon_link]
He’s a tool, but this is the best workout song ever.

[/one_third] [one_third] [amazon_image id=”B0041BYR26″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]F**k You [Explicit][/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B0041BYR26″ target=”_blank” ]F**k You by Cee Lo Green[Explicit][/amazon_link]
Totally kickass running song.

[/one_third] [one_third_last] [amazon_image id=”B000051Y31″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Jane Eyre: The Musical (Original 2000 Broadway Cast)[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B000051Y31″ target=”_blank” ]Jane Eyre: The Musical (Original 2000 Broadway Cast)[/amazon_link]
The duets between Jane and Rochester are AWESOME!