Grain Brain Cookbook Launches Today

Years ago, if someone would have suggested that I would someday write a cookbook, I would have scoffed at the notion. After all, my training in neurology focused on identifying diseases and utilizing pharmaceutical interventions in hopes of improving a patient’s health.

In fact, in my early years of practicing neurology, this is pretty much what I did. Nevertheless, I always found myself to be a little bit out of step with my peers in terms of how we approached patient care. Ultimately, I became extremely frustrated by this somewhat myopic approach, focusing almost exclusively on treating symptoms, while the cause of various diseases we were trying to treat remained off-limits to discussion, and even exploration.

The brain remained the last bastion of the dogma that lifestyle issues don’t matter when it comes to health. Over the past several decades the idea of a “heart smart diet” became very mainstream. Women were told to eat calcium rich foods as a way to stave off osteoporosis. But until very recently, brain health and brain diseases were not included in the lifestyle conversation.

How things have changed. We now fully recognize that the brain may in fact be the most sensitive organ in the body to our lifestyle choices including the foods we eat, the supplements we take, the exercise we get or don’t get, our sleeping patterns, and even our level of stress.

So it is that I wrote Grain Brain. The mission of Grain Brain was and is to bring to light the science that supports the powerful role of lifestyle choices, including the food a person chooses to eat, in terms of determining the brain’s destiny. And as things played out, it has become very clear that the world has been not only receptive to this information, but actually desperate to have it. Grain Brain Is now being published in 27 countries worldwide and is in its 17th printing.

As I described in Grain Brain, carbohydrates and gluten represent powerful toxins for the brain. And over the past year while our readers have embraced this information, the big question I’ve been asked time and time again has been, “how does a person prepare meals that conform to the low carb gluten-free model and yet are satisfying, profoundly nutritious, and awesome in the taste department?”

Today we are launching the Grain Brain Cookbook in response to this question. And as it turns out, the reception for our new cookbook has been nothing short of overwhelming. Even a month before publication date, the Grain Brain Cookbook was ranked as the number one book in America by Barnes and Noble bookstores.

Over the years I have been surprised and humbled by the notion that providing nutritional information is by far and away the most powerful medical modality for me as a brain specialist. That said, it basically means that we have come full circle in our understanding of health and disease. Indeed as Hippocrates stated over 2000 years ago, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

So it is with great honor and excitement that we are releasing the Grain Brain Cookbook today. Moving forward I know that each of you will be eating well, and paving the way for optimal health.

With deepest respect,

David Perlmutter, M.D.

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  • modalitiesMike

    David, congratulations on the publication of your new book.

    • David Perlmutter

      Thank you Mike.

  • notjustpaleo

    Nice, I’m ready to get you on my podcast to talk about it. This is a cookbook I’m actually excited for!!

    We’ve gotten a bit derailed with the mass amounts of “grain free treats, paleo cookies” and other psuedo-health-food which is distracting from what we’re trying to achieve here. Sugar is still sugar. Great job!

  • Cathy Valenti

    I’ve been waiting and waiting! My copy will be here soon!

    • David Perlmutter

      Wonderful. Hope it arrives soon.

  • Lynn Dell

    Many, many thanks to you for your kindness to me when I was at a low point. I am enjoying the cookbook, and plan on planting lots of plum tomatoes next season so I can make and freeze your great recipe in this book!

    • David Perlmutter

      I appreciate your active involvement in this community Lynn.

  • Gabriella

    How exciting! Thank you! Do you know if it is available in Canada today?

    • David Perlmutter

      I believe so, but you’ll want to check online or call your local retailer before swinging by.

      • Ri

        it is available in Canada! i went to the bookstore yesterday and it is there! so exciting been waiting for it! :)

  • Cheryl Smalley

    Have you heard of the phytonutrient craze and would you recommend this as a supplement?

    • Allison

      Cheryl, phytonutrients are important, & your best source for them is organic veggies & fruits in the colors of the rainbow (real food) rather than supplements. Stick w/ low glycemic varieties (berries are usually the lowest glycemic fruits). Also remember to get your protein & fats from pasture fed/ grass fed/ wild caught varieties (beef, salmon, bison, eggs…). Stick to organic coconut oil, grass fed butter or ghee for cooking oils (up to med. heat levels).

  • Ri

    God Bless you for the fantastic work you do! since adopting this lifestyle ive had a new lease on life. I’ve felt healthier and happier and that is priceless.. every household should have a copy of Grain Brain and Grain Brain cookbook

    • David Perlmutter

      Thanks for those kind words Ri.

  • Christine Leeds.

    Congratulations! I made the salmon recipe from your video. It was delicious! So looking forward to this cookbook!

    • David Perlmutter

      Thanks Christine. Hope you continue to enjoy.

  • Angela Koenigsberg

    Congratulations Dr. Perlmutter! I am so happy for you. :-)

    • David Perlmutter

      Thank you Angela!

  • Jean

    I went on amazon and bought grain and brain cookbook! I was disappointed to find you had not written it and Sheryl Jensen had! I really want your cookbook!
    Jean finch

    • David Perlmutter

      Sorry to hear of that Jean. I’m sure you can return it however.

  • Kent Carle

    Just finished reading your book Dr. Perlmutter, and I have to say, I think I have hope once again. Can’t wait to purchase the cookbook today.

    • David Perlmutter

      Wonderful to hear Kent.

  • Margaret A Edwards

    when this cook book comes out in paperback – I’ll purchase it!!! :) Love the receipies in your Grain Brain book … thank you!

  • RobertN

    Congrats on the cookbook. I’ve been looking forward to it, well, since I read Grain Brain in February. It has changed our lives. My wife no longer has brain fog, which she had been complaining about for months, assuming it was caused by too much reading on her iPad. Getting off gluten cleared her mind in a short time. And my blood pressure has gone from hypertensive to normal. So thank you and good luck with the book.

    • David Perlmutter

      Thank you Robert. So glad to hear things are going well for you.

  • Lorie C Weeden

    I have had read your book, Grain Brain from a close friend of mine; the recipes are very good,”food for the brain”, and it’s amazing …cook those recipes in action.

    • David Perlmutter

      Hope you will make many healthful meals Lorie.

  • Peggy Watson

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  • Peggy Watson

    I have been listening to you lecture for years. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that the masses are clearly getting your message. What the world does not know is what a humble and genuine person that you are! I am proud to be your colleague. Thank you. I recommend your book as required reading every day to my patients.

    • David Perlmutter

      Thank you for those kind words Peggy. Means a lot.

  • Barb

    I was at Barnes & Noble first thing on Sept. 9 for my copy! I’m so pleased to see that “Grain Brain” is having such a positive reception. Because of your book I have joined an organic “Farms to Fields” local organic market for grass-fed beef and fresh local vegetables. I’m 77–never too late! I’m not losing that much weight, but my insides feel smoo-oo-th. I overdid at parties over the week end– carbs, no real food–and paid the price. I proved to myself that sugar and empty carbs are indeed toxic to my system. Thanks!!!

    • David Perlmutter

      Great to see this enthusiasm Barb.

    • sharon

      before you go out take two forkfuls of fermented saur kraut. it will coat your tummy and feel better.

  • Pam Mann

    I love your cook book. ..I have made a few food items and enjoy them every much.
    Thank you Dr Perlmutter

    • David Perlmutter

      Glad to know you are enjoying!

      • Pam Mann

        Dr Perlmutter. .i was eating two boiled eggs Monday to Sunday. .When i got my blood test done my cholesterol came as high..Why is that when eggs are good for us. .

  • Pam Mann

    Dr Perlmutter. . My daughter had a lung disease called churg strauss syndrome. . What can be done for that? She is now 16 and a vegetarian. She takes alot of meds to control the disease .

  • Roselyne

    Dr Perlmutter, I live in South Africa and have just finished listening to you on the evolution medicine summit and loved it. My husband has Parkinson’s
    and is on high doses of his medication. We follow the Paleo diet (since about Feb this year) and have been gluten free (most of the time) for over two years. His neurologist says he is doing better than his other patients of the same age (73) and he says it’s because he still works. Will this way of eating help reverse the Parkinson’s or possibly prevent further deterioration to his condition. I am going to order your recipe book and also want to study natural nutrition.

    Second question: is there an online / correspondence course that you would recommend to me that I can do from South Africa?

    Thank you for your inspiration. It feels like there is hope after all!

    Respectfully yours

  • Mia Brandt

    I am halfway through Grain Brain and very excited. My big concern is my wonderful high functioning 23 yr old autistic son and his fiance who has Aspergers and has been a juvenile diabetic since age 8. We are in New York City and I have got to find a nutritionist to guide them. Every one they have seen says something different and none are totally in line with you which is where I want to be. We have a fairly healthy semi-loose paleo house and I de-emphasize grains and starches (no sodas or desserts except dark chocolate) in the house. But she is very carb-focused, they are both overweight, and they get hungry and off track just eating fish, grassfed meat and vegetables (and too many fruits.) And all of my kids are out and about and eat what they want when I am not around. One thing–you may not approve–that has really helped and my son lost 35 pounds–is a grassfed whey protein shake per day and some unsweetened whey crackers that are high protein–so I’d hate to stop that. Bottom line, I want them on your plan but I am a single working mother of 3 with no child support and I can’t monitor them. They are open to a point but if I read sections of your book my son especially will get terrified and depressed. (He is on some meds which make losing weight especially difficult, hence the relief that he has finally lost 35 pounds healthily.) Yet that very information will MOTIVATE him too if I have someone good working with him. What can I do? This is critically important given their neurological/emotional/physical challenges. How do I find a nutritionist to guide them? Sorry this is so long. LOVE your book. Thank you! Mia

  • EmilyElizabeth

    My hometown church in Naples, FL got me into reading up on your research and further reading into your Grain Brain book! Can’t wait to get a hold of this cookbook.

    • David Perlmutter

      Glad to hear the community could bring you to Grain Brain in that way.

  • Laura

    My husband and I are believers in your wonderful research and are going to follow your advice. We would like to know about your life outside of your profession. Are you willing to share some of your personal family information aside from your father’s medical condition? Thank you for your caring concern and interest in our brains.

    • David Perlmutter

      I am an avid fisherman, and I enjoy playing the guitar.

  • Kristy Penick

    I have my own beehive and was wondering if I can still use any of my raw honey and if so what amount. We have replaced sugar with the honey. I also raise grass fed dairy goats and drink the milk raw and full fat. I make full fat yogurt, full fat raw cheeses, and kefir. Can I continue these things? I also have free range chickens and have more eggs than we can eat. Glad to hear that eggs are ok. Thanks!

  • Kristy Penick

    I also would appreciate any information on following your diet without a gall bladder. Thank you! I need all the help I can get.

  • Kristy Penick

    Thank you for your reply Dr. Perlmutter. The linked article was helpful and reassuring.

  • Taffy

    Dr. Perlmutter, I just finished reading the Grain Brain book and am now reading The Better Brain. I am wondering if the fundamental science underlying these books has brought new ideas to light in the decade between the publishing of The Better Brain and today. Do you still consider the recommendations in the Better Brain current and consistent with the recommendations in your more recent publications? Thank you for your great work.

  • Lisa Muzic

    Guess what’s on the way for my birthday? My daughter sent me Grain Brain cookbook! Can’t wait to pore over the recipes!

    • David Perlmutter

      Sounds like you’re in for a great birthday!

  • chantelle taylor

    Hi Dr perlmutter I was wondering if this book is good for healing leaky gut. I have been gluten and dairy free for fifteen years. I had parasites in the gut.which were treated. I have your book brain maker and have started that. Just would love recipes that would.assist in healing. Have been bloated for 9 years!!!

    • David Perlmutter

      Grain Brain is meant to help rebuild and repair the gut.

      • chantelle taylor

        fantastic thank you!!