• Eat Like a Human

  • Nourishing Foods and Ancient Ways of Cooking to Revolutionize Your Health
  • By: Dr. Bill Schindler
  • Narrated by: Dr. Bill Schindler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An archaeologist and chef explains how to follow our ancestors' lead when it comes to dietary choices and cooking techniques for optimum health and vitality.

Our relationship with food is filled with confusion and insecurity. Vegan or carnivore? Vegetarian or gluten-free? Keto or Mediterranean? Fasting or Paleo? Every day we hear about a new ingredient that is good or bad, a new diet that promises everything. But the secret to becoming healthier, losing weight, living an energetic life, and healing the planet has nothing to do with counting calories or feeling deprived - the key is re‑learning how to eat like a human. 

This means finding food that is as nutrient-dense as possible, and preparing that food using methods that release those nutrients and make them bioavailable to our bodies, which is exactly what allowed our ancestors to not only live but thrive. In Eat Like a Human, archaeologist and chef Dr. Bill Schindler draws on cutting-edge science and a lifetime of research to explain how nutrient density and bioavailability are the cornerstones of a healthy diet. He shows listeners how to live like modern “hunter-gatherers” by using the same strategies our ancestors used - as well as techniques still practiced by many cultures around the world - to make food as safe, nutritious, bioavailable, and delicious as possible.

With each chapter dedicated to a specific food group, in‑depth explanations of different foods and cooking techniques, and concrete takeaways, as well as 75+ recipes, Eat Like a Human will permanently change the way you think about food, and help you live a happier, healthier, and more connected life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Dr. Bill Schindler (P)2021 Little, Brown Spark

Critic Reviews

“If you are confused about what to eat, tossed about in the storm of conflicting dietary advice, Eat Like a Human provides a refreshing, unique perspective on the origins of the human diet, and how to design and prepare a varied inclusive diet of nutrient dense foods, often wild and weird, that extracts the most nutritional benefit through ancient cooking methods (and often ancient foods ignored today - insects anyone?). If you want to learn to be in right relationship to your body, nature and food, read this book!” (Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times best-selling author of The Pegan Diet)

“Dr. Bill Schindler is at the forefront of a small handful of intrepid researchers who have taken the deep insights of evolutionary science and wedded them to the practical (and critical) process of feeding ourselves, our families, and communities. Eat Like a Human is not ‘cave man reenactment’ - it is a science-based approach to truly nourishing the human body, mind, and spirit.” (Robb Wolf, New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired to Eat)

Eat Like a Human had me on the edge of my seat from the first paragraph till the very end. In a world of processed food, deceptive marketing, and fad diets, this book is a true guide for living and eating! A powerful read and a wealth of invaluable knowledge from Dr. Bill Schindler.” (Michael Hunter, author of The Hunter Chef)

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Possibly too concise

If you are familiar with Dr. Schindler's content, have listened to a few podcasts of which he has been a guest, then you will likely not find significant new content here. The audiobook is much shorter than the listed 6 hrs and 15 mins, as the end of the book covers recipes and preparations. Thoroughly enjoyable as a content refresher, great performance by the author himself. I wish more time had been spent on the discussion of food processing throughout hominid evolution. The entomophagy chapter is A+

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Make The World Human Again!

I am so glad that Dr Schindler finally put together a book of his vast knowledge and experiences with ancestral nutrition. I am a huge fan and follower of Dr Schindler and have been blessed to have an opportunity to taste the Modern Stone Age Kitchen foods and boy, eating ancetserally does not mean that you miss out on taste! As a very grain intolerant person, I experienced first hand how I can actually tolerate grains when they have been prepared right, in the ways that Dr Schindler described that our ancestors did to make these foods safe and nutritious for us, but we have completely come away from with our modern industrialized food manufacturing practices. I keep learning more and more that it is really not about what you eat, it's about HOW it is made! It is also nice that Dr Schindler did his own narration, as his passion and earnestness really translates to the topocs. The audio clips of his travels were such a nice bonus for the audio book. Great touch!

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Truly Amazing!

Loved every word of this book!! I am a nurse and nutritionist and I think everyone I know should read this book.

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Loved the information in this book.

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Listening to it again this month. This is a great aside to those living in a keto/carnivore space. The journey back to eating like our ancestors has reversed my poor health and opened my eyes to the real horror of processed food. My wife and I are gathering ingredients to try some of the recipes in this book, can't wait. Thanks Dr. Schindler.

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Great information. Best book of its kind

I've listened to books similar to this but never got the real life information this has.

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Compelling Read

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No, thank you.

Way more involved and expansive than I expected. I eat a healthy diet. After this book I have no desire to “eat like a human,” nor do I have the time or resources. Someone really into food…all kinds and all ways…may enjoy this book. I did not. Parts are DEFINITELY not good company during mealtime.

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I Had To Stop

I'm sorry, but you lost me when you described killing a beaver for a TV show. I realize being naked for a few minutes in front of the cameras was daunting, but the life of the animal for entertainment purposes must have been at least a small concern.

Some good points about some plants, but eating a plant that you take out of the crack in a sidewalk? Eating the parsley or lettuce from the plastic bags in the grocery store might not be as healthy as going to a farmers' market, but I draw the line at sidewalk cracks.

In these days of factory farming with grotesque abuse of animals who spend their short miserable lives until they are slaughtered, I am so glad I'm a vegan, regardless of my not eating like human. So you go ahead and eat the newborn calf that was ripped from its mother or the lamb who would never know sunlight. Eat like a human. Right.

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Fantastic and fascinating.

Anyone who is remotely interested in food and adventure MUST listen to Eat Like a Human. Dr Schindler is fascinating, adventurous and intelligent and has lived a rich life in pursuit of the origins of how and what we eat. Each chapter is devoted to a different theme and is accompanied by an appendix of recipes (which he also reads).
I know I will want to refer to the book again, so am off to order a print copy for my shelves, along with acorn flour and some crickets.

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Weak content in general

There were good points about how to make corn, nuts, and grains more digestible. However, the book was pretty weak in terms of overall nutrition and health. A large part of the book is recipes and preparation. That may be a benefit to some, but it was not that great as an audible rendition.