100 Million Years of Food

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I wrote this book to examine the human diet in its vast entirety, including the viewpoints of biology, culture, medicine, and history. The book is currently a finalist for the 2016 Lane Anderson Award for Canadian science writing and the 2017 Taste Canada award for culinary narrative. I was a finalist for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Award.

“What you don’t understand about food and diet could fill a book. Biological anthropologist Stephen Le did just that, and what he has to say will almost certainly throw into question everything you think you know about healthy eating.” – Randy Shore, the Vancouver Sun

“Le’s argument – taken as a whole and based on the myriad studies he cites – could constitute a paradigm shift regarding how we view food… leaves me hungry for more of his work.” – Dilia Narduzzi, the Globe and Mail

Reviews of 100 Million Years of Food in newspapers and magazines:

The Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/review-stephen-le-examines-the-history-of-eating-in-100-million-years-of-food/article28813564/

Maclean’s magazine: http://www.macleans.ca/society/health/eat-like-your-grandma-why-you-should-skip-the-kale-salad/

The Vancouver Sun: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/surprising+diet+myths+predictions+insect+filled+future/11716059/story.html

The Toronto Star: http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2016/02/20/coconuts-and-the-case-for-saturated-fat.html

National Post: http://news.nationalpost.com/life/food-drink/your-first-job-when-eating-is-to-nourish-yourself-how-two-new-books-use-history-to-explain-and-possibly-fix-our-modern-relationship-to-food

The Ottawa Citizen: http://ottawacitizen.com/life/food/eat-like-your-ancestors-ottawa-raised-author-stephen-le-advises

Discussions of 100 Million Years of Food on radio:

KPCC Los Angeles AirTalk with Larry Mantle: http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2016/02/22/46562/forget-cavemen-new-books-says-to-eat-what-your-anc/

CBC Radio, Quirks and Quarks: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/quirks-quarks-for-feb-6-2016-1.3435815/100-million-years-of-food-1.3436030

WNYC Radio, Food Friday’s with Leonard Lopate: http://www.wnyc.org/story/the-leonard-lopate-show-2016-02-12/

Wisconsin Public Radio: http://www.wpr.org/shows/did-early-ancestors-diet-hold-key-health

Dallas NPR: http://www.kera.org/2016/01/28/food-the-old-fashioned-way/

Brigham Young University Radio: http://byubmp3.byu.edu/fmarchive/thinkingaloud/2016/5/ta160516.mp3

BreakThru Radio: http://www.btrtoday.com/read/themeweek/blunt/109-article/

Discussions of 100 Million Years of Food on TV:

CTV Canada AM: http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.2770516

Global News: http://globalnews.ca/video/2523303/100-million-years-of-food-what-our-ancestors-ate-and-why-it-matters-today

Discussions of 100 Million Years of Food online:

National Geographic – the Plate: http://theplate.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/02/a-twist-on-paleo-eat-what-your-family-ate-500-years-ago/


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Diane Chang says:

    Hi Stephen! My name is Diane Chang and I was really fascinated with a Macleans’ piece that touched on your research (http://www.macleans.ca/society/health/eat-like-your-grandma-why-you-should-skip-the-kale-salad/). I’m also a UCLA alumnus, and have been hosting events to honor my grandmother through food. Here’s my website: eatingpopos.com. I’d love to interview you for it! So if you are interested, please email me! I’d be honored.

  2. katyao says:

    How fantastic that you’re having the book translated! As a fellow immigrant, I can’t tell you how many times I’d wished there was something written on this topic in a language my Russian grandparents could read.

  3. Kate says:

    Just read your article on Macleans. It’s fascinating. I think more people need to understand that. Lately I’ve been inundated with people saying I should be vegan because our ancestors ate plant based, not sure I buy that as I don’t know who my ancestors were. I’ve lost 60 lbs before, but then gained it back the struggle is all too real, but hopefully with a better understanding of our ancestral past we can find what actually might work. Thanks for all the research.

  4. Stephen, just bought the book – looking forward to diving in!

  5. Ewen Macdonell says:

    Hi, I just came across your article in the Ottawa Citizen and had to reach out to you. I don’t have a Phd or anything like that but am a top trouble shooter for Canadian Blood Services computer systems. I also have a big interest in finding out what the heck is taking our loved ones away from us! I have some very unproven theories about how to help. Maybe mentioning a few might get you to ask more.

    For 20 years I had lower back issues. I went to everyone that I thought could help. Doctors (no offence), chiropractors, physio therapists, acupuncturists. Another top trouble shooter took pity on me and came across a Dr. in the US that prescribed vitamin D to his patients with lower back pain. He found him on google. I read it and tried it and it worked. My back go out every year, pretty much, and I am now 6 years with no issues.

    So I asked myself, what else don’t the experts know? I put my trouble shooting techniques to work and I think I have information I would love to see in your hands.

    I have always wondered about family histories of disease when most families eat the same food.

    I now have a strategy of eating a huge variety of food and cooking methods (to reduce the previous mentioned things} that could be hurting us. I’m still here and have longevity in the family.

    I also switch out my soap, shampoo, tooth paste, hair gel….with the same idea, if we don’t know whats killing us, reduce your exposure to everything through variety.

    I guess I could sound like someone looking for money or something considering the age we live in. Not the case, I actually want to buy a full paged add for maybe the Ottawa Sun or something like that, to get the Vitamin D word out. I have to concede I haven’t done it yet but will soon.


  6. micheline says:

    va t il y avoir traduction francaise- merci et bonne journée

  7. David Skene-Melvin says:

    My congratulations on your sensible and scientific “100 million years of food” which is informative, thought-provoking, and not merely publicity for yet another golden-way to health programme. Your study has more good, well-thought advice than I have read in years. Carry on. I am Canadian-born of Scottish father and Welsh-American mother, currently in my 81st year.

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