This is a collection of cooking and fitness (hiking, mountaineering, climbing, crossfit, weightlifting) related book we have read and would recommend that you read too. Disclaimer: the links below are Amazon affiliate links, if you click on them and purchase something we make a small amount of income.
K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain, Ed Viesturs
This has to be one of my favorite mountaineering books, I’ve read it two times now and will definitely read it again this year. Ed Viesturs is a Seattle native and the only American to have climbed all 14 of the worlds 8000+ meter peaks. This book chronicles the history of the attempts to climb K2, I feel this history is way more interesting than that of K2’s more famous cousin, Mt. Everest. I’ll not give too much away, but there is plenty of controversy, heroics and amazing feats of physical fitness along the way. A must read for any mountaineer, or anyone just interested in the history of the Himalayas.
The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet, Robb Wolf
We have been living a “mostly :)” Paleo lifestyle (I hate the word diet, it just has connotations of failure around it) since the end of 2011. In a nutshell the Paleo lifestyle recommends that you focus on going back to basics in your diet, eat protein, fat, vegetables and some fruit, cut out the sugar and grains, dairy and some starches. Both Wee Lee and I love eating this way, you feel better overall, less water retention, more consistent constant energy throughout the day, but there is a warning, you will never get the same high from the sugary processed food you used to love if you go down this path, so be warned 🙂
Starting Strength, Mark Rippetoe
Mark Rippetoe is an American author and strength coach. He’s well respected in the weightlifting community and has a number of excellent tutorial on youtube. I picked this book up to try to improve a number of my bar based movement and after hearing conflicting cues and explanations around “technique” (everyone at the gym is an expert). This is a pretty detailed book, going in to the physics and mechanics of different movements and explaining how to maximize your potential. It’s a bit of a heavy read, but if you are the kind of person who really likes to understand a topic from the fundamentals up then this is the kind of book for you.