You can set a paragraph keep option to start on an odd or even page. That might not be enough, though, to add a blank page in your book.
Peter, I think this is the correct solution. Very easy to do, since the first paragraph of a page that must start on a particular side is usually a "special" paragraph (chapter title, legals, TOC, and so on).
In case the page begins with an illustration, I can try with a hidden paragraph, or a paragraph containing text of the same color of the page.
This is, however, something that InDesign could learn from FrameMaker, whose book documents can start each one from a separate side.
I agree, I'm just not sure if that will cause ID to insert a blank verso into your file for you at the start of the doc when included in a book. Easy enough to test, though.