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Isn’t it amazing how many paleo cookbooks are on the market? But which ones to pick? The follow are some of my favorites to compliment last week’s best cookbooks and nutrition resources.
The Whole30 – Although I have never actively done a Whole30, I am a Whole30 girl. With my inability to tolerate sugar for afford paleo flours, my meals tend to gravitate towards Whole30 compliant. So I love this book, containing a step-by-step guide to all things Whole30 in addition to beautiful, 100% compliant recipes.
Real Life Paleo – My favorite books are ones that very clearly give diet and allergen information. It helps me more easily avoid nuts and nightshades. Real Life Paleo has this feature. On top of being a wonderful, basic paleo book, it is easy to tell if a recipe has eggs, nuts, or nightshades. This paleo cookbook is filled with recipes that please kids, recipes for the nutrient density seeker, and recipes for those with little time. It has a great selection, making it a good option for those getting started as well as those who have been paleo for while.
Mediterranean Paleo Cooking – Like Real Life Paleo, Mediterranean Paleo Cooking also has allergy information. And it contains even more – it gives information on whether a recipe is compliant for certain diets. Every recipe lists if it is egg-free, nut-free, low FODMAP, GAPS, low-carb, or AIP, as well as how to modify the recipe to fit a dietary need. This makes this cookbook extremely accessible to all facets of the paleo community. Combined with delicious Mediterranean recipes, for special occasions and every day, this book is a must have for me! I even lugged its 432 pages to Germany!
Without Grain – Missing your old favorites? You will be blown away by how real some of the grain-free substitutions in this new book seem! It is not a book for the Whole30 crowd, but it is still a great resource if you can do nuts, dairy, and starch.
Paleo Perfected – Okay, I haven’t actually read this book yet. It isn’t out yet! But it is #1 on my Christmas list. As I started last week, I live for America’s Test Kitchen. And now they have a book of entirely paleo recipes! I may have died and gone to heaven. I need this book in my life, and I am so sure of its quality that I am recommending it ahead of time!
There are sadly few dedicated GAPS books available. For internet recipe sites, visit my GAPS Resource Page. Gut and Psychology Syndrome and GAPS Guide both have some recipes, but are more focused on information. Here are a few books I have found to be GAPS-friendly:
Heal Your Gut – With recipes for each stage as well as for Full GAPS, this is the best (and, really, one of the only) cookbooks designed for those following GAPS. It is a very important resource for those that need GAPS.
Everyday Grain-Free Baking – You will find a lot of treats in this book, as it is a baking book. But almost every recipe is GAPS friendly! Most have nuts and eggs, so be aware if you have sensitivities. But it is a great resource if you are GAPS and missing baked goods.
Healing Patiently – Is it weird to suggest my own book? But I actually do use the recipes in this book often! I don’t have everything memorized, and I enjoy the simple, healing recipes from my book. I still use them, although I am off GAPS at the moment.
Mediterranean Paleo Cooking – As mentioned above, I really enjoy the recipes and resources of this book. Every recipe states if it is GAPS-friendly or not, and offers substitutions if available. While not everything is GAPS-friendly, this makes it very easy for GAPSters to navigate this lovely cookbook.
AIP cookbooks are becoming more and more common, which is fantastic. However, many of them are becoming more and more dependent on cassava flour, which is very difficult for many people to purchase. I selected the following books because while they are not 100% accessible (no cookbook is), they use ingredients that are often easier to find in other countries and when on a budget.
The Paleo Approach Cookbook – As The Paleo Approach is the most thorough resource for AIP, this is the cookbook for the job. In addition to hundreds of recipes, from simple to complex, it also includes meal plans, shopping lists, and substitutions for those with FODMAP or coconut sensitivities. All recipes are free of grains, legumes, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, and nightshades. It also includes basic information about AIP and reintroductions for those who are not quite ready to tackle The Paleo Approach.
The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook – When I had my first go at AIP, this was the only cookbook available. But even today, this remains a great resource with many simple and delicious recipes. It includes 2 month-long meal plans; one regular and one that is more budget-friendly.
AIP Batch Cooking – This is not a cookbook, but it is still a great AIP resource. It has recipes and instructions for batch cooking while on AIP. No more spending all your time in the kitchen cooking!
Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol – The Paleo Approach gives instructions about reintroducing foods, but this book takes it a step further by focusing solely on this topic. It gives detailed instructions for how to successfully reintroduce, and many recipes to give you ideas on how to test them. It is a lot of work, but this book will help you with the process.
What do you think are the best paleo cookbooks?
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