9 Of The Best Paleo Cookbooks Of All Time (2016 Edition)

In the early days when I was looking to move past the boring broccoli and chicken regime 3 times a day, I remember looking for the best paleo cookbooks and being overwhelmed with the results. I simply didn’t know what to choose or what to look for.

Over the years, my collection of the best paleo cookbooks have grown and here are my top 9 paleo cookbooks available right now. This article contains my reviews of the 9 best paleo cookbooks in my opinion along with handy pros and cons and even a couple of interviews that I was lucky enough to do.

I will keep coming back to this as new ones are released and if I manage to get more interviews so please bookmark this and if you enjoy it, please share. So without further ado…

Here are the 9 Best Paleo Cookbooks In The World (In my opinion)

 

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#1 The Ketogenic Cookbook: Nutritious Low-Carb, High-Fat Paleo Meals to Heal Your Body

The Ketogenic Cookbook: Nutritious Low-Carb, High-Fat Paleo Meals to Heal Your Body

 

The Ketogenic Cookbook is written by Maria Emmerich and Jimmy Moore. Emmerich is a leading authority in health and fitness and dubbed “The Best Ketogenic Recipe Maker”. Moore is a leading keto authority with a previous successful book and podcast

 

This book promises to help you attain and maintain a state of natural ketosis or simply helps you eat healthier thanks to an amazing hand picked selection of 150 recipes.

 

The book also promised to help you heal your body of all the damage caused by years of eating sugars and processed foods.

My Review

I was really excited to read this and the added bonus that Jimmy was involved as I am a big fan of Keto Clarity Jimmy’s previous book and I must say, I am impressed.

 

The photos are gorgeous, the layout is beautifully designed and the recipes are nicely organised with the user in mind.

 

I found the recipes easy to make and just a treat without having to make tonnes of sauces etc.

 

Best of all, I have loved being in touch with the author Maria Emmerich. In my line of work I reach out to a lot of people, my experience with Maria has been amazing. She is really supportive and responsive to her fans in spite of a heavy schedule as a business owner and parent. So top marks for caring.

 

Pros

 

Very easy and quick recipes to make. All perfect low carb versions.

 

Beautiful photography and design.

 

Love the macros for each recipe which is very handy.

 

Cons

 

Some recipes require protein powder which some readers don’t like to stock.

 

Relies a lot on sweeteners such as stevia and xylitol which can put off some people.

 

Make no mistake. This is a huge book so will take a lot of space on the counter top. A lot of love has gone into this. I personally like the big book but a lot of reader have complained about its size.

 

Author Q&A

Who is the second most successful person in your opinion and why?
When it comes to writing this book it would have to be my husband. He made all the meal plans and was the support behind me to enable us to get it done with our busy lives by doing dished, taking care of our boys and helping out in every way.

What was your main motivation for writing the book including any personal tie ins?
I have been helping clients with a ketogenic lifestyle for healing for years seeing the amazing results it had for a wide range of conditions. So when Jimmy asked me to be a part of this book and write all the recipes and photos, I was thrilled.
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The photos are my favorite. A lot of time went into getting them right.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting this book published?
The photos! I learned a lot from the publisher and re-shot the majority of the photos to get the best looking book possible.
There are a plethora of books to choose from on this topic. Why should readers grab a copy of yours?
This one have meal plans, amazing recipes that will help you lose weight and heal and is really beautiful to look at with a big photo for every recipe.
How long did it take to complete this book?
All told over 9 months of work on my part.
How do you feel when someone disagrees with something you have written?
I just hope they research more and understand that this is what the latest science shows in best for short term and long term health.
Can you tell us about any upcoming books?
Yes! My new book “Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking” (This is featured in this article as well, because Maria is that good)

The Ketogenic Cookbook: Nutritious Low-Carb, High-Fat Paleo Meals to Heal Your Body is available on Amazon and you can save a lot of money by checking out some of their bundles

#2 Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

Well Fed is written by Melissa Joulwan, a fabulous author, roller derby girl and blogger. The book is inspired by her own 90% Paleo diet which she has been following since 2009 ever since her thyroid surgery.

 

Melissa has dedicated her time to understanding how diet affects hormone levels.

My Review

I was super excited to add this to my Paleo cookbook collection and I wasn’t disappointed.

 

I love the fact that Melissa offers variations and suggestions on the side of every recipes so that you can add a different touch.

 

I found the recipes very easy to follow and make with no need for massive preparation during the weekend.

 

Pros

Great meal planning advice to minimise wastage.

 

Love the real and unstaged photographs. Looks like the author made the dishes and didn’t use fancy photography. I like that.

 

Love the suggestions for variations offered by the author.

 

Cons

 

Bad quality binding but depends on how people care for their books really

Very small type. This poses a problem for some readers.

 

Author Q&A

What was your main motivation for writing the book including any personal tie ins?
I wrote this book because I wanted to show people that the paleo diet isn’t really about the things you give up—grains, dairy, sugar, legumes, alcohol—but what you gain: good health, lots of energy, a positive outlook, and vibrancy. And I wanted people new to paleo to realize that the food is delicious, as well as packed with nutrients.

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?

I like the Hot Plates section of the book because it gives readers recipes AND teached them how to cook so they can experiment and make the recipes their own.

There are a plethora of books to choose from on this topic. Why should readers grab a copy of yours?

In addition to being stuffed with 115+ delicious recipes and variations that are both Paleo and Whole30 approved, Well Fed also offers two things that I think make it stand out from other Paleo cookbooks. First, it explains how to do a Weekly Cookup so that you have ready-to-go food for snacks and meals every day. It also teaches you how to make “Hot Plates,” a mix-and-match approach to combining ingredients with spices and seasonings to take your taste buds on a world tour. The recipes are as simple as possible, without compromising taste, and they were tested extensively to minimize work and maximize flavor.

How long did it take to complete this book?

About a year and a half.

Can you tell us about any upcoming books?

My new book Well Fed Weeknights will be out in November, 2016!

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat is available on Amazon and you can save a lot of money by checking out some of their bundles

#3 Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking: Meal Plans and Time Saving Paleo Recipes to Inspire Health and Shed Weight

Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking: Meal Plans and Time Saving Paleo Recipes to Inspire Health and Shed Weight

This is the second book by Maria Emmerich to make it onto this list. It is no wonder as I think she is the best ketogenic recipe maker on the planet.

 

My Review

This book is amazing. I love all Maria’s stuff and this dos not disappoint. I found the book to be beautiful and well made.

 

The recipes were very easy and only needed a few ingredients with stunning photographs to accompany everything.

 

More than just a cookbook, being a scientist, I like the focus on the science of everything here as well.

 

Pros

 

Stunning photographs and well designed recipes.

 

Helpful icons to tag whether is nut free or egg free for example which is a great help.

 

Great for anyone starting on a keto or lchf journey.

 

Cons

 

The ebook version has some layout and design issues that need to be addressed.

 

I can’t find any other negatives really. If you want to go on a keto journey, this is the one.

 

 

#4 Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great

 

Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great

 

Danielle Walker has an absolutely remarkable story. She suffered from a crippling autoimmune disease that modern medicine couldn’t cure. She took matters into her own hands and went completely gluten free, grain free and Dairy free life. She now lives a happy life with her family and children (she was told she couldn’t have any kids either)

My Review

I love Danielle Walker and am an avid follower of her blog www.againstallgrain.com. This is why I was really excited to review Against All Grain Delectable recipes.

 

In this Paleo cookbook, Danielle has amazingly recreated Pre-Paleo favourites and one of the best ones I have seen is her world famous sandwich bread which is the closest thing to whole meal bread I have ever tasted!

 

The photography is best described as elegant which just looks amazing. The kindle version is perfect with no issues or glitches whatsoever.

 

Pros

 

Some amazing gluten free and grain free versions of Pre-Paleo dishes

 

Stunning photography.

 

Perfect kindle version to use in your kitchen with no mess of fuss.

 

Cons

 

Heavy use of nuts and nut flours which may be a put off for some people.

 

The recipes are not easy to do. They are quite complex and not suitable for people looking for quick meals.

 

Some of the “cheat” dishes are really elaborate and complex for example making cheese out of cashew :). I loved doing that but it has definitely put off a lot of readers.

 

 

Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great is available on Amazon and you can save a lot of money by checking out some of their bundles

#5 Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime

Danielle Walker's Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime

Our beloved food blogger and best selling author Danielle Walker is featured again with her second book Meals Made Simple.

 

In contrast to her previous book, against all grain, Danielle shifts her focus to serve up around a 100 easy to make Paleo, gluten free and dairy free meals an desserts.

 

My Review

I really enjoyed this book and I think it’s definitely suited to beginners. Danielle brings something completely different to her previous book which featured more difficult recipes.

 

The meal plans are really helpful and as I am a numbers man, I love the nutritional facts for each recipe.

 

Danielle has taken on board feedback on her previous book and this is a great one for newbies.

 

Pros

 

Perfect for beginners

 

Love the 8 weeks worth of meal plans available.

 

The shopping lists are very handy and time saving.

 

Cons

 

A bit too simple and only suitable for beginners.

 

Some ingredients are hard to find like orange roughy?

 

Danielle has too many Paleo fied treats which works for some people but defeats the objective in my opinion.

 

Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime is available on Amazon and you can save a lot of money by checking out some of their bundles

#6 The Wild Diet: Go Beyond Paleo to Burn Fat, Beat Cravings, and Drop 20 Pounds in 40 days

The Wild Diet: Go Beyond Paleo to Burn Fat, Beat Cravings, and Drop 20 Pounds in 40 days

 

The Wild Diet is brought to you by Abel James from the Fat Burning man show which is an award winning podcast. In this book Abel James challenges readers to ditch all the processed crap and get back to basics eating whole, wild foods for 40 days and lose 20 pounds.

My Review

I am a massive fan of Abel James and his first cookbook the Fat Burning Chef is the reason I succeeded at Paleo.

 

I couldn’t wait for The Wild Diet and I was impressed. Abel throws in some amazing actionable advice and his humour really shines through in this book.

 

This book will really teach you to get back to your roots and eat good and nutritious wild food and reverse the damage done by years of poor eating.

 

Pros

 

Awesome collection of whole recipes

 

Disturbing eye openers on the realities of the chemicals used in the food industry

 

I love the humour from Abel.

 

Cons

Not great for people looking for cheat recipes.

 

Some of the information on fasting is not very clear unless you follow his podcast which details this further.

 

Abel focused more on doing prep and storage to make the week easier. Some readers saw this as an inconvenience as some would like to just pick up a recipe, cook and eat.

The Wild Diet: Go Beyond Paleo to Burn Fat, Beat Cravings, and Drop 20 Pounds in 40 days is available on Amazon and you can save a lot of money by checking out some of their bundles

#7 Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans

Michelle is the “Martha Stewart” of Paleo and if you pickup a copy of Nom Nom Paleo, you will understand why. She is a multi award winning author, blogger and the iPad app is one of the most downloaded in history in the cooking space!

 

My Review

This is a big and beautiful book. Solid with some amazing pictures and art.

 

The recipes are simply awesome! I love Asian inspired cuisine and this is one of my all time favourite cookbooks.

 

The variety available in nom nom Paleo is simply outstanding!

 

Pros

 

Beautifully designed and presented book. No expense spared here.

 

Simply delicious recipes that are amazing!

 

Interesting cooking style with a lot of umami to dance on your tastebuds

 

Cons

 

Some palates may not like the salty and lily food here but I love it!

 

Some readers have complained that Michelle has a bigger selection of recipes on her website for free than this book.

 

Doesn’t feature the usual pantry, you will need to get some special ingredients.

 

 

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans is available on Amazon. Save money with these bundles

#8 Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle

Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle

Diane Sanfillipo is an award winning author and certified nutritional consultant. Her specialities are blood sugar levels and digestive health. She also runs the successful blog and podcast, balanced bites.

 

Practical Paleo is a great recipe book containing important information such as allergen labelling and FoodMaps. This is packed with over 120 recipes

 

The focus on this book is planning meals specifically to support anyone with autoimmune conditions or someone just looking to eat healthy.

 

My Review

I found Diane’s book quite unique to other Paleo cookbooks. She uses her status as a nutritional consultant to combine Paleo and functional medicine. This is especially important for people suffering from ailments.

 

An example of how Diane tackles this is a 30 day meal plan for thyroid health for instance is an example of how Diane combines Paleo and functional medicine in this cookbook.

 

Pros

 

Great tailored meal plans specifically for certain health conditions.

 

Unique Paleo recipes.

 

Great diagrams and illustrations that are easy to follow.

 

Cons

 

Some recipes for certain health conditions need editing. For example potato pancakes on a meal plan without eggs includes eggs?

 

Recommends too many supplements whic may put off some people on a whole food approach.

 

The recipe and calculated number of servings need to be looked at as some just don’t add up.

 

#9 The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness

The autoimmune Paleo cook book is written by Mickey Trescott. Trescott is cook, writer, photographer and the blogger behind Autoimmiine Paleo. This book is inspired by her own struggles with an autoimmune condition.

 

My Review

Being empathetic to a friend of mine who suffers from a severe autoimmune condition, I have struggled to help create a meal plan for him until I found this book.

 

The recipes are exciting and make meal times for my friend extremely pleasurable.

 

I like the way the recipes are organised and laid out for simplicity.

 

Pros

 

Stunning design and well thought of autoimmune cookbook.

 

Love the meal plans and grocery planning.

 

Very unique recipes great for anyone struggling with autoimmune conditions.

 

Cons

 

Readers have expressed the need for a bit more variety in ingredients.

 

This is ideal for beginners and not for anyone with advanced culinary skills

 

Far too reliant on coconut. What do you do if you are allergic to it?

 

I Appreciate you!

Thank you for reading,

I hope this article helped you choose from the best paleo cookbooks on the market. Any one of these 9 books are a great way to lead a sustainable paleo lifestyle. Worked for me.

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What are your thoughts on this? Would love to hear from you in the comments below? Maybe you know a super awesome book that I have missed out?

Alfie Mueeth