As the popularity of Paleo grows, more and more books are showing up on the market. And since many of you are interested in the Paleo lifestyle, I thought I would stop by today to share my Top 15 Paleo Resources.
I often get asked how I am continually coming up with new and creative recipes. I am going to confess to you all that I am a stalker. Yes, I have several favorite Paleo peeps that I stalk on Facebook, on their blogs, and in their books.
Living in a world of convenience foods that are loaded with unhealthy and nutrient-poor ingredients, I find that in order to eat a healthy, nutrient-dense diet, I have to cook all of my own foods. And in order to constantly stay inspired and motivated to continue cooking these foods, I have acquired quite the collection of drool-worthy cookbooks.
And today, I am going to share with you my favorite top 15 Paleo resources. I want to thank each and every author of these books for all the hard work and energy that goes into creating these books. Being a blogger myself, I know how much goes into developing a recipe, taking amazing photos, and editing the final result.
I love every one of these books and have found them invaluable in learning about real food eating and creating new and easy to prepare recipes. They are not listed in any particular order. And many of them come in both in digital and hard copy versions.
Enjoy! And happy cooking!
Top 15 Paleo Resources
The Zenbelly Cookbook bridges the gap between the Paleo template and gourmet cuisine. With a focus on quality ingredients, technique, and balancing flavors, this book will take the reader on a journey that will leave any feeling of restriction behind. With over 100 real food recipes, it covers every course and occasion; from simple weeknight meals that can be made for the family in under 30 minutes, to elegant multiple course dinners that will impress any guest. Simone did an amazing job with this book. There are countless chef’s tips and beautiful photographs. Her presentation is so lovely. I use this book ALL of the time. Check it out HERE.
Looking for the perfect gluten-free and grain-free recipes to keep you healthy while your family and friends keep asking for more? Jam-packed with recipes that don’t skimp on nutrition or taste, The Paleo Foodie Cookbook is your one-stop destination for delicious Paleo fare. Arsy’s delicious and nutritious recipes range from modern twists on traditional dishes to a wide range of ethnic influences from both her Armenian background and her culinary curiosity. With 120 tried-and-true recipes, The Paleo Foodie Cookbook includes Salmon Ceviche with Mango and Cucumber, Sun-Dried-Tomato-And Fennel-Braised Short Ribs and Wine-Braised Duck Legs, among other culinary delights. I have persaonlly eaten at Arsy’s dinner table and can say that she is amazing in the kitchen. This book is full of creative, flavorful, easy recipes. Check it out HERE.
Mediterranean Paleo Cooking showcases a wide variety of creative recipes that are Paleo-friendly—no gluten, grains, inflammatory oils, dairy, or refined sweeteners. These flavorful dishes combine traditional food from southern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East with the healthful principles of a Paleo diet. I love that Caitlin and her husband, Nabil, worked on this book together. Every recipe in this book is beautifully photographed and mouth-watering. Everything I have made has been busting with flavor. Well done, guys. Check it out HERE.
The Frugal Paleo Cookbook is a must have for any real food family. For those on the Paleo diet, one of the biggest concerns isn’t the variety but the price. Luckily, Ciarra Hannah, creator of PopularPaleo.com, has 100 easy, wallet-friendly Paleo recipes that’ll feed the whole family. Ciarra uses flavorful but less expensive cuts of meat in traditional yet approachable cooking methods, as well as her roll-forward technique for creating multiple dishes to maximize your time in the kitchen. You’ll love her keys to budgeting, tips for making items ahead of time, 5-ingredients-or-less seasoning blends and other money-saving pointers. Check it out HERE.
Carol does it again. There are a lot of books on main meals and desserts, but this book covers Paleo snacks. I absolutely LOVE this book. I am a big snacker, and The Gran Free Snacker is loaded with creative, satisfying, and healthy snack ideas. Find anything from bars to popsicles to pizza pockets to nachos to sweets. It’s all in there. I love how colorful and vibrant this book is. It is a beautifully photographed digital book with over 70 grain free, dairy free snack recipes to help you satisfy your cravings. Check it out HERE.
Going Paleo doesn’t have to mean giving up your favorite comfort foods. In Paleo Eats, Kelly Bejelly focuses on Paleo cooking from the heart with recipes that make beloved traditional dishes Paleo-friendly. If you miss chocolate chip cookies hot from the oven, fried chicken on family picnics, the sweet-and-sour meatballs from your favorite Chinese restaurant, or your grandmother’s peach cobbler, this book is for you. Paleo Eats is jam-packed with over 100 tempting sweet and savory recipes, from condiments to desserts, all inspired by classic comfort foods. Check it out HERE.
Real Life Paleo takes a practical approach to going Paleo with three simple steps that Stacy Toth and Matt McCarry, creators of the popular blog Paleo Parents, used to lose a combined 200 pounds and improve the health of their whole family. The “Swap, Remove, Heal” method is easy for anyone to follow, no matter where you are in your journey: first, swap healthier versions of the worst offenders; then remove unhealthy foods entirely; and finally, add healing, nutritious foods to your diet. Yu may have enjoyed their other books: Beyond Bacon and Eat Like a Dinosaur. Real Life Paleo is another gem in their collection, and it will give you the confidence and tools to set your table with delicious foods to nourish those you love. Check it out HERE.
Autoimmune diseases are now epidemic, with modern science offering those who are diagnosed limited solutions. Given this, many people suffering from these conditions have searched for alternatives using nutrition and lifestyle changes. In The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, Mickey Trescott provides a resource for those looking to embark on the Autoimmune Protocol–a version of an ancestral diet that is focused both on removing potential food triggers as well as healing the gut. A must have for anyone wanting to heal autoimmune and gut issues. Check it out HERE.
Stupid Easy Paleo is my favorite Paleo blog, and Stephanie’s Performance Paleo is a must-have for all of you active Paleo peeps. When you train, your body needs the right combination of nutrients—whether it’s to support your workout or to aid in recovery. Following a Paleo-based diet with smart modifications for training is the best way to maximize your workout so that you can get stronger and raise your performance. In this book you will get meal strategies based on your workout, meal combinations that pack a nutrient punch and recipes that will nourish you throughout your day—from pre-workout snacks to post-workout fuel and dozens of other carb-dense, nutrient-boosting meals to keep you at your best. Check it out HERE.
When it comes to diet, there’s a lot of conflicting information about starches and carbohydrates. Some will tell you that every bite of starchy foods will shave years off your life, while the USDA recommends a daily intake of 45-65% carbs. Russ believes that the truth lies somewhere in the middle, and individual tolerance varies by person. And I totally agree. The Safe Starch Cookbook is an easy tool to create a balanced meal that can help you on your health journey. Check it out HERE.
With Everyday Grain-Free Baking, you can finally enjoy the baked goods that you’ve been missing! In this beautiful, easy-to-use cookbook, Whether you’re grain-free or gluten-free, author and creator of The Nourishing Home blog Kelly Smith shows you how to create grain-free, dairy-free versions of all your favorite baked goods that are compatible with the most common grain-free diets. From breads, biscuits and muffins to savory snacks and decadent treats, you’ll find step-by-step instructions for more than 100 delicious, grain-free and dairy-free recipes. Check it out HERE.
I absolutely LOVE Food for Humans!. It’s creative, funny, and loaded with awesome photographs. Everything I have made from this book has been amazing. Authors Michelle Tam and Henry Fong, creators of the acclaimed Nom Nom Paleo website, have cooked up a visual feast, with more than 100 fool- proof Paleo recipes and over 900 step-by-step photographs and cartoons. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re a busy mom, a triathlete in training, or a lifelong foodie who’s curious about the “caveman” approach to eating. Check it out HERE.
Achieving optimal health without calorie-counting, diet foods, or feelings of deprivation has never been easier. Practical Paleo explains why avoiding both processed foods and foods marketed as “healthy”—like grains, legumes, and pasteurized dairy—will improve how you look and feel and lead to lasting weight loss. Even better—you may reduce or completely eliminate symptoms associated with common health disorders. Practical Paleo is jam-packed with over 120 easy recipes, all with special notes about common food allergens. Check it out HERE.
For all of you chocolate lovers out there: The Paleo Chocolate Lovers Cookbook features 80 gluten-, grain-, and dairy-free recipes for the health-conscious chocolate lover. Kelly Brozyna, host of the cooking blog, The Spunky Coconut, has created delicious chocolate treats made with coconut and ground nut flours for both breakfast and dessert. Check it out HERE.
This is the biggest and best compilation of awesome Paleo recipes that I have seen. I was blessed enough to be able to work with 9 other bloggers to come up with this 1000 recipe Paleo resource book that covers everything from mains, sides, salads, appetizers, breads and crackers, and desserts. Everything you need to get started with and to maintain the Paleo lifestyle. Look for it coming out this fall. Check it out HERE.