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It Starts with Food Whether you are new to paleo or you’re thinking of taking your routine to the next level, or you just are plateauing with paleo, definitely check this book out. The Whole 30 is a life changing experience for most people and I consider myself one of them. And even though it’s super strict and difficult I have successfully eaten out on a Whole30 plan, such as here and here.
The Paleo Solution This is one of the books that started it all. It’s honestly not my favourite book, but it is incredibly important in the paleo library. Definitely worth checking out.
Nom Nom Paleo This is hands down my favourite recipe book. The recipes are delicious, creative and she uses easily sourced ingredients that aren’t too expensive. I’ve given this book as a gift before and it’s absolutely my go to recipe book. Some of these recipes are available on her website too, which I like! But I just think the book is so nicely done and that it’s worth having on hand rather than having to search her site each time.
Well Fed For such a tiny little recipe book, it sure has a ton of amazing dishes in it. This is probably in my top five cook books of all time. I’m blown away by Mel Joulwan’s recipes. I personally prefer this book to the second one, but that is not to say they are not both outstanding. She is a talented recipe creator, that is for sure.
Practical Paleo Not only does this book have the best sauerkraut recipe in the world (jalapeno and garlic!) but it’s a great resource, especially for people with more specific needs or just starting out with paleo. I bought this book for my Mom when she started paleo so she could try the 30 day meal plan and then have gone back to refer to it myself since being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s.
Wild Fermentation This is an incredible resource for getting started with fermenting foods to improve your gut flora. However, it isn’t aimed at the paleo eater, so you’d have to use your own discretion. For example, there’s a huge section on how to make beer and miso. Unfortunately, those things are out for me. However, the fermented veggies that fill the rest of the book are brilliant! This book is a must have in my opinion.
The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook When I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s last year, I started checking out the autoimmune paleo protocol. I did the protocol for about 3 months (don’t do that, it’s too long) and fortunately came out the other side with no results. The recipes in this book were a lifesaver during that time. The adjustment is hard enough, that having a book like this really helps eliminate some of that stress.
Zenbelly Cookbook This cookbook is different from your typical paleo book because the recipes are what you would expect from a high-end restaurant and don’t make too much of a song and dance about it being paleo. I feel that high-end restaurants tend to present paleo meals by default because of the high quality and minimalist/unprocessed ingredients they use, and so I think that this book simply acknowledges that connection. Plus they have a paleo cracker recipe, which is cool.
Paleo Comfort Foods This is one of the first recipe books I played with after becoming paleo. There are a few go to items for my household (like creamed spinach) and still a lot of things we have yet to try. I’m always nostalgic for American food (cause I live in New Zealand now) so having this book fills the hole in my little homesick heart.
On my wish list:
The Hashimoto’s Cookbook and Action Plan I’ve been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s recently, and I know that paleo helps, but with thyroid and autoimmune issues there can be more specific changes that need to be made. I’m really curious to see what sorts of changes they recommend outside of the normal paleo and AIP plan.
Paleo Takeout: Restaurant Favorites without the Junk I’d love to see their recommendations for take out. I bet there’s some good tips in here and I do often get surprises in my meals no matter how hard I try to stay paleo when eating out. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
Beyond Bacon There is no need for an explanation for why this is on my wish list. Yes, I love bacon like any good paleo diet person would. However, I also realise that bacon can be full of other ingredients that are not so paleo, and I realise the benefits of using the whole pig. I imagine there’s a lot of really brilliant and creative recipes here and I can’t wait to see what.
The Paleovedic Diet Just before I started the paleo diet back in 2010, I had gone to an ayurvedic practitioner who had suggested I go on a vegetarian diet with no gluten. Turns out that this was one of the most valuable dietary lessons that led me to the paleo diet. I had always wondered whether vegetarianism was for me, and after giving it a good go, I learned it was not. However, I am still a strong believer in eastern medicine and am drawn to the balancing practices of ayurveda combined with paleo.