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What Are the Best Low Carb Diet Cookbooks to Buy?

If you love eating low carbohydrate and heathy fat foods then you’ll appreciate the many ways they can be cooked. I have gone searching online to see what recipe books would be good to use to learn how to cook different low carb friendly dishes at home.

It doesn’t matter if you’re only interested in starting a low carb diet for weight loss, or want to know more about a low carb high fat way of eating, how to cook fatty foods and be inspired by some new mouth-watering recipe ideas; you’re in the right place.

Below you’ll find quick, mini book reviews of what are the top 10 recommended books that are all about how to cook all types of meat, low carb vegetables and healthy fats the right way.

Top 10 Best Low Carbohydrate Diet Recipe Books to Buy

1. Eat Happy: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb Recipes For A Joyful Life by Anna Vocino

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The Eat Happy recipe book is packed with 154 delicious, grain-free, gluten-free recipes – from soups and starters to meats, fish, cozy casseroles, and desserts. As an added bonus, all recipes are free of any processed sugars, helping to jump start your healthy eating.

As a person living with Celiac disease, Anna Vocino has first-hand experience with how to eat well on a grain-free, gluten-free lifestyle and has learned that you don’t have to skip out on your favorite foods when you eat grain-free dishes. You won’t feel like you’re missing out at all, with decadent chocolate pots topped with fresh whipped cream and pizza crust that ticks all the crispy, chewy boxes while still being grain-free. Plus, pancakes, tater tots, and shepherd’s pie that can be keto dishes too. These recipes will not only help those looking for a gluten or grain-free diet, but also those on the paleo diet as well. Full color photos of each recipe make this feel more like a coffee table book than a cookbook, but you’ll want to keep Vocino’s book in your kitchen. Eat Happy will become a staple in your gluten-free, grain-free kitchen.

2. The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook (Best of the Best Presents) by George Stella

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You may be familiar with George Stella’s Food Network TV show focused on low-carb cooking. Combined with five bestselling cookbooks, Stella has established himself as an authority on low-carb cooking. The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook is Stella’s best collection of recipes that skip the weird, hard to find ingredients that some may associate with the low-carb lifestyle.

In addition, he includes shopping lists and helpful tips to help you learn how to use his techniques to reinvent your own recipes to remove processed foods. Share what you cook from this book with your friends and family and they probably won’t notice that they’re eating low-carb! Traditional food recipes like mac and cheese, chicken marsala, creamy chicken and sweet potato curry, donut holes, and so much more will keep your belly and taste buds happy while you stay low-carb. The book includes 130 recipes without wheat or added sugar, and 60 full-color photos will inspire you to get cooking.

3. 500 Low-carb Recipes – 500 Recipes, From Snacks To Dessert, That The Whole Family Will Love by Dana Carpender

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If you’re new to the low-carb lifestyle, the 500 Low-Carb Recipes cookbook is a great book to start your journey. The recipes are simple and easy-to-follow, no matter your skill level in the kitchen and without a major time commitment.

Even if you’ve been low-carb for a while, Dana Carpender’s book can provide some new inspiration, integrating some new dishes into your usual repertoire. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes are all covered and include some usual favorites, like bread and oatmeal cookies, but also introduce some foods you may not have made before, like eggnog, jambalaya, jerk pork, and curried lamb. The soft cover easily keeps the book open as you’re cooking (a bonus we don’t always think about when searching for a new cookbook), making this cookbook a breeze to work with. With a whopping 500 recipes, including meat recipe ideas, this book will have a place in your low-carb kitchen for a long time.

4. Easy Low Carb Slow Cooking: A Prep-and Go Low-Carb Cookbook for Ketogenic, Paleo, & High-Fat Diets by Robin Donovan

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Everyone loves a slow-cooker meal. Minimum active time while still achieving delicious results with maximum flavor. Taking on a low-carb diet doesn’t have to compromise your relationship with your slow cooker, as Robin Donovan proves with the Easy Low Carb Slow Cooking book.

The Easy Low Carb Slow Cooking includes more than 125 “prep-and-go” slow cooker recipes that make adopting a low-carb diet easy and affordable. All recipes in her book follow ketogenic dietary guidelines, plus she includes “Make It Paleo” substitution tips to make adapting recipes to your paleo diet easy. There are so many delicious options to choose from, like frittatas, coffee cake, keto granola, Thai red curry beef, and cheesecake. You’ll never feel like you’re sacrificing flavor when you give up carbs. In keeping with the tradition of slow cooker recipes, Donovan’s are simple and easy to follow – even for those that aren’t strong in the kitchen – and skip the strange or hard-to-find ingredients. Don’t be surprised if this becomes a favorite cookbook in your kitchen.

5. Low-Carb Cravings Cookbook: Your Favorite Foods Made Low-Carb by Rockridge Press

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Even when fully dedicated to the low-carb lifestyle, we all get cravings. Cravings for those cozy, baked, fried, starchy, sweet comfort foods that are not even close to low carb. Until now. The Low-Carb Cravings Cookbook is chock full of 105 recipes meant to satisfy your desires for fried chicken, onion rings, pizza, lasagna, cookies, and ice cream.

The Low-Carb Cravings Cookbook makes you feel like you’re cheating when you really aren’t. The book also includes helpful tips for smart pantry stocking, so you have low-carb staples for when those cravings creep in. The book provides simple step-by-step directions, plus tips and hints along the way. It can even help you understand why you crave certain foods and what to do about it. Each recipe includes nutritional information, so you know the total carb, fiber, and net carb counts to keep you on track. With this cookbook, you’ll be able to enjoy all your high-carb favorites while still enjoying the benefits of a low-carb lifestyle.

6. The Low Carb Cookbook & Weight Loss Plan: 21 Days to Cut Carbs and Burn Fat with a Ketogenic Diet by Pamela Ellgen

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If you’re looking for more guidance to a low-carb diet than a standard cookbook, The Low Carb Cookbook and Weight Loss Plan recipe book could be a great option for you. It combines tasty recipes with a detailed meal plan designed to help you lose weight.

Pamela Ellgen’s simple 21-day meal plan helps you take on the ketogenic diet without stress, focusing on helping you enjoy your food and feeling great from day one. The Low Carb Cookbook & Weight Loss Plan has 120 easy recipes that follow keto guidelines, but can be modified to be friendly to a variety of other diets, like paleo, diabetes-friendly, and low-sodium. You’ll hardly be bored on this new diet, with well thought-out recipes that are varied and adapted from a wide array of cuisines, including favorites like French, Italian, and Asian. Ellgen also includes helpful information on “remodeling” your kitchen to stock low-carb, high-fat options, with sections like “Refrigerator & Pantry Stocking,” “Go To Foods,” and “How to Reduce Carbs and Increase Flavor.” The Low Carb Cookbook & Weight Loss Plan could be just what you need to jump start your low-carb diet.

7. Foods You Crave – The Low-Carb Way by George Stella

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George Stella makes our list again with his Foods You Crave – The Low-Carb Way cookbook, full of creative, low-carb remakes of snacks, desserts, and your other favorite comfort foods.

Foods You Crave has a huge range of options, covering a variety of occasions, cuisines, and cooking techniques to fit your life and your preferences. Whether you’re looking to grill out with friends or make an easy five-ingredient meal on a busy weeknight, Stella has you covered. You can continue your love of cooking and baking while still cutting out sugar and carbs. Like his other cookbooks, this one breaks down the nutritional information for each recipe so you know the total and net carbs, helping you stay on track with your daily carb counts. His immense knowledge of low-carb cooking ensures each recipe is well thought out, easy to make, and satisfying. Chicken parmesan burgers, zucchini pizza bites, brownies; you’ll feel indulgent while staying on track.

8. The Primal Low-Carb Kitchen: Comfort Food Recipes for the Carb Conscious Cook by Kyndra Holley

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It may seem like a lot of low-carb cookbooks focus on comfort foods you might be missing out on, so what makes Kyndra Holley’s The Primal Low-Carb Kitchen book unique? Turns out, plenty.

The Primal Low-Carb Kitchen removes grains and gluten, instead focusing on whole, unprocessed, real foods. You’ll forget your on any type of special diet when your noshing on caramelized onion and prosciutto mac and cheese, Italian meatballs with tomato cream sauce, chili dogs, and eggplant lasagna. She also includes sections on seasoning blends, dressings, and sauces, so you’ll never be worried if your low-carb dishes are going to lack flavor. Best of all, the recipes are easy; nothing is overly complicated and there are no weird, hard-to-find ingredients. With beautiful full-color photos and an easy-to-follow layout, this cookbook is sure to find itself in regular rotation in your kitchen and may bring your friends and family into the low-carb lifestyle when they taste how delicious your meals are.

9. Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great by Danielle Walker

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Danielle Walker may be a self-trained chef, but you’d never know it browsing through this delectable, well organized Against All Grain cookbook.

Against All Grain is a solid collection of delicious recipes covering every dish you might need, from appetizers to desserts and everything in between. Full color photos accompany simple, easy to follow recipes that omit grains, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar without sacrificing flavor. Walker even makes bringing paleo into your family’s meals easy by including a children’s section: low-carb versions of your kids’ favorite foods, plus some new fun options to try. Flipping through the book, you’ll be drawn to familiar recipes like slow cooker sesame orange chicken, shredded chicken tacos, and fettuccine alfredo, plus new recipes sure to make it into daily rotation, such as vanilla granola, blueberry preserves, and almond milk. Think you can’t have mashed potatoes? Try her mashed faux-tatos and hit that craving head on. If you’re new to low-carb or paleo, Against All Grain provides you with a great place to start, integrating low-carb replacements to your usual staples and showing that low-carb can be just as, if not more, delicious.

10. Keto Vegan Cookbook for Beginners by Jamie Cook

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Keto is all about meat, right? The Keto Vegan Cookbook for Beginners author, Jamie Cook, sets out to prove that even vegetarians and vegans can enjoy the benefits of keto without compromising their ideals.

The Keto Vegan Cookbook for Beginners helps you with recipe ideas to combine plant based low carb ingredients with the ketogenic diet. There are chapters focused on delicious, healthy vegan and keto-friendly foods. Each of the 90 recipes will give you lots of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts. Lor also includes a 7-Day Low Carb Vegetarian Diet for Beginners to help you get started. Dishes like coconut porridge with strawberries, avocado coconut pie and vegan cheesecake and berries will leave you satisfied while still maintaining your new lifestyle. The book provides full color photos, easy to follow, step-by-step directions, and all the tools you need to maintain a low carb vegetarian diet.

Last updated: December 20, 2019

Top Low Carb Books

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Low Carb High Fat

Advice and recipes to improve your health and reduce your weight. You hear miraculous stories in the news all the time — a man loses 370 pounds, another is able to return ten of his twelve medications at the pharmacy, and an epileptic child suddenly stops having seizures–each experiences a miraculous change in health, all from simply changing his or her diet. Fascinatingly, these stories all have one thing in common; the subjects started eating the opposite of what they had previously been told was healthy. The dietary guidelines they had learned growing up had failed them. Medical science has long turned a blind eye to such stories. But now the tide is changing, as more and more major studies are being conducted on what the body truly needs to survive–and the findings are alarming. The belief in eating less fat and less saturated fat is mistaken. Inadvertently, this advice may be the biggest reason behind the obesity and diabetes epidemic. It’s time to take a stand; it’s time for real food again!

What The Fat

Written by Professor grant Schofield and Dr Caryn Zinn, two of the world’s best LCHF experts, What The Fat outlines the science behind LCHF and how to make it work for you. The ‘Fat Professor’ and the ‘Whole food dietician’ is the ultimate easy guide to going low carb and eating whole foods. Along with Michelin trained chef, makes this a fabulous first book to read or gift to a family who is wanting to make some lifestyle changes.

Join this fabulous trio and help them flip the food pyramid on its head. Let’s change the world and how we eat.

Dr Bernstein’s Diabetic Solution

DR. BERNSTEIN’S DIABETES SOLUTION is a unique resource that covers both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, explains step-by-step how to normalize blood sugar levels and prevent or reverse complications and offers detailed guidelines for establishing a treatment plan. Readers will find fifty gourmet recipes, in addition to a comprehensive discussion of diet, obesity, and new drugs to curb carbohydrate craving and overeating. Now in its fourth edition, the book presents up-to-the-minute information on insulin resistance, blood-testing devices, measuring blood sugar, new types of insulin, gastroparesis and other issues, as well as updated diet guidelines. DR. BERNSTEIN’S DIABETES SOLUTION is the one book every diabetic must own.

The Complete Guide To Fasting

Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven’t thought about—yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting.

Fasting is not about starving oneself. When done right, it’s an incredibly effective therapeutic approach that produces amazing results regardless of the diet plan.

Good Calories, Bad Calories – Why We Get Fat

For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes.

Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning science writer Gary Taubes shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.

The Big Fat Surprise

Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz documents how the low-fat approach and dietary advice we have been given for the past sixty years has amounted to a vast uncontrolled experiment on the entire population, with disastrous consequences for our health. We have been told to cut down on our fat, especially saturated fat, but we are not getting thinner because we are not trying hard enough. What if the foods we were denying ourselves were the problem? By eating good fats again may be the key to reversing the epidemics of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

How the olive oil industry sprung from the fear of the Mediterranean culture losing their way and olive groves being cut down. How the soy industry ran a smear campaign on the coconut oil industry. How the wheat industry lobbies to get a larger part of the food pyramid. A mind-blowing, eye-opener.

Real Meal Revolution

Tim Noakes is a professor of exercise and sports nutrition at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is one of the worlds leading experts on Low Carb High Fat (Banting as they call it in SA). He has run over 70 marathons and ultramarathons, ate a ‘healthy’ diet, yet still developed Type 2 diabetes. The Real Meal Revolution has been written by Prof Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed and Jonno Proudfoot. It is the fastest selling cookbook in South African history. “Changing The World. One Meal At A Time”.

Art & Science Of Low Carbohydrate Living

This is the ultimate guide to low carbohydrate living. Doctors Volek and Phinney have 50 years of clinical experience between them and written over 200 research papers. This is the ultimate book for those wanting to learn about their health, and for health and medical professionals.

  • Fat is the ultimate fuel. Our bodies do not require glucose and will run far more efficiently on fat.
  • Carbohydrate restriction is the answer to diabetes, metabolic syndrome, athletic performance, PCOS.
  • Restricting carbs improve blood glucose control, blood lipids and reducing inflammation not using any drugs.

Handpicked Low Carb Cookbooks

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The Great Cholesterol Myth

The Great Cholesterol Myth sets out the shoddy science, manipulated research, and corporate greed that has perpetuated the cholesterol myth. Cholesterol and saturated fat are not the cause of heart disease, and the standard advice of low-fat diet and cholesterol-lowering drugs are actually contributing to our health crisis and increasing obesity rates. A brilliant book explaining why current heart disease treatment protocols based on lowering cholesterol are wrong and outdated.

  • Cholesterol is a minor player in heart disease. The only time it is a problem is when it is oxidised (damaged), sticking to the lining of the arteries and begins inflammation.
  • Cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart attacks. Half the people with heart disease have normal cholesterol, Half the people with high cholesterol have healthy hearts
  • Sugar and high carb diets, raise insulin which raises cholesterol, triglycerides and inflammation. These are the true cause of heart disease.
  • Cholesterol is required by almost every cell in your body. Enzymes convert cholesterol into hormones, Vit D, bile salts, cell membranes, your brain is particularly rich in cholesterol where very nerve cell is coated with a fatty myelin sheath.
  • Lowering your cholesterol is linked to poor cognitive function, depression, aggression, and a loss of sex drive.
  • The number one dietary contribute to heart disease is sugar, which is a far greater danger to your heart than fat.

The Obesity Code – by Dr Jason Fung

We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic, but despite being inundated with diet advice we are only getting fatter. We count calories and exercise regularly, yet still, the pounds won’t budge. Why? In this highly readable and provocative book, Dr Jason Fung sets out a that obesity is caused by our hormones, rather than a lack of self-control. He reveals that overproduction of insulin in the body is the root cause of obesity and obesity-related illnesses including type 2 diabetes, and offers robust scientific evidence that reversing insulin resistance is the only way to lose weight in the long term. It turns out that when we eat is just as important as what we eat, so in addition to his five basic steps – a set of life-long eating habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels – Dr Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight – for good.

The Low Carb Companion

The Low-Carb Companion is the life-changing nutrition book you must read. A concise, fact-filled expose on eating your way to effective weight-loss and the reversal of diabetes, it is your handbook to life-long health. Have you had enough of your excess body weight, your bulging belly and that body shape that makes you shy away from appearing in a swimsuit in public? Are you tired of your doctor always getting on your case about losing weight and going on about your rising blood pressure, ‘bad’ cholesterol, clogged heart arteries and impending diabetes? Are you fed up with dieting fads, pills and all the exercise that are not working to achieve weight loss? ‘Yes, yes and yes’ you say, as do so many others like you. Well, then, it is time!

Wheat Belly

Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.”. Wheat Belly explains how many problems can be attributed to modern ‘wheat’. The wheat belly cookbooks include a range of family favourites which get the ‘wheat free’ makeover. In Grain Brain, renowned neurologist Dr David Perlmutter blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: gluten and carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

Cholesterol & Keto Clarity

Jimmy Moore has to be the best known low carb bloggers and podcaster. He is Mr Livin La Vida Low Carb. You won’t find this kind of comprehensive, cutting-edge, expert-driven cholesterol information all in one place anywhere else. Has your doctor told you your total and/or LDL cholesterol is too high and thus requires you to take immediate action to lower it? Has the solution to your “high cholesterol” been to cut down on your saturated fat intake, eat more “healthy” whole grains and vegetable oils, and possibly even take a prescription medication like a statin to lower it to “desirable” levels? If so, then this is the book for you. Keto Clarity and Cholesterol Clarity will explain the powerful therapeutic effects of a ketogenic diet–one that combines a customized carbohydrate restriction, moderation of protein intake, and real food-based fats–which is emerging in the scientific literature as a means for improving a wide range of diseases, from Type 2 diabetes to Alzheimer’s and more.

Fat Chance

Dr Robert Lustig is an American Paediatric Endocrinologist at the University of California, and author of Fat Chance: The Hidden Truth About Sugar, Obesity and Disease. Why the dietary guidelines are wrong and actually fuelling the obesity and type 2 diabetic epidemic. He explains how insulin resistance, leptin resistance, insatiable hunger, hormonal imbalances, appetite control and weight gain are ALL connected.

That Sugar Film

In the health documentary That Sugar Film, writer and director Damon Gameau enlists the help of Stephen Fry, Hugh Jackman and leading scientists around the world to shine a light on the terrible effects of sugar. In a Supersize Me-style experiment, he changes his diet to include 40 teaspoons of sugar a day for 60 days – the average daily sugar intake in Australia – and monitors the effect on his body. But here is the catch – he cannot eat chocolate, sweets, ice cream or cake; the sugar must come from ‘healthy’ foods. In this illustrated That Sugar Book, Damon explains how sugar damages our bodies and our minds, and how easy it is to consume sugar without even knowing it. Revealing the astonishing amounts of sugar hidden in supposedly healthy foods on supermarket shelves – such as low-fat yoghurt, muesli and children’s fruit snacks – Damon makes us realise the damage we unknowingly do to ourselves and our families when we make poor food choices, and shows us how to make it right. With an up-close account of Damon’s sugar experiment, and sugar-free recipes to help you wean off the white stuff, That Sugar Book is a startling wake-up call to those of us who have never questioned what’s really in our food.

Grain Brain

Renowned neurologist Dr David Perlmutter blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: gluten and carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr Perlmutter explains in Grain Brain what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age.

The Meat Fix

For twenty-six long years, John Nicholson was a vegetarian. No meat, no fish, no guilt. He was a walking advert for healthy eating. Brown rice, lentils, tofu, fruit, vegetables, low fat and low cholesterol – in the battle of good food versus bad, he should have been on the winning side. But the exact opposite was true. Incredibly ill with fatigue, chronic IBS, joint pain and not to mention he was fat with high cholesterol. Going against all the official healthy-eating advice, he returned to an old fashioned red-blooded, full-fat, high-cholesterol diet. The results were spectacular. Twenty-four hours later, he felt better. After forty-eight hours he was fighting fit. Twelve months on, he had become a new person. His health was utterly transformed. He was first shocked, then delighted, then damn angry. The Meat Fix charts one man’s journey to the top of the food chain, uncovering in the process an alternate universe of research condemning everything we think we know about healthy eating as little more than an illusion, guesswork and marketing.

Death By Food Pyramid

How shoddy science, sketchy politics and shady special interests ruined your health. How the food pyramid we use today was formed by bad science, wheat lobbyists and food stamps!

Yes, how to feed the US cheaply and scientists egos are to blame. So are the USDA, Department of Agriculture and Government funding.

Sweet Poison

Sweet Poison helps you understand and break your addiction to sugar. This book sets out to investigate the connection between sugar, our soaring obesity rates and some of the more worrying diseases of the twenty-first century. It’s not our fault we’re fat; sugar was once such a rare resource that we haven’t developed an off-switch – we can keep eating sugar without feeling full; in the space of 150 years, we have gone from eating no added sugar to more than 2 pounds a week; eating that much sugar, you would need to run 4.5 miles every day of your life to not put on weight; and food manufacturers exploit our sugar addiction by lacing it through ‘non-sweet’ products like bread, sauces and cereals. In Sweet Poison David Gillespie exposes one of the great health scourges of our time and offers a wealth of practical information on how to quit sugar.

Primal Body, Primal Mind

Examining the healthy lives of our pre-agricultural Paleolithic ancestors and the marked decline in stature, bone density and dental health and the increase in birth defects, malnutrition and disease following the implementation of the agricultural lifestyle, Nora Gedgaudas shows how our modern grain- and carbohydrate-heavy, low-fat diets are a far cry from the high-fat, moderate-protein hunter-gatherer diets we are genetically programmed for, leading not only to lifelong weight gain but, also, to cravings, mood disorders, cognitive problems and “diseases of civilisation” – such as cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease and mental illness. Applying modern discoveries to the basic hunter-gatherer diet, she culls from vast research in evolutionary physiology, biochemistry, metabolism, nutrition and chronic and degenerative disease to unveil a holistic lifestyle for true mind-body health and longevity. Revealing the primal origins and physiological basis for a high-fat, moderate-protein, starch-free diet and the importance of adequate omega-3 intake – critical to our brain and nervous system, – she explains the nutritional problems of grains, gluten, soy, dairy and starchy vegetables; which natural fats promote health and which harm it.

The Best Keto Cookbooks Of 2019

Feed your culinary imagination.


The keto diet was designed by Dr. Russell Wilder in 1924 and emphasizes replacing carbs with healthy fats and protein. The drastic drop in your carb intake puts your body into a state of ketosis—a natural metabolic process that helps burn stored fat and accelerate weight loss.

Today the keto diet has taken the wellness world by storm. And the growing amount of research backing its varied health benefits together with the celebrity proponents of this diet (including Kourtney Kardashian, Adriana Lima and Halle Berry, to name a few) have further fueled the popularity of this low-carb eating plan.

Whether you’ve recently embraced the keto lifestyle or you’re just looking for healthy recipe ideas to diversify your low-carb diet, these keto cookbooks are here to help:

Keto For Carb Lovers from the Editors of Delish & Women’s Health

Keto For Carb Lovers


If you find yourself wondering how you’ll be able to stick to a diet that emphasizes on slashing down the consumption of all the fluffy, crunchy and sweet foods you love, Keto For Carb Lovers is the right book pick for you. Written by the editors of Delish and Women’s Health, this brilliant cookbook pairs dozens of cooking hacks with the low-carb, high-fat diet to create recipes that allow you to enjoy the flavor and texture you love—without packing on the pounds. Besides more than 100 drool-worthy recipes—including keto lasagna, peanut butter cookies, and keto pizza—the book also features a 21-day menu plan, meal prep to-do lists as well as weekly grocery lists to plan the week ahead.


Keto Quick Start by Diane Sanfilippo

Keto Quick Start

Victory Belt Publishing

No matter how good your intentions are, sticking to a new diet can initially be challenging. That’s where Keto Quick Start comes in. New York Times bestselling author Diane Sanfilippo’s latest book is a comprehensive and easy-to-follow road map that will help beginners seamlessly transition to a keto lifestyle. With 100 delicious keto-friendly recipes (like pesto-stuffed mushrooms and chocolate orange fudge), weekly meal plans and plenty of doable troubleshooting tips, this nifty guide will make going keto so much easier.


Dairy-Free Keto Cooking by Kyndra Holley

Dairy-Free Keto Cooking

Victory Belt Publishing

With her latest crave-worthy cookbook, Kyndra Holley proves that transitioning to a dairy-free keto diet is anything but boring. From sweet and spicy barbecue ribs to crab salad stuffed avocado to flourless chocolate lava cake, there’s something for every type of cook and palate. All of the recipes are rooted in simplicity and call for ingredients that can be easily found at your local grocery store. Besides dairy-free recipes, the cookbook also offers advice on how to restore your health and wellness while following the keto lifestyle.


Easy Keto For Busy People by Jennifer Marie Garza

Easy Keto For Busy People

Houghton Mifflin

Filled with scrumptious recipes that require minimal time and effort, Easy Keto For Busy People is perfect for those who don’t want to compromise their diet despite their jam-packed schedule. This cookbook also includes practical tips on what to eat and what to avoid when you’re traveling or dining out, and a handy guide to special ingredients like keto-approved sweeteners and alternative flours that you can stock in your pantry.


Keto Fat Bombs, Sweets & Treats by Urvashi Pitre

Keto Fat Bombs, Sweets & Treats

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Contrary to common misconception, snacks and desserts can be a part of a healthy diet— provided they are consumed reasonably. Featuring more than 100 keto dessert and snack recipes, this cookbook will make your eating plan more enjoyable and sustainable in the long run. The diverse collection covers everything from quick bread, muffins and pancakes to cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream and more. Many of these healthy-ish recipes require no more than 10 to 15 minutes of prep time—so you can whip them up any day of the week.


The Keto Vegan by Lydia Miller

The Keto Vegan (Recipe Only Edition)


Lydia Miller’s latest cookbook wonderfully combines the ketogenic principles with the plant-based diet to help you reap the health and weight loss benefits of a keto vegan lifestyle. Featuring 101 recipes made with natural ingredients that are packed with healthy fats and proteins (think Avocado Spring Rolls, Coconut Chocolate Balls, Pumpkin Spice Muffins, etc.), this cookbook will make your ketogenic journey a cakewalk.


Keto Cooking With Your Instant Pot by Dr. Karen S. Lee

Keto Cooking With Your Instant Pot

Page Street Publishing

If you’re looking for quick and easy family-friendly recipes that are both filling and packed with flavor, Dr. Karen S Lee’s latest cookbook is a good place to start. This versatile collection of low-carb, high-fat, sugar-free recipes use only readily available ingredients and your handy Instant Pot. With delectable dishes (like grain-free lobster mac and cheese and Korean-style braised short ribs), this cookbook will make it easier for you to indulge in your favorite foods—without letting your diet fall by the wayside. And if you haven’t used an Instant Pot before, don’t worry, the cookbook includes an entire section on how to get started.


The Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet originally developed to reduce the frequency of seizures in epilepsy patients. More recently, however, it has found a mainstream audience who view it as a real foods-based diet with weight loss and other overall health benefits. By focusing on dietary fat and ketones instead of simple carb-derived glucose as a primary energy source, the body becomes more efficient at burning body fat and is spared the conversion of leftover glucose calories into body fat.
The Deliciously Keto Cookbook offers 150 deliciously satisfying recipes for breakfasts, appetizers, snacks, mains, desserts, and sides, all designed to help readers set and reach personal health and weight loss goals. The recipes follow a high fat/low protein/ultra low carb ratio designed to induce readers into a state of nutritional ketosis where they are consistently burning ketones (fat molecules) for energy instead of glucose (carbohydrates). Additionally, readers who have attained health goals and are looking to follow a longer-term maintenance program will benefit from simple modifications for each recipe that enable them to adjust the nutrient ratios to a slightly lower fat and slightly higher carbohydrate ratio.
Also included:
+ Tips and tricks for cooking keto-friendly dishes, eating out on the keto diet, and managing the side effects, including the temporary “keto” flu that accompanies the induction of ketosis.
+ Helpful modications that enable readers to modify recipes from a high fat induction phase to a moderate fat maintenance phase.

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet books

Our new book, The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Quick and Easy, contains over 100 low-carb recipes that can be cooked in 30 minutes or less.

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Featuring nutritious low-carb, high-protein recipes and weekly meal and exercise plans, the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet books can help you lose weight without the hunger pangs.

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet books can also help those with diabetes; our research has shown that by incorporating more healthy fats and lean protein into their diet, while reducing their carb intake, people with type 2 diabetes can significantly improve their blood glucose control and overall health and wellbeing.

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Quick and Easy (2019)

Our third book in the series, the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Quick and Easy, is now available in store and online.

Designed with a busy lifestyle in mind, this new book features recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less with under 10 ingredients. It also provides an update on the science behind low-carb eating, including new research on the health benefits of a low-carb diet coupled with exercise.

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The CSIRO Low-Carb Quick and Easy can be purchased though CSIRO Publishing, booksellers and retailers or digital versions available through Pan Macmillan .

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The CSIRO Low-Carb Every Day (2018)

The CSIRO Low Carb Diet Book provides another great option for people concerned about weight management or type 2 diabetes. © CSIRO Publishing

The CSIRO Low-Carb Every Day is the sequel to the popular CSIRO Low-Carb Diet book.

What’s new about this book?

We’ve used feedback from readers of the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet book to offer a companion book that provides:

  • an update on the latest science, providing a summary of the latest scientific research in low-carb diets around the world
  • eighty new recipes with all the daily allowances calculated and explained
  • quick and easy dishes to make it simpler to follow every day
  • quick and simple meal builders that can help you to easily create your own tasty, low-carb recipes
  • a range of new physical exercises to provide greater variety and interest.

The R.R.P of the book is $34.99 and is available at all good bookstores and retailers.

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet (2017)

Helping to contribute to improved metabolic health, blood glucose control and diabetes management. © CSIRO Publishing

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet book was launched in 2017 and became a number-one bestseller in Australia.

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet book features:

  • eighty nutritious low-carb recipes, including breakfasts, salads and soups, mains, snacks and sweet treats
  • a clear description of low-carb versus high-carb food
  • twelve weekly meal plans and shopping lists
  • a comprehensive exercise plan.

Low-carb diet sample meal plan

  • Sample daily meal plan (6,000kJ)
  • Sample daily meal plan (6,000kJ)

Weekly food checklists

    • Level 1 checklist
    • Level 2 checklist
    • Level 3 checklist
    • Level 4 checklist

Exercise training diary

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet can be purchased though CSIRO Publishing, or at all good bookstores and retailers.

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12 Diet Books That Are Actually Worth Reading

When it comes to healthy eating books, there’s no shortage of options. Log on to Amazon or-gasp-head to a bookstore, and it seems like every celebrity, nutritionist, doctor, and trainer has *the* answer to slimming down. So how can you tell which diet books are legit and which are just hype? Start here-these are the best weight loss books for people who want results.

1. Weight Watchers: The Ultimate Starter’s Guide to Losing Weight Rapidly the Smart Way

By Oliver Sweet, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2017)

Diet philosophy: Everything in moderation

Best suited for: Someone who loves tracking their every move (and bite)

Why it’s worth a read: The famous diet has a legion of fans-including Oprah and Jennifer Hudson-but that’s not why it earned the top spot for weight loss diets on the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diet Rankings. Rather, it’s because the plan really works. A meta-analysis of 2,400 studies found that Weight Watchers was one of the only programs where the average participant lost more weight after one year than dieters who were doing it on their own or finding advice from other sources. This healthy food book comes with a brief history of the program, recipes, and advice from a Weight Watchers member of 10+ years.

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2. The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet: Smart, Simple, Science-Based Strategies for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

By Barbara Rolls, Ph.D., and Mindy Hermann, William Morrow Cookbooks (2013)

Diet philosophy: Yes, you really can eat food and lose weight

Best suited for: People who hate feeling hangry

Why it’s worth a read: The whole point of the Volumetrics diet-which was ranked the second-best diet for weight loss in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diet Rankings-is to eat the same amount of food as you usually do, just with fewer calories. No, that doesn’t require ~magic~. It just means eating less energy-dense foods (AKA foods with fewer calories per gram), like fruits and veggies. The New York Times best-selling book features tons of tools and recipes to help you drop pounds without feeling like you’re depriving yourself.

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3. Wheat Belly: 10-Day Grain Detox: Reprogram Your Body for Rapid Weight Loss and Amazing Health

By William David, M.D., Rodale Books (2015)

Diet philosophy: Unhealthy carbs are a major cause of obesity

Best suited for: Those who think their carb addiction has gone too far

Why it’s worth a read: Anyone struggling to pass the bread basket will appreciate cardiologist William Davis’s 10-day wheat detox, which he created after his original Wheat Belly book became a New York Times best-seller. During those 10 days, the program follows recipes that wean you off of unhealthy wheat and grains ASAP, while simultaneously teaching you how to recognize withdrawal symptoms (because pretzel addiction is real!) and how to avoid common diet saboteurs.

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4. The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

By Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2015)

Diet philosophy: Press the reset button on your entire diet to help you find out exactly which foods are causing health issues

Best suited for: Someone who’s able to stick to a strict, month-long diet program

Why it’s worth a read: Surely you’ve heard of Whole30 by now? This restrictive diet plan requires you to nix all sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy, and dairy for 30 days. If that sounds impossible to do solo, founders’ Melissa and Dallas Hartwig’s book provides a step-by-step plan that basically holds your hand through the process. Its regular appearance on the New York Times best-seller list solidifies its status as one of the best healthy eating books out there.

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5. Daily Dash for Weight Loss: A Day-By-Day Dash Diet Weight Loss Plan

By Rockridge Press (2014)

Diet philosophy: To lose weight, eat more nutritionally dense foods

Best suited for: People who can’t handle restrictive diets

Why it’s worth a read: DASH-or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension-has been named the best overall diet in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diet Rankings for seven years in a row. This healthy eating plan was originally designed to help lower blood pressure, but followers found it significantly contributed to weight loss as well. (Here are 5 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally.) There are no wild restrictions here-just a call for more fruits and veggies, lean meats, mostly whole grains, and heart-healthy fats. The recipes, a 28-day meal plan, and lots of scientific backup in this book make it pretty easy to convert to the DASH diet if that’s your jam.

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6. The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life

By Travis Stork, Ghost Mountain Books (2014)

Diet philosophy: The key to weight loss is having a healthy gut

Best suited for: Dieters with constant bloating and digestion issues

Why it’s worth a read: Gut health plays a crucial role in weight management, and The Doctors’ Dr. Travis Stork dives deep into the science that explains why a microbiome-friendly diet can help you lose weight, stop bloating, regulate your digestion, and feel more energetic. (Check out these 5 Good-Bacteria Foods You Need for a Healthy Gut.) His meal planner book is full of daily diet recommendations and recipes, so it’s really no surprise that it’s been on the New York Times bestseller list all year.

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7. Atkins: Eat Right, Not Less: Your Guidebook for Living a Low-Carb and Low-Sugar Lifestyle

By Colette Heimowitz, Touchstone (2017)

Diet philosophy: Eat high-fat, low-carb meals

Best suited for: People who don’t have a problem giving up carbs

Why it’s worth a read: Don’t scoff at the Atkins Diet just because Kim Kardashian swore by it to get back to her pre-baby weight. Science says that people who followed high-fat, low-carb plans like Atkins lost more weight after six and 12 months than people who received their nutrition advice from an expert. While Atkins is still about cutting your carb and sugar intake, this new guide focuses on helping you make all-around healthy decisions-and it’s packed with the healthy recipes, meal plan strategies, and goal-setting tips to get you there.

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8. The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy

By Neal D. Barnard, Grand Central Life & Style (2017)

Diet philosophy: Cheese is as addictive to heroin

Best suited for: Those who OD on dairy on a regular basis

Why it’s worth a read: If cheese is your weakness, this nutrition book is your bible. Dr. Neal Barnard’s book made headlines with his attention-grabbing claim that cheese is as addictive as heroin, and it delivers a realistic program to help people curb their cravings. Barnard spends the majority of the book explaining why he calls cheese “dairy crack,” and how-thanks to the fact that it’s loaded with calories, sodium, and saturated fat-it can contribute to problems like blood pressure and arthritis. (Did You Know Insomnia Can Make Your Blood Pressure Skyrocket?) You don’t need to cut cheese from your diet entirely (dairy does have health benefits), but Barnard’s book provides tips-and recipes-you may need to keep from overindulging.

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9. Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

By Joel Fuhrman, Little, Brown and Company (2011)

Diet philosophy: Eating unhealthy foods can lead to bad eating habits

Best suited for: People who constantly give in to their cravings

Why it’s worth a read: A regular Amazon best-seller, this healthy eating book outlines Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s six-week weight loss plan and the principles behind it. It investigates the idea of “toxic hunger” and how your cravings can condition your body to overeat, then walks you through ways to leave those food addictions behind by eating more nutrient-dense foods that fill you up on fewer calories. (Check out these 5 Signs You’re Addicted to Food.)

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10. The Biggest Loser: 6 Weeks to a Healthier You: Lose Weight and Get Healthy for Life!

By Cheryl Forberg ,‎ Melissa Roberson, Lisa Wheeler, and‎ The Biggest Loser Experts and Cast, Rodale Books (2010)

Diet philosophy: Get 45 percent of your calories from carbohydrates, 30 percent from lean proteins, and 25 percent from healthy fats

Best suited for: Dieters who aren’t afraid of serious commitment

Why it’s worth a read: Believe it or not, the diet based off the TV show tied for the top spot on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diet Rankings for Best Diets for Weight Loss. The report found that the specific combo of restrictive eating and exercise will definitely help you lose weight in six weeks (but did note that to keep the weight off, you have to stick with the plan). You’ll get recipes, medical, and nutrition advice, plus six weeks of workouts in this book-not to mention plenty of motivation to keep going after that month and a half is up.

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11. The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle

By Amy Ramos, Rockridge Press (2016)

Diet philosophy: If you change your body’s energy source, you’ll lose more weight

Best suited for: People who are fine with sacrificing a little protein

Why it’s worth a read: The trendy ketogenic diet, founded by a doctor at the Mayo Clinic, is a high-fat, low-carb diet à la Atkins, but it limits your protein intake. Consuming a diet made up of 80 to 90 percent fats, and the remainder consisting of carbs and protein, forces your body to burn fats instead of carbs-that, in turn, can result in more weight loss, according to a study published in the journal Behavioral Pharmacology. Ready to give it a go? This diet book is a one-stop guide to going “keto,” with easy-to-understand explanations of the ketogenic principles and a 14-day meal plan that gets you started.

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12. The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight

By Haylie Pomroy, Harmony Books (2016)

Diet philosophy: Being strategic about what you eat and when you eat it can make your body more efficient at shedding extra weight

Best suited for: People who hate calorie counting and don’t want to cut out any food groups

Why it’s worth a read: You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that a faster metabolism equals more weight loss. But revving your calorie-burning engine is often easier said than done. This four-week diet book helps you get there, as the plan calls for three meals and at least two snacks a day (yay!), includes recipes, and allows you to eat from all the different food groups throughout the week. Author Haylie Pomroy claims that the method will jumpstart your metabolism and help you see improvements in your energy, sleep, and stress levels. Who wants to say no to that? (Here are 11 More Ways to Spikes Your Metabolism.)

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  • By Ashley Mateo @ashleymateo

Another thing we liked about the book is that it allows you to slightly adjust the diet for you personally. You have chapters such as ‘Find your cab tolerance levels’ or ‘Determine your personal protein threshold’.

In these chapters, you will learn how to lower your carb intake so that your body gets into keto mode, but also how to slightly increase carbs to a level that your body is comfortable with. And the same goes for protein intake.

This is really important because you will be able to stick to it easier for long periods of time. These are the most practical and valuable chapters of the book, from an implementation point of view.

Dr. Jimmy More also suggests a very unique and interesting way of combining the keto diet with intermittent fasting which is not that common in other similar products.

The book contains quite a few success stories, a list of foods to shop for when dieting, and an exhaustive list of FAQ and answers.

If you are about to start your keto journey this product might be just the right one for you. If you already have a solid grasp of what keto is and you want to get more advanced, the book doesn’t really add that much value.

What we liked

  • Easy to read and understand
  • Backed up by many physicians and keto researchers
  • Very practical and implementation oriented

What we didn’t like

  • Limited to beginners only
  • Not as information-packed as expected


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

The Ketogenic Cookbook is co-authored by the same Dr. Jimmy More together with Maria Emmerich. As the name suggests it is a collection of keto recipes to get you started on the diet.

However, this is not your average cookbook. All the recipes are really good, tasty and flavored. It doesn’t really feel like you are dieting at all. On top of that, all the recipes in there will pave your way to achieving optimal health, while eating good food and losing weight at the same time.

The first thirty-something pages of the book are more like an introduction to keto dieting. So you will find those really helpful if you don’t know that much about keto. But if you really want to learn more subtle details about keto you will probably need to look for more information elsewhere.

Turning regular recipes into low carb, low protein and high-fat meals is most of the time impossible, so getting a keto cookbook is a smart thing to do if you plan on sticking to your diet. You would be amazed at how foods such as pancakes, pizza or even bread can be turned into low-carb keto-foods.

Eating foods that are not tasty or that you don’t enjoy eating are the number one thing for not following a diet. You are very unlikely to have this issue with The Ketogenic Cookbook. There is no way you cannot find recipes you will enjoy eating, no matter how picky you are about your food.

Each recipe is very well explained, includes mouthwatering pictures and just amazes with how tasty diet food can be. Most of the foods in the book take as little as 5 to 10 minutes to prepare before putting them in the oven.

What we liked

  • Out of the box foods
  • Tasty and flavored recipes
  • High quality photos
  • Low prep time

What we didn’t like

  • Lacks general information on keto dieting


3) The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet

Authored by Leanne Vogel, this is another keto diet cookbook containing more than 125 keto recipes and 5 meal plans to choose from. Leanne struggled with health and weight issues for many years, until 2014 when she discovered the keto diet.

This is one of the most compelling keto books with 448 pages of packed and well-structured information. Even if you are not new to keto you will still have a lot to learn from the book.

Besides the recipes, Leanne gets into a lot of detailed information about the keto diet and how it helped her overcome amenorrhea, hypothyroidism, fixing hormone levels and gaining self-confidence. You can really tell there is a real person behind the book sharing not only knowledge, but her own personal life experiences.

Leanne gets very personal in the book and I believe a lot of females readers will click with her story and with the book. The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet has a less ‘scientific’ approach to it. This can be viewed both as an advantage – it is super easy and fun to read. But also as a disadvantage – it might lack the credibility that other professional keto researches have behind them.

The recipes are high in healthy fats and fibers, and of course low in carbs. But what differentiates it from other keto recipe books is that most recipes are also gluten-free.

Another differentiator of this book is that it puts more focus on whole foods and timing carbs based on each individual’s needs or health status. So you will find recipes with different carbs amounts which you can use at different times depending on your own personal conditions.

As mentioned, this book is really long so if you are just starting out with keto dieting it might be overwhelming. It would be a better decision to start off with a less in-depth book and then take it from there.

On the other hand, if you want to skyrocket your keto knowledge this is could be a good read.

What we liked

  • Shares a personal story
  • The meal plans
  • The gluten-free recipes

What we didn’t like

  • Doesn’t really have any professional keto researchers backing it up
  • The amount of information can be overwhelming


4) Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking

Written by Maria Emmerich this is book can be looked at as different version of ‘The Ketogenic Cookbook’.

The book is full with a lot of keto diet information as well as a few charts on how much fats and proteins are in different cuts of meats. Then you also have an exhaustive chart with plants and their nutritional information.

Once you get to the recipes part you will be amazed by how many brilliant ideas the book contains. You can’t really tell it’s a diet book. All the recipes are super tasty and easy to prepare. You don’t even need to be good at it and you will be able to cook delicious meals.

Maria included little icons next to each recipe to flag under what category each food falls into. You have egg-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, net-free, and many, many more categories. This will make it very easy to browse through all the recipes and pick the one you want.

Some of the recipes also include links to instructional videos, which are easy to follow along even if you are new at cooking your own food. They made it really simple for the reader.

The book also includes a section which will get you started on the keto diet right away. In this section you will find several meal plans you can choose from:

  • 7 days weight loss
  • 7 days maintenance
  • 30 days weight loss
  • 30 days weight loss dairy free

Though I doubt you can lose that much weight in as little as 7 days, so maybe the first meal plan is not the best approach.

To make things even easier, you also get a shopping list for the 7-day meal plans. All the meal plans are based on the recipes from the book of course. Maria suggests using the left-overs from certain day the following day so you save both time and food.

If you want to be super strict with your diet you can do so by tracking the calories and macros. Each recipe has the nutritional information written down at the bottom of the page. So you have no excuse for not tracking them.

A little bit of a downside of the book is that for most recipes you will need ingredients which are not that common. You will need to do a little bit of shopping and some of the ingredients might be on expensive.

What we liked

  • Detailed nutritional information
  • Nice design and tasty recipes
  • Well structured

What we didn’t like

  • Some ingredients are hard to find and expensive


5) The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse

Lastly but not least, The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse is another popular keto book by Maria Emmerich. You can expect the same exact level of quality and detail as in the Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking.

You will find here a lot of nut-free and dairy-free recipes. These are great if you have any kind of intolerance to these foods or if you are simply bored with the same old standard keto recipes.

As the name suggests, this book is built around a 30-day meal plan which should help you get started with keto.

Get ready for some serious cooking though. If you plan on following Maria’s meal plan you will spend a lot of time in the kitchen. You will need to cook 2-3 different recipes for each meal.

This can be viewed as both an advantage – if you like cooking a lot, or a disadvantage – if you lack time. So, for really busy people this might be a little bit impractical do to and day to day basis.

If you are in the latter category, you will probably benefit more from the recipes presented in The Ketogenic Cookbook co-authored with Dr. Jimmy More. Most of the recipes in there are super quick, but you will need to re-design the 30-day meal plan yourself. Anyways, both books are great, you will just need to decide for yourself which suits you better.

The 30-day Ketogenic Cleanse book is also packed with a lot of details on keto in general. Both beginners and advanced people will have a lot to learn from it. On top of that Maria Emmerich is very good at make things sound so simple. Her explanations are straight to the point all the time and easy to understand regardless of your background with keto or any other type of diet for that matter.

A little bit on the downside of the book is that several readers reported that days 29 and 30 are missing from the printed version. The author took care of it by posting the missing day on the Facebook group she runs.

The 30-day meal plan is accompanied by weekly shopping lists to make things super easy for everybody. Most of the ingredients used are reasonably priced and easy to find in the supermarkets, but based on here you live you might encounter difficulties in finding some of them. Nevertheless, there are plenty of recipes to choose from so you can easily make adjustments that suit you better from this point of view.

What we liked

  • Information presented is very easy to understand
  • Lots of recipes to choose from

What we didn’t like

  • Many of the recipes are time consuming
  • Printed version might miss days 29 & 30


Over to You

There is no doubt that from a weight loss point of view, the Ketogenic diets work.

There are hundreds of thousands of people if not more that are the living proof of that. Lowering your carb intake will make you drop a lot of body weight. Some of it might be just water weight, but for sure you will lose fat as well.

The question that you need to ask your self is: Is this diet the right one for me? Allow us to help you with an answer to this question.

Keto diets are great for the average sedentary people. They are also particularly good for people that have Type II diabetes, are overweight, have acne issues or insulin resistance. If you find yourself in any of these situations, keto dieting might be the best thing that could happen to you.

On the other hand, if you are an active, healthy individual which puts a lot of effort into working out, your diet should be high in carb and protein. This is the exact opposite of what keto suggests, so make the decision based on your personal situation.

If you made the decision on following a keto diet, getting a ketogenic book will probably add more value to your knowledge, implementation and meal diversity.

Which out of the 5 books presented above is the best though?

You are the only one who can answer that.

And there is no right or wrong answer. All of them are packed with great information, and can be of great value. You just need to pick the right one based on how in depth you want to learn about keto and how much time and effort you are willing to put into it.

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