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I love cookbooks. LOVE them. I probably buy at least one a month and also keep a running Amazon wish list of others I want. They’re so colorful and full of promises of delicious food. I tend to lean toward Paleo cookbooks as I’ve found they use really great flavors. Most of the ones listed here are geared toward Paleo eating, however there are a couple that are geared more toward gluten free diets.
Food for Humans by Nom Nom Paleo
This may be my favorite cookbook since going gluten free. Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo consistently puts out delicious recipes that never disappoint. And I mean that literally – everything that I have cooked from Nom Nom Paleo both I and my husband have liked. A definite must-have.
Ready or Not! by Nom Nom Paleo
This is the second cookbook Michelle Tam has, and it is definitely another keeper. It’s smartly broken up into sections for when you’re ready to spend some time cooking or when you’re hangry and need something pronto. A great follow-up to Food For Humans.
Well Fed Weeknights by Mel Joulwan
A great cookbook for when you want something fast, this has some crazy delicious food in it. If you end up liking what you see, check out some of her other Well Fed cookbooks too (Well Fed and Well Fed 2)
Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo
This is one of the the first paleo books that was out on the market, and it still holds up. It has a ton of information and a lot of great recipes, including spice blends to easily flavor your food.
The Homegrown Paleo by Diana Rodgers, RD
This book is great for those who are passionate about both paleo and eating in season. It also has some really interesting information about how to turn
Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple
Danielle Walker is a great resource for recipes that have no grain at all. This is her first cookbook and I consider it somewhat of a classic. She has several others (Against All Grain and Celebrations) that are also great if you’re looking for more grain-free options.
The Paleo Kids Cookbook by Jennifer Robbins
If you have kids and are looking to take the whole family into Paleo (or even just gluten free) eating, then this is a great cookbook for you. Filled with lots of classic recipes kids will recognize but made with cleaner ingredients.
Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci
Looking to incorporate more veggies in your dishes? This is the cookbook for you. The first of several cookbooks from Ali at Inspiralized, this book has some great everyday recipes that use spiralized vegetables in place of regular noodles. The dishes are flavorful and fun.
This is the original Whole30 book, which explains the program and also has recipes to help you get started. There are a ton of other Whole30 specific cookbooks out now (like the Friends & Family one which is on my wishlist), but this one is a great starting point if you’re new to the program
The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook
This is a gluten-free bible of sorts, which is what America’s Test Kitchen is great at doing. I recently received this cookbook, and while I haven’t tried a many recipes out of it I’m familiar with American’s Test Kitchen and know they do a ton of research to get things right. This would be a great place to start if you’re new to a gluten free diet and/or missing some of the food you ate before going gluten free.
All of the above cookbooks contain recipes that are gluten free (and mostly paleo), however there are some cookbooks I love that, while not gluten free, they have some great info and recipes in them that are easily adaptable.
Dinner, A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach
This started out as a (now defunct) recipe blog and turned into a wonderful cookbook. It reads almost like a novel with recipes mixed in. And boy are the recipes good. This is a great book for those that love to read and love to cook.
The Joy Of Cooking
This is such a classic book. It’s incredibly thick but has nearly every recipe under the sun in it. A great place to look things up and get ideas.
Weber’s Way to Grill
If you’re big on grilling, this cookbook is so handy to have around. It has sections for all different types of meats and so many tips and tricks for the best ways to grill it. There are also recipe with pictures to help guide you if you’re unfamiliar with grilling. A great book for a would-be grillmaster.