Real Food Cookbooks You’ll Love (Paleo, Primal, Fermentation and More)


As you may know, I’ve recently fallen (hard) off the GAPS bandwagon.. but I am feeling the (terrible) effects and I am ready to jump back on. Maybe not legit GAPS, or legit Paleo with a CAPITAL P or whatever, but I feel the need to get back to a more intentional style of eating since I feel my best that way.

Since I’m gonna need some inspiration to climb out of this rut, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite new (or new to me) cookbooks to help me get back on the horse. This list will be helpful to anyone who is new to the Paleo/Primal/Traditional style of eating. Lots of great ideas and drool-worthy inspiration here!


Nothing adds to an already busy life like taking on Paleo. These time-saving books make it seem doable.

Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts on the Go- I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. I get into a scrambled egg rut with my breakfasts and often struggle with new ideas for lunch. This looks like it needs to hit my doorstep.

The Paleo Slow Cooker- The name says it all. Embrace the slow cooker, my friends.

Make Ahead Paleo- Any way to cut down on dinner time prep is good news for me. Now if I could only remember to start things ahead of time..

Paleo Power Lunch- More lunch time expertise. Needing it badly right now.


Beyond Bacon and Carnivore- For my protein-loving friends out there! Beyond Bacon has some killer looking recipes (not to mention great photos) and Carnivore is great if you want to branch out with new preparations or cuts of meat.

Fermented and Real Food Fermentation- I have mastered sauerkraut.. but I have yet to experiment with any other fermented veggies. I’m hoping one of these could help me face my fears.


Nom Nom Paleo’s Food For Humans and the Against All Grain Cookbook- I love these two ladies and their blogs, so I know I’ll love their cookbooks, too.

21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook- I have Diane’s book Practical Paleo (which I absolutely love and recommend), so I want to check out this cookbook, along with the original 21DSD book.

Primal Cravings- I love this resource- especially if you are missing foods from the ol’ Standard American Diet.


Gather- This book looks gorgeous and takes the stress out of planning for a gathering, whether you’re the Paleo eater or your guest is.

Los Paleo- You had me at ‘mexican.’ I love this idea!

The Nourished Metabolism- I know this isn’t a cookbook, but it looks like a good read so I wanted to include it. The food we eat and our overall health go hand in hand.

Well Fed 2- I really liked the first installment of Well Fed, so I’m on board for round two. Both are worth checking out.


Have any of you tried one of these cookbooks? Any other favorite resources to share? I’m all ears.

Now, which one to read first…

4 Responses to “Real Food Cookbooks You’ll Love (Paleo, Primal, Fermentation and More)”
  1. Liz says:

    OMG girl, I am SO far off the “intentional style of eating” bandwagon and I am feeling your pain. Keep telling myself that “this week is the week” I get back on and then…whoops. Thanks for the inspiration – so helpful. And good luck getting back in the swing, I know it is hard, especially after a big move/life change! xo

  2. jessica lynn says:

    Great round up! I have Primal cravings and really, really like it. We’ve made a handful of things from it so far and once we get into our house (with more appliances) I’ll make more of the ones i have bookmarked. I also really want the Nom Nom Paleo and Against the Grain. There’s another one Kenny’s been eying, too; I need to find out what it is.

  3. Try Make the Bread, Buy the Butter. It isn’t a paleo book but it is super good story with a few good recipes in there. I love cookbooks and I guess I will have to check out a few on your list!

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