Saturday, August 4, 2012

(Non) Paleo Cookbook Recommendations

When you hit the internet, searching for recipes, what words do you use in your search? Do you preface everything with "paleo"? From pancakes to pasta to pizza to pie?

I know when I first started following the lifestyle last spring I certainly felt "safest" following recipes that described themselves as primal or paleo. And in the days and month since I've definitely amassed quite the lineup of paleo recipe blogs that I follow, and have acquired more than a couple prized cookbooks with the coveted words in their title.

If you're immersed in paleo culture, I don't need to sell Paleo Comfort Foods or The Primal Blueprint Cookbook to you. What I'm in the mood to do instead, then, is remind you that there are plenty of great books out there that aren't overtly primal in nature, but are still quite worthy of space on your shelf.

I've mentioned The Spunky Coconut blog and cookbooks previously; Kelly Brozyna has three fabulous cookbooks and a very inspiring blog. All of her recipes are free of gluten, grains, dairy, soy and casein. She *does* include some beans here and there, but for the most part almost all of her recipes are paleo as written or can be converted. Out of the three, two are all about the baked goods and treats, so they're certainly worthy if you have a bit of a sweet tooth.

Tyler Florence's Stirring the Pot can be found dirt cheap (last I checked it was less than $8 on Amazon), and is a gorgeous and inspiring book. Florence gets into simple techniques like braising and roasting, and most of the recipes contain few ingredients and are more about the method than the fuss.
All of the recipes in The Healthy Gluten-Free Life are free of dairy, eggs and soy as well. It's a huge book with photos accompanying each recipe, and it features many family-friendly, straightforward dishes.

Similarly, Welcoming Kitchen is geared toward omitting allergens, and as such contains recipes that are all vegan and gluten-free. The book actually aims to avoid the top 8 common allergens, and gives many substitution options for ingredients a paleo eater would avoid, such as oats or sugar.

Bruce Fife's Coconut Lover's Cookbook really helped me feel comfortable when I was first getting my feet wet experimenting with coconut flour and oil. It has everything from sweets to entrees, and is a great tome to have, especially if you're just getting into the tasty world of coconut.


  1. Awesome post, I also stuck to paleo blogs/cookbooks when I first started out, but have branched out to a lot of other resources and just make modifications if needed. Thanks for recommending these books, I can't wait to check them out!

  2. Thanks for the comment! I've definitely been trying to revisit my non-paleo cookbooks a bit more, as I've amassed quite the collection and I hate to see them gathering dust. Sometimes it can be a fun task to try to tweak and modify recipes to suit.