With so many new Paleo books and cookbooks appearing on the market in the last year, I am often asked what my go-to books are. My answer almost always depends on who I am talking to. I literally have almost every book that has been published and released so far.
To lay down the basics, I usually hand over my copy of Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfillipo. I have loaned this book to many people already (in fact, its not even here now). I think she did an amazing job laying out the basics and providing a workable starting point. Its easy to read and the recipes are great. Perfect beginner book.
If the person has kids and is interested in doing family Paleo or kid stuff, my number one recommendation is Eat Like a Dinosaur by Paleo Parents. Its got tons of great recipes, but also has little tips and tricks, a story, and a food allergy guide. Perfect for families with young children. My kids actually enjoy browsing this book to look for recipes to make. Another good one is Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook by Sarah Fragoso. There are some great kid friendly recipes in there as well.
As for my favorite cookbook, Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan is fantastic. Mine is covered in food, crumpled, and stained. I use it a lot. So much so that I don’t even lend it out. God forbid I get the urge to have The Best Chicken You Ever Ate, I’d be in trouble if it weren’t here! I also really love Make it Paleo by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason. It was one of my first Paleo cookbooks (I think I preordered it before it was released) and I have made a lot of what they have in there. The recipes are simple, and the pictures are beautiful. Another must have.
There are a lot of new books coming out in the next few months, so I will be sure and check them out as well, but these are the ones I currently reach for the most. Yes, you can get a lot of recipes online but something about using an actual book makes me happy. Seeing the turned down pages and splatters shows a passion and love for food you just don’t get with an iPad or laptop.