What’s Your Favorite Paleo Diet Cookbook?

Would you help me out and tell me your favorite paleo diet cookbooks, and perhaps why? My patients are asking me for paleo diet recipes, and I need more sources. 

Ideally, I’d like authors who avoid or minimize use of dairy products, legumes, grains, and industrial seed oils. My favorite version of paleo is Loren Cordain’s. Let’s also minimize hard-to-find or esoteric ingredients. I don’t care whether or not the beef is pastured or if the chickens are free-range happy ones. Prep time under 30 minutes is always appreciated. I would love to have basic nutritional analysis such as digestible (net) carb grams, calories per serving, and percentage of calories from fat, protein, and carbohydrate.

I’m afraid I’m going to have to do the nutritional analyses myself, as I have with my Paleobetic Diet recipes.

Here’s one that I haven’t read yet but have great expectations that it’s good: 500 Paleo Recipes by Dana Carpenter. I’ve read several of her non-paleo low-carb cookbooks and they’re good. Her 500 Paleo Recipes book provided some basic nutritional analysis for each recipe, including carbohydrate grams, which is critical if you have diabetes.

Dr. Cordain has a new cookbook being released in March, 2015. Does his 2011 collaboration with Nell Stephenson provide nutritional analysis (unlikely)?

Some books and authors for your consideration: Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint Cookbook, something from the Hartwigs, Robb Wolf, Sarah Fragoso’s Everyday Paleo,  Melissa Joulwan’s Well Fed, Diane Sanfilippo, Nom Nom Paleo by Tam and Fong, and Paul Jaminet.

Steve Parker, M.D.


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