Updated: 25th May 2020
The health and weight loss benefits that it boasts are pretty impressive, and results have been fairly positive for those who are able to stick to it. It’s a diet based in the stone ages, which many think is a new “fad”, but was actually developed in the 1970s by several doctors looking into the diets and health of humans in the paleolithic time period. However, Professor Loraine Cordain (one of the original researchers) was the first to publish the diet principles in her 2002 book, The Paleo Diet.
Since then, people have been clamoring to try the Paleo diet, but many find it a struggle to change their diet so drastically because they discover that the items the Paleo diet restricts make up a large portion of their current diet. Once you’ve cut out a huge chunk of your food source, what do you do? Many give up, but some find a lifeline in a paleo cook book.
Paleo cookbooks offer a plethora of easy and delicious recipes for those on the Paleo diet, which keeps the nagging question of what to eat at bay. Using cookbooks and meal plans is the secret difference between success and failure in this diet.
Now, there are of course plenty of paleo diet recipes online, but issues arise with trying to consolidate them all into one easy to access place. You also need to consider that you’ll need recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks, and on-the-go. Without planning this well advance and gathering up all of the recipes you can find to make the diet varied enough, you will inevitably find yourself starving and searching for a candy bar on a busy day away from the house. Because many people don’t have the time it requires to gather up all of the recipes and sort them properly, they turn to a done-for-you solution: cookbooks. These save so much time and offer up a huge variety of delicious dishes to try.
Here, we will review five of the best paleo diet book options available today.
First up in our paleo reviews, here’s a quick rundown on this product:
More recipes than any other paleo diet cookbook we have seen!
Great layout makes each recipe easy to read and follow.
Covers all types of recipes (breakfast, snacks, dessert, etc.).
Comes with a free quick-start guide for beginners.
Every person following the paleo diet – from seasoned pros to beginners on their first day – have issues from time to time on what to fix. Either you have never had to cook this way before, or you’ve been doing it so long that you’ve run out of ideas. 1,000 Paleo Recipes was created to solve these exact issues.
Need some ideas for dinner this week? Hosting a party and need some inspired snacks? Need a recipe last-minute for some school treats? It is all easy to find in this ebook. The recipes are nicely categorized/organized. In fact, it is technically a collection of 15 cookbooks – each with step-by-step recipes and many with mouth-watering pictures to show you the finished dish. Two bonuses are also included: 31 Dessert Recipes and the Paleo Diet Quick-Start Guide for beginners.
What types of recipes are included? Honestly, pretty much anything you can think of. Just a few examples are:
- Red Meat and Pork
- Breakfast Foods
- Side Dishes
- Appetizers and Finger Food
- Salads and Soups
- Condiments and Dressings
…and a lot more!
Let’s face it: many people who start any diet fail, and often within just a few weeks are back to their “usual” diet. If any weight was lost, it is often gained back and then some. Why? Because most diets are about denying yourself. Exercising willpower to not enjoy your food, and basically force yourself to eat what you know you should. The paleo lifestyle, while eliminating unnecessary foods, focuses on eating plenty of healthy and delicious alternatives, so you never feel “deprived.” In fact, many practitioners eat freely – as much as they want so they never feel hungry. It’s what you eat that makes all the difference. The meals in this ebook collection are delicious, filling, and satisfying so you never feel hungry and cravings for unhealthy filler food.
Diets often also mean a lot of inconvenience and difficult to work into your day-to-day life. With this diet and companion cookbook, you can quickly and seamlessly integrate the food into your life and reap the benefits without spending hours (which you don’t have) in the kitchen.
Here is a quick paleo recipe book review of the pros and cons of this product:
Not as many recipes as 1,000 Paleo Recipes.
The Paleo Cookbooks gathers over 350 recipes that help beginners and pros alike, and focus on modern eaters and athletes. The paleo diet is for everyone, but athletes especially are usually interested in what they put in their body. The best fuel creates the best physical output, so eating the diet that our bodies evolved to eat will ensure that athletes not only regulate their body weight, but also have the best possible performance. These eating habits also promote reduced risks or injury and faster recovery times. While some professional athlete have a professional chef and nutritionist, the rest of us need to figure this all out on our own. The Paleo Cookbooks were created to make that much easier!
There is a huge market trying to sell substitutes and alternatives – sports drinks, goos/pastes, protein shakes, meal bars, and more. But there is absolutely no substitute for real, nutritious food. Your body knows it and your taste buds know it. Following the recipes in these books makes it easy to keep the delicious and nutritious food coming so you never have to worry about that crash or those cravings that so often come with the “substitutes.”
The books are also organized in an easy to search and browse way – there are eight main categories, five “special” categories. The categories are:
- Fish and Seafood
- Capsicum Sandwiches
- Noodle Recipes
- Paleo Breakfast Recipes
Not only that, but there are substitutes in the cookbooks for items you may miss from time to time: things like bread and chocolate. There really is something for every type of eater – even those with particularly picky taste buds or those addicted to sweets, grains, and other unhealthy items.
Finally, there are several bonuses with this cookbook set. One thing that is not commonly seen in this type of product is the measurement conversion table, so that no matter which measurement system you use, you can still make these recipes. Listed benefits also include a 30-day meal plan which reference 125 of the recipes from the books and the paleo eating out guide – both designed to make it easy to stay on the diet no matter what.
Here is our quick overview of this product:
PDF file is readable on many device types.
Also comes in an abridged hardcopy version for those who would prefer it.
Not just a cookbook – it is a full guide and also provides access to 30 support forums.
Not as many recipes as some other options available.
The 30 Day Guide to Paleo is more than just a cookbook. It is a complete “fool-proof” meal plan and guide to help you launch into the paleo diet and support you in the first 30 days. We all know that making a large change in life can be a challenge, and many people who attempt to change their diet for the better fail simply for lack of knowing how to do it. This full and complete support program aims to help you through the first 30 days to help the change “stick”, and continues well beyond to keep you going strong.
This guide comes with two 30-day meal plans (for a total of 60 days!), over 180 recipes, information on the diet and how to make the switch successfully, email guidance/tips and support for two months, access to the support and encouragement forums on the website, and additional support offered online.
It all starts with the basics – learning what the paleo lifestyle is, eating and nutritional guidelines, tutorials, informational graphics, and more. You will learn the major food groups of this diet and how much to eat of each, how and where to buy foods, intuitive eating principles, and which ingredients to watch out for or try to include.
This is an excellent resource for people who are just starting the paleo diet and need some support, as well as for people who have tried before and failed. While there are less recipes than other products, the fact that it is so much more than just a cookbook makes it fantastic for beginners. Even those who have been on the diet for a little while could benefit from the support and tips offered in the forums – they are almost a goldmine in and of themselves!
Beyond this, creators Bill and Hayley answer all of your frequently asked questions from shopping, to recipe basics, to how to make the best use of your leftovers, and more. You would be hard pressed to find a more useful guide and support system for transitioning to the paleo diet.
Our quick overview of this product is as follows:
May be light on content for those who’ve been on the paleo diet for a while.
Robb Wolf is a former biochemist and a New York Times Bestselling author of The Paleo Solution — The Original Human Diet.Currently, he speaks around the world and via his podcast and seminars helping thousands of others successfully adopt the paleo lifestyle. He’s also served as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, is co-founder The Performance Menu, and co-owner of one of the Men’s Health “top 30 gyms in America”. He coaches athletes and consults Olympians and MMA champions, as well as motocross, rowing and triathlon athletes. Needless to say, he knows his stuff when it comes to human nutrition and performance.
Robb’s Paleo Guides are a collection of books that help anyone interested in the lifestyle transition smoothly. They include his 30-day transformation guide, the Paleo on a Budget Guide (great for those of us who aren’t millionaires), and the Paleo Dining Out Guide. Other bonuses are also available depending on the package you choose to buy.
His 30-day transformation guide starts out by explaining the paleo diet in practical terms, including things like what an actual day’s worth of food looks like, a quick primer on exercise, the importance of sleep, and more. The guide then moves into the nitty-gritty of nutrition and provides some easy-to-follow recipes to get you started. Of course, the dining out guide explains how to stick to the paleo diet when you are out to eat with family and friends – or even out on a quick lunch break!
In short, Robb Wolf’s Paleo Guides are a great resource for beginners to learn the principles of the paleo diet, why it’s about more than weight loss, how and what to eat, and get a few recipes that make the transition easy, nutritious, and delicious!
A quick review of the pros and cons of this product:
The Caveman Feast is brought to us by the creator of the Civilized Caveman Cooking website. The site offers tons of recipes, tips, and fun anecdotes about a regular guy following the paleo diet lifestyle. This provides a really good insight into the quality of content found in his cookbook. It is a collection of over 200 of his favorite paleo recipes which have helped him lose nearly 100 pounds improve his mental health and clarity, and increase his energy and range of motion after his tour in Afghanistan.
The recipes are, of course, organized into some easy-to-use categories. They are:
- Sauces and Dressings
- Rubs and Seasoning Blends
- Grain‐Free Treats
Not only that, but each recipe is well laid-out and easy to read with beautiful pictures of the dishes you will be making. He really covers all the bases of cooking in this style and makes it look irresistible. There are few other products on the market that more-thoroughly quell the myth that gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free means flavor-free. As an example, some fan favorite recipes in the books are coconut chocolate chip cookies, beastly barbecue sauce, and protein smoothies.
The book also comes with 4 extra bonuses – which is considerably more than usual. The bonuses are:
- Abel James’ Intro to Paleo eBook and video to help you transition into the lifestyle easily.
- The Primal Rockstars eBook with exclusive interviews with Robb Wolf, Dave Asprey, Mark Sisson, and more!
- Paleo Pumpkin Thanksgiving eBook. George’s exclusive pumpkin-centric recipes to celebrate fall!
- Interview with George Bryant and Abel James on “The Fat-Burning Man Show. Abel and George discuss how George lost almost 100 pounds, getting ripped, and following the diet when in a marine chow hall.
The core product is enough to help anyone following the paleo diet, but these bonuses are set to help you be as successful as possible while making the transition. It may just be the best paleo cookbook you ever purchase. You may even be inspired to create your own recipes or share these with your friends and family!