As a cookbook writer, food blogger and health and fitness enthusiast, I come across many books every year. I know how much work goes into making a book, so to me they are all worthy of being on someone’s bookshelf. However, there are some books that really stand out.
This year I was introduced to a number of wonderful books and eBooks. Some of these are dedicated to paleo diet
and cooking, while others focus on wellness topics such as gut health, hormones or healthy kids lunches.
In today’s post, I’ve decided to share a few of my favourite titles from 2016. These are books and eBooks that I’ve loved, read, or cooked from, and that I think my readers would really enjoy.
As a little surprise, and because it’s my birthday month, I’ve decided to give away each of these books to some lucky readers. That’s right, I have 22 books in total to give away and YOU could be the lucky winner. The giveaway is open to everyone and you can enter the giveaway here.
In no particular order, here are my favourite books and eBooks of 2016.
Lee Holmes of Supercharged Food offers a healing gut health protocol and step-by-step program with over 90 recipes to cleanse, restore and nourish. It has lots of practical lifestyle tips using Lee’s ayurvedic inspired approach, and is worth reading whether you’re following a paleo diet or not. I actually had the eBook version already but the new, printed version is a great addition to my bookshelf. I have a lot of pages bookmarked and Lee’s Thirty-Clove Garlic & Onion Soup is now one of my favourite soups.
I first came across Kate’s work through her blog The Holistic Nutritionist and her eBook on Healing Hypothalamic Amenorrhea when we did the Wellness Bundle last year. I love Kate’s ancestral, modified paleo approach to nutrition and healthy living because it’s very similar to my own, so when this book came out, I was very excited to get my hands on it. In Holistic Nutrition, Kate demystifies the science behind female hormones and how they are affected by diet, exercise and stress. Seriously, this is essential reading for all women (and men too, I would say) and is full of practical, easy to understand information.
Sarah Wilson’s latest book is an incredible cooking bible for all things real food, sustainability and fighting food waste. With over 306 tasty recipes – all sugar-free and many paleo friendly – you will be using this cookbook a lot. There are lots of one-pot dishes, mish-mash and fridge surprise meals, abundance bowls, gelatine gummies galore, healthy desserts and super fun breakfasts. The book oozes with Sarah’s personality and style, and is full of tips, notes and scribbles.
If you haven’t jumped on the bone broth trend yet, this is a great book to get you started. As well as 10 broth/stock recipes (including beef, chicken, fish, shrimp, and vegetable broths), you will find lots of fantastic recipes and ideas on how to incorporate more bone broth into your diet. How does Tomatillo-Cilantro Pulled Pork or Red Wine Braised Short Beef sound for dinner? Perhaps you feel like a little Lemongrass Ginger Carrot Soup? Braised Collard Greens with Bacon? Veggie Frittata? All of these recipes use the broths in clever and sometimes unexpected ways.
I owned the first, original edition of this book and it’s definitely my go-to resources for all things paleo. This new updated and expanded edition has 50 new recipes and more condition-specific meal plans. This book is also unique because it combines the wisdom of the paleo approach to nutrition with the unique insights that are emerging from the “functional medicine” approach to health. It’s full of useful cheatsheets, guides and checklists. I highly recommend it to anyone starting out or just as a nice addition to your already established paleo library.
I am a big fan of Madeline’s cookbooks. I’ve used her first book Get The Glow on many occasions, so when the new instalment Ready Steady Glow came out this year, I was pretty excited to get my hands on it. She is a nutritional health coach to the stars, who walks her talk! This book offers delicious weekday recipes that can be made in less than 30 minutes, alongside sumptuous meals perfect for the weekend. The recipes are completely wheat- and sugar-free, and most are paleo friendly. Plus, you will find meal plans and practical nutritional advice along the way.<
There are a two ladies whose cooking style, creativity and flare remind me of my own. Michelle of Nom Nom Paleo and Melissa Joulwan, the author of the Well Fed cookbook series. So, basically, I want to cook and eat everything that I see in Melissa cookbooks. Her first two Well Fed cookbooks were a big hit in my kitchen. You can try her West African Stew recipe – it’s the bomb! Well Fed Weeknights is another gem. My favourite part of the book is when Melissa takes something as simple as a burger, hot dog or tuna salad and shows you 10 different ways to make each one more special and unique. There are so many creative meals in this book, and when I read the ingredients I can tell right away that they are going to be full of flavour. Each recipe comes with a gorgeous pic, which I really dig.
My Favourite eBooks
The Well Nourished Lunchbox from Australia’s leading naturopath Georgia Harding is a beautifully designed eBook that will guide you to pack your kids (and yourself) a delicious, nutritious lunch, simply and easily. You will find 50+ whole food recipes with over 200 variations. The recipes are nutritionally balanced, offer loads of variety and designed to truely nourish you and your kids. Most importantly they are delicious and appeal to even the fussiest eaters. All of the recipes are nut-free, wheat-free, refined sugar-free and designed for kids of ALL ages (and parents too). Over 90% of recipes are fructose-friendly, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and suitable for vegetarians. 80% of recipes are also suitable for egg-intolerant families. Sounds like everyone should be covered!!!
The bearded foodie behind The Sophisticated Caveman blog has recently launched his first cookbook. In this beautiful eBook, Brian shows you to create easy, elegant, and healthy meals for the person you care about. But to be honest, I wouldn’t be saving these recipes for anyone special. I would be making them for myself. Tonight. Seriously, there are lots of good looking, tasty meals for any occasion.
When I saw Lisa’s paleo friendly Christmas pudding and cupcakes with cookie dough frosting, I knew I had to have this eBook. I mean, she has 10 recipes using fruit mince alone! Everything you’ve ever wanted to bake for Christmas is made healthier in this book. Lisa has a full chapter on healthy, paleo friendly baking ingredients and how to use them – super useful as a reference guide. With 120 pages of yummy, sweet goodness, I think this is a perfect addition just in time for the festive season.
Well, I had to include at least one non-food related book. This is a great resource for anyone wanting to improve their sleep. The funnest part about this eBook is the colouring in illustrations, which you can print out and colour before you go to sleep. It’s meant to relax and unwind you, helping to get more quality zzz’s. Make sure to check it out!
My Own Cookbooks
Of course, I would want to include my own cookbooks in this list. I cook these recipes all the time, so it’s only fair that I mention both of them. Eat Drink Paleo cookbook is now available internationally and has been translated to many languages. My more recent book, Happy Go Paleo is my collection of favourite complete paleo meals that are perfectly themed for any occasion.
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