My Favorite Real Food Cookbooks

My very own cookbook is the one I use the most. I am so grateful so many other moms have bought it and love the recipes as much as my family does. But even if it wasn’t a source of revenue for me and my family, I would be happy that I wrote a cookbook that makes my life easier. Instead of having a massive, disorganized pile of notes, I have a nice book to flip through and find what I need. Penelope flips through it and points out whatever recipe she wants for dinner. I hope it will be a family heirloom for her one day, and that one day, her daughter is flipping through it requesting her dinner and dessert choice.  :)

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There are many cookbooks I love, but I thought I would share some of my favorite cookbooks that I have bought within the last year and I am throughly enjoying.

In no particular order…

my favorite cookbooks

The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle Featuring Bone Broths, Fermented Vegetables, Grass-Fed Meats, Wholesome Fats, Raw Dairy, and Kombuchas  by Jennifer McGruther of Nourished Kitchen

Jenny is a cookbook author and food blogger who I look up to so much. She puts so much energy and detail into her posts and recipes. Plus, the woman can cook. She’s a real gourmet chef and knows her stuff.

Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great by Danielle Walker of Against All Grain

Love, love, love this book! It is so allergy friendly. Eating grain-free and gluten-free is hard enough, but throw out dairy and life can get hard. Danielle’s cookbook has so many wonderful recipes that are so tasty, it’s only when I am eating out do I feel that twinge of jealousy of what other people are eating, because at home with her recipes, there is no feeling of missing out.  Her new cookbook is coming soon too! 

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs by Karen Page. 

This is not really a cookbook, but I love to flip through it and get inspiration when I am coming up with new recipes. It’s so helpful to have some of the work done already, figuring out what flavors go well together, because it cuts down on the experimentation phase. This book helps you tap into the joy and artistic expression of cooking, making a recipe truly your own.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally by Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites

Sugar is my personal food devil. I have come so far with my diet and eating habits but sugar is still SO hard for me. When I feel myself veering off the tracks and going a little koo-koo and craving sugar too much, I like to reset my body with a sugar cleanse. You will learn so much about yourself and your body by doing a cleanse like this. Her recipes are delicious, making it easy to start incorporating them into your every day life more and more.

Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans by Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo.

This girl is a powerhouse. The professionalism and perfectionism she brings to her blog and cookbook are awe-inspiring. This is one of the most quality cookbooks I have ever read. And it has so many pictures of every step along the way.

The Paleo Slow Cooker: Healthy, Gluten-free Meals the Easy Way by Arsy Vartanian of Rubies and Radishes.

Arsy is one of the sweetest bloggers I know and I love turning to her cookbook when I am bored with my own slow cooker freezer recipes and want to try something different in my slow cooker. She actually has another cookbook out that I have been wanting to get called The Paleo Foodie Cookbook: 120 Food Lover’s Recipes for Healthy, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free and Delicious Meals.

And my friend Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food has her first cookbook called 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love coming out any day now. Her recipes are not for folks with allergies, but her recipes are perfect for real food newbies.

I hope you find these cookbooks as helpful as they have been for me. Remember, take baby steps to not get overwhelmed. Just make one small dietary change, master it, and then add in something else to take it to the next level.

AND if you are a busy mom who would like to get your freezer stocked before the back to school craziness sets in or before a new baby comes or just to get your kitchen life together so you can have more time for self care and personal growth, get on the Mama and Baby Love email newsletter list here-it’s the only way to stay up to date and get lots of good stuff.  You will get my online class, How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed for free!

And another great resource is my from my bestest blogging besty (Tricia, AKA, Once a Month Meals) Her recipes and website are what got me started on freezer cooking in the first place and if it weren’t for her super organized and easy to use recipe database, I would have never figured out my style of slow cooker freezer recipes.  Sign up for her monthly or yearly membership here (Pro yearly is the best deal in my opinion, because you get one month free AND the ability to swap, create and save your own menus).

P.S. All the links in this post to buy the cookbooks on Amazon are affiliate links.  I will get a commission for every item you purchase through my link.  This is a great way to show your support for me and, and I thank you! 

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  1. stephanie says:

    WOW!! Ridiculous giveaway!!!! Thank YOU SO MUCH!!

  2. Thanks for this offer! Love your work, your cookbook sits on my counter. I just stopped putting it away bc I find myself taking it out the next day!

    The entry isn’t working properly for me. It said I earned a few points for following your newsletter, but since I don’t have a twitter account, I can’t move on to the next options. Or are there just 3 things to click for points?

  3. Those are all awesome books. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  4. So exiting your give- away!
    Would be a great start of the new school year wich starts for us august the 18th. Looking forward to my fridge fulled with great recipes.

  5. In my family we love to eat real food!
    Thank you for your wonderful blog and delicious recipes!

  6. So sad… Just tried to enter the contest and it says it’s already ended even though I just got an email telling me to enter :( What a great contest though!

  7. Thank you!

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