RECOMMENDED KETOGENIC DIET COOKBOOKS

With so many people beginning the keto diet, there has been a need for keto recipes that support the diet. Many people search the internet for the best keto cookbooks to help give them different options for keto meals instead of the same boring meals over and over. Here are 18 of the best keto cookbooks.  From the seasoned keto veteran, to the keto beginner, there’s a cookbook for just about everyone!

Table of Contents

Best Ketogenic Diet Cookbooks (in general)
Best Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Keto Cookbooks
Best Fat Bomb Cookbooks
Best 30 Minute Recipe Cookbooks
Best Easy Keto Cookbooks
Best Beginner Keto Cookbooks

The Best Keto Diet Cookbooks (in general)

Pros:

• 124+ recipes
• Uses recipes high in nutrients, low in toxins
• Quick and easy recipes with tons of flavor

Cons:

• Book is somewhat expensive
• No overall recipe index

In this cookbook, you will get 124+ recipes to help you lose weight. All of the recipes have the carbohydrate count included so you can track them appropriately. This cookbook includes a complete ketogenic meal plan, meaning there are recipes from breakfast to dinner, even snacks! These recipes will not only help you lose weight but they will also get your overall health back in good shape with recipes that have high nutrients and low toxins.

There are some delicious recipes featured in this book such as, “Chinese Pork Spare Ribs,” and “Beef Curry.” These recipes ensure that you will still have tasty and appetizing meals on the Keto Diet. Louise and Jeremy Hendon founded the website, The Keto Summit, which provides tons of more information about the ketogenic diet. They are also the creators of Paleo Flourish Magazine, in which, they also offer tips and information about the Paleo diet as well.

In a blog post that Louise wrote, she discussed how long to be on the Keto Diet. She wrote that there was not a time limit to be on the Keto Diet, but some people will usually do the diet for several weeks, then jump to a Paleo diet for several months and then back to a Keto Diet. She also suggested that if someone was on the Keto Diet as a treatment that they should stick to doctor’s orders.

 

This cookbook describes the scientific side of the keto diet. The authors, Jacob Wilson and Ryan Lowery, who are both doctors and have researched ketosis and the keto diet extensively, offer an in-depth look at the fat-burning state of ketosis and all of the effects of bodily systems and functions that it changes every day.

Inside of this cookbook, you’ll receive more than 75 recipes to help you stay on track with your diet. This book has a ton of information that is scientifically backed and can help anyone switch over to the keto diet and keep them on track.

Pros:

• Scientifically-Backed Information
• One book answering a lot of questions

Cons:

• More than 75 recipes vs. 124+ in Book 1
• May be “too much” science for some readers
• Not enough “how-to” for recipes

The Best Slow Cooker/Crockpot Keto Cookbooks

This cookbook offers what the author calls the “ultimate convenience food,” meals from a slow cooker.

The recipes in this book are easy to cook and they will help you continue on your keto diet journey while managing your busy lifestyle. There are 100 different crock pot recipes that you can try from delicious soups and stews, to “Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole,” you’ll find something to please your entire family!

The author of this cookbook, Martina Slajerova, is on the keto diet herself, since she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease in 2011. She delivers her scientific research along with firsthand experience with every book that she writes.

Pros:

• Firsthand Expertise in Keto Recipes
• 100 recipes
• Easy recipes for busy lifestyles

Cons:

• Some Macro counts wrong
• Not simple enough for some

These quick and easy Crock Pot recipes by Cindy Sanders might be worth working in to your weeknight rotation of recipes.

This cookbook offers 101 recipes that are easy to follow, with clear directions for everyone from the Crock Pot beginner to the Crock Pot seasoned vet. All the recipes come with included nutritional information and serving sizes, so you know just how much money to spend on the easy to find and affordable ingredients.

Cindy gave close attention to the cooking times for each recipe, making them easy on the busy professionals and moms.

Of the 101 recipes, you get recipes for different breakfasts, lunches, soups, stews, meats, seafood, side dishes, and desserts.

Pros:

• 101 recipes for variety
• Easy to follow instructions
• Included nutritional information
• Budget friendly recipes

Cons:

• Not all ingredients are “keto friendly”
• Editorial issues – lots of typos

The Best Keto Fat Bomb Books

This cookbook is full of yummy, delectable desert dishes that are high in healthy fats and low in carbohydrates and proteins.

These deserts are a wonderful way to still stay on track with the keto diet, even if you have a sweet tooth. Some of the recipes in this book include “Chocolate Sunflower Fat Bombs,” “Apple Cinnamon Fat Bombs,” and “Creamy Caramel Fat Bombs.”

The author Elizabeth Jane is also another person on the keto diet as she has been diagnosed with type I diabetes since she was eight.

Pros:

• Combination of sweet and savory foods
• Firsthand Keto Diet Expertise
• Lots of Visuals

Cons:

• Some recipes missing directions
• Some specialty ingredients used that a lot of people cannot use

In this cookbook, author and firsthand expert on keto dieting, Martina Sljaerova gives the reader another keto alternative to deserts. Fat bombs are snacks that are high in fat and are a better alternative to a sugary treat.

There are 100 recipes in this book that would be great for someone trying to boost their intake of healthy fats, all while trying to satisfy their sweet tooth as well!

These recipes include easy to find ingredients, perfect for the beginner on the keto diet or someone who needs help keeping up with counting all their net carbs.

Pros:

• 100 recipes vs. 52 recipes in previous book
• First-hand keto diet expertise
• Easy to follow instructions and visuals

Cons:

• Deserts take too much prep time
• Not many dairy-free recipes

In this cookbook, you will find 100 recipes that are keto-friendly for the busy lifestyle. These recipes are designed to be fast and delicious, so you have more time with your family than standing over a hot oven!

All of these recipes can be made and at the table in 30 minutes, which is wonderful for a busy mom with hungry kids and a hungry husband. They can be made in large batches, or they can be built-in to other dishes like casseroles, or slow cooker entrees.

I know for my family, personally, we love to have leftovers, so the fact that these recipes can be adjust to bigger batches is a plus for us!

Pros:

• 100 recipes = lots of variety
• First-hand keto diet Expertise
• Quick and diverse recipes

Cons:

• Too many ingredients for some recipes
• Half of recipes feature same ingredients

This cookbook is full of mouth-watering recipes that are simple enough for anyone to prepare. There are more than 170 recipes at your disposal, which means more variety than ever!

There are tons of recipes that are allergy-free so it gives another recipe option to those who are intolerant to some ingredients. Featured recipes include: “Skillet Lasagna,” “Spring Popovers,” and “Mushroom Ragu.”

This cookbook includes six meal plans as well.

As a teenager, Maria Emmerich struggled with her own weight issues and she also suffered from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). After being diagnosed and not receiving the treatment options she wanted, Maria began to question her diet, and thus, her keto relationship began.

Pros:

  • 170 recipes vs. 100 recipes in previous book
  • Allergy-free ingredients
  • Included meal plans

Cons:

• Some Recipes not “easy” like title says
• Odd recipe ingredients

The Easiest Keto Recipe Cookbooks

In this cookbook, there are recipes that are 5 ingredients or less, making it super easy and fast to prepare. There are over 130 recipes to choose from that are all in compliance with all things Keto.

Most of these recipes can be prepped and prepared in 30 minutes or less and some dishes are one pot recipes. Some featured recipes include: “Broccoli Cheese Soup,” “Barbacoa Beef Roast,” and “Berry Cheesecake Fat Bomb.”

The author, Jen Fisch, started her ketogenic journey not to lose weight, but to battle other health issues. She was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 18 and psoriatic arthritis at the age of 19. A decade later, she correlated that her inflammation may be caused by her diet. She has been on the ketogenic diet ever since. Although she did not start the diet to lose weight, she did lose about 30 pounds by this way of eating.

Pros:

• 5 ingredients or less recipes
• 30 minutes or less recipes
• Variety of recipes; 130 to choose from

Cons:

• Recipes are not “strict” Keto
• Net Carbs are incorrect for some

This cookbook is a really great tool for easy ketogenic recipes with really clear to read instructions.

With 175 recipes to choose from, there is a ton of variety so you will not get bored from repeat recipes.

These recipes include ingredients that will not break the bank. The purpose of this book was for the recipes to be budget friendly, and Hughes definitely created recipes that fit that description.

Hughes inspiration for creating this book was her own struggle with weight loss. She has experienced success with the Keto diet first-hand, losing over 100 pounds by sticking to the keto diet.

Pros:

• First-hand expertise
• 175 recipes vs. 130 in previous listed book
• Budget friendly ingredients

Cons:

• Not enough focus on proteins and fats
• Recipes are hit or miss taste wise

This cookbook is filled with 75 recipes that are just 6 carbs a piece. These are fool-proof recipes that someone who is just getting started with the Keto Diet will be looking for.

The cookbook also comes with a 14 day meal plan and lots of helpful charts to help you stay on track with your calculations. Some of the featured recipes in this cookbook include: “Bacon-Artichoke Omelet,” Pesto Zucchini Noodles,” and “Chicken-Avacado Lettuce Wraps.”

The recipes include numbered instructions that are clearly to follow and easy to read. They also offer substitutions if they are needed. Amy Ramos is a passionate keto diet advocate. She has been a professional chef for over 25 years and has many areas of expertise, such as medically restrictive diets, holistic health, and recipe development.

Amanda C. Hughes, who is another passionate keto diet advocate, wrote the forward for the cookbook. She also has had success with the keto diet and runs her own keto diet blog called Wickedstuffed.

Pros:

• Easy to follow instructions
• 75 recipes for variety
• Comes with meal plan

Cons:

• Some recipes calculated wrong
• No images in the book
• Serving sizes are incorrect

In this cookbook you will find an introduction to the ketogenic lifestyle and how to keep yourself on track in your calculations.

This cookbook encourages the reader to learn from their mistakes and to keep a journal so you can keep up with the recipes that you’ve tried.

There is also a special section on health benefits of the keto diet and also a list of different side effects that the diet may have on your body.

Pros:

• Journal for calculations
• Simple directions

Cons:

• No pictures of finished product
• No specific recipes listed or number of recipes listed

If we could only choose two of these 18 books to purchase, we would have to pick between Keto Restaurant Favorites by Maria Emmerich and The Easy 5 Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook by Jen Fisch.

It is difficult when on a diet to eat at restaurants. Being able to make restaurant favorites at home enables you to stay on track and not have any guilt! Also, Keto Restaurant Favorites seems to have the biggest variety of foods out of all the others reviewed. There were many different genres of food included in the recipes, it seemed like there was literally something to please everyone in the cookbook. Lastly, any mom will appreciate the fact that a kids menu is included in the cookbook. It's great that the author gave enough attention to those with children to give them a ketogenic option as well.

The Easy 5 Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook is great because with every recipe being five ingredients or less, even those who are not as skilled at cooking would be able to produce wonderful meals that would satisfy their families. These recipes are also not  time consuming, which is another plus. These cookbooks are both fantastic and are definitely ones that need to be in your keto library.

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