Every kitchen needs at least one keto cookbook, especially if you are just starting out on your keto diet journey.
Having a structured cookbook with a list of keto foods, will help to keep you on track with planning and creating keto meals.
If you are very new to keto, following a keto diet plan may be more beneficial in the short term, than going it alone with a keto cookbook. At least for the first month, to keep you on track and help you stay in ketosis.
Once you are ready for a keto cookbook, there are loads of choices. We've selected these keto cookbooks with beginners in mind, and had two essential criteria:
- There needed to be a good variety of recipes within the keto books to help keep you on track and not get bored
- They needed to be easy keto recipes. No long ingredient lists or hours spent in the kitchen.
It is for these two reasons we are fans of the keto in 5 series by tasteaholics. They make low carb eating super easy with every recipe having 5 ingredients or less, up to 5 grams net carbs (which if you're sticking to 20 net carbs per day allows for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks or dessert).
Did we also mention there are only 5 steps for every recipe? This bundle of keto recipes ticks both the boxes for our easy keto criteria and is a great place to start for keto beginners.
More Choices for Keto Cookbooks in 2020
|The Essential Ketogenic Cookbook||
|Keto in Five Collection||
|The Keto Diet Cookbook||
|Keto Comfort Foods||
What Should You Look For Before You Buy?
Let’s face it, not all Ketogenic books are created the same. That’s why when deciding which Keto cookbook to buy, there are three things you should think about before hitting that buy button:
1: Look for Variety in the Recipes
There's nothing worse than reading a cookbook to find there are 10 lunch recipes and 5 of them are the same type of meal. For example, soups or salads.
Variety is the spice of life, and you will soon get bored with eating the same thing day after day. Look for keto recipes that you can easily swap out chicken for pork or beef for lamb, to create variety in your meals.
Also look for recipes that can be made in larger quantities and frozen or meal prepped for later in the week.
For example, I recently looked at purchasing a keto cookbook and 7 of the lunch recipes were soups. I love a delicious soup in the colder weather, and having 2-3 favorites to choose from are helpful, but 7 in one cookbook? I simply didn't buy.
2: Consider an eBook over a Physical Book
You tend to get more recipes with e-books as opposed to physical books.
Keto cookbooks with high quality photos usually cost quite a bit more if you buy the physical copy, but with e-books they are quite a bit cheaper.
Personally, as a visual person, I prefer hard copy recipes with lots of glossy images that I can leave open on the bench as I cook, but buying the physical books does cost more.
Digital downloads or free keto recipes on the web are great resources once you get established at following a keto diet and can plan ahead. In the beginning, a good quality keto cookbook, whether that be a hard copy book or ebook will definitely help keep you on track.
3: Are there any good extras to go with the cookbook?
I love Amazon, but there are many other online retailers out there that offer authors more flexibility – especially when it comes to e-books.
You will find an abundance of keto cookbooks on Amazon, some of which we recommend. Sometimes if you look hard enough, you will find that authors give bonuses if you buy directly from them.
These bonuses range anywhere from meal plans, to additional books and coupons. So I always look to buy from authors first before resorting to Amazon.
4: Make sure you have the basics in your kitchen
All cookbooks require you have at least the basics in the kitchen. So if you need to invest in some new cookware, be sure to check out our cookware reviews:
Top Keto Cookbooks for 2020
I just gave you our favourite 6 cookbooks but really I could've easily extended this list to 20, but that seems a bit overwhelming. So I want to share some of the books that I like, but didn't quite make the top 6 for one reason or another
Keto In 28 - Michelle Hogan
Michelle Hogan does a fantastic job in guiding you through your first 28 days in Ketosis. More than just a cookbook, this is more of a guide to you first month on the diet.
Michelle gives you not only recipes but meal plans, shopping list and a calendar to help you in your 28 day challenge. Motivation and guidance is what makes this book different from many other books, but like any other good cookbook it has 125 different recipes such as tilapia, beef and chicken dishes to breakfast pudding and cheesecake.
The great thing about these recipes is that they include meal prepping which is great for people on the go. So if that is something that you could use in your diet, I suggest checking out this book.
Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook - Dr. Joseph Mercola & Pete Evans
Word famous author and blogger in natural, holstic health Dr. Joseph Mercola has his on ketosis book and it is a doozy. Dr. Mercola teamed up with paleo expert, cookbook writer and recipe developer Pete Evans for a jam-packed ketosis cookbook that emphasizes eating the most the most important part of the diet: fat for fuel.
The book isn't just a normal cookbook, it goes deep on the informational part of the ketosis diet and the importance of maintaining a low carb diet including interesting information on digestion, metabolism,, gut health, disease, and more.
The book also gets into consideration on more niche subjects such as how you cook your food, and goes on to give information on the best techniques to enrich and preserve nutrient-density. This is overall a fascinating read for those that want more in-depth information on the diet.