While I absolutely recommend that you buy yourself one or two high-quality Paleo books for some solid and reliable information to build a foundation for your Paleo lifestyle, sometimes the books don’t come cheap and there is an enormous amount of free resources out there too.
Each day on Amazon there are plenty of Paleo books for Kindle that are on special for free, you just need to know how to find them.
- Go to the Amazon Kindle Ebook Store.
- Search for the keywords “Paleo” in the top search bar of the website.
- On the right hand side of the results page, there is a “sort by” drop down menu. Select “Price Low to High“.
- You should now have a list containing plenty of Kindle books that won’t cost you a cent. However keep in mind, some of these books are very poorly written and illustrated, and some may even contain one or two ingredients that aren’tt actually Paleo.
You don’t have to have an Amazon Kindle to read the Kindle Ebooks. You can download the Free Kindle Software for PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Window Phone, Blackberry as well as use their Kindle Cloud Reader.
The “Must Read” Paleo Books:
If you are new to Paleo or even just want to get a comprehensive overview of what the Paleo lifestyle is about, I would recommend reading The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf, OR The Paleo Diet by Dr. Loren Cordain, OR The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson – and then look at getting Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo to help simplify your life and use it as an easy way to get family and friends on board.
1) The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet – by Robb Wolf
Robb Wolf ‘s book is my top recommendation. It’s full of good science, useful information, and a very entertaining read.
He asserts that modern life causes diabetes, autoimmunity, cancer, neurodegeneration, and infertility, while he takes on grains, carbs, vegetarians, misinformation, and other aspects of modern life with a casual, conversational tone (“Keep your poop where it belongs”) that makes even topics like the components of total cholesterol engaging. His scientific background as a research biochemist and student of Dr. Loren Cordain allows him to fully explain hormones, fats, and the digestive process, and helps him put the fundamentals of evolutionary biology into accessible context.
2) Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle – by Diane Sanfilippo
If you could only read one book on Paleo, this book by Diane Sanfilippo should be it.
According to her our great-grandmothers didn’t need nutrition lessons, but then again, they weren’t forced to wade through aisle after aisle of packaged foods touting outlandish health claims and confusing marketing jargon. Over the last few decades, we’ve forgotten what “real food” is – and we’re left desperately seeking foods that will truly nourish our bodies. We’re disillusioned with the “conventional wisdom” for good reason – it’s gotten us nowhere. Includes over 120 easy recipes, all with special notes about common food allergens including nightshades and FODMAPs. Meal plans are also included, and are designed specifically to support things like immune health, blood sugar regulation, cancer recovery, fat loss, and athletic performance.
3) The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat – by Dr. Loren Cordain
Dr. Loren Cordain is the original founder of the Paleo Diet and world’s foremost authority on the evolutionary basis of diet and disease. He demonstrates how, by eating your fill of satisfying and delicious lean meats and fish, fresh fruits, snacks, and non-starchy vegetables, you can lose weight and prevent and treat heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, and many other illnesses. It is a breakthrough nutrition program based on eating the foods we were genetically designed to eat-lean meats and fish and other foods that made up the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors. Includes six weeks of Paleo meal plans to jumpstart a healthy and enjoyable new way of eating as well as dozens of recipes, and has been adopted as the bible of the CrossFit movement.
4) The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effective weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy – by Mark Sisson
I’ve found that Mark Sisson runs one of the most engaging health blogs on the Internet, where he is on a mission to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness. The Primal Blueprint is a simple, flexible plan to help you look and feel your best without struggling or suffering, by adapting the simple lifestyle practices of our hunter-gatherer ancestors into modern life.
Top 5 Paleo Recipe / Cooking Books:
The Primal Blueprint Cookbook by Mark Sisson is my absolute favourite and I’ve bought it as a hardcopy as well. There are so many recipes for just about anything you could ever need, all well constructed and beautifully illustrated. This would be my absolute first recommendation for a Paleo Cookbook. If you want to read anymore then that is up to you – but all of them I highly recommend and I think regardless of which one you choose you will definitely benefit. If you are already familiar with Michelle Tam’s recipe blog Nom Nom Paleo, then her book and writing style might be a perfect choice. I would recommend just choosing one of these books to have as a quality recipe book (where they go into details beyond just recipes, such as cooking techniques, storing ingredients, purchasing tips, etc) and then just start browsing the web for the millions of free recipes out there on various blogs.
1) Everyday Paleo: Embracing a Natural diet and Lifestyle to Increase Your Family’s Health, Fitness, and Longevity – by Sarah Fragoso
Sarah Fragoso gives detailed instructions for acquiring a Paleo lifestyle and improving the health and longevity of your family. An active mother of three, Fragoso shows that eating Paleo is not only feasible for the busiest of families, but also easy, delicious and completely life-changing. This book will show you how to make Paleo your lifestyle, not just another fad diet.
2) Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat – by Melissa Joulwan
Packed with recipes for food that you can eat every day, Melissa Joulwan’s book includes easy tips to make sure it takes as little time as possible to get healthy, delicious food into your well-deserving mouth. The book explains how to get in the habit of a Weekly Cookup so that you have ready-to-go food for snacks and meals every day. It will also show you how to make Hot Plates, a mix-and-match approach to combining basic ingredients with spices and seasonings to take your taste buds on a world tour.
3) Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining – by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason Staley
According to authors Bill Staley and Hayley Mason, there are few joys in life quite like gathering friends and family around the table for a special meal. One of the best parts of making good food is being able to share it with others. With a little bit of thoughtful planning, it can be effortless to entertain your guests and host an incredible meal. However, the true art of paleo entertaining is creating a delicious and satisfying menu that will also promote good health.
4) Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans – by Michelle Tam
You will be hard-pressed to be part of the Paleo community and not discover the wonders of Michelle Tam’s Paleo food blog Nom Nom Paleo. This recipe book kicks off with a fresh introduction to Paleo eating, taking readers on a guided tour of author Michelle Tam’s real-food strategies for stocking the kitchen, saving time, and maximizing flavors. Also, sprinkled throughout the book are enlightening features on feeding kids, packing nutritious lunches, boosting umami, and much more. Features over 100 flavor-packed, nutrient-dense recipes using real, whole ingredients for foodies, fitness buffs, and families, presented in a fun, fresh style complete with over 900 awesome photographs and cartoons.
5) The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free – by Mark Sisson
Another fantastic book by Mark Sisson, perfectly compliments his Primal Blueprint program as well as any other Paleo template. As you build momentum for Primal eating, you’ll find that you won’t even miss the bland, boring, low-fat foods that previously were the central focus of your diet. How can you argue with a menu that includes Roasted Leg of Lamb with Herbs and Garlic, Salmon Chowder with Coconut Milk, Tomatoes Stuffed with Ground Bison and Eggs, and Baked Chocolate Custard? This isn’t a crash course diet. These and the other Primal recipes provide the foundation for a lifetime of delicious, healthy eating, high energy and protection from common health problems that arise from eating the SAD (Standard American Diet).
Other Paleo Books Worth Mentioning:
- Paleo on a Budget: Saving Money, Eating Healthy – by Elizabeth McGaw
- The Paleo Diet Cookbook: More Than 150 Recipes for Paleo Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks, and Beverages – by Dr. Loren Cordain
- The Paleo Answer: 7 Days to Lose Weight, Feel Great, Stay Young – by Dr. Loren Cordain
- Primal Cravings: Your Favourite Foods Made Paleo – by Brandon and Megan Keatley
- It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways – by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig
- Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life – by Nora T. Gedgaudas
- The Paleo Diet for Athletes: The Ancient Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance – by Dr. Loren Cordain
- Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen – by Julie and Charles Mayfield
Highly Relevant Health Books:
I think one of the keys to being successful on a long-term healthy lifestyle mission, is to actually understand as much about health and the human body as possible. The difference between looking at a “non-Paleo food” and thinking “I’m not allowed to have that, it’s not Paleo” compared to thinking “I know that food is unhealthy and I don’t actually want to eat it because of how much it damages my body” is HUGE. That difference could really be the difference between finding that shift in mindset to help you success, and suffocating under all these rules and restrictions that cause you to simply add the Paleo diet to a possibly growing list of failed attempts to get healthy.
- Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health – by Dr. William Davis
- Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It – by Gary Taubes
- Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health – by Gary Taubes
- The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease – and the Statin-Free Plan That Will – by Dr. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra
- The New Evolution Diet: What Our Paleolithic Ancestors Can Teach Us About Weight Loss, Fitness, and Aging – by Arthur De Vany
- Perfect Health Diet: Four Steps to Renewed Health, Youthful Vitality, and Long Life – by Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet
- Naked Calories: Discover How Micronutrients Can Maximize Weight Loss, Prevent Disease and Enhance Your Life – by Mira and Jayson Calton
- In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – byMichael Pollan