The ketogenic diet is one of several diet plans that focus on low-carb, whole foods, and foods low on the glycemic index. As a result, hundreds if not thousands of keto diet books have emerged and choosing the best books is difficult.
That’s why we’re suggesting ten keto cookbooks that cover everything from beginning a keto diet to recipes for those with food sensitivities and even recipes that satisfy your sweet tooth. Moreover, we’ve suggested the following books because they feature delicious foods that will make it easier to stay on track.
What is a Ketogenic Diet?
To truly understand the keto diet, you must first understand how our bodies function.
For energy, our body uses carbohydrates first by breaking them down into sugar. When we don’t use this sugar, it is stored as fat. On the other hand, when we do not have enough carbohydrates to use for energy, our body turns to fat. This fat is broken down into molecules or ketones which your body uses for energy; this is also called “ketosis” the metabolic state of your body using fat to create fuel. Your body works harder to burn fat for energy, thus helping you lose weight.
The benefits of a keto diet are numerous. It’s been used to treat chronic illnesses, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disorders, and sensitivities to certain foods like gluten and dairy. However, keto doesn’t come without risks, so be sure to check with your doctor before you start any diet.
Now that you know a little about the keto diet, let’s take a look at ten cookbooks made for keto dieters.
Keto Books for Beginners
If you’ve just started the keto diet, or you’re considering a keto diet, an introductory type cookbook is best. We feel these two books are great for beginners because they explain what a ketogenic diet is and offer simple recipes for you to follow.
The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners
This is a best-selling cookbook that introduces you to the keto diet.
Moreover, it includes over 70 recipes and a 14-day meal plan. The best-selling author, Amy Ramos, has more than 25 years’ experience as a professional chef and has authored several health food books.
Meal prep is an essential part of ensuring you’re able to stick to a ketogenic diet because you will be doing a lot of cooking at home. That’s why we’re suggesting Keto Meal Prep by Liz Williams.
Best-selling author Liz Williams offers keto dieters an introduction to the importance of meal prepping, the basic steps for storing food, and numerous delicious meal prep recipes.
Keto Book for Those with Diet Restrictions
Whether it’s an immune disorder, food sensitivity or allergy, or your personal preference, many people are limited on what they can and can’t eat. Which is why we’re suggesting two books, one is dairy-free keto recipes and the other is for vegetarians.
Dairy-Free Keto Cooking by Kyndra Holley
Blogger Kyndra Holley is the author of over 8 cookbooks, 4 of which are keto recipe books.
With over 150 recipes, Dairy-Free Keto Cooking is sure to fix any craving you have. Whether it’s cookies, pizza, or Mexican, you can literally have your cake and eat it too — without consuming dairy.
Keto Vegetarian Cookbook
Keto Vegetarian Cookbook: A master guide to low-carb vegetarian recipes for a healthy lifestyle with 30-Day Diet by Audrey Wilson. Wilson’s best-selling keto cookbook for vegetarians features thirty days of breakfast, lunch, snacks, desserts, and dinners.
She has made many keto vegetarians happy with her recipes that are delicious and compliant with a vegetarian’s diet.
Keto Recipe Book for Crockpot and Instant Pot Cookers
Instant pot and crockpot recipes are very popular among families and busy adults. Instant pots cook frozen foods in just a few hours while crockpots allow you to put it in the pot and forget it. Both devices produce juicy, delicious meals and take a lot of the work out of cooking. Below are two books we think are excellent for those who need an effortless keto dinner.
The Keto Instant Pot Cookbook
The Keto Instant Pot Cookbook: Ketogenic Diet Pressure Cooker Recipes Made Easy and Fast because it offers a brief introduction to the ketogenic diet, more than 60 recipes that you can complete in about 45-minutes, and helpful tips on cooking and sticking to keto.
The author, Urvashi Pitre, has written more than 8 cookbooks and believes cooking healthy meals should be simple and quick.
Keto Instant Pot: 130+ Healthy Low-Carb Recipes
Keto Instant Pot: 130+ Healthy Low-Carb Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker or Slow Cooker made our list because you get over 130 recipes that are sure to satisfy any craving whether it’s something sweet and decadent to delicious Philly cheesesteak.
We also appreciate that the author of Keto Instant Pot Maria Emmerich is a certified nutritionist who’s written over a dozen best-selling healthy eating cookbooks.
Fast Recipes or Minimal Ingredient Recipes
In this busy life, we need fast meals and simple ingredients, so we can get good, wholesome dishes on the table. With this in mind, we’re presenting two keto diet books that use basic ingredients.
The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook
The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook by Jen Fisch offers over 120 recipes that utilize ingredients you either already have in your kitchen or can easily find in any grocery store.
Not to mention each recipe uses only 5 ingredients, so you’re sure to know exactly what is in your meal.
The Complete Keto Cookbook
Our other suggestion, The Complete Keto Cookbook with Easy Recipes for Beginners: 600 Ketogenic Diet Recipes to Lose Weight Quick and Easy 2019-2020 is a best-selling keto cookbook that focuses on easy meals to help you lose weight.
We particularly like this keto cookbook because it has numerous recipes for any keto dieter whether they’re a beginner or advanced dieter or even a vegetarian dieter.
Keto Guilt-Free Pleasures
One of the biggest reasons why we “fall off the wagon” when it comes to dieting is because we miss those guilty pleasure foods that taste delicious. However, multiple keto recipes have emerged that are low-carb and taste amazing. We’re suggesting the following two cookbooks for those days when you need a guilt-free treat.
Keto for Carb Lovers
It’s no secret that Delish cookbooks feature mouth-watering recipes, but they aren’t known to be healthy. So, when we discovered the Editors of Delish created Keto for Carb Lovers, we had to pick it up.
This keto cookbook has over 100 recipes that will satisfy your craving for junk food, pizza, carrot cake, peanut butter cookies, and much more.
Keto Fat Bombs, Sweets, and Treats
Our other suggestion, Keto Fat Bombs, Sweets, and Treats, another keto recipe book by author Urvashi Pitre made our list because we all need a day where we indulge in ice-cream and binge-watch our favorite shows.
With Keto Fat Bombs Sweets, and Treats, you get more than 100 low-carb desserts that taste great without compromising your diet.
The Bottom Line
The days of sacrificing great tasting foods for the sake of being healthy are over. Numerous cooks, food enthusiasts, chefs, and more have created keto diet recipes that taste amazing while helping you stay on track with your diet. We’ve suggested the above books to help beginner dieters understand the ketogenic diet, offer advanced dieters new recipes, and to offer foods that will please those with diet restrictions.