Being a sugar-free person in a sugar-filled world is a challenge: so many questions, so little answers.
The latter part is a lie though. Keto is now so popular that the world has all the information you need. Recipes, workout programs, guides… Everything you asked for is already written.
The problem is so many books, so little time. If only somebody could sort out the wheat from the chaff, and paperback from Kindle. If only they could recommend me the best keto diet books!
Voila, here it is.
The complete ketogenic diet for beginners by Amy Ramos is a unique book. Shockingly, but in the contemporary world of catchy titles and inflated promises, it delivers exactly what is essential for beginners, while leaving out all the rest.
The book is divided into three parts. Part one, “The Ketogenic Lifestyle”, helps you understand what keto is, and then gives you five easy-to-follow steps to prepare your body, mind, and kitchen for your new low-carb lifestyle.
Arguably, the first part is the best. It is well-written, concise, and actionable. It doesn’t overwhelm you with the sheer amount of information and educates you in a way that doesn’t feel like a burden. For example, if the author introduces a new term, she explains it in a language you can grasp.
Not only does it show you the essential science behind keto—it makes sure you understand it.
Part two, “The 14-Day Meal Plan”, gives you a jump-start into keto. The meal plan is divided into two weeks, and each of them has a premade shopping list. Each of the 14 days comprises three square meals and two additional snacks, and all the dishes within these two weeks are unique.
Part three, “The Recipes”, includes seven chapters, each of which is focused on a particular type of food: meat, fish and poultry, veggies and sides, smoothies and breakfasts, and so on.
Overall, this book is a must-have for those who are thinking of trying keto: it will guide you through your first steps and then will conduct you further along the way.
This book, The Keto Vegan: 101 Low-Carb Recipes for a 100% Plant-Based Ketogenic Diet, lives up to its name as no other book on the keto vegan market does. Forget about boring theory and filler content—it contains recipes and only recipes. Tons of keto vegan recipes.
Everything starts with the essentials—flax egg, guacamole, and low carb peanut butter (2.4g net carbs). Then, the breakfasts: my favorites are chocolate morning donuts and coconut porridge. By the way, what do you think about a keto vanilla milkshake before lunch (cauliflower sushi) or dinner (avocado spring rolls + pizza)?
Not to mention the ten delicious cheese recipes and a myriad of snacks and desserts. No exaggeration, this book is a gem: all the dishes are extremely low carb, include mostly simple ingredients, are easy to cook, and will blow you away with the first bite. And yes, the author lists substitutes for the most common allergens.
Basically, this book is a one-stop solution—if you master cooking all those dishes, you will never need another keto vegan cookbook in your life.
The only downside is that it lacks images. But the quality of the recipes outweighs that by a hundred times.
If you value the number of pictures above the number of recipes, check out Vegan Keto by Liz MacDowell.
Throughout recorded history, bread has been the most prominent source of nutrition for all of humanity. Now, it seems like keto is changing the game. You’ve already waved goodbye to pizza nights, haven’t you?
Call them back! This book reinvents pizza parties through delicious low-carb pizza dough and makes the biggest mistake of humanity, called bunless sandwiches, shine atop a scrumptious piece of juicy keto bread.
The book starts off with keto baking basics, explaining what baking keto-style is, and most importantly, what it isn’t. Then it describes all the common ingredients of low-carb baking that are usually absent in traditional baking, such as psyllium husk powder and flaxseed meal.
Finally, it comes to breads of all kinds: “white” bread, “wheat” bread, seed and nut bread, tortillas, bagels, and even banana nut quick bread. Moreover, its hundred recipe size leaves plenty of room for muffins, biscuits, and pancakes—no craving will be left unaddressed.
The best news? A ton of pictures makes it incredibly easy to follow—if you know how to read, you will definitely learn how to bake.
Unarguably, this is the best book about keto bread.
Let’s start off with some bad news—there’s no such thing as a great book about working out on keto. Good books exist, but each of them is still a compromise.
As of today, this book has seemingly the best balance between understandability and depth. It dispels the majority of keto-related workout myths, guides you through the basics of how the human body works, and explains how you can apply this knowledge to build more muscle, burn more fat, and most importantly, do both at the same time.
Structurally, this book is a compendium of science-proven answers to the most common questions about working out on keto. The answers that save your time, money, and health. This book is not a one-time read—you’ll keep coming back to each and every chapter as your physique improves.
Being a good book, it has a huge fly in the ointment. Many books around the world could benefit from good editing, but this one sits atop them all. Minor mistakes are all over the place, not that it matters too much, but still.
Despite the previous paragraph, this book is definitely worth buying. So far it’s the best source of well-structured and comprehensible information about training on keto, bar none. Get it if you’re looking for a single book that gives you all the answers to the most common questions beginners have.
If you want to dive even deeper into the science of training, get Bigger Leaner Stronger Male Edition or Female Edition. It’s the tried-and-true number one bestseller in weight training. Alas, it has nothing to do with keto, so get it only in addition to the keto bodybuilding book.
“Dessert lovers, rejoice!” were the first words I encountered when I opened this book. “I have a sweet tooth, and I am not afraid to use it,” were the last ones before buying it.
Three paragraphs and thirty seconds—there was nothing else in between those words. You know the feeling, right? It’s like love at first sight, but with a book. And then, suspense. What is under that beautiful cover? What is waiting for me on the inside? Is it what I think it is? Is it?
It wasn’t. You know what’s the biggest problem with cakes that look like castles? They never taste as good as they look, never. The simplest desserts are the ones that are the most delicious.
This book was the simplest of desserts—I could never expect a book of recipes to be written this well. The author, Carolyn Ketchum, is already my best friend who lives next door, even though I’ve never met her.
The recipes are fabulous, mouth-watering, delectable, and… I just can’t find enough words. Do you want to taste heaven? Just take a bite. Do you want to wow your carb-loving friends? Share a piece with them.
I swear, your life will never be the same—it will split up into “before” and “after,” and the “after” part will become your real first day on keto. The day when you finally indulge your cravings and get away with it.
I mean, do I need to write any more words? Just get the book, and welcome to the club.
Yes, sometimes cooking should be challenging and time-consuming. Why else would Michelin-starred restaurants exist?
But in real and everyday life, cooking should be comfortable and time-saving. It should keep you up with your diet while giving you enough free time to read a book to your kids, play fetch with your dog, and perform Toss a Coin to Your Witcher in front of the mirror five times in a row.
In other words, cooking should be easy. But dishes can be complicated, and that’s why you bought an instant pot in the first place. Now it’s time to combine your favorite appliance with the best low-carb recipes.
The Keto Instant Pot Cookbook is the official companion book for the device, meaning that all the recipes are tried-and-true, and that you’ll get step-by-step instructions as well as helpful tips for using your instant pot.
The absolute majority of the recipes take less than an hour to cook, and contain less than 10g net carbs per serving. From kitchen staples and vegetables to soups and seafood, you’ll find a huge variety of recipes for any occasion, be it a family meeting or a dinner for one. You want keto cheesecake? You’ll get it.
If you’re following keto and by chance have an instant pot, this book is a must for you.
If you’ve ever used a crock-pot before keto, chances are you noticed that the majority of the recipes ask for noodles, potatoes, and other high-carb ingredients that are banned on keto. Does that mean keto leaves you with nothing?
Hell no! The number of awesome recipes in this book is astounding: if you think everything is going to rotate around bacon and lard, you’ll be surprised. Actually, it’s more about vegetables, herbs, and spices.
The best thing about this book is that it has just the right amount of theory: dos and don’ts, common mistakes, tips, and a thorough explanation of how slow cooking works. If you’re brand new to this type of cooking, this book will teach you everything you need to know.
Is there anything bad to say about it? Honestly, no. This is an excellent book: it even goes beyond the recipes you could’ve expected and shows you how to create your own seasonings and sauces. And of course, it has pictures for most of the recipes.
Oh wait, there’s one thing—the font they use for headers and the table of contents. I mean, seriously? But at least it’s impossible to stay indifferent, you’ll either love it or hate it. My case is clearly the latter.
And still, this is a very good book.
Let’s start right off with a bold statement—the ketogenic cleanse is the best one. In fact, it is the only cleanse that makes sense.
Because you don’t have to starve through the entire process. Why do you think people always jump from one cleanse to another, to another, to another, and so on, ad infinitum? Because none of them work in the long-term.
None, except for keto. And this is not just me trying to promote another diet, no. If a person takes care of his health but hasn’t heard of ketosis yet, he must’ve spent the last decade under a lonely rock on a desert island.
In fact, achieving ketosis is the only natural way to clean your body. By the way, other cleanses use ketosis too, but they achieve it through starvation and abusing your willpower. The ketogenic cleanse achieves ketosis via science while still satisfying your cravings.
Cleaning your body while having a cheesecake? With keto, this is entirely possible. Do you want to learn the science behind it and get a 30-day plan to kick-start your ketosis?
This book is your entry ticket. Get it and change your life, once and for all.
Last time I checked, keto and waffles could only go in one sentence when there was a resounding NO in there. Either no keto, or no waffles, period.
That was sad.
The game has changed. Wait, something’s wrong with that sentence. Ah, I see, and pardon me my tactlessness, but… THE GAME HAS CHANGED.
Now it looks good.
I mean, I was a massive fan of waffles right before keto, and I became even more fond of them during keto. Alas, no waffles were allowed. Little did I know about the little thingies called chaffles, and that there are a whopping 151 delicious recipes: sweet chaffles, savory chaffles, spicy chaffles, dessert chaffles, and even pizza chaffles!
And yes, I know I’m not supposed to put chaffles after each comma in that list, but this is my paragraph, my rules, and god I love chaffles. Chaffles, chaffles, chaffles—you can’t do anything about it.
Or, actually, you can. Just get the book. Why? I mean, is 151 chaffles not enough? Okay, let’s be a bit more serious.
This is a very-well organized recipes book. The recipes are easy to follow and taste chaffleous… Ah, forget about it, I think I need a chaffle. And you can have one too, just get the book. Or, actually, don’t do it, more chaffles for me, ha-ha. Ok, forget everything I’ve just said.
Get the book.