Basics of Paleo – The Science
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf
The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain (the original tome, but not entirely up to date with the science)
Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, M. D. (Not strictly Paleo but some science behind grains)
The Paleo Approach by Dr Sarah Ballantyne, PhD. The masterclass on Paleo, but really a masterclass on autoimmunity. The most complete guide to all the foods in (and all the foods out) along with interesting insight into food quality in a shameless, nerd-based science-style. NO RECIPES – these can all be found in the equally tome-like Paleo Approach Cookbook
Paleo Principles by Dr Sarah Ballantyne, PhD. This is the ultimate guide to all things Paleo – with up to date scientific evidence for Modern Paleo choices. This book mirrors this site’s aims: talking of the Paleo recommendations of nutrient-dense, low-inflammation living using modern research on how this addresses the factors which contribute to chronic disease.
Paleo-Specific Complete Guides (i.e. Science PLUS recipes)
Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. One of the original Paleo books which breaks down the science into really simple overviews. Includes recipes AND meal plans, which some people love to work from – they have really great ideas. BEST FEATURE?: there are meal plans for specific health conditions such as adrenal issues, diabetes, hormones, etc.
Real Life Paleo by Stacy Toth and Matt McCarry. The only staged introduction to Paleo book, great for hesitant families and those with children. Recipes are phased, from Phase 1 (gluten-free, casein-free) to Full Paleo at Phase 3. Standard recipes with interesting ‘training for Proper Paleo’ ideas.
Eat Like A Dinosaur by Stacy Toth and Matt McCarry. Same team, earlier book, similar principle. This book is far more about how to work a Paleo lifestyle into your world when children are involved: how to cook and eat with your children, how to engage them in the process of picking, preparing and “Paleo-ising” their food choices. Recipes included – but BE WARNED – Gluten Free, NOT Full Paleo
The Paleo Primer by Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore. This is mostly recipes – and is actually UK-BASED which means the measurements make sense. Good for those who like more easy meals and quick, family cooking.
Whole30 so they don’t call Whole30 Paleo, but in practice it is – this is the guidebook to the 30-day Reset of the Whole30 approach but it contains great tips, and there is a Whole30 Cookbook to complement it. The Whole30 team also have a whole community on the socials, which can help if you’re new to following Paleo.
Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. The Primal Blueprint approach is ancestral, though not quite Paleo, but almost. The Primal way of eating incorporates dairy as its main difference but approaches everything from a low-inflammatory point of view. This book provides background, guidance and recipes.
Purely Recipe Books
The Paleo Approach Cookbook by Dr Sarah Ballantyne, PhD (see above)
Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, by Mickey Trescott – Metric Version but that’s really expensive so buy the Normal Version and use our Conversion Page.
The Healing Kitchen, Alaena Haber with Dr Sarah Ballantyne, PhD
Beyond Bacon: Recipes from the Whole Hog (or how to eat nose-to-tail and not make your Paleo all butter and bacon)
AND Eat Like A Dinosaur (Paleo for kids), Stacy Toth and Matt McCarry
The Whole30 Cookbook, Melissa Hartwig
The Paleo Diet Cookbook, Loren Cordain
Primal Blueprint Cookbook AND Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Cookbook, Mark Sisson (not quite Paleo but nearly)
Nom Nom Paleo, Michelle Tam and Henry Fong
Ready or Not! Make-Ahead, Make-Over and Make-Now Recipes, Michelle Tam and Henry Fong
Science Books – Evidence Against Western/Processed/Government-Guidelines-Led Nutrition
Eat the Yolks by Liz Wolfe
Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf (not about Paleo specifically but very much about the evolution of man and how we are wired to eat and this is mismatched with modern environments of food availability)
Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz (not strictly pro-Paleo, more ‘the lies we were told that demonised fat’)
Death by Food Pyramid by Denise Minger (not strictly pro-Paleo, more ‘the lies of the food pyramid which promotes heavy grain consumption)
Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes – not pro-Paleo, but anti-processed and refined sugar diets and results in a mostly Paleo template. We’ve included this book because it is a key piece of writing which advanced the scientific debate around the obesity and diabetes epidemic. At Paleo in the UK we don’t believe that the carbohydrate-insulin hypothesis of ‘diabesity’ is a sufficient explanation for this epidemic, but the biology behind this discussion is relevant and the mechanism of action important to understand. However, the insulin hypothesis is, at best, an oversimplification of this complex biology. And just knowing the biochemistry does nothing to instigate behavioural change in those who desire to eat vast quantities of carbohydrates/sugar. For this reason, as opposed to Taubes who sees sugar and carbohydrate as the ’cause’ and also the driver of behaviour, we recognise that there are many other facets to the complex issue of diabetes and obesity, not all of which are biochemically determined.