31 of the Best Healthy Cookbooks From Favorite Food Blogs

A roundup of the best healthy cookbooks from popular food blogs, including real food cookbooks, family-focused cookbooks, vegan and vegetarian cookbooks, and cookbooks for special diets such as gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and keto.

Best Healthy Cookbooks from Favorite Food Blogs

Who and what influenced the type of cook you are today?

Think back for a minute on the people and places that shaped your interest in food and cooking. Was it your parents or other relatives? Places you worked? Trips you took? Friends you met over the years? Cooking shows you watched?

For me it was my mom for all the basics and confidence in the kitchen, my relatives for traditional foods (mostly casseroles and classic desserts), my college roommates for cooking on a budget, the restaurant and cooking school where I worked for fancier foods, my boyfriend (now husband) for a lifetime partnership of cooking (he lured me in with his cocoa cake!), and later, my love of food blogs and cookbooks for ideas and inspiration.

It’s fascinating how the people we meet and the places we spend time influence both our interest in cooking and the type of foods we like to eat.

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The Best Healthy Cookbooks from Food Bloggers

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Once my interest in cooking kicked in, I turned to cookbooks to learn even more. A couple of the very first cookbooks I purchased, The Enchanted Broccoli Forest by Mollie Katzen and The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins were extremely influential on my interest in healthy, real food cooking!

Later on, I turned to food blogs for even more inspiration in the kitchen. I looooove reading food blogs and admittedly save many recipes to Pinterest to make later. But still, there’s nothing like sitting down with a real-life cookbook to get great recipes, gorgeous photos and lots of healthy meal ideas all in one place. So how cool that many food bloggers now have cookbooks of their own!

With that in mind, I’ve put together a roundup of the best healthy cookbooks from my favorite healthy food bloggers. They cover everything from the basics of real food cooking and family-friendly recipes, to vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free and other special diets.

Keep these healthy cookbooks in mind for gift-giving season too. A cookbook is a thoughtful, practical gift that keeps on giving all year round!

Best Healthy Cookbooks - Real Food Focus

Healthy Cookbooks with a Real Food Focus

These cookbooks focus on cooking with seasonal whole foods, including lots of healthy vegetables and fruits, as well as sustainably produced meat and dairy products.

100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake

  • 100 wholesome recipes to help you cut out processed food, including step-by-step instructions and meal plans.
  • Blog: 100DaysofRealFood.com

The Laura Lea Balanced Cookbook by Laura Lea Goldberg

  • Everyday recipes for the healthy home cook with most taking 30 minutes or less.
  • Blog: llbalanced.com 

The Smitten Kitchen by Deb Perelman

  • Approachable, delicious home cooking recipes using simple, real food ingredients.
  • Blog: SmittenKitchen.com

The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther

  • Whole foods recipes highlighting traditional techniques like fermentation, sprouted grains and sourdough baking and incorporating sustainably produced produce, meat and dairy.
  • Blog: NourishedKitchen.com

Nutrition Stripped by McKel Hill

  • Whole food recipes (plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free) made deliciously simple.
  • Blog: NutritionStripped.com

The Sprouted Kitchen by Sara Forte

  • A tasty take on seasonal, whole foods, with an emphasis on vegetables (but not 100% vegetarian).
  • Blog: SproutedKitchen.com

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Best Healthy Cookbooks - Family Focus

Healthy Cookbooks with a Family Focus

These cookbooks share simple, healthy recipes the whole family (including picky kids) will love.

The Wellness Mama Cookbook by Katie Wells

  • 200+ time-saving, healthy recipes for the busy mom (includes dairy free and grain free options.)
  • Blog: WellnessMama.com

Plant Powered Families by Dreena Burton

  • Kid-tested, whole food vegan recipes, including tips for handling picky eaters and dietary concerns.
  • Blog: DreenaBurton.com

Weelicious by Catherine McCord

  • Simple, healthy recipes that follow the one family/one meal mantra.
  • Blog: Weelicious.com

Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach

  • 120 healthy, family-friendly recipes covering all the milestones and stages of family life.
  • Blog: DinnerALoveStory.com

How to Feed A Family by Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh

The Plantiful Table by Andrea Duclos

  • Plant-based recipes to please the pickiest kids and the hungriest adults.
  • Blog: OhDearDreaBlog.com

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Best Healthy Cookbooks - Plant Based

Healthy Cookbooks with a Plant-Based Focus

These cookbooks focus on vegan or vegetarian recipes using wholesome, sustainably grown ingredients.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon

  • Mouthwatering vegan recipes that even meat-eaters will love (includes many gluten-free and allergy friendly recipes).
  • Blog: OhSheGlows.com

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

  • 101 simple, plant-based recipes that require 10 ingredients or less, can be made in one bowl, or require 30 minutes or less to prepare.
  • Blog: MinimalistBaker.com

The Weekday Vegetarians by Jenny Rosenstratch

  • Over 100 recipes featuring family-friendly, plant-based foods that make being a part-time vegetarian easy!
  • Blog: Dinner a Love Story

Eat More Plants by Molly Krebs

  • The author’s goal is to turn everyday veggies into meals you’ll crave – and she delivers! I’ve enjoyed many of the recipes in this book!
  • Blog: Spices in my DNA

Love Real Food by Kathryne Taylor

  • Approachable, delicious vegetarian recipes designed to help you eat well and feel well.
  • Blog: Cookie + Kate

Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr

  • 150 plant-powered recipes designed to nourish and heal your body.
  • Blog: KrisCarr.com

My New Roots by Sarah Britton

The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson

  • Simple vegetarian recipes that use only a handful of ingredients and take minimal steps to make.
  • Blog: TheForestFeast.com

Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward

Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson

  • An inspiring cookbook with 100 whole-foods based, vegetarian recipes.
  • Blog: 101Cookbooks.com

The Tofu Chicken Cookbook by Plant Power Couple

  • Change your mind about tofu with these mindblowing tofu cutlet recipes.
  • Blog: Plant Power Couple
Best Healthy Cookbooks - Special Diets

Healthy Cookbooks for Special Diets 

These cookbooks cover specialty diets including gluten-free, paleo, keto, dairy-free, grain-free and allergy-friendly recipes.

Against All Grain by Danielle Walker

  • Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo recipes to help you eat well and feel great.
  • Blog: AgainstAllGrain.com

Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo

  • A customized approach to the paleo diet including meal plans and over 150 easy recipes.
  • Blog: BalancedBites.com

Lexi’s Clean Kitchen by Alexis Kornblum

Eating Clean by Amie Valpone

  • A 21 day detox plan to fight inflammation and reset your body, including over 200 vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes.
  • Blog: TheHealthyApple.com 

Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam

  • Fool-proof paleo and gluten-free recipes to please the family.
  • Blog: NomNomPaleo.com

Let’s Celebrate: A Low-Carb Cookbook for Year-Round Entertaining by Natasha Newton

  • The ultimate guide to low-carb entertaining including keto-friendly appetizers, salads, main dishes, desserts, and beverages, all with a Southern twist.
  • Blog: Natasha’s Southern Flavor

Simply Keto by Suzanne Ryan

  • Simple low-carb, high-fat recipes, shopping tips and meal plans to help you follow a ketogenic diet.
  • Blog: KetoKarma.com

Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry by Elana Amsterdam

  • Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo recipes that are family friendly and delicious.
  • Blog: ElanasPantry.com

What are your favorite healthy cookbooks? Share in the comments!

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  1. so many lovey cookbooks! These will make the perfect holiday gifts!

  2. 5 stars
    This is a great list of cookbooks! I’ve been looking for some healthier recipes to try out and this looks like a great place to start. I’m especially interested in the real food cookbooks, but what I’m wondering is, do any of these cookbooks have recipes that are specifically designed for people with food allergies or intolerances? It can be really difficult to find recipes that are both healthy and tailored to individual dietary needs, so I’m hoping that one or two of the cookbooks on this list will be able to provide that. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Lohan – to be honest, I’m not sure if any of these cookbooks offer recipes geared toward any specific food allergies. You can probably learn more about each cookbook through a search on Amazon or online.

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