My Favorite Keto Cookbooks – And Why

Buying a cookbook is a commitment and if you are old school like me, you like to feel it and smell the aromas off the pages from the time it has spent in your kitchen, you like the wear and tear that it shows over time that just proves how much you rely on it for your favorite recipes and the pages are all marked up with your modifications. I rely on my favorite cookbooks like some do on a bible and reference them often for our favorite family dishes.

Here is a collection of my go to’s that have guided me through my ketogenic health journey:

The Keto Diet, by Leanne Vogel

This book is Leanne’s first paperback and it is a comprehensive complete guide to how to do the ketogenic diet and lose weight and feel great in short time. The book has more than 125 delectable recipes and meal plans to help you shed some weight while healing your body.

Leanne has meal plans in her book to cover what type of food plan best fits your health goals and does a dairy-free approach and has options for how to do higher carb meals to help balance hormones.

Leanne was the first keto advocate and author that I stumbled across when I started to do Keto in 2016. She is very active on social media, posting recipes and helpful guides for free often and has an abundance of videos on YouTube.

I bought her cookbook and read the content at the beginning of the book that explains the in’s and out’s of keto including macros, testing for ketones, whether you should consider eating dairy or no dairy and so much more! I eat many of Leanne’s recipes as staples in our household but I also refer to her book for making nut milks, sour cream and cream cheese.

Click here to be directed to her site to review this book and other various meal plan and recipe options.

Click here to purchase The Keto Diet

My Top 3 Favorite Recipes:

  1. Chocolate Milk Shake
  2. Sour Cream
  3. Homemade Mayo (incredible & fail-proof)

Keto Essentials, by Vanessa Spina

A keto advocate who I consider a friend. Vanessa has been instrumental in my weight loss and improvement in health. She has the Keto Essential book that has just been recently launched in November of 2017 but she also has an accelerated weight loss plan that I followed rigorously for 8 months and lost 35 pounds on her food alone, no exercise routine.

Vanessa is accessible via social media to help support you in your journey. I absolutely love her approach and you will love her meals. The keto essential cookbook offers dairy and dairy free options and lists all the allergens for the foods, which are easily modified to meet all dietary restrictions.

Vanessa’s book is easy to read and it provides a step-by-step guide to understanding what a keto lifestyle is. Her approach is recipes with whole foods to restore the body to optimal health while enjoying some of your favorite meals modified to be keto.  You won’t be missing many of those recipes you grew up on like spaghetti, shepherd’s pie, stew, muffins and delicious cookies.

The Keto Essentials book is a great cookbook to have but check out her other products like the accelerated weight loss meal plan and the Build Your Day meal plan. You won’t be disappointed.

Click here to purchase Keto Essentials

My Top 3 Favorite Recipes:

  1. Keto Sausage Stuffing
  2. Shepherd’s Pie
  3. No Bake Cookie Dough

You can also visit her website to have access to her 28 Day Accelerated Ketogenic Meal Plan that I personally used to lose 40 pounds!!

Keto Comfort Foods, by Maria Emmerich

Keto Comfort Foods was my very first paperback book on the ketogenic diet that I owned. My supportive husband, fiance at the time purchased this for me as a gift and this was when I really started to get traction on how powerful this diet is for healing your body. I made many of her recipes that my entire family have enjoyed. This book is packed with 175 mouth watering recipes!

Maria doesn’t just offer recipes that help you get health, she has an outlook, as she says it “food is more than just nourishment; food is tradition, food is love, and most importantly, food is a celebration.” You can absolutely see this in the recipes in this book and the other books that she has. A great purchase to reference as you start keto or continue on your keto journey.

Click here to purchase Keto Comfort Foods.

My Top 3 Favorite Recipes:

  1. Flappers
  2. Buscuits & Gravy
  3. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

The Keto Ice Cream Scoop, Carrie Brown

I honestly don’t know what I would do on this diet without ice cream, it is a treat I enjoy and was thrilled to find out that I can have it when going full on keto. You don’t have to give up anything on this plan you just have to modify it – no problem, right?

Carrie has some pretty incredible ice cream recipes with options to go dairy free. If you follow her recipes specifically you will have some delicious ice cream options for your freezer. When we entertain I often have a batch in the refrigerator and I will pop it in the ice cream maker as we are eating dinner and then I have a lovely perfect temperature ice cream to enjoy for dessert. Sounds fancy right? There are so many options on the ketogenic diet and you can show your friends and family that you really are not on a diet, you might just be eating better than they are.

Click here to purchase The Keto Ice Cream Scoop

My Top 3 Favorite Recipes:

  1. Peppermint Choc Chip Ice Cream
  2. Peanut Butter Ice Cream
  3. All The Beans Ice Cream

To Sum It Up

Yes the internet is full of recipes online but there is something special about kitchen full of cookbooks that can be passed down from generation to generation. Get yourself a cookbook that is full of flavorful nourishing recipes that your entire family will enjoy. They say pictures are worth a thousand words and being able to see how appetizing a recipe is, is often the reason you will try one. What’s your next new recipe that you are planning to try? I’d love to hear from you below in the comments.

16 thoughts on “My Favorite Keto Cookbooks – And Why”

  1. Your site is well laid out and easy to navigate. Each article is easy to read and has valuable information.
    yours truly jerryb2

    1. thanks for stopping by and providing your feedback, it is very much appreciated! Glad you found the information on my favorite keto cookbooks valuable.

  2. Hi Lyndsay,

    Those are some interesting books you’ve outlined in this article. especially the first one “The Keto Diet, by Leanne Vogel.” What caught my eye is Testing for keytones and whether or not to be on dairy or dairy free diet as it is so important for an individual to understand his or her genetics and metabolism to tailor a proper diet. I preach that in many of my posts. Then the 2 books beneath that one, 4.9 star reviews! That’s excellent. I’m intrigued by these books and am going to read through the reviews

    Thanks, Brad

    1. Hi Brad, Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I enjoyed your feedback and am so happy to hear that the information piqued your interest. I completely agree with you on eating a way that works for your body. Prior to going keto I tried to eat for my blood type and Ketogenic actually is very much suited to that way of eating too and with a few modifications of cutting out higher complex carbs, macro counting and intermittent fasting I hit my sweet spot. Hope you find some useful information in those book links and reviews.

  3. Hi Lyndsay.. a great article on the Keto Diet, I really enjoyed reading it!
    A friend of mine had mentioned The Keto Diet however could not explain much to me, I am so glad I found your site.
    Reading your posts has given me a better understanding of The Keto Diet and I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes! 🙂

    1. Hi Moni, Thanks for dropping a note and letting me know you enjoyed the article. My entire site is focused on educating on The Keto Diet and providing valuable information and recipes so more people know about it. I have no doubt that you are going to enjoy the recipes very much, I am however biased 🙂

  4. Really great selection of cookbooks. I personally also like real, physical cookbooks because I like to write notes and modifications on the pages.

    The ice cream book looks awesome- I would probably try that one out even if I wasn’t trying to go on a keto diet. Do you need an ice cream maker in order to cook the recipes? Thanks!

    1. Hi there!  thanks for your comment. I agree with you on wanting to feel the cookbook in your hands. The keto Ice Cream book you don’t need an ice cream maker for, but they do recommend it and I think the churning really does add to the consistency, but it is not required. 

  5. Hi there. I must be honest and say that I have never been or looked at a diet in my entire life, lol. I recently have been informed by my doctor that I now need to go on a Purine diet ( no idea what that is yet), and I was surfing the web for diet websites and found yours. What has caught my eye about these diet books you have reviewed here is some of the recipes u mention. They sound really tasty actually, lol. Would this diet help with my Purine diet or are they completely different things? Would appreciate any info you have as I am pretty new to all of this, thanks.


    1. Hi Carl, thanks for stopping by and sharing where you are currently at. I don’t know a ton on the Purine Diet, but I do know that you need to avoid fatty meats and high fat dairy etc. Pretty sure they recommend you drink low-fat milk, eat lots of vegetables and fruit, lower fatty meat like chicken and fish but I think healthy fats like olive oil, olives, avocados are ok. You’d have to talk with your doctor on if a high (healthy) fat diet would be suitable on a purine diet, or if they want you to avoid as much fat as possible. I personally am biased on what a ketogenic diet can do for one person but I would never interfere with a medical recommendation. Best of luck with your search and adjustment to a Purine diet.

  6. Hi
    Thank you so much for posting the article on cookbooks I love cooking so much that sometimes I fee I have cooked everything, it has reached a point that I have started getting in to looking for great cookbooks to give me more idea for cooking unique food other than what I already cook, I cook for families get together might think of going big with this.Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Mercy – thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I am glad that this information was of a value to you! These cookbook really are awesome and packed full of delicious recipes!

  7. I am a food-enthusiast too but I don’t really know much about the Keto Diet. I’ve heard a few things about it but this is the first time I’m seeing recipes that make my mouth water lol! The ice creams are so inviting. It’s nice to see that one wouldn’t have to give up all the good stuff. Just modify it. Great post!

    1. HI Yemi! Thanks for your post. Absolutely true about keto. I have not had to give up one thing on this diet plan. I am just really good at modifications. glad you think the dishes are mouth watering 🙂

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