Looking for the best tried-and-true cookbooks for gut health? Here are the top 12 Paleo, AIP, Low FODMAP, SCD, and GAPS diet cookbooks!
I have tested each one of these cookbooks for gut health over the past several years and ONLY listed the ones that I use time and time again.
The Paleo diet excludes gluten, dairy, grains, legumes, refined sugar, and most inflammatory oils. Additionally, it is also a great template for overall gut health.
Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo
Practical Paleo is hands-down the most informative and useful book on adopting a Paleo lifestyle.
The 2nd edition includes classic recipes, meal plans, and TONS of educational information. With all that content it’s a great investment!
Some of my favorite recipes include Blueberry Maple Sausage, Balsamic Braised Short Ribs, and Greek Salad with Avo-ziki Dressing. Swoon!
Well Fed by Mel Joulwan
Well Fed is another Paleo cookbook that I bought many years ago and STILL use!
Mel’s method to meal planning (along with her snack pack idea) are so smart.
Pro Tip: Make the Sunshine Sauce immediately!!
The Paleo Kitchen by Juli Bauer & George Bryant
There are SO MANY good recipes in here. This book began my love affair with smoked paprika. Check out the Slow Cooker Shredded Pork recipe in here and it may become your favorite too!
Some additional recipes include Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread and Spaghetti Squash Chicken Fritters. Sold yet?
Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)
The AIP Diet is best for those with Autoimmune conditions. It uses the Paleo framework, but also excludes nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, and white potatoes), nuts, seeds, and eggs.
The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott
In my opinion, Mickey Trescott is an AIP cooking genius. As you may guess, it’s no surprise that this is one of my favorite AIP cookbooks!
If you get this cookbook, you must try the Bacon Wrapped Pears. AMAZING.
He Won’t Know It’s Paleo by Bre’Anna D. Emmitt
I love this book so much! If you are looking for classic, family-friendly recipes that are AIP, this book will knock it out of the park.
Yes, it’s true, AIP and family-friendly in ONE book! With recipes like Queso and Wheatless Thins, your whole family will be pleased with this book!
The Wahls Protocol by Terry Wahls, MD
Terry Wahls is an amazing doctor who beat MS using nutrition. Intrigued yet? If so, read on!
She has an approach slightly different than AIP that is focused on nutrient density. The Wahls Protocol offers 3 different levels to begin from.
The Low-FODMAP Diet excludes very specific foods based on their fermentation potential in the gut.
Low-FODMAP was designed by researchers at Monash University for those experiencing bloating and/or IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). It is also commonly used for SIBO.
There are a lot of resources out there and some offer differing information, which can make it confusing. Here are 3 reliable gut healing cookbooks that I would recommend.
21-Day Tummy Diet Cookbook by Liz Vaccariello with Kate Scarlata, RD
Same as above, just more recipes!
From Pork Ramen Soup to Tex-Mex Cheeseburgers you won’t miss the FODMAPs at all. This cookbook includes a ton of salads and one-dish recipes (hint: that’s code for easy!)
The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet by Dr. Sue Shepherd and Dr. Peter Gibson
These are THE experts in Low-FODMAP. If you are from the US, the ingredients may not all be familiar as the authors in Australia.
Don’t let that deter you! With recipes like Pork Ragout and Dairy-Free Baked Rhubarb Custards, there is no shortage of flavor!
Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)
SCD began to help with Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, and it has also been used for those with Celiac Disease.
Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by Erica Kerwien
Ready for more tasty allergy-friendly recipes? This cookbook includes staples like Sweet Cashew Cream and Almond Yogurt. Plus, with recipes like Cherry Pecan Bars and Braised Short Ribs with Carrots, you won’t feel deprived!
Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by Raman Prasad
If a thorough overview of SCD, along with some seriously amazing recipes, sounds like a fit for you then I highly recommend this gem!
Check out the Hazelnut-Vanilla Pancakes and Thin Crust Pizza for some fun recipes that will keep your stomach happy!
Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet
The GAPS Diet was developed to aid in mental health and gut health. It has been used by some people for autism and has many loyal followers (and some very impressive healing testimonials!)
As you may know, GAPS is VERY strict. As a result, it is probably the most intensive diet on this page. I like to use these recipes at times because I know they’ll be easy on my stomach. I don’t follow the stages or the strict protocol currently.
I’ve included the original GAPS book in this list to explicitly detail the full six stage diet, along with another well recommended GAPS gut healing cookbook.
In addition, I would recommend researching this diet and assess your level of commitment before jumping in. It’s not for the faint of heart!
Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD
As promised, the original GAPS book! It details the complete diet with some powerful information on gut healing.
Definitely a must-read!
The Heal Your Gut Cookbook by Hilary Boynton and Mary Brackett
As strict as GAPS may be, the authors definitely have made the gut healing food in this cookbook impressive!
After all, the recipes in this cookbook include Burgers with Garlic Aioli and Carmelized Onions, Carrot Cake, and Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting.