I am often asked what cookbooks I use for making my GAPS foods. I do have a few grain free cookbooks but most of the books I reach for time and again are not specifically GAPS books but instead they just have good recipes that I modify as needed.
I have had The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook for several years. I got it when I first started shopping for my meat from local farmers. It has taught me how to make many different cuts of meat as well as organ meats. It contains the recipe we use for our Christmas Goose, Leg of Lamb, and just last night for Rabbit. It explains all the different cuts and how to order a whole animal and even shows what recipes work for what cuts. I have learned so much from this book.
I got Greens Glorious Greens a couple of years ago when I was overwhelmed by the volume and variety of greens that came in my CSA box. I have learned some techniques for preparing and cooking greens that I now use whenever I prepare them even if I’m not following a specific recipe in this book. I also have developed a much greater variety of greens recipes thanks to the ideas in this book.
Cooking with Coconut Flour is a cookbook that I reach for again and again. Few of the recipes are GAPS legal as written but with a couple of tweaks many of them can be made and enjoyed on the GAPS diet. My family particularly loves the drop biscuits and pancakes.
I got Grain-Free Gourmet back when we were doing SCD it has some great treat food recipes. Blueberry pie, Strawberry Shortcake, Pizza, Lasagna. I’m making my mouth water just thinking about them! They have come out with another book Everyday Grain-Free Gourmet that also looks very good. These do have a lot of almond flour recipes so those will need to be modified for a Low Oxalate Diet.
I can hardly end this list without Nourishing Traditions. This is the book that transformed how I think about food. I read it for the first time back in 2006. It is a cookbook but also full of information about the foods we eat (and used to eat) that will change how you think about food forever. Thanks to this book my whole family knows the wonders of fermented foods and benefits of raw milk. Some of the recipes are GAPS legal as written or with mild modifications. All are extremely nourishing.
Last but not least The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. Every kitchen needs a good solid cookbook that covers the basics for all kinds of foods. From how long to roast a chicken to how long to boil an egg this book has you covered. I used it for ideas on how to spice my pumpkin pies and how to prepare artichokes. I wouldn’t be without it or one like it.
These aren’t the only cookbooks that I use but they are the ones that I reach for again and again in my kitchen.
Meal plans can be another great way to get some new recipes and ideas for the GAPS diet. Back before we started GAPS I subscribed to Cooking Traditional Foods menu mailer. It is gluten free and dairy free and was such a help for me when I was bored in the kitchen and struggling to make our meals more whole foods based while keeping us gluten free.
Here are two sources for GAPS meal plans and e-books.
Health, Home and Happiness Grain Free Meal Plans- 3 meals a day these are GAPS and SCD compliant. There is also a meal plan for GAPS intro.
Well Fed Homestead- Holiday Recipe E-Book. I have this and really liked it. The mayonnaise recipe alone makes it worth it. She also offers GAPS meal plans that you can subscribe to.