Before you get started:
- I have not read all of these books! I indicate for each book whether I’ve read it completely, partially, or if it’s still on my reading list.
- The title of each book is a direct link to order from amazon [not affiliate links.]
- If you’re wondering our family’s diet entails, you can read an explanation here, on our About page!
- As always, let me know if you have any questions!
Weston A Price Foundation Books:
Nourishing Traditions – This is the plumb-line for almost everything we do, food wise. If you are unfamiliar with it, it’s based on the work of Dr. Weston A Price [1870-1948], a dentist who devoted years to traveling remote parts of the world to study the diet and health of cultures that had not yet been exposed to processed food. The Weston A Price foundation was started in 1999 to teach people how to live out Dr. Price’s discoveries. This book teaches why you shouldn’t eat processed food, what you should be eating instead, why traditional foods are the best for your body, how and why you should prepare them a particular way, recipes, etc. It’s educational and a cookbook all at the same time. I stand behind this eating philosophy particularly because it’s not a fad diet and it doesn’t demonize any food groups. You can eat almost anything as long as it’s properly prepared. Our whole family has experienced improvement in our health since changing our eating habits to fit traditional food philosophies, an art that’s lost in our culture. [I have read about 1/2 of this book. I read through it when I can but mostly use it for reference at this stage of our journey, when I’m doing research.]
Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Childcare – This book is a gem if you’re into natural parenting. Not everyone is going to agree with 100% of the information in here but you can pick and choose what you want to apply to your family [for example, the book is anti-vax.] Even if you are not pregnant yet, if you’re wanting to be a naturally minded parent, I recommend you purchase this book before you start trying for kids. It tackles the diet philosophies in traditional cultures for preconception [up to 2 years before trying to conceive], what to eat and avoid during pregnancy, while nursing, decisions that you will need to make for labor and delivery, what order to introduce foods to baby, and recipes for nutrient dense first foods. One thing I will say – I do not agree with the age recommendations for introducing food. It starts at 4 months and current studies show that a baby’s gut is not sealed yet until at least 6 months. For Cooper we followed his lead [under the philosophy of baby led weaning] and he wasn’t interested until 10 months. [I have read about 1/2 of this book]
Nourishing Broth – This is on my wishlist but I think it’s going to be a great read! We make broth regularly in our home but I know there is a lot I don’t know about it’s benefits, uses, history, etc. There are multiple types of broth you can make and different methods depending on which animal’s bones you use, which I’m assuming is all covered in this book, if it’s as thorough as their other books.
Nourishing Traditions Cookbook for Children – Coming Spring 2015! Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!
The Fourfold Path to Healing – This is another one on my wishlist, also from the Weston A Price Foundation. The subtitle is, “Working with the Laws of Nutrition, Therapeutics, Movement and Meditation in the Art of Medicine”
GAPS Diet books:
GAPS – Gut and Psychology Syndrome – If you or your kids are dealing with health problems that led you to overhauling your food diet, I highly recommend this book. It teaches on gut health, why people are dealing with such poor overall health, what damages the gut, what other parts of the body a damaged gut effects, and how to heal your gut to eliminate allergies and other issues. We eventually hope to go on this diet to heal our kid’s guts and transition completely to the Weston A Price diet. [I have read this entire book.]
GAPS Guide – A supplement to the GAPS book but still on my wishlist. From my understanding it helps you better grasp how to implement the diet.
Heal Your Gut Cookbook – This one is on my wishlist, but it seems like another amazing supplement to the GAPS book. It’s full of recipes for all stages of the diet and teaches basic food techniques necessary for the diet.
Internal Bliss – This cookbook supplements the GAPS book. I have only tried a handful of the recipes since we haven’t actually started the GAPS diet, but everything I tried was delicious.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods – I have only read a little bit of this but I highly respect the author, Wardee Harmon of Gnowfglin’s Traditional Cooking School. This book is a great tool for all types of fermenting, including kefir, kombucha, and cultured veggies.
Cultured Food for Life – Donna is the WAPF Chapter Leader in Kansas City and so creative with uses for ferments! I bought this book after attending one of her classes and love the inspiration it provides, however many of the recipes are not gluten or dairy free. I anticipated fermented dairy and was wanting to experiment with introducing it to my kids, but many of her recipes have fermented dairy combined with a dairy-based, non-fermented staple ingredient. I’m excited to try what recipes fit our diet and feeling inspired to create gluten and dairy free variations of her recipes when applicable. [I’ve read the chapters in the beginning but haven’t tried the recipes yet.]
The Paleo Slow Cooker – This is full of great recipes! We’ve only had one or two that we weren’t in love with but so far almost all of them have been easy and flavorful! Highly recommend this! We often add rice to the saucier dishes to make them more filling, since we aren’t actually on Paleo.
Mediterranean Paleo Cooking – One of the things that’s been the hardest adjustment for me is finding recipes that fit our diet, feel gourmet, and are easy. We just bought this book a few weeks ago and are loving it because it fits this criteria for us!