Over the past decade or so, the keto diet has become really popular. ICYMI, it is a high-fat, low-carb diet, and its goal is to jumpstart ketosis, where the body burns fat instead of carbs for energy. If you decide to go keto, roughly 60 to 75 percent of your daily calories should come from fat, 15 to 30 percent from protein, and five to 10 percent from carbs. This eating plan can feel very challenging, especially in the beginning. Thankfully, there are many keto cookbooks with tons of keto-friendly recipes that can make sticking to this style of eating easier.
To find one that’ll actually help you, you should be really honest with yourself about the amount of time you are prepared to put into cooking, grocery shopping, and prepping, says Robin Foroutan, RDN, a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. If you are not super comfortable in the kitchen or don’t have a lot of time to allot to cooking, look for books that are for beginners or emphasize quick and easy meals or recipes with relatively short ingredient lists.
“You are also going to want to think about the kinds of meals you like to eat, so you can find cookbooks that have lots of recipes that mirror the kinds of meals you enjoy,” Foroutan says. “That way, you will have a few go-to keto versions of those kinds of meals at the ready.”
Once you’ve narrowed down to a couple of choices, you’ll want to dive a bit deeper by checking out the author’s website or blog. Why? “Most of them have recipes posted there, so you can get a sense of the kinds of recipes that person creates,” Foroutan explains.
To get you started, here are the 15 best keto cookbooks recommended by dietitians.
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For trendy cookbook lovers
Simply Keto: A Practical Approach to Health & Weight Loss
Cookbook author Suzanne Ryan lost 100 pounds from the keto diet in just one year. She's shared her weight loss journey via her blog, Keto Karma, and this cookbook is a collection of the recipes, meals, and tips that helped her get to where she is today. And yes, with over 7,000 reviews on Amazon, her food both delivers results and tastes great too.
This book is a great place to start for anyone who wants to incorporate more keto-friendly recipes into their diet, says Mia Syn, RD, a nutritionist based in Charleston, South Carolina. "Her recipes are simple, approachable, and made for everyday life. She also provides helpful keto diet tips and a 30-day keto-friendly meal plan, so it is more than just a cookbook with 100+ recipe," she adds.
For those of you with a pressure cooker
The Keto Instant Pot Cookbook: Ketogenic Diet Pressure Cooker Recipes Made Easy and Fast
Instant Pot lovers, unite! If you're on the busy side, a one-pot-cooks-all recipe will make following the keto diet so much easier. This keto cookbook includes over 65 recipes that only require 45 minutes of your time max. And yep, "none of this looks (or tastes!) like 'diet food,'" writes one reviewer. (Phew.)
For satisfying your sweet tooth
A Year of Easy Keto Desserts: 52 Seasonal Fat Burning, Low-Carb & Paleo Desserts & Fat Bombs with less than 5 gram of carbs
Just because you're on the keto diet doesn't mean you can't have dessert—especially when you get your hands on a keto cookbook like this one. With recipes for coffee cake loafs, vanilla icing, blackberry ice cream, and more, you're sure to satisfy all of your sweet tooth cravings without breaking your low-carb diet.
For the food blogger fans
Keto Meal Prep by FlavCity: 125+ Low Carb Recipes That Actually Taste Good
If you're a fan of food bloggers Bobby and Dessi Parish (or if you're just a foodie in general), you're going to love this keto cookbook with over 125 low-carb recipes. With over 3,700 reviews on Amazon, this guide not only helps you create a meal plan, but your food will taste pretty yummy too.
If you love southern food
Southern Keto: 100+ Traditional Food Favorites for a Low-Carb Lifestyle
Missing your Southern food favs while practicing the keto lifestyle? Totally understandable. Luckily, this cookbook has over 100 keto spins on traditional recipes that'll satisfy your cravings. (Plus, it has over 7,000 positive reviews on Amazon!)
If you want to be basic and fast in the kitchen
The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Low-Carb, High-Fat Recipes for Busy People on the Keto Diet
Sometimes it's hard to wrap your head around all the items in a recipe, especially if you're scrambling around, navigating a grocery store looking for everything you need. That's what makes this cookbook great—all of the recipes are super easy: They each only have five ingredients (as advertised)!
So this cookbook can be a real lifesaver if you don't have time to cook. Most dishes can be made in less than 30 minutes or in just one pot or pan, Syn says.
If you miss carbs
Keto Bread: From Bagels and Buns to Crusts and Muffins, 100 Low-Carb, Keto-Friendly Breads for Every Meal
This book is packed with recipes for all the stuff you thought you couldn't eat on keto: white bread, pizza crust, bagels, pop tarts, and so many other bread-like recipes. Keto dieters, get excited for low-carb alternatives to your favorite higher-carb foods and meals.
With more than 70 keto-friendly recipes for both meals and snacks, as well as tips and tricks for meal prepping, this book is perfect for keto diet newbies looking to dive into the high-fat, low-carb lifestyle.
If you want to learn more about ketosis
The Ketogenic Bible: The Authoritative Guide to Ketosis
This book talks about the history of the ketogenic diet, sharing the studies behind it and the research that's currently being conducted on the diet. It also contains keto-friendly recipes and tips for following a ketogenic diet.
If you're brand new to keto
The Wholesome Yum Easy Keto Cookbook: 100 Simple Low Carb Recipes. 10 Ingredients or Less
This cookbook has everything you need to start (or renew your motivation for) a keto lifestyle, including a primer on how keto works, the easiest way to begin, keto swaps for your favorite foods, and 100 super simple keto recipes. Plus, the meals in this book are typically made with 10 ingredients or less.
Bonus: “Her recipes help satisfy cravings for carb-rich foods like breadsticks, cinnamon rolls, and waffles, but with a keto-friendly twist,” says Syn.
If you typically dine out
Keto Restaurant Favorites: More Than 175 Tasty Classic Recipes Made Fast, Fresh, and Healthy (1)
This book is great for anyone who's used to eating out for most of their meals. This cookbook will help you recreate all the restaurant dishes you love (but in a keto-friendly way), and features tips for eating out while you're on keto—which can be its own challenge. Syn is a fan because it covers a wide variety of cuisines, including Chinese, classic American, Italian, Mexican, and Thai.
If you want to do a keto trial run
Keto For Carb Lovers: 100+ Amazing Low-Carb, High-Fat Recipes & 21-Day Meal Plan
This book turns typically carb-heavy foods like bagels, cheesecake, and pizza into keto-friendly options, says Syn. This 21-day keto diet meal plan has 100+ recipes that feel super indulgent. It comes with shopping lists, cooking hacks, and meal prep tips.
If you want more energy from your diet
Keto For Women: A 3-Step Guide to Uncovering Boundless Energy and Your Happy Weight
This book explains how women can use the keto diet throughout their lifecycle (from pregnancy to menopause and more), offering information about hormonal imbalances, why they happen, and how to manage these with a targeted keto diet.
If you want to lose weight
21-Day Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Challenge: Recipes and Workouts for a Slimmer, Healthier You
This book explains how to combine a keto diet with workouts to kickstart weight loss. It features 100+ keto recipes, along with keto lifestyle hacks to help with setting goals, reducing stress, and tracking your progress as you move through a 21-day challenge.
Foroutan is a big fan of this cookbook. “I like that it focuses on important areas that often get overlooked, like electrolyte balance on a ketogenic diet and being mindful of balancing inflammation with food,” she says.
If you want to manage your mood with food
The Anti-Anxiety Diet: A Whole Body Program to Stop Racing Thoughts, Banish Worry and Live Panic-Free