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“Your library is your paradise.”
~ Desiderius Erasmus
When I first started the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) on 1/1/13, there were no books for me to reference. A few people like myself had found some basic information on the internet and were figuring it out as we went along. Many of us became online friends and that's actually how I met Mickey & Angie from Autoimmune Wellness and Sarah from The Paleo Mom. It's amazing how much has changed since then. There are now 30+ resources created specifically to help people succeed on the AIP. I'm jealous, my friends! There are now simple guides to answer your questions, flavorful cookbooks to keep your taste buds tantalized, and support groups with thousands of people doing the protocol right alongside you! This is the sign of a powerful grassroots movement. People with autoimmune disease aren't content to suffer. We are phoenixes rising from the ashes, lifting each other up and showing each other the way. I am so honored to be part of this community with each and every one of you.
I thought it was time to celebrate how far we've come, and to collect all of these fabulous AIP resources in one blog post. Tell me: Which ones are your personal favorites, and which ones are you adding to your wish list?
Paleo AIP Reference Books (Hardcopy)
A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol by Eileen Laird
This book is written by me. It's all of the essential information in a package small enough to fit in your purse or backpack. It's written simply enough that even someone with brain fog can understand. And I wrote it like a conversation between friends. My goal is to make the AIP accessible to everyone. Available in your choice of 3 formats: paperback, kindle, and audio (narrated by me).
The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne
If you love science and want to understand why and how the AIP works, this book is for you! Sarah is a research scientist by training, and she read over 1200 studies about the immune system, inflammation and the autoimmune process and summarized them in this textbook. Get your highlighters ready and prepare to geek out.
Paleo AIP Cookbooks (Hardcopy)
The Healing Kitchen by Alaena Haber and Sarah Ballantyne
Designed for busy people, this cookbook has 175 recipes, many of which are one-pot meals, “5 ingredient or less” meals, or recipes that cook in less than 20 minutes. It also includes 12 weeks of meal plans, 2 of which feature batch cooking (another time-saving technique.) If you feel like you don't have time to cook, this is the cookbook for you!
He Won't Know It's Paleo by Bre'anna Emmitt
This cookbook is comfort food at its finest. Bre'anna has created AIP versions of these classic recipes: “cornbread” muffins, pigs in a pillow, blackberry cobbler, chicken enchiladas, broccoli “cheddar” soup, and over 95 others. There's a reason I call her the Paula Deen of the AIP community.
Nourish by Rachael Bryant
Are you a foodie like me? This cookbook is designed for people who love cooking, love flavor, and want to ban boredom from their kitchen. Instead of a plain burger recipe, you’ll find Duck Fat Burgers with Mango and Avocado Spread. Instead of simple chicken breasts, try Chicken Street Tacos with Blueberry Salsa. Instead of sausage patties, how about Sausage Gravy “Benedict” in Portobello Mushroom Caps? With over 120 recipes, this is also the best cookbook for seafood lovers, containing the largest seafood section of all the AIP cookbooks.
Simple French Paleo by Sophie Van Tiggelen
How cool is it that the AIP community has grown so much that we now have resources focused on international cuisine? Sophie is Belgian by birth and she grew up immersed in French culture and food. Provence was her personal favorite. This cookbook contains 90 AIP recipe re-creations of the food of her childhood. Don't be intimidated by the idea of French cooking. This isn't Julia Child where you spend hours on one meal. Provence is known for simple, fresh, flavorful, and seasonal meals.
The Paleo Approach Cookbook by Sarah Ballantyne
This is the recipe companion to Sarah's textbook about the AIP. She would be the first to say that she's an overachiever, so this book includes over 200 recipes and 6 weeks of meal plans. With that many recipes, you'll find something in every category. But Sarah is a big proponent of nutrient-density, so this cookbook includes more organ meat recipes than any of the other cookbooks.
The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott
This was the very first AIP cookbook, and it's still one of the best. With 110 recipes plus 8 weeks of meal plans, this is a especially great resource for beginner cooks. None of the recipes are complicated, and all of them are delicious. Note: There are 3 recipes in this book that use green beans which are no longer allowed on the AIP. This is because this cookbook came out prior to the publication of The Paleo Approach (which formalized the protocol restrictions). Green beans are now considered a Stage 1 Reintroduction. Just substitute another AIP-friendly vegetable (like broccoli) in those recipes.
Paleo AIP Books That Defy Categorization (Hardcopy)
The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook by Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott
This is an amazing book that's hard to put in a box. It includes 30 recipes and a 4-week meal plan, all of which qualifies it as a cookbook. However, the focus of this book is autoimmune wellness in general, and it's especially helpful for anyone newly diagnosed with autoimmune disease. It's teaches people how to identify themselves on the autoimmune spectrum and put together a healthcare team. It also addresses important areas of healing beyond diet – like movement, social connection, stress management, and sleep. It's all about living an empowered autoimmune life.
The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook by Angie Alt
This is another book that defies description. While it has “cookbook” in the title, it's really a memoir with recipes (and I love memoirs). Angie writes about the ups and downs of life with autoimmune disease, and the beauty of reclaiming her health through the paleo autoimmune protocol. It's funny, vulnerable, and wise and will make you feel less alone on your journey. Added bonus – it includes 59 mouthwatering recipes. However, this isn't an traditional AIP cookbook. Since strict AIP isn't meant to last forever and this book chronicles Angie's own journey, half the recipes in the book include foods she's been able to reintroduce successfully. However, many can easily be adapted for strict AIP.
Paleo AIP E-Cookbooks
85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts edited by Eileen Laird
With grains, dairy and eggs removed from your diet, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed with one question flashing through your mind: “What will I eat for breakfast?” This cookbook answers this question 85 delicious ways. You'll find grain-free cereals, herbal “coffees”, soups, smoothies, skillets, pancakes, sausage, and more.
The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook edited by Eileen Laird
The Instant Pot has taken the AIP community by storm. 7 kitchen appliances in one, it's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, yogurt maker, food warmer, and even has a sauté function so you can brown meat before cooking. While that's impressive, most of it fell in love with its pressure cooker function, and that's the focus of this cookbook. Do you want to make 24-hour bone broth in just 2 hours? A pork roast in just 60 minutes? A whole chicken in 30 minutes? Or a whole spaghetti squash in 20 minutes? You can see why the Instant Pot is the home cook's best friend, and with 141 recipes, you'll learn many new ways to enjoy it.
Freezer Cooking for the Paleo AIP edited by Jaime Lubich Hartman
How many of us in our pre-paleo days reached for Lean Cuisine or Stouffers frozen meals for a quick dinner after a long, tiring day? While those brands don’t appeal to me any more, I do miss the convenience. That’s what this e-cookbook is all about. With over 120 recipes, we can fill our freezers with healthy frozen meals, always keeping some on hand for those nights when cooking from scratch feels like too much work.
The AIP Italian Cookbook by Ambra Torelli
Are you missing Lasagna, Ravioli, Gnocci and Tiramasu? Not anymore! Born and raised in Italy, Ambra was the perfect person to re-imagine Italian food for the paleo autoimmune protocol. With over 50 recipes, this is another great international resource for the AIP.
Food is Life – An Australian AIP Cookbook by Natasha Horvath
My friends in the Land Down Under are about to get very excited. Have you been frustrated by AIP recipes featuring ingredients you can't find in your country (plantains, I'm looking at you!) And other ingredients you can locate but they're crazily expensive (like tigernuts and palm shortening)? This cookbook was written with Australian ingredients in mind, but honestly, these 100 recipes are delicious enough for people around the world to enjoy. Both metric and imperial measurements are included, which means no more conversions needed.
Organ Meat Makeover by Gabriella Schneider
This is a small e-book with just 15 recipes, but it's one of my favorites because it's so creative! Veggie and Pate Nori Wraps, Duck Rutabaga Rice, Gravy Smothered Turkey Liver, and more. If you've been having trouble incorporating nutrient-dense organ meats into your diet, this book's for you.
AIP Safari by Bethany Tapp
This is more than a cookbook. It's a complete guide to traveling on the paleo autoimmune protocol. It contains advice on everything from surviving long flights to traveling with children, as well as 23 travel-friendly recipes. Bethany grew up in Africa, lives in Dubai, has family in the US, and travels internationally “on the regular.” She's truly an AIP travel expert.
SPICE by Jo Romero
When you first begin the autoimmune protocol, so many spices are off the table that it's natural to fear that all the flavor has been sucked out of your kitchen. Jo has you covered with this book. With over 90 re-creations of Indian, Thai and classic Chinese recipes, your kitchen is about to smell amazing. Note: whereas the other e-books on this list are all PDF e-books, Jo's books are kindle e-books sold through Amazon.com. She also has 2 other kindle e-books I encourage you to check out: AIP Snacks and Quick Lunches and Simple Autoimmune Paleo Comfort Food.
My Paleo AIP Indian Adventure by Bethany Tapp
When Bethany fell in love and married a man from India, it became her mission to re-create AIP versions of his favorite recipes, so they could enjoy them together. The result is this book! Over 60 recipes, including Chapatis, Dosa, Chutneys, Bhajis, Samosas, Kebabs, Rogan Josh, Keema, Curry, Tikka Masala, and more!
Healing Eats by Kate Jay
Have you ever opened a cookbook and not known where to begin – there were just too many recipes to choose from? Kate took care of this by selecting 25 of her family favorites (and no more) for her debut cookbook. And each was chosen with healing in mind.
The Little Cookbook of Gluten-Free Waffles by Dora Siah
Don't let the name fool you. These recipes aren't just gluten-free; they're 100% AIP, and waffles aren't just for breakfast any more! This cookbook contains 19 recipes for both savory and sweet waffle creations, ranging from Creamy Chicken and Waffles to Gingerbread Waffles with Maple Pumpkin Caramel, and everything in between.
We Can All Scream for Ice Cream by Jennifer Robins and Vivian Cheng
Missing ice cream on the AIP? Not anymore! This little e-book has you covered with 24 recipes for ice cream, sorbet, popsicles, plus fancier creations like sundaes, ice cream sandwiches and banana splits.
Holiday on the Autoimmune Protocol by Bre'anna Emmitt
Your next AIP special occasion just got a lot more delicious. Bre'anna provides 19 of her best recipes for main courses, side dishes and delectable desserts, including Prime Rib, Honey Ham, Turkey and Gravy, Sweet Potato Soufflé, Grandma's Dressing, Pumpkin Pie, and many more.
Holiday Sweet Treats by Laura Vein
This is a another small e-cookbook with some true gems inside. Laura was a pastry chef in a former life, so she put her skills to the test re-creating some of her favorite desserts. Note: While this cookbook contains 12 recipes that are 100% AIP, there are 2 recipes which require reintroductions of egg yolks and chocolate.
Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol by Eileen Laird
Strict AIP isn't meant to last forever. The reintroduction process is where we find our individual food intolerances and personalize our diets. It's a science experiment with you at its center, and it's incredibly empowering to communicate with your body this way. However, it's also hard to do it right. This e-book guides you through the process, even providing 23 recipes to easily reintroduce just one new ingredient at a time.
Paleo AIP Meal Plans
28 Days of AIP Meal Plan Series by Christina Feindel
Christina is a meal planning goddess. She has 4 e-books in her series: 28 Days of AIP, 28 Days of Low-FODMAP AIP, 28 Days of No-Cook AIP, and 28 Days of One-Pot AIP.
The FODMAP-Free Paleo Breakthrough by Anne Angelone
This meal plan is designed specifically for people with a diagnosis of SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth). Often, a Low-FODMAP diet is prescribed as part of the treatment, but when you combine it with the AIP, it can be very challenging to figure out what to eat. This 4-week meal plan takes care of that for you.
30 Day Gut-Healing Diet Plan by Michelle Hoover
This is the newest meal plan on the AIP block. Every recipe is 100% AIP, but it also includes both Low-FODMAP and GAPS (Low-Starch) modifications, allowing people to personalize the meal plan to their needs.
14-Day Calorie Challenge by The Ancestral RD's
Sometimes when we change our diets, we remove the old foods without replacing with enough new foods. This can lead to low energy, too much weight loss, and declining health due to nutrient deficiencies. This meal plan ensures you get the calories you need. It was written by two licensed dietitians.
This is a monthly subscription meal planning service, and it’s pretty awesome. When you first login, go to to “Settings” and select “My Diet”. Select the AIP meal plan, and it will automatically search for recipes that fit the protocol. But here’s where it gets fun! You can add extra restrictions if you have additional food sensitivities. And if you have successfully reintroduced some foods, like eggs or white rice, you can include those foods back into your search. It’s totally customizable to your dietary needs.
Non-Book Paleo AIP Resources
AIP Batch Cook by Mickey Trescott
Batch cooking is a way to cook all of your meals for the week in just a few hours. It's a powerful time-saving technique, and this online video tutorial teaches you how it's done. It includes recipes, shopping lists and a 7-day batch cooking meal plan.
SAD to AIP in SIX by Angie Alt
Are you someone who has tried to do the paleo autoimmune protocol but can't stick with it? This online group coaching class is designed specifically for you. It combines professional health coaching with peer support, to gently transition you from a Standard American Diet to the AIP over the course of 6 weeks. Find your motivation with the help of this team.
AIP Reset by Emma King and Joanna Frankham
Are you an AIP veteran who successfully did the elimination protocol and experienced improvements in your health, but over time have been letting things slip and are experiencing an increase in symptoms again? It's time for an AIP Reset! This is a group class led by two experienced health coaches. They will help you successfully get back on track, focusing on nutrient-density and lifestyle factors as well diet troubleshooting.
AIP Reintros by Emma King and Joanna Frankham
If you'd like more guidance and support for the food reintroduction process, this class is perfect. Led by by the same team that teaches AIP reset, this 30-day program teaches you everything you need to know, from order of food reintroduction, to how to discern a food reaction, to how to maintain a supportive lifestyle and mindset throughout the process.
Books on the Mind-Body Connection
The Last Best Cure by Donna Jackson Nakazawa (Hardcopy)
This fascinating book chronicles the author's year-long experiment into the effect of the mind-body connection on her own autoimmune health. The results are nothing short of amazing.
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin (Hardcopy)
Let's face it: It's not easy to change our diet and lifestyle. There's a reason most new year's resolutions fail. There's a big difference between thinking we “should” do something, and effectively doing it day in and day out. This book provides practical strategies for making habits that last. While it's not written specifically for people with autoimmune disease, I recommended it to everyone.
I've written a series of articles to guide you through the autoimmune protocol, step by step. It includes FAQ, mistakes to avoid, book reviews, and more. Click here to see the whole list.