These Low-Carb Cookbooks Make Forging a New Habit Easy (Yes, Really)

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Updated 10/08/19

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The low-carb movement may have already been around for decades, but it's currently experiencing another major surge in popularity thanks to the high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet.

Whether you plan to stick to all the keto diet rules or cherry-pick a few, there are a number of potential benefits of going low-carb. By following the keto diet, your body goes into a metabolic state, according to Healthline. This means your body becomes very efficient at burning fat for energy. The keto diet can massively reduce your blood sugar and insulin levels. According to the Mayo Clinic, low-carb diets are generally used for losing weight, but may have benefits beyond this, "such as reducing risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome."

Curious to know if you'd feel healthier on a low-carb diet? Navigating the lifestyle change can be challenging, so we've found 15 of the most comprehensive low-carb cookbooks to help you get started. From beginner cooking guides and comfort-food ideas to full meal planners, there's a book to coach you through every stage. Consider your breakfast, lunch, and dinner plans sorted.

Here are our picks for the best low-carb cookbooks.

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The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners by Amy Ramos

Amy Ramos The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners $7
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Perfect for: Keto-diet rookies. This guide created by a professional chef is the No. 1 bestseller on Amazon for a reason. It has everything you need to kick-start the diet, including 75 easy recipes, handy charts, and a 14-day meal plan.

Recipe to try: Rosemary-garlic lamb racks

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Simply Keto: A Practical Approach to Health & Weight Loss by Suzanne Ryan

Suzanne Ryan Simply Keto: A Practical Approach to Health & Weight Loss $24
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Perfect for: Fans of Keto Karma, Suzanne Ryan's popular blog and YouTube channel. The foodie (who previously weighed 289 pounds) applies her personal experience with the keto diet to this inspiring cookbook that chronicles her personal weight loss journey and the recipes she swears by.

Recipe to try: Spinach and artichoke-stuffed mushrooms

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500 Low-Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender

Dana Carpender 500 Low-Carb Recipes $13
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Perfect for: Low-carb dieters who have run out of meal ideas. This cookbook offers a long list of recipe suggestions, spanning one-dish meals when you're dining solo, snacks and desserts, and hearty dinners.

Recipe to try: Jamaican pepperpot soup

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Keto Comfort Foods by Maria Emmerich

Maria Emmerich Keto Comfort Foods $23
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Perfect for: People who want to improve their diet but don't want to give up their comfort-food favorites. In this cookbook, nutrition and exercise physiology expert Maria Emmerich uses clever substitutes to make each recipe a little healthier. Yes, cinnamon rolls and steak fries are on the menu.

Recipe to try: Skillet moussaka

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Easy Low-Carb Slow Cooking by Robin Donovan

Robin Donovan Easy Low-Carb Slow Cooking $14
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Perfect for: Slow-cooking devotees. Put your device to good use with more than 125 affordable prep-and-go recipes that are perfect for busy budding chefs. Detailed nutritional information  

Recipe to try: Japanese-style triple pork soup

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The Ketogenic Cookbook by Jimmy Moore and Maria Emmerich

Jimmy Moore and Maria Emmerich The Ketogenic Cookbook $22
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Perfect for: Those who follow Jimmy Moore, leading low-carb diet blogger and podcast host who has lost 180 pounds. In this book, he joins forces with a nutritionist to suggest 150 keto-friendly recipes. There's also a ton of comprehensive material at the start of the book that explains the diet and potential benefits in depth. 

Recipe to try: Curry chicken stuffed endive

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Low-Carb Essentials: Everyday Low-Carb Recipes You'll Love to Cook by George Stella

George Stella Low-Carb Essentials: Everyday Low-Carb Recipes You'll Love to Cook $20
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Perfect for: Anyone who wants to reduce their refined carbohydrate intake. Veteran Food Network chef George Stella has made each recipe without any white flour or added sugar.

Recipe to try: Zucchini hashbrown patties

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The Everyday Low-Carb Slow Cooker Cookbook by Pamela Ellgen

Pamela Ellgen The Everyday Low-Carb Slow Cooker Cookbook $12
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Perfect for: Anyone who thinks their slow cooker only makes braised meat. This book includes 120 delicious and inventive slow cooker recipes plus guidance from nutrition, fitness, and wellness expert Pamela Ellgen.

Recipe to try: Shepherd's pie

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Eat Happy: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb Recipes for a Joyful Life by Anna Vocino

Anna Vocino Eat Happy: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb Recipes for a Joyful Life $31
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Perfect for: Celiacs or those with gluten intolerance. Foodie Anna Vocino shares the recipes that helped her lose weight after being diagnosed with celiac disease, including classic meals and family favorites.

Recipe to try: Kalamata olive tapenade

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Low-Carb Cravings Cookbook: Your Favorite Foods Made Low-Carb by Dr. Jennifer Koslo

Jennifer Koslo. Ph.D., RD Low-Carb Cravings Cookbook: Your Favorite Foods Made Low-Carb $14
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Perfect for: Those who want to be healthier this year but know they won't be able to stick to a diet without their favorite comfort foods. In this book, dietician Jennifer Koslo shares tips for stocking your pantry and offers creative ingredient substitutes, too.

Recipe to try: Margherita pizza

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The Low Carb Cookbook & Weight Loss Plan by Pamela Ellgen

Pamela Ellgen The Low Carb Cookbook & Weight Loss Plan $13
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Perfect for: First-time dieters who want guidance about how to tackle their meal plan, as well as the best recipes to make. This guide, which is also by nutrition, fitness, and wellness expert Pamela Ellgen, provides a ton of useful information to get you started. 

Recipe to try: Macadamia-crusted halibut with mango coulis

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Southern Keto by Natasha Newton

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Natasha Newton Southern Keto $22
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Perfect for: Those who are so not down to give up good old Southern cooking. You can totally still eat cheesecake, pan-fried chicken, and biscuits on a keto diet, according to blogger Natasha Newton. She shows you how in Southern Keto.

Recipe to try: Memphis-style ribs

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The Keto Guido Cookbook Vinny Guadagnino

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Vinny Guadagnino The Keto Guido Cookbook $17
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Perfect for: The Jersey Shore diehard that wants Vinny Guadagnino's sleek physique. If you've caught up with Jersey Shore's Guadagnino anytime recently, you know that mom's Italian home cooking is on the back burner—at least for now. That's because he's all about the keto diet. In his cookbook, find over 100 recipes as well as a seven-day ketogenic diet meal plan.

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Keto Fat Bombs, Sweets & Treats by Urvashi Pitre

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Urvashi Pitre Keto Fat Bombs, Sweets & Treats $13
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Perfect for: Keto dieters with a sweet tooth. Author Urvashi Pitre, a consultant, has lost 80 pounds on the keto diet—and that did not involve giving up dessert. Enjoy her recipes for quick breads, muffins, pancakes, cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream, and more.

Recipe to try: Chocolate peanut butter pops

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The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook by Jen Fisch

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Jen Fisch The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook $7
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Perfect for: Those who think they can't cook. Blogger Jen Fisch's one-container recipes are foolproof; they only take five ingredients. She includes all nutritional information including macros.

Recipe to try: Baked garlic and paprika chicken legs

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