When Mr. Geek told me he wanted to change his diet, I had no idea where to start.
Today I am sharing my two favorite cook books. They are my go-to guides for recipes for Mr. Geek.
I wasn’t much of a cook in my late teens and early twenties, but I sure loved to bake! This cookbook was a gift from my mother. Before Mr. Geek was even a blip on the radar, my brother had tried to cut gluten out of his diet to help him with headaches. To help support his decision but still satisfy the entire family’s sweet tooth, she bought three copies of The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook: one for herself, one for his now-wife, and for his awesome loving sister–ME.
Fast forward a few years later and I was grumbling through my cookbook collection to figure out what to make for Mr. Geek. This glorious guide reappeared! I had forgotten all about it! It is now my go-to guide for baked goods
Why you need this cookbook:
- Section 1: Stocking Your Allergen Free Pantry: It breaks down EVERYTHING you need to know about baking: the different types of flours, oils, egg alternatives, etc. You’re going to come across someone with some sort of allergy one day or someone who is vegan. TA DA! Now go bake that person a delicious cake.
- Orange Cranberry Muffins: These muffins are everything I want in a good morning! Orange, cranberry, cinnamon goodness. When all else fails, I make these muffins. I even use this recipe as a base to try and create other muffin recipes by swapping out the different juice, berries, and jam.
- Gingerbread Boys: This recipe saved me at Christmastime! I cannot go through Christmas without Gingerbread Men, but I shouldn’t eat an entire batch by myself (even though I easily could).
Practical Paleo, 2nd Edition (Updated and Expanded): A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle
We are not strictly on a paleo diet anymore, but this is where Mr. Geek started to make changes in his diet to try and figure out what foods gave him the most trouble. Although we aren’t paleo,this is still our go-to book for recipes.
Why you need this cookbook:
- Exciting, but easy recipes: I would have NEVER thought of these recipes on my own. I’m just still too inexperienced. Every single recipe is creative and delicious.
- 30 Day Meal Plans: Yep. It has the next thirty days’ meals planned out for you based on what you need. For example, I tend to lean towards the athletic performance 30 day plan because I pretend I’m training for something (I’m not). But it also has plans for digestive heal, autoimmune conditions, thyroid health, and more.
- Spice Blends: When I first started cooking, my meals were boring, tasteless, and without much flavor. Mr. Geek, on the other hand, is not afraid of spice and variety (even though for a while EVERYTHING he made had curry in it!) The spice blend guides in this book really helped me figure out combinations and helped me overcome my fear of mixing up flavorful meals.
- Guides to Paleo Foods: When Mr. Geek wanted to try a paleo diet, I had no idea what was included and not included. If you are choosing a paleo diet or are accommodating for someone that is, it has a detailed guide in the back of the book that outlines all the foods–and the quality guidelines!
If you find yourself with someone with a food allergy or trying the paleo diet, I highly recommend these two staples in our cookbook collection.
If you have your own resources to share, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
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