Even men who like to cook don’t tend to have much more than a George Foreman and a spice rack — let alone a definitive meal prep game plan. With 2016 upon us, make a resolution to change that with the help of one of these eight cookbooks, all of which were put together with health, fitness, and overall wellness in mind.
1. Bulletproof: The Cookbook
2. The Whole30
The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom is the latest book from the duo behind the popular Whole30 diet. It includes over 100 recipes to help reboot your metabolism while you try your hands at the diet’s 30-day cleanse, which bans all processed foods, grains, dairy, legumes, alcohol, and added sugar.
3. Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories
We all need cheat days — make them count with Christina Tosi’s latest book, Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories. Among the 100 or so sweet and savory recipes are Fruity-Pebble Meringues, Salt-and-Pepper Cookies, Sour Cream Cookies, Burnt-Honey Mustard Dip, Kimcheez-Its with Blue Cheese Dip, and Mac-‘n-Cheese Pancakes.
4. Fat-Burning Machine: The 12-Week Diet
If you’re looking for insight on how to approach healthy cooking for a holistic perspective, check out Fat-Burning Machine: The 12-Week Diet. Just released, the book takes fitness and general lifestyle practices into consideration in addition to outlining dietary suggestions.
5. How Not to Die
How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease Audible, a new book written by the physician behind NutritionFacts.org, looks into how food can prevent and reverse a slew of diseases. In addition to getting ample information on what foods to load up on and which to avoid you’ll get Dr. Greger’s checklist of the 12 foods you should be consuming everyday to optimize your well-being.
6. Well Fed
Though Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat was published over four years ago, it still remains a bestseller and a library staple for Paleo chefs of all skill levels. The book has over 115 recipes — many of which can be prepared in less than 25 minutes and all of which are made with zero grains, legumes, soy, sugar, or dairy.
If you’re trying to cut back on white carbs, check out the new book by blogger Ali Maffucci, Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals. The book shows you how to turn over 20 vegetables and fruits into inventively delicious and nutritious dishes to swap out for some of your guilty pleasures — think zucchini pesto “spaghetti,” jicama “fries,” and plantain “tortillas.”
Crossroads, the LA vegan restaurant beloved by the likes of Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Jay-Z, recently released a cookbook, Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes from the Restaurant That Is Reinventing Vegan Cuisine. In it, chef Tal Ronnen shares some of his restaurant’s signature dishes including spicy carrot salad, crunchy flat breads, Harissa potato chips, and smoked white bean hummus. If you ever doubted the appeal of vegan food, this book — which also includes a number of elevated basic recipes — will put those to rest.