I’ve mentioned before that gift giving is difficult for me for several reasons. So, to make the task of gift giving easier, I’ve been making gift guides which I started last year. Here is last years post of gifts to give to your foodie friends if you’re interested. This year is again another guide for those foodie friends of ours.
I love the idea of cookbooks as gifts because it’s a resource for friends to be good to their bodies and health and likewise whoever they cook for. It’s another gift that keeps giving!
So, here are my favorite traditional food cookbooks out there that maybe will become my friends’ and your friends’ favorite cookbooks too!
- Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats
Oh the title of this book gets me laughing but in all seriousness a bit sad too. Politically correct nutrition advice landed me with an eating disorder. Here‘s my story if you haven’t heard. You don’t have to wonder why I choose this book as my number one cookbook recommendation! This book has both wonderful recipes and all the nutritional information on why a traditional food diet is the diet for the human body which is so uniquely varied throughout the world.
- Artisan Sourdough Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Delicious Handcrafted Bread with Minimal Kneading
I personally have a thing for bread making of any kind and this book speaks to my heart! Talk about empowering, this book, like the title says, makes sourdough so simple! Forget nasty bread from stores with all sorts of pesticides and preservatives and make your own with this book. I do have to say my only critic is that she gives a directive to use “oil.” To stick to traditional food, it’s best to use natural fats and oils. However, to her credit she will often give the option to use butter which I love!
- The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle Featuring Bone Broths, Fermented Vegetables, Grass-Fed Meats, Wholesome Fats, Raw Dairy, and Kombuchas
This is a great starter book for those that are considering diving into the traditional food lifestyle. It’s got all the basics – bone broth, ferments, bread making, raw dairy, etc. It’s also not as large of a book as others. It has great images to look at and looks good on the shelf.
- The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care:
This may seem like an odd book for the list, ya? Nah. I’m not a mom, but as a wannabe mama, I can foresee the responsibility of feeding children starting with breastfeeding or perhaps sooner! I’ve got this book on kindle and I am halfway through my second read. Want to know how your nutrition can affect your child while your pregnant or even before? Want to know what to feed your child rather than leave it up to large businesses wanting to make a profit and cut corners to do so? I did.
- Einkorn: Recipes for Nature’s Original Wheat
Einkorn is my favorite flour of choice, however, baking with it is not that same as typical flours in stores. The exchange is not equal. So, if you or your friend are into ancient grains, this book is perfect. No more flat brownies – praise the Lord. Oh, but I should mention that this book does contain recipes with ingredients that are not traditional. I eliminate any processed vegetable oils and processed sugars and replace the ingredients with butter and coconut sugar.
- The Elliott Homestead:
- From Scratch: Traditional, whole-foods dishes for easy, everyday meals
- Family Table: Farm Cooking from the Elliott Homestead
Shaye from The Elliot Homestead is a hoot to read! She’s got several children running around on a small homestead in the PNW. The gal works hard and doesn’t take herself too seriously. Her books are great resources for traditional food recipes but you’ll fall in love with her life, family, and farm as well. Before you purchase her books, you can check out her writings and recipes at her blog, Here.