Whole30 Book Reviews

People always ask me “What Whole30 books should I buy?” My answer is always, “Well that depends what you are looking for”. Here is a quick review so that you can decide the best purchase to make for your Whole30. Of course I own them all, but I am a bit partial AND I had to study for my Whole30 Coaching Certification! But seriously, I use all of them and am thrilled to have them in my library.


It Starts With Food

by Dallas Hartwig & Melissa Hartwig Urban

I really want all of my clients to read this first because it makes the WHY of the Whole30 make sense. Section by section it dissects food groups and makes you understand the science behind removing them for 30 days. 

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The Whole30: The 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom 

by Melissa Hartwig Urban & Dallas Hartwig

This is THE absolute must get book. Rules, recipes, reintroduction and basics of meal prep—it has it all. Basically your Bible for 30 days.

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The Whole30 Cookbook

by Melissa Hartwig Urban

The first official Cookbook and it is chock full of fantastic recipes featuring some of my favorite food bloggers. I’ve probably used this one more than any other cookbook. Family favorite is the Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup on page 101.

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Whole30 Fast & Easy

by Melissa Hartwig Urban

Don’t like to cook or use lengthy recipes? Then this cookbook is for you!  It’s simple, with very few ingredients even novice cooks can handle.

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Whole30 Day by Day

by Melissa Hartwig Urban

What if you had a journal that would tell you how you might feel on every day of the Whole30? How about a food log, space for reflections and recording Non Scale Victories? This is a wonderful companion for your journey! I wish I had one when I did my first round.

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Whole30 Slow Cooker Cookbook

by Melissa Hartwig Urban

Slow Cooker AND Instant Pot recipes that really make your 30 days extra special. I love this book and all of the featured guest food bloggers like Paleo Running Mama and Confessions of a Clean Foodie. I use my Instant Pot at least twice a week so if you don’t have one, order one now. In my opinion it is the best invention to hit my kitchen in a long time.

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Food Freedom Forever

by Dallas Hartwig & Melissa Hartwig Urban

I also HIGHLY recommended this book to my clients as they finish up their Whole30 reset. And then read it again…yearly. It truly explains how we can break the cycle of yo-yo dieting and learn to embrace our freedom when it comes to enjoying foods that we once deemed “bad”. It will re-frame everything you ever thought about “dieting”.


So there you have it!  As  you can see there are so many options of great books to help you on your Whole30 journey. You also might be interested in several Whole30 endorsed cookbooks. The first is by Michelle Smith. Her book, The Good Food Cookbook came out last year.  

And the next must get is by Teri Turner of No Crumbs Left fame.  I’m super excited for this one which I’ve already pre-ordered on Amazon.  

Enjoy them all!