The Best Cookbooks for Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, and Inflammation

Patient Expert

If your skin is prone to breakouts due to certain foods, you might find yourself holding off on eating some wonderful meals at family gatherings or social events. Or you eat them, and find yourself having a horrible allergic reaction like Will Smith’s character in the movie “Hitch.” For this very reason I’ve compiled a list of the best cookbooks to combat your inflammation. These books were chosen for one reason: research. Each author is well versed on nourishing foods that are high in nutrients and will enrich your body, one healthy recipe at a time.

Love Real Food: More Than 100 Feel-Good Vegetarian Favorites to Delight the Senses and Nourish the Body” by Kathryne Taylor.

Bio: Kathryne (Kate) Taylor is the full-time blogger behind Cookie + Kate — a blog she started in 2010 to showcase her love of food and photography. With an emphasis on vegetarian and all-natural foods, you’ll love how versatile this cookbook is.

Why you’ll love it:

  • Labels! This cookbook includes recipes that are labeled with “special diet” and/or tested substitutions (at the bottom of each page). As someone who’s allergic to a lot of different foods, I love seeing substitutions and alternative ingredients.
  • A cut out “cheat sheet’” that you can tape to your wall or cabinet.
  • Menus and helpful recipe lists, including themes like fall game day, summer grill-out or picnic in the park.

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet & Action Plans: 4-Week Meal Plans to Heal the Immune System and Restore Overall Health”, by Dorothy Calimeris and Sondi Bruner

Bio: Dorothy Calimeris is a food writer and blogger and culinary instructor.Sondi Bruner is a writer, food blogger, and holistic nutritionist. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and she has dedicated her career to health and nutrition.

Why you’ll love it:

  • This cookbook is a game-changer if you’re struggling with inflammation.
  • Four flexible anti-inflammatory diet plans — vegan, paleo, Mediterranean, and time-saving — that are already set up.
  • More than 130 recipes that are easy, affordable, and specifically helpful for your inflamed ailments.

The Wellness Project: How I learned to Do Right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life”, by Phoebe Lapine

This isn’t a cookbook per-se, but it’s a wonderful guide to taking steps to improve your health from the inside out.

Bio: Born and raised in New York City, Phoebe Lapine is a jack of all trades. She’s a food and health writer, gluten-free chef, culinary instructor, recipe developer, and blogger. At the age of 22 she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This led her to make a lifestyle change once month, leading her to create “The Wellness Project.”

Why you’ll love it:

  • Routines — often people want to change their life, but don’t know how. This book helps you break out of your comfort zone. (Posting a inspirational meme doesn’t count.)
  • This book is highly insightful for anyone struggling with an autoimmune disease because it tackles your habits and lifestyle choices.
  • Understanding yourself — your digestion, hormones, skin, diets, thyroid etc. This book breaks down what you really need to focus on in order to get better.

Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss, and Transform Your Health”, by Drew Ramsey, M.D.

Bio: Drew Ramsey, M.D., is a huge proponent of using dietary change to improve overall lifestyle. As a physician, author, and farmer his clinical work focuses on the treatment of depression and anxiety.

Why you’ll love it:

  • The book describes why certain foods should be eaten daily.
  • Clarity — with lots of made-up information available on the internet, the author uses cutting-edge scientific research to offer clarity on various topics.
  • Mood vs. Food: This is often overlooked, but what you eat will affect your mood. Dr. Ramsey does a great job explaining nutrient-rich foods.

The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook: 500 Vibrant Kitchen-Tested Recipes for Living and Eating Well Every Day” by the dditors at America’s Test Kitchen

Bio: 60 chefs based in Boston who formed recipes through rigorous testing and put the best ones in this cookbook.

Why you’ll love it: ● 500 healthy recipes! ● 60 chefs: You’re getting the expertise of these incredible chefs who have done their research and tested each item, and the reviews are stellar. ● The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest ways of eating for anyone with inflammation. ● There are so many different Mediterranean cultures, so you’re getting a huge variety of healthy wholesome meals.