Best Low FODMAP Diet Books

Top Low FODMAP Diet Books Available On Amazon

(revisited February 2017)

When I was first diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, my GP referred me to a dietitian, who was familiar with IBS symptoms and advised me to go on a FODMAP elimination diet. She also suggested to download the Low-FODMAP Monash University smartphone app, as a handy guide to check what food to avoid and what food is low in FODMAPs. I believe that the app is a fantastic resource, especially for those new to IBS and to the low FODMAP diet. I also believe that a specialised dietitian can assist you effectively to make sure you are following the diet correctly for your individual case.

Books, in addition to professional guidance, can also help, especially with providing tasty low FODMAP recipes.

In this post I have compiled a list of some of the best selling Low FODMAP diet books, which can be bought online from Amazon (affiliate links).

I have purchased quite a few of the books listed here and found them very useful. I have tried several of the simple recipes and they turned up very nice.

Regarding the recipes enclosed in these books, you may want to check if you are familiar with the measurements (grams, ounces, cups etc.); personally I don’t have a problem understanding cups, spoons as well as the metric system (grams, liters etc.), but I am not too good with the imperial measurements, saying that, if I find a recipe I like that talks in ‘oz’, I  just convert it with one of the measurement converter that can be printed or one that can be used online.

In addition to the different measurements, some recipes may contain ingredients (or products) that are not available in every country or that they are known with a different name.

Please let me know in the comment section, if you have bought any of these books (or other low FODMAP diet books) and how they have helped you.

The 2-Step Low FODMAP Eating Plan (author Sue Shepherd PHD) – 288 pages

I have bought this book as soon as it was out in Australia and it is probably one of my favourite low FODMAP book and definitely the one I consult the most by Dr. Sue Shepherd. This book is ideal for people new to the diet as combines a guide to the diet and a recipe book in one.

The first 90 plus pages explain about what is IBS, what are FODMAPs and it goes into details about each FODMAP group before talking about the elimination and re-introduction phases of the diet. It is a very good guide to start you off in the right direction with the diet. There are also menu plans for adults, kids, vegetarians and vegans.
The 80 recipes take up most part of the book and in my version (bought in Australia) the quantities of the ingredients are metric and cups (Australian cup), I am not sure about the version sold in America as I have been unable to verify it, (please let me know, if you do know)! The recipes are interesting and the ones I have tried were very nice. I really like the beautiful colour images.

The Two-Step Low-FODMAP Diet and Recipe Book

Two Steps Low FODMAP Diet

Complete Low-Fodmap Diet

The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet is a book written by Dr. Sue Shepherd and Dr. Peter Gibson.
It is perfect for everybody following a low FODMAP diet and especially for those who are new to IBS and the diet. It explains how our gut works, the differences between food allergy and food intolerance and includes 80 delicious recipes. People suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome can, with the help of this book, manage their nasty IBS symptoms, by identifying food which is high in FODMAPs.  This book is aimed not only to IBS sufferers, but also to those individuals who have: celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or diabetes.

In this book you can find:

  • 14 days general low-FODMAP menu plan
  • 7 days lacto-ovo vegetarian low-FODMAP menu plan
  • 7 days vegan low-FODMAP menu plan
  • 7 days low fat low-FODMAP menu plan
  • 7 days dairy free low-FODMAP menu plan
  • Making the Low-FODMAP diet easier
  • Special Occasion (entertaining, eating out, travelling when on a Low-FODMAP diet)
  • 80 delicious and nutritious recipes

The measurements on the recipes are in ounces, grams, cups, tablespoons.

The Low-FODMAP Diet Cookbook (author Sue Shepherd)

Compared to the previous book, this cookbook, also written by Dr. Sue Shepherd, focuses on low-FODMAP recipes more than  the detailed explanation on digestive disorders and the actual diet itself. For those in need of recipes, the book contains 150 easy and tasty gut-friendly recipes to help the symptoms of IBS, Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Other Digestive Disorders. The delicious recipes can be also adapted for people following a vegetarian or vegan diet.  There are recipes for breakfasts, starters, salads, snacks, main meals and desserts and can be suitable for the whole family, even those members that don’t suffer from IBS or other digestive conditions.

In this book you will find:

  • Low FODMAP Explained
  • Breakfasts & Brunch
  • Starter & Light Meals (Dips & Sauces – Soups & Salads)
  • Mains (Pasta & Rice – Pizza – Fish & Chicken – Pork – Beef& Lamb)
  • Desserts (Cookies – Bars and Sweet Bites – Ice Cream – Puddings & Custards – Tarts & Cakes)

The measurements on the recipes are in ounces, grams, cups, tablespoons.

The Low-Fodmap 28-Day Plan: A Healthy Cookbook with Gut-Friendly Recipes for IBS Relief (author Kate Scarlata RDN)

Registered Dietitian Kate Scarlata specializes in digestive health and low FODMAP diet.

She is the author of several IBS and low FODMAP books including the best-selling The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Well with IBS

The Low FODMAP 28-DAY Plan contains a 4-week plan which includes:

  • 105 easy, nutritious and delicious low FODMAP recipes
  • a “symptom tracker” to help you identify they symptoms based on what you eat
  • a guide to help you quick-start a low FODMAP diet
  • lists of food and their FODMAP content
  • 10 tips to follow when dining out

The measurements on the recipes are in ounces, cups, tablespoons.

The Everything Guide To The Low-Fodmap Diet: A Healthy Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive Disorders (authors Dr. Barbara Bolen and Kathleen Bradley, CPC)

This book is not only a great recipe resource, it is also very informative if you are new to IBS and the low-FODMAP diet. It starts by explaining in simple words what the low FODMAP diet is and how our digestive system works, what FODMAPs are and how to follow a low FODMAP diet, including the elimination phase.

It also contains 150 delicious recipes, which are both low FODMAP and gluten-free and has a good variety of vegetarian options.

The recipes are divided by categories:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Soups
  • Sauces, Dressing and Rubs
  • Pasta
  • Beef, Pork and Poultry
  • Fish and Shellfish
  • Vegetarian Mains, Sides and Salads
  • Desserts
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The measurements on the recipes are in ounces, cups, tablespoons.

You may also find interesting the Q&A blog post with Dr Barbara Bolen and also one of my favourite recipe: the low-FODMAP ‘Pesto sauce’, which is featured in the book.

Low FODMAP Menus for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Menus for those on a low FODMAP diet (author Suzanne Perazzini)

This book contains 40  beautiful illustrated recipes grouped around 10 different menus for every kind of meal. Although some of the recipes include dairy products, the author also lists dairy alternatives for those who are lactose intolerant.

The measurements on the recipes are in gr/ml, as well as ounces, cups, tablespoons.

Disclaimer: The low FODMAP diet books described on this blog post, contain affiliate links to the Amazon affiliate program. Should you purchase anything on Amazon, via one of the link on my website, I will receive a small commission, for which I am really grateful. Although the low FODMAP diet has done miracles for my health, everyone is different and if suffering from any illnesses or disorders, you should consult your health practitioner and dietitian before anything else.

About Larah

I have been suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome for many years, but it took a longtime to get a diagnosis, since then I have been following a low FODMAP diet, which has changed my life for the better. This is my story and experience with IBS and the low FODMAP diet.

3 comments on “Best Low FODMAP Diet Books

  1. This is a very helpful guide, as I mentioned before I am a Certified Fitness Nutritionist with IBS clients and will recommend these books as well as read them myself to gain more insight into this condition.

  2. This is the PERFECT post for me to come across right now. My father has been reading more and more about this type of diet & I will love being able to give him a few of these books. Knowing that you’re endorsing these books is a big deal. As someone who has gone through the same type of pain and discomfort that he is going through right now, I know I can trust these books. Thank you so much for sharing these!
    By the way, here are a few more recipes you might want to check out:

    • Thank you Ann, I believe those books are very useful, especially when you are first starting with the low FODMAP diet.

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