January’s Books – Cookbooks for Runners

Editors Picks for January, 2019

Fueling your body for a workout is important. That is never more true when you are a runner. Runners bodies must be fueled for peak performance. Because of that, we’ve picked some books for January (cookbooks & nutrition information) focused on the unique needs of runners.

See what you think of our recommendations, or let us know if you have a favorite runners cookbook that you would recommend everyone try. We’d love to read about your successes.



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Book List

» Performance Nutrition for Runners

» Run Fast. Cook Fast Eat Slow.

» The Runner’s World Cookbook:

150 Ultimate Recipes for Fueling Up and Slimming Down–While Enjoying Every Bite


» Performance Nutrition for Runners

by Matt Fitzgerald

Customer Review: “I don’t usually write reviews, but I thought that this book was great. Performance Nutrition for Runners covered a lot of very technical material pertaining to fueling my (a runner) body before and after various workouts.

I have used some of Fitzgerald’s fueling strategies during different high intensity sports as well, since reading his book, and have found them to be very effective.

While a lot of “performance” related books seem to push supplements as some kind of “magic pill”, Fitzgerald gives a very candid and well thought out review on a very select, and hardly outlandish, few supplements.”

Customer Review: “I found this book to be very useful in more ways than one. It was extremely helpful in educating me on the advantages and disadvantages of the different sports drinks and recovery formulas available to long distance runners. I also found that it motivated me to eat a healthier diet in general. While much of the general dietary information was stuff that I already knew, some of it was not.

I have significantly changed the way I eat as a result of reading the book, and I regularly recommend it to friends whether they run or not.”

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» Run Fast. Cook Fast Eat Slow.

by Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky

Amazon Best Seller

Customer Review: “I absolutely loved “Run Fast, Eat Slow” and was excited to receive this second edition. At first glance, I’m a little disappointed that many of the recipes are recycled from the first book with a few substitutions. For example, the Can’t Beet Me Smoothie 2.0 is the same recipe as the Can’t Beet Me Smoothie in the first book with the exception of adding 2 tbsp of cocoa powder and swapping peanut butter for almond butter. “

Customer Review: “The first cookbook either had complicated recipes or recipes that called for several hard-to-find ingredients (Hazelnut Milk & Energy Bites are the first ones I can remember). At this point, I’ve only made a few recipes from “Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow,” and so far, I’m really enjoying how easy they are to make!
The chocolate peanut butter cups are AMAZING!!! I’m currently training for my first full marathon, and I’ve had some horrible sweet cravings now that I’m hitting 18-20 mile long runs. These cups quench the craving while giving me a much healthier chocolate option. No more guilt for these cravings!! I attached a couple images so you can see.”

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» The Runner’s World Cookbook: 150 Ultimate Recipes for Fueling Up and Slimming Down

— While Enjoying Every Bite

by Joanna Sayago Golub & Deena Kastor

Customer Review: “I recommend this cookbook to runners and non-runners alike, because its recipes are fairly simple and nutritionally balanced to make you feel good and healthy. It is also a fairly small cookbook, not overwhelming like so many, and picking a recipe for any given meal feels simple and fun. It helpfully categorizes recipes by things like dietary restriction (e.g., vegetarian, gluten-free) as well as timing/use (e.g., pre-run fueling, post-run recovery). The photos are lovely. You feel healthier just flipping through the pages. I am a runner, but just gave this book to my elderly mother, who loves it!”

Customer Review: “My daughter is a student-athlete in cross country and volleyball, my husband a long distance cyclist and I love to run. My motivation for considering this cookbook was the fact that we demand a lot out of our bodies physically; and I want each meal or snack we consume to help our bodies meet that demand. Although my daughter and husband would be perfectly happy refueling on Oreos!
I purchased the e-version of this cookbook and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The recipes are divided in the usual cookbook manner (breakfast, main dishes, snacks, etc), but also by the way we would use the food: pre-run, recovery, etc.. This has been a very useful tool as I plan my daughter’s snacks between morning workout and school, school and afternoon workout; and what she takes to eat prior to games/meets.”

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Author: Joan E Wilder

We provide information and motivation focused on the importance of physical activity to our quality of life. It is our hope to help people invest in themselves by staying active throughout their lives. It's that important.

4 thoughts

    1. Thanks Christy, but the closest I come to running is with friends of mine that needed some great recipes to try :) I am more of an indoor exercise person… I know, I know, there are indoor tracks LOL :)

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