10 Best Muscle Building Diet and Nutrition Books for Bodybuilding Success

Bodybuilding nutrition is a real challenge and you need to take it head on. Here are 10 excellent muscle building diet and nutrition books to expand your knowledge and help you design the best eating to gain muscle plan.

The Best Muscle Building Nutrition Books

Inside This Article:

How to Select the best Muscle Building Nutrition Book

I read one new bodybuilding a week. I do that so that you don’t have to.

The criteria for selecting the best book on bodybuilding nutrition were simple.

The best book on bodybuilding nutrition should:

  • Simplify the complex world of nutrition
  • Provide a fool-proof way to calculate your caloric intake
  • Teach you cooking skills and
  • Give you plenty of tasty recipes to show you the joy of eating to gain mass.

There are plenty of books that promise that but few actually fulfill. Information is easy to get. Sticking with the right info is the real pain. And enjoying tasty meals makes sticking easier.

Top 10 Muscle Building Nutrition Books

I use the word book for books, ebooks, online programs, etc. The key here is not just a book in your hands but the best resource in your hands to show you exact nutrition strategies used by people who actually are building muscle mass, not just some quick-fix shakes/ ready to order meals.

  1. Anabolic Cooking
  2. Bodybuilding Revealed
  3. Show and Go Nutrition System
  4. Nutrient Timing
  5. Precision Nutrition
  6. Metabolic Cooking
  7. Muscle Chow
  8. The Shredded Chef
  9. Get Juiced
  10. What not to eat after workout {free ebook}

1. Anabolic Cooking

Dave Ruel’s anabolic cooking is a blessing for bodybuilders. Dave has filled a real need in the bodybuilding community.

Most bodybuilding books do a good job of detailing the role of nutrition but only mention a few meal plans, shakes and snacks.

But for amateurs like us who do not have full time chefs like pros do, it is not enough.

Anabolic cooking gives you:

  • 200+ Tasty Muscle Building recipes
  • Video recipes to show you exact steps
  • A quick start muscle diet plan
  • Cooking and Preparation tips
  • Post workout shakes and much more

Check out 200+ Anabolic Cooking Recipes Here.

2. Bodybuilding Revealed by Will Brink

Nutrition coach Will Brink is famous for his scientific approach to bodybuilding nutrition and supplementation. Everything he says is backed by research.

His book program now called Bodybuilding Revealed {earlier called Muscle Building nutrition} leaves no stone unturned.

  • Want to know your macronutrient ratios? Done.
  • Want to know how each nutrient works? Done.
  • Want to calculate your exact nutrition requirements? Done.
  • Want to create a menu based on the foods you select? Done.

The membership area includes a Diet planner which is very cool. It not only helps you create a customised nutrition plan, but also helps you keep track of your progress.

Once your diet plan is created, it gives you a graph that shows your progress - muscle gained, fat lost and overall progress.

Cons: The recipes section is still wanting. I prefer anabolic recipes book as I want the practical know-how to make tasty meals in quick time.

Click here for more info on Bodybuilding Revealed.

3. Show and Go Nutrition System

Not just a book, its a complete Eating System

The Show and Go Nutrition system by Eric Cressey is a high performance nutrition system that aims to help you build muscle, burn fat and improve your performance on the field or in the gym.

Sometimes surprises come from unexpected sources. Show and Go nutrition system is one of those. Its a great nutrition and nutrition system for everyone.

Nutrition Book highlights:

  • The basics of nutrition and eating well
  • Personalised nutrition plans for males and females 
  • Muscle Building meals and snacks 
  • Meals plans for morning and evening workouts {I love it!}
  • Grocery lists
  • Food logs, etc.

Its eating well for life manual. No quick fixes, just a common sense approach to nutrition that works exceptionally well.

Learn more the Show and Go Training and Nutrition System.

4. Nutrient Timing

Although its a sports nutrition book, Nutrient Timing is for every serious muscle builder as it brings cutting edge science to the table.

Most bodybuilders are aware of the importance of workout nutrition but Nutrient Timing Book takes your whole nutrition to a new level. How?

By bringing the importance of timing. And proper nutrients at proper times means lean muscle gains.

Nutrient Timing book shows:

  • Why timings is everything for muscle gains
  • What P + C + F combinations work best for different times
  • Energy, Anabolic and Growth phases for optimal muscle nutrition
  • And much more.

It takes your meal planning to t whole new level. I highly recommend it.

5. Precision Nutrition by John Berardi

The Precision Nutrition book by John Berardi, founder of Precision Nutrition System is an excellent Nutrition Program for building muscle and losing fat.

Having tried on 35,000 clients successfully, we can be sure it works great.

Its the basis on which the Precision Nutrition Certification programs are based and is a coacher's go to guide for nutrition info.

Precision Nutrition includes:

  • A quick start nutrition guide
  • A diet plan
  • 5 minute meals
  • Super shake guide
  • Plant based diet guide
  • Individualisation Guide and much more

Click here for more information on Precision Nutrition System.

6. Metabolic Cooking

Burning fat is as important for bodybuilders as building muscle mass. Metabolic Cooking Program is the best one to help you with that.

Its the fat brining version of Anabolic Cooking. Written by Dave Ruel and his wife Karine Losier {The Lean Kitchen Queen} provides loads of information and recipes for burning fat while maitaining lean muscle mass.

Metabolic Cooking includes:

  • 250 recipes for burning fat
  • The best fat burning foods
  • Quick start guide
  • Individualised Fat Burning Plans and 
  • 5 bonuses for serious bodybuilders

Click here to learn about Metabolic Cooking.

7. Muscle Chow

Men's health chef Gregg Avedon is the author of the book Muscle Chow. It contains more than 150 recipes to build muscle and burn fat.

The book includes:

  • Recipes on almost anything you can imagine - beef, chicken, fish, eggs, seafood. 
  • Recipes by meals - breakfast, lunch/dinner
  • Soups, desserts, muffins
  • Muscle Building shakes and snacks and 
  • A daily food log

Its a great what to eat for mass book.

Click here to learn more about The Muscle Chow.

8. The Shredded Chef

The updated 120 recipes book, The Shredded Chef by Muscle Coach Michael Mathews is a new nutrition book.

Its a healthy cookbook for bodybuilders and is available on amazon Kindle too.

Main Highlights:

  • Kitchen setting tips
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes
  • Recipes by food type: Chicken and Turkey, Beef, Pork, Fish and seafood, salads, grains, protein shakes, bars and snacks, desserts and
  • a handy spreadsheet for meal planning

Click here to learn more about The Shredded Chef.

9. Get Juiced

You are as strong as your weakest link. This holds true in the world of muscle building too.

Even with a perfect diet, if your body is filled with toxins and unwanted materials that clog the digestion and absorption system, then the nutrients do not reach where they are supposed to reach - your muscles.

Get Juiced is a must have for serious bodybuilders who want to keep their systems clean for optimal nutrient absorption.

Written by Muscle Coach Vince Delmonte and Drew Canole, Get Juiced makes it easy to get your daily dose of vegetables in easy shakes.

Get Juiced includes recipes like:

  • 5 Day hypertrophy reset
  • Top 7 Hypertrophy Juice recipes
  • 7 day starter plan and much more
  • All recipes in video form - best way to learn

For limited time only they are giving away One Hybrid Juice to their Best 30 day transformation story.

Click here to learn more about Get Juiced Recipes.

10. What to Never Eat After a Workout

This free nutrition guide by Prograde is a cool one for optimising the most important meal of the day - Your post workout nutrition.

Click here to download the 39 page ebook for free.

My Best Choice

After trying all the 10 programs I have found Anabolic Cooking to be the best one because it shows {in video form} how to cook the tastiest Bodybuilding recipes.

Its easy to calculate your caloric requirements but cooking tasty recipes is where we bodybuilders suck.

Anabolic Cooking has taken the pain out of my kitchen. I use it daily and recommend it to my clients.


If you are not serious about Muscle Cooking, then the seeds of bodybuilding success are not in you.

Gulping shakes only works in the movies and magazines. 

You NEED to learn at least 20 recipes that are healthy and build muscle mass.

Start today. One at a time and real rests will follow.

All the best.

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