The Runner’s World Cookbook

runners world cookbook

Delicious! Healthy! Easy! Wow! Those are the words that come to mind first when describing my experience cooking with the Runner’s World Cookbook. This cookbook has helped my family eat healthier and enjoy some  delectable new recipes. My wife, Tina,  has blogged about many of the recipes on her cooking site at

We were skeptical at first, much like the first time you hear someone talk about the joys of running a marathon, climbing a mountain, or having children. But, we have been pleasantly surprised at how tasty these healthy recipes are. Even our children, ages 10 and 12, have raved about the new dinner menu.

Food for Runners

The recipes in this book are designed to meet the unique nutritional requirements of runners. There are four basic tenets for strong running and good health.

  1. Eat a rainbow of produce every day
  2. Choose the right carbohydrates
  3. Get the right Fats
  4. Meet your protein needs

Book Design

The layout of the book makes it easy to thumb through the pages and find a recipe that fits your needs. Convenient labels on each recipe make it possible to quickly filter based on low-calorie, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. Runners will be happy to find prerun and recovery labels. Each recipe has detailed information regarding nutrition per serving.


The book begins with a foreword by Olympic marathoner and American marathon and half-marathon record holder, Deena Kastor. The introduction includes the basics of good nutrition and buying guides for consumers. The body of the book is divided into ten chapters:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks and Smoothies
  • Salads and Dressings
  • Soups and Stews
  • Sandwiches, Pizzas, and Burgers
  • Sauces and Pasta
  • Meat and Poultry Mains
  • Fish and Seafood Mains
  • Vegetables
  • Desserts

Family Favorites

The following recipes are some of our favorites. We are working our way through the book by introducing three or four new meals each week.