A Book On Tour

The Dude Diet: Clean(ish) Food For People Who Like To Eat Dirty by Serena Wolf

dude-dietPublisher: Harper Wave (October 25, 2016)

Hardcover: 352 pages

It’s been a while since I’ve had a new cookbook. This one has been a nice treat for me. The author, Serena Wolf is a fellow blogger – Domesticate-Me.com – and a chef. Her blog is fun to read and she shares some of the dishes she has created. This new cookbook contains 125 dishes she has created plus great discussions from kitchen equipment to what to have in your pantry to new foods to try like farro, quinoa, chia seeds, tahini and so much more.

As the title of the book implies, The Dude Diet aims to inform men on how to create a diet and eat foods that are good for them. Therefore, I involved my husband in looking at this cookbook. Before we go any further, let me share an overview of the book from the publisher:

 Dudes. So well intentioned when it comes to healthy eating, even as they fail especially in execution inhaling a “salad” topped with fried chicken fingers or ordering their Italian hero on a whole wheat wrap (that makes it healthy, right?).

There are several issues with men going on diets. First, they seem to be misinformed about basic nutrition. They are also, generally, not excited about eating “health food.” You can lead a dude to the salad bar, but you can’t make him choose lettuce.

Enter Serena Wolf – chef, food blogger, and caretaker of a dude with some less than ideal eating habits. As a labor of love, Serena began creating healthier versions of her boyfriend’s favorite foods and posting them on her blog, where she received an overwhelming response from men and women alike. Now, in The Dude Diet, Serena shares more than 125 droolworthy recipes that prove that meals made with nutrient-dense whole foods can elicit the same excitement and satisfaction associated with pizza or Chinese take-out.

My Thoughts:

There are several things my husband and I like about this book:

  • The exceptionally good pictures not only make us hungry, they make us want to prepare the recipe.
  • The type of dishes and the ingredients used are just a bit outside our normal fare that we want to try them just for the fun of it.
  • The conversation from the author about each recipe makes the dish feel personal.
  • The healthy eating issue: The whole idea of the book is to offer food for men/dudes to eat and/or cook that are also good for you. I like that each recipe sounds super delicious and, oh-by-the-way, they’re also good for you. That’s a great combination.
  • The book has that nice “cookbook feel” to it. Do you know what I mean? A decent cookbook should have a little heft to it with substantial pages that feel like they can handle a few spots dropped on them. That might seem like a minor thing, but its important to me.

Because we both loved the photos so much I wanted to share a couple of them with you.

sexy-sidesWe loved this chapter on side dishes. It’s called Sexy Sides. Don’t they all look yummy?

game-day-eatsThis chapter is my husband’s favorite.

dd-pizzaDoesn’t this pizza look wonderful? It’s very tasty and healthy.

As you can tell, my husband and I really like this cookbook. There’s not much to complain about, but I do feel compelled to warn you that the author’s language is a little rough. (It didn’t bother my husband,) It was a little surprising to me because it’s not what you normally see in cookbooks. But, as I said above, I like the conversational tone of the book and all of that talk is a part of who the author is. The good food and the variety and health is what’s important here. I definitely give The Dude Diet a strong recommendation.

Purchase Links
HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Thanks to the publisher for my copy of the cookbook and to TLC Book Tours.


I’m linking this post to Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads.


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13 Responses to A Book On Tour

  1. The title of this cookbook makes me laugh, and I think we would like the recipes, too! I’ll see if I can get it from the library and test a few.

  2. This would be perfect for my son for Christmas!

  3. There look like a LOT of recipes in this book that I could convince my boyfriend to eat … and that would be great for both of us!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  4. Beth F says:

    Oh wow the photos looks fantastic and your list of positive points all call to me. A little rough language doesn’t bother me. I’m adding this to my list.

  5. mae says:

    So sad that many men can’t read a normal nutrition book! But I believe it.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  6. jama says:

    You’ve got me curious about this one. Love cookbooks with lots of pictures. Thanks for the review!

  7. Claudia says:

    That would be the day, when my husband read a cookbook! He is not at all interested in cooking, exotic ingredients, or healthy food. Nonetheless, I serve it up 🙂 I’d love this book.

  8. Nan says:

    I just don’t get what happened to men. The hippie men knew all about grains and vegetarian foods and how to eat healthy, and doing one’s best for the planet. It seems that since those days men are more macho, more about meat. The hippie men are still around, as are some younger ones, but they sure aren’t the ones in the media. My husband and I have been vegetarian since 1971.

  9. I watched her talk about the book on a talk show recently (I think maybe The Chew) and thought she was pretty funny and that the recipes looked good. It does sound like a fun book! 😉

  10. Dude food — yay! Have a great week. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  11. candice peck says:

    Great review! I putting this book on hold today…

  12. Molly says:

    I love cookbooks that are organized by theme. This is one I would love to check out before the holidays!

  13. Pingback: Serena Wolf, author of The Dude Diet, on tour October/November 2016 | TLC Book Tours

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