The Dude Diet: Clean(ish) Food For People Who Like To Eat Dirty by Serena Wolf
Publisher: 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.
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.
We loved this chapter on side dishes. It’s called Sexy Sides. Don’t they all look yummy?
This chapter is my husband’s favorite.
Doesn’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.
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.