About The Dude Diet -
From chef and creator of the popular food blog Domesticate-Me.com, 125 outrageously delicious yet deceptively healthy recipes for dudes (and the people who love them), accompanied by beautiful full-color photography.
Dudes. So well intentioned when it comes to healthy eating, even as they fail epically 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 drool-worthy 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.
The Dude Diet also demystifies the basics of nutrition, empowering men to make better decisions whether they’re eating out or cooking at home. Better still, each recipe is 100% idiot-proof and requires only easily accessible ingredients and tools. With categories like Game Day Eats, On the Grill, Serious Salads, and Take Out Favorites, The Dude Diet will arm dudes and those who love them with the knowledge they need to lead healthier, happier lives—with flattened beer bellies and fewer meat sweats.
The Dude Diet includes 102 full-color photographs.
About Serena Wolf -
After graduating from Harvard in 2009, Serena Wolf followed her passion for food to Le Cordon Bleu Paris, receiving her cuisine diploma in 2011. Since then, she has put her culinary skills (and sense of humor) to work as a private chef, culinary instructor, food writer, recipe developer, and blogger extraordinaire at Domesticate-Me.com. Serena’s work has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, Martha Stewart Radio, The Huffington Post, ELLE.com, SHAPE.com, SELF.com, People.com, and FoodandWine.com, as well as many other well-known publications and media outlets. She lives in NYC with her dude.
Visit Serena at her website, and follow her on Instagram.
MY THOUGHTS -
Well this book was nothing short of amazing! LOVE this book! You know how I have this great love for cookbooks - so I know a great one when I see one. Full of wonderful full color pictures (score!). Tons of great, mouth-watering recipes that are all very usable.
What I really loved about this was that these are new recipes, fresh new ideas, not the same old ones being rewritten. And some of them are pretty bold. Now, being a vegetarian - there are a lot of meat recipes in here - but you can very easily just leave out the meat or substitute tofu or Tempeh.
Another thing I really loved about this book was all the "other stuff" besides the recipes, there is lots of good advice, helpful hints, lists and charts with ideas for eating healthy.
* One I really liked was "Cravings Decoded" - if you are craving this - eat this or do this instead.
* Another good one is The Dude Diet Breakfast guidelines. "A Bagel and cream cheese is not your friend". I know! Its so sad! I love bagels and cream cheese! But I do know they are not good for you.Maybe a 100% whole Wheat bagel and very low fat cream cheese???
* But I think my favorite one is - The Dude Diet Commandments (I loved it so much I had to show you) -
Here are a couple recipes I am going to try - soon! -
Fish Tacos (OMG!!!!! Don't these look delish?) -
And these Quinoa cakes (Oh my gosh, just freaking amazing!) -
This book is great for everyday use. But would also make a great Christmas gift!!!! With Christmas just around the corner - don't you have a guy that you have no idea what to get??? Ta Daaaaa - Do you see the light-bulb over my head? I am now transferring said light bulb to your head. Now take your little light bulb on over to Amazon and just order it already (I am ordering one for Christmas)! You won't regret it! And while you are at it, order one for yourself!
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving this book from Harper Collins & TLC book tours. Thank you!