My Cookbook: The Dude Diet

Holy shit, dudes. I wrote a book! And someone published it!! (I love you, Harper Wave.)

The Dude Diet: Clean(ish) Food For People Who Like to Eat Dirty is now available online and wherever books are sold.

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Wait. WTF is The Dude Diet?

The short answer: At its core, The Dude Diet is an awesome lifestyle guide that will help you feel better and look hotter without giving up the foods you love.

The long answer: There are several issues with dudes going on diets. First and foremost, they seem to know significantly less about nutrition than most women (likely because most have never experienced the exquisite horror of a bandage dress). For this reason, when dudes attempt to eat more healthily and/or lose weight, they tend to internalize the broad concepts of various diet trends and then fuck them up royally. They’ll inhale a handful of greens topped with fried chicken fingers and smothered in cheese and ranch dressing and then demand congratulations for ordering a salad. An Italian hero on a “wrap” becomes magically calorie-free. Pizza is healthy if there are a handful of bell peppers on it. Sweet potato fries and onion rings count as vegetables. Need I go on?

My point here is not that dudes are stupid, it’s that they are often nutritionally confused. They either have no concept of what is good for them, or they envision “healthy food” as boring salads, tofu, and all manner of terrifying, tasteless things. That’s where The Dude Diet comes in.

With over 125 drool-worthy recipes, this book demystifies nutrition basics and proves that meals made with nutrient-dense whole foods can elicit the same extreme excitement and satisfaction associated with deep dish pizza or delivery Chinese. Better still, each recipe is 100% idiotproof and requires only easily accessible ingredients and kitchen tools, so that even the most culinary-challenged individuals will be able to pull them off with ease.

Ultimately, The Dude Diet aims to arm dudes and those who love them with the knowledge they need to lead healthier, happier lives. (Flattened beer bellies, fewer meat sweats, and increased energy levels are just a few of the welcome side effects.) Boldly going where no other diet book has gone before, The Dude Diet empowers the dude in all of us to have our cake and eat it too. And by cake, I mean buffalo chicken.

*For more on The Dude Diet and its unlikely ambassador, the always sexy Logan Smith Unland, check out the blog series that inspired the book here.

Are there photos?

Duh. And they are AMAZING. (I’m allowed to say that because I didn’t take them.) The Dude Diet contains more than 110 full color photographs shot by the insanely talented Matt Armendariz and styled by the incomparable Marian Cooper Cairns.

people that are down with the dude diet

“Whether you’re looking to drop serious weight or you simply want to eat awesome food without feeling like crap, The Dude Diet has your back.”

Rocco DiSpirito, celebrity chef,
award-winning author

“Serena Wolf gets it. We all want to look good, we want to feel good, but we want to be bad. Indulgent, drool-worthy, #foodporn feasts call our name. Luckily, her dude food for manly men (and badass ladies) is just what we ordered: double flavor, extra nutrition, hold the beer belly. I’ll take 2!”

Daphne Oz, co-host of ABC’s The Chew, NYT bestselling author of Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun

“With The Dude Diet, Serena Wolf proves that being nutritionally conscious doesn’t mean giving up delicious, crave-worthy comfort food. I love her healthier take on staples like Mac and Cheese, Nachos, and Pizza. This funny, approachable cookbook is for anyone who cares about health but wants to keep eating like a dude.”

Andie Mitchell, NYT bestselling author of It Was Me All Along and healthy lifestyle blogger

“If you want to feast like a rockstar without getting man boobs, Serena’s Philly Cheesesteaks, Nachos, and Buffalo Chicken Tenders might just save your life.”

Abel James, NYT bestselling author of The Wild Diet

“I think a book of guy-approved recipes is genius. Have your man whip something up on your next date night.”

Khloe Kardashian, television personality, entrepreneur

readers say...

“I love rich indulgent gourmet meals, but I'm a busy mom on a budget. I don't have time to go looking for specialty ingredients. I also need foods that are simple, flavorful, and healthy that the whole family can relate to. This book delivers just that. I have made 4 meals from this book and each one has been better than the last. My 12 year-old didn't even realize she was eating quinoa.”

S. Lejeune, Dude Diet convert

“I've been an Amazon Prime member for 4 yrs and I don't think I've ever written a review. This book is AMAZING!! I never even thought I could cook this well…Everything tastes great and what's better is that I know exactly what's being put into the meal and it still tastes delicious! Plus the recipes are relatively quick (so far I've only experienced about 30 - 60 minutes of cooking time) but SUPER easy. Everything has been simple to make, nothing has called for a ton of ingredients, and the taste is PHENOMENAL. This is absolutely the best cookbook I've ever purchased. I really do love it and I plan on giving it to a few people for Christmas. Not only is it an amazing cookbook but I'm going to even go as far as to say that the Chicken Parmesan was probably the best Chicken Parmesan I've eaten. I'm serious when I say that I love this cookbook. I can't stress how easy the meals are and how delicious they taste. Buy this book and you will love it!!”

Eric J Darce, Dude Diet convert

“I was in the midst of preparing PENNE WITH SPINACH PESTO and couldn't figure out how much Parmesan cheese to add to the recipe. Oh, wait a minute...there isn't ANY added (unless you want to sprinkle it on before eating) which is part of what makes this and every other recipe in The Dude Diet "okay" to eat, and eat often!!! There isn't a recipe from cover to cover that isn't easy to cook AND completely and totally satisfying when you're aching for something realllly tasty that's also good to eat! The dudes in my family have been stunned by everything I've made....from the DUDE DIET PARTY MIX (yaayyyy....NO butter!!!) to the SHRIMP PAD THAI to the ultimate BOSS BEAN DIP (and a lot of "girly" food in between). This is the best cookbook I've ever had the thrill of working through. What an enormous treat in this day of fad chefs to have Serena create a most memorable, simple, delicious, healthy cookbook for ALL of us to enjoy, not just the dudes in the world!!!!! YAY!!!!”

Kerri, Dude Diet convert

“Incredible!!! I love cookbooks but this is by far my favorite!!! My family has never liked my cooking but now that I am cooking from this book, they can't get enough! I am a preschool teacher, mommy, wifey, and full time student so I don't have much time to cook but every recipe takes about 30 minutes-1 hour to make. It is amazing, don't hesitate to buy!!! The writing is witty, I was cracking up, a great read and awesome cookbook!!! Not one recipe has been a dud and I am loving the praise!!!”

Sky, Dude Diet convert

“Good food with less guilt! This cookbook has been by far, one of the best cookbooks I own. So far I have made the epic meat loaf and rotisserie chicken and they were phenomenonal! I can't wait for football season or any other excuse to make some of the drink and snack recipes!”

Stephen, Dude Diet convert