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

Title:  The Dude Diet: Clean(ish) Food for People Who Like to Eat Dirty
Author: Serena Wolf
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Release Date:  October 25, 2016
Genre: Cookbook / Food / Diet
Format: Hardcover

From chef and creator of the popular food blog, 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 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.

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.

My dear readers, when you hear "The Dude Diet," what do you think it means? Honestly, I'm thinking greasy, fatty and grilled foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos...etc. Well, Serena Wolf  created a plan to change some of that towards a "cleaner" diet, and then The Dude Diet is born. It's so popular, we lucky folks can grab the cookbook. In the introduction, we learn how and why. Then in the first chapter, we learn the "key to success" and it sure sounds like she knows what she's talking about. I actually had fun reading the first 25 pages or so. The "Dude Commandments" is hilarious and really worth it to help guys focus on still enjoying the food they love, but a healthier/cleaner version of it.  The "No-Calorie" Sunday is my version of the "Sunday Funday" in my book. It's basically not worrying the number of calories or how bad the food is for you.  Well, more like, how it affects your waistline and your cholesterol. So I'm happy to see that mentioned. 

From Domesticate-Me website
where The Dude Diet was born.
Now, since this is a cookbook, lets talk about food. What makes The Dude Diet a "clean(ish)" cookbook is that it substitutes what you typically use in the "dirty" (not too healthy) food with healthier versions like extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil instead of peanut or corn oil. Grains like quinoa and brown rice instead of the high in starch/sugar white rice; as well as whole wheat or panko crumbs instead of simple white bread crumbs. All this takes down the fat or sugar content in the meal, creating a "cleaner" version. There's obviously much more, but you'll have to check out the book to see. *wink wink.

I've only tried the Brown Rice Jambalaya with Shrimp and Chicken Sausage and the Fiery Ginger Wings, and I can tell you both are very yummy. In the Jambalaya, the main difference is obviously the brown rice and the chicken sausage instead of traditional white rice and andouille sausage that can kick up the sugar and fat content. For the wings, the Fiery Ginger Wings are baked instead of fried. However, I've changed one ingredient to kick it up a bit on the healthier side. I used ginger flavored seltzer instead of the nonalcoholic ginger beer, which I don't think will affect it too much. You can find ginger seltzer in Asian supermarkets.  I'm sorry I don't have pictures. When it comes to cooking, I hardly ever remember to take pictures after I prepped the meal. I just want to dive right in! Despite the lack of visual on my end, I can tell you The Dude Diet is one happy cookbook for any kitchen, especially when you have a craving for a certain comfort food, you're bound to find something here, and it's "cleaner"!

For my clean readers, there are some "dude" language in the intro section, but not obtrusive.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



After graduating from Harvard in 2009, Serena followed her passion for food to Le Cordon Bleu Paris, receiving her cuisine diploma in 2011. Since then, she has put her culinary skills to work as a private chef, food writer, recipe developer, and blogger at

She is currently a food contributor for and a member of SELF Magazine’s SelfMade Collective (an elite group of 25 influencers in the lifestyle space), as well as the former private chef for two players on the New York Giants. She also creates regular video content for her growing YouTube channel.

Serena’s writing, recipes and photography have been featured on The Huffington Post,, SELF. Com,,, BuzzFeed and POPSUGAR among others. She has also appeared as a guest on The Dr. Oz Show and Martha Stewart’s Radio Show "Mostly Martha."

TO CONNECT WITH SERENA:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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  1. I saw the title and knew I had to read your review! This sounds like a fantastic cookbook. Love the review - will definitely have to check this out! :)

  2. This would be great in my kitchen since my boyfriend is not excited about eating healthy. I'm sure there are some things in here that he would go for!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!


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