The Dude Diet – Book Review


The Dude Diet by Serena Wolf – Book Review

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a nutritionally-challenged guy with a broadening waistline asked a health-conscious chef (who just happens to be his girlfriend) to help him lose weight and improve his diet?

The answer lies in The Dude Diet: Clean(ish) Food For People Who Like To Eat Dirty – a very humorous yet informative cookbook by Serena Wolf!

The Dude Diet is unlike any other diet, nutrition or recipe book I’ve ever read. The introductory sections of the book are funny and highly relatable to men and women alike as Serena shares the struggles that she and Logan (“the Dude”) experience as she develops and he tries to adapt to his new diet. There are educational resources throughout this section but my favorite part is The Dude Diet Commandments, which begin with these words of wisdom:

I resolve to be less of a nutritional idiot. I shall think twice before I put things in my mouth, especially pizza, burritos, and other foods that are larger than my head.


The best part of this book, however, are the 125+ mouth-watering recipes – complemented by 102 stunning full-color photos – of healthy meals that look like filling meals you and your dude can feast upon! Even the most meat-sweating of men will find it hard to resist meals like these:

  • Skirt Steak and Avocado Quesadillas
  • Cheeseburger Quinoa Bake (see photograph)
  • Smarter Sausage Pizza
  • Summer Salad with Pan-Seared Salmon
  • 1-Hour Pulled Pork

If you know someone who could use help learning about the basics of nutrition and how to make better dietary decisions or someone who wants heartier but healthier meals, then The Dude Diet might just be the book for you!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Note: The book contains expletives.

Video: The Dude Diet Book Trailer

About Serena Wolf


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 (and sense of humor) to work as a private chef, culinary instructor, food writer, recipe developer, and blogger extraordinaire at

Serena’s work has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, Martha Stewart Radio, The Huffington Post,,,,, and, as well as many other well-known publications and media outlets. She lives in NYC with her dude.


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18 Responses to “The Dude Diet – Book Review”

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  1. Sounds like a great book.

  2. “I shall think twice before I put things in my mouth, especially pizza, burritos, and other foods that are larger than my head.” I laughed out loud when I read this! This book would be SO appropriate for my boyfriend!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  3. It sounds like this book has some great recipes! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!

  4. Barrie says:

    That quinoa bake looks delicious! Very intriguing cookbook!

  5. MizHoneybee says:

    Interesting book! I’ll make sure to hit it on my next visit to the bookstore. Thanks for the review.

  6. trish says:

    “…foods that are larger than my head.” LOL. My husband, and probably my boys, despite my best efforts, prefer dude food, so I need this book just to survive the next 20 years. HA!

  7. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    This book looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday last week on!

  8. What a unique recipe book! Thank you for linking up with LMM.

  9. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    Loved that trailer! This looks a great book for holiday gift-giving.

  10. Great title. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  11. I bet this book could help a lot of people, great review here.

  12. Foirell says:

    Really good review I will look to purchase this. I am always looking for new recipes 🙂

    Foirell |

  13. Veronica Lee says:

    Sound like an interesting diet book with unique recipes. And that quinoa bake looks delish!

  14. Tammy says:

    Haha sounds like a fun kind of cookbook with lots of yummy recipes to try! I love the concept behind it and it’s a good way to teach people how to cook healthier without sacrificing flavor.


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