Dude Food: A Guy’s Guide to Cooking Kick-Ass Food
Simon & Schuster
From the breakout star of MasterChef Australia, Dan Churchill’s Dude Food, a cookbook that will educate, motivate, and inspire men to put on an apron and turn on the oven.
Attention, dudes: you no longer have an excuse to avoid the kitchen. Dan Churchill has written a cookbook for guys who have always wanted to cook, but don’t know where to start; boyfriends who are intimated by a frying pan; and sons who have too long relied on their parents for meals. These mouth-watering recipes are easy to read and, most important, easy to replicate.
When Churchill was twelve, he put on an apron and agreed to take his turn cooking dinner for his family. Now in his twenties, Churchill draws on his self-taught experience in the kitchen, along with his extensive knowledge of nutrition, to create simple, delicious, and healthy meals. Divided into sections based on everyday scenarios and featuring forty-five recipes, Dude Food shares the secrets to cooking a repertoire of eggs, seafood, poultry, meats, vegetables, sandwiches, and even desserts. If it’s Sunday afternoon and you’re preparing for another long workweek: save time and money with Churchill’s slow roasted beef, a hearty meal you can enjoy that same evening, but also slice up for lunch tomorrow. If it’s early Wednesday morning, and you’re getting ready to hit the gym: mix the ingredients for a banana chocolate smoothie in your blender, which provides the right amount of protein you need to repair your muscles after lifting weights. If it’s Saturday night—date night—and you’re eager to impress, follow Churchill’s directions for baking a shortbread cookie topped with delicious chocolate ganache.
Packed with helpful tips and shortcuts, as well as beautiful photographs, this book will turn any dude into a cook.
A cook book for the novice and not so novice cook (and not just for men – though I do applaud the attempt to engage more men in everyday cooking). Dan Churchill has produced another healthy eating guide full of recipes that are contemporary and follow current food trends (using ingredients such as** Teff, coconut milk, couscous, quinoa, some low carb recipes, protein shakes, extraordinary yet simple breakfast suggestions etc.). Dan’s recipes are always vibrant and fresh. The accompanying images are simply yet beautifully presented – the meals shout out EAT ME.
Dan provides hints and suggestions – and one that is so basic and makes so much sense you would think it doesn’t need to be stated – but believe me it does – even experienced cooks need to be reminded now and again to read the entire recipe (ingredients required, prep and cooking time) – rushing when you suddenly realise oh no it takes two hours of slow cooking and I only have one hour before my guests arrive – unfortunately happens to all of us at some point. I suggest you read through the recipe at least the night before.
My tip – never try an untested recipe on that important dinner date – if you are inviting guests to share a meal it really does make sense to have tried the recipe beforehand – that way there is less chance you will flustered, or missing an important ingredient or a necessary pot/ right sized baking dish etc or rushed when you are preparing the meal for others. You will know what you need to buy beforehand and have tasted the meal and know what adjustments to make for your particular oven (all ovens vary) or for your particular taste (more/less seasonings, salt, sugar etc) and you will have the timing right.
From this book I made Protein Brownies (which were delicious). And cooked the best ever steak by following Dan’s easy instructions. And there are so many other recipes I want to try.
**Teff is an ancient grain currently being touted as healthy grain alternative to wheat