Serena Wolf, author of ‘The Dude Diet,’ tells her story at The Bookworm |

Serena Wolf, author of ‘The Dude Diet,’ tells her story at The Bookworm

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Serena Wolf, author of a new cookbook called "The Dude Diet: Clean(ish) Food for People Who Like to Eat Dirty," lives by the idea that it's not impossible to crave healthy food.

"One of the most unfortunate misconceptions about healthy eating is that it's 'boring' or 'bland,'" she said. "My underlying goal with 'The Dude Diet' is to prove that meals made with nutrient-dense, whole foods can elicit the same extreme excitement associated with deep dish pizza or delivery Chinese."

Today at 6 p.m., Wolf will be at The Bookworm of Edwards to discuss the recipes from her book and the story that brought them all together. Wolf didn't come from a long line of cooks in her family. In fact, she was truly a visionary when it came to her meals.

"Truth be told, it's pretty hilarious to my friends and family (and myself) that I ended up in the food world," Wolf said. "Nobody in my family cooks, and prior to culinary school, the only thing I had ever cooked was a burnt grilled cheese. I moved to Paris and enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu on a whim after college, and I was only meant to do the basic three-month program before coming home to start my 'real life.'

"The early cooking school days were mildly traumatic, but after a couple months, I had become a completely different person. I was gutting and filleting fish, deboning chickens, breaking down whole rabbits and whipping up hollandaise sauce without breaking a sweat. Weirdly, I loved every second of it. Realizing that I'd found my (very unexpected) calling, I enthusiastically signed on to complete the full diploma program and never really looked back."

After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, Wolf found many opportunities to share the passion she had found in Paris. While in school, Wolf started up a website,, to share her skills with others with whom she wanted to keep in contact. With fun and accessible takes on recipes, the website's popularity continues to grow.

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Inspiration for 'the dude diet'

It wasn't until she met her fiance that she was inspired to compile a book of her experiences.

"'The Dude Diet' was inspired by my wonderful, nutritionally confused fiance, Logan," Wolf said. "When I moved in with him five years ago and became privy to his day-to-day eating habits, I was horrified. I'd occasionally mention that he might want to eat more healthily, but these suggestions were typically met with shrugs and derogatory comments about vegetables and 'weird vegan things.'

"So, when he announced one random Saturday that he wanted to start eating better, I was determined to capitalize on the opportunity. I knew that overhauling the eating habits of someone who comes precariously close to having excitement seizures in the vicinity of finger food, and who regularly trips over himself when running to the door to get his Domino's, wasn't going to be an easy job. But I love a challenge, and I committed myself to helping Logan create better habits by feeding him nutritious, hearty meals that he'd be pumped to eat."

Wolf began by creating the categories of recipes she wanted to make sure made it into the book. The book has a versatile selection of recipes, including what to make on game day, a healthy spin on takeout and, of course, cocktails. This book is tailor made for anyone who loves food that tastes incredible and doesn't erase your diet.

"I'm so excited to talk about my own food and cooking story, the inspiration for 'The Dude Diet,' and to hopefully get people excited about cooking and eating clean(ish)," Wolf said. "More than five years later, my mission with the blog, my book and my personal brand remains the same: I truly believe that cooking should be accessible, experimental and, most importantly, fun."

If you go …

What: Book talk with Serena Wolf, author of “The Dude Diet: Clean(ish) Food for People Who Like to Eat Dirty.”

When: 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20.

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards, 295 Main St., Riverwalk at Edwards.

Cost: $10, includes appetizers inspired by recipes from Wolf’s book.

More information: Call 970-926-7323, or visit