Cookbooks for men include cookbooks for men who like to cook, and those for men who despise it. Cookbooks filled with recipes for giant, indulgent, borderline disgusting dishes, and cookbooks that reel it in and take more of a male health and clean eating angle. Most contain stories, anecdotes, and reassurances that you're not the worst cook on earth (maybe not even in America) and a surprising number contain as much foul language in their recipes and narratives as you or the dude you gift them to will unleash while cooking with them.
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A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches
As a representative of the gender, I can attest that men do love them some sammiches. And don't worry, A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches isn't so named because it reveals that sammiches, like, cause cancer or make you sterile. The book is kind of like PornBurger meets neurotic New York chef.
Tyler Kord, the neurotic New York chef, owns and operates NYC's No. 7 restaurant and No. 7 Sub shops. In A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches, Kord shares recipes and ruminations, both unique to the chef's psyche and, some would say, genius. His sandwiches look delicious. His mind looks...like it never stops racing at Formula 1 speeds. Vrrroooom! Full eats ahead.
What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner?
A classic for any man who enjoys good food and colorful language. What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner?: The Answers to Life's Everyday Question (in 50 F*@#ing Recipes) contains meal suggestions and preparation instructions for life's most trying times of hunger. Every f*@#ing page contains a Choose-your-own-adventure-type option for cooking the food listed, or moving on for reasons such as not f*@#ing like that, not f*@#ing eating meat, or, if you're not a loser, not being a f*@#ing vegetarian.
How to Cook Everything Fast
How to Cook Everything author Mark Bittman follows up his first hit with a cookbook men might appreciate even more: How to Cook Everything Fast. The cookbook condenses 2,000 main dishes and accompaniments that could normally take hours to make into recipes that promote efficient preparation techniques, creative (and sometimes unorthodox) use of kitchen equipment, and what Bittman calls "naturally fast cooking." Eat homemade wonton soup in around 30 minutes. Chicken parm now requires no dredging or frying. And fruit crisp does its crisping on the stovetop.
F*ck, That's Delicious
When I see the title F*ck, That's Delicious, all I can think of are the words, "Mm-hmm! This is a tasty burger!" I wonder if Action Bronson uses Jules Winnfield, or the Jules Winnfield talking action figure, as inspiration for his food musings and explorations like I do.
Whatever Bronson uses, you'll see them all put to paper in the forthcoming F*ck, That's Delicious: An Annotated Guide to Eating Well. It's a book the former chef and current rapper (the Reverse Snoop Dogg, if you will) wrote not as some syrupy autobio or tough-guy memoir, but as a "devotional." An ode to the power of food "replete with orgiastic recipes, world travel, siren songs, and weed."
Don't worry, anti-potters, I'm sure he just means dandelion greens.
PornBurger: Hot Buns and Juicy Beefcakes
A picture of a Porn Burger is worth a thousand drools. Maybe even a lick. A bite. At the very least a boner. In Porn Burger: Hot Buns and Juicy Beefcakes, self-described "burger pervert" Matthew Ramsey indulges us with the most illicit photographs of beef between bread (and mac 'n' cheese patties, and woven quilts of bacon) I've ever seen.
Even better, he includes the recipes to make them so we can all Weird Science our own mouthwatering Lisa Burgers.
Man Meets Stove
Targeted specifically towards men between the ages of 18 and 35 who got no skills, and no skilled one to cook for them. Man Meets Stove provides tips, recipes, and comic relief to men who have only ever learned how to use a microwave.
Moreover, authors Jim Madden and Thomas Jacques say the cookbook "will help men cultivate skills, cooking and otherwise, that will assist them in their fledgling attempts to date women." Tutorials include: Oils and other lubricants; Bacon, the other spice; Drunk Broccoli; and Wake Me Up Before you Go Go Brownies (Caffeinated Brownies).
The Dude Diet
Another health-centric installment for men who care to cook clean. Serena Wolf is a chef and food blogger who's compiled 125 "outrageously delicious yet deceptively healthy recipes" especially for dudes.
Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook
All I have to say is Wookiee Cookies better just be a treat Wookiees love and not a treat Wookiees are...you know...baked into. No man needs Chewie ginger snaps describing anything but the texture of his favorite after-work snack.
Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Snacks merges Star Wars with the culinary world...or at least the world of indulgence and delicious junk food...with recipes such as Boba Fett-ucine, Han-Burgers, Death Star Popcorn Balls, and Yoda Soda.
The Hungoevr Cookbook
Does The Hungoevr Cookbook spotlight a small, yet decidedly porky hog on its cover because bacon is the ultimate hangover cure, or because it would also like to point out that those of us requiring a cookbook tailored to days defined by the overconsumption of alcohol are gluttonous, unbridled pigs?
Argument in favor of the former: a recipe for Potato Hash with Avocado and Bacon. One for Pork Sausage and Egg on an English Muffin. And, mmm, The Elvis Presley Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon Sandwich. Recipes obviously intended to refresh and reinvigorate us to the point that we can throw back a few more brews...and maybe a shot or two of Jager...again tonight.
Argument for the latter: The deprecating anecdotes, graphic jokes, mind benders, quizzes, and insights into the science of drunken stupidity interspersed amongst the food-based cures. Words that will surely exacerbate the guilt compartment of our psyches, just as the delicious home cookin' soothes the stomach compartment of our bodies.
The Culinary Bro-Down Cookbook
Mac 'n' Cheese Nachos, Loaded Avocado Fries, dude. It's time to bro-down. The Culinary Bro-Down Cookbook, despite incorporating a word most men do not want to be associated with, has a respectable goal, one most of us can appreciate: expanding our world of late-night munchie food beyond instant ramen and frozen tater tots.
The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse
This compilation from Lauren Wilson is part cookbook, part culinary field guide. It combines over 80 recipes with gastronomic survival tips and dozens of diagrams detailing how to scavenger, forage, and improvise your way to nourishment during the bloodiest and most viral of times.
Recipes include Overnight of the Living Dead French Toast, ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Not Easy Growing Greens Salad, Down & Out Sauerkraut, Honey & Blackberry Mead, Twinkie Trifle, and Apocalypse Nownies.
Prison Ramen: Recipes & Stories from Behind Bars
Good thing Shia La Beouf spent 25 hours in a New York City jail for acting like an asshat at a Broadway musical a couple years ago, or else the world may never have had Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars. And, more importantly, Shia's recipe for Egg Ramen Salad Sandwiches.
Clifton Collins Jr. co-starred with LaBeouf in 2015's Man Down. He released Prison Ramen with childhood friend and ex-con and Gustavo Alvarez shortly thereafter. The book is an anthology of inmates' tales of life behind bars paired with 65 of the best meals they've ever concocted from Ramen noodles. Such as:
Ramen Goulash. Black Bean Ramen. Onion Tortilla Ramen Soup. The Jailhouse Hold Burrito. Slash's J-Walking Ramen (yes, that Slash). And Orange Porkies, chili Ramen with white rice, half a bag of pork skins, and orange-flavored punch. Pretty much anything the prisoners can get at their commissaries, and we can get at the gas station convenience store.
Thug Kitchen, in the piped icing vein of What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner, has parlayed a recipe blog and the gratuitous use of profanity into a cookbook. And although I'm pretty sure noting Thug Kitchen on the Web is "beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow" is less of a top Thug Kitchen in print selling point than it is a great way to ensure no one will buy your fucking book ever, the real-world, no-frills food the TK authors use to cook up healthy, bomb-ass dishes like Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos still make Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck worth a second look.
Over 100 recipes, from bitch-ass soup to motherfucking nuts, fill the full-color pages of Thug Kitchen. The cookbook also contains supplemental information on cooking techniques, shopping on a budget, and hopefully slaying fuckball onions without crying like a pussy.
Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck
All the thugliness, half the effort. Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck follows up its bestselling debut with this faster, simpler, and more f*cking thugged out motherf*cker of a cookbook, Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck. From comfort food to one pot meals, these b*tches guarantee all their recipes will be healthier, tastier, cheaper, and quicker to hit up your stomach than delivery.
Thug Kitchen recipes are always at least 5 out of 10 funny, and their accompanying photographs at least 5 out of 10 something I would eat. The only real problem with the Thug lifestyle is that it's plant based. Like, the whole book is vegetarian. That's pretty bad news if you're on a vegetable-free diet.
The Lambshank Redemption Cookbook
Mmmm, I could sure go for some lamb shank tonight. According to my fiancee, a little redemption wouldn't hurt me either. Fitting, then, that in my search for dinner and ways to un-piss off my lady I stumbled across The Lambshank Redemption Cookbook. New in 2017 year from Lachlan Hayman, the tongue-in-(beef)-cheek recipe collection pays tribute to 50 blockbuster movies.
The full title is Guy Gourmet: Great Chefs' Best Meals for a Lean & Healthy Body so, yeah, probably a departure from most of the other entries on this list. But if you're a man who prefers lean over obscene when it comes to dinner, the editors of Men's Health magazine have 150 recipes for eating well and staying fit.