Cookbook Review and Recipe: Recipes Every Man Should Know

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Today I'm sharing a cookbook with you that I am a huge fan of. Recipes Every Man Should Know is written by fellow food blogger and personal friend, Susan Russo as well as Brett Cohen. Ladies... you are probably wondering why I am sharing a cookbook with you today that is most obviously geared towards men. Well, do you know the saying "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach"? Making the recipes out of this cookbook is sure to get his attention!

The little black book of recipes, Recipes Every Man Should Know, is filled with food ideas sure to put a smile on your guys face. From hearty breakfast classics, meat and potato dinner recipes and traditional dessert recipes with a manly twist, both you and the man in your life will be fighting over who's book this really is!

If your man isn't as skilled as you'd like him to be in the kitchen, this book is a great tool for you to use to teach him the ins and outs of some truly delicious recipes. If you are fine with being the only cook in the relationship, you'll still win with Recipes Every Man Should Know because it is stacked full of man pleasing food.

Just to tempt your tastebuds, I'm going to share this recipe for Beer-Battered Onion Rings, traditional sports bar food you can enjoy with your guy in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy!

beer battered onion rings Recipe: Beer Battered Onion Rings

from the cookbook Recipes Every Man Should Know


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt, such as Lawry's
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer, preferably dark
  • 2 large sweet onions, such as Bermuda, Vidalia or Walla Walla, sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds and separated into rings
  • Canola oil for frying


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, seasoned salt, baking powder, and pepper. Slowly add beer. Set aside.
  2. Place onion rings in a bowl of ice water and let chill for 15 minutes. Remove onion from water and pat dry with paper towels. Fill a medium heavy bottomed pot with 2 inches of canola oil and heat to 370 degrees. (It's ready when a little batter dropped into the oil bubbles and floats immediately to the top.) Dip each onion ring in batter, letting excess drip into the bowl.
  3. Fry onion rings in batches, being careful not to over crowd. Cook 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown. If they're too dark, lower the heat. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Serve with ketchup, ranch dressing, Thousand Island dressing, spicy mustard, BBQ sauce, or any condiment you like.

Kristen Doyle is a mom of 4 young children and the face behind the food blog, Dine & Dish.  Kristen's mission is to help others make family mealtime a priority, where families gather around the table each night to engage in great food and conversation. Sharing recipes that are quick and simple to get on the table, Kristen’s goal is to provide a resource for others looking to simplify their lives in order to reconnect with their family, one meal at a time. Besides her food blog, you can connect with Kristen on Twitter, Facebook or follow along with her Project 365 on her Photo Journey Blog.

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