When I was first asked to review this book, I read the title and thought “A cookbook for dog food?” I like to prepare delicious food but I have never thought about cooking for Scottie, our adorable Cockapoo. My daughters Nannah and Kayla thought it sounded like fun and wanted to learn more.
It turns out Dog-Gone Good Cuisine is a cookbook for people and dogs! The author, Gayle Pruitt is a certified nutritionist and chef. She is also on the Health Advisory Board and writes for Nutricula Magazine and Petological, a magazine from the pet’s perspective.
The book starts off with information about the different equipment and ingredients that will be needed to prepare the recipes. I like the section that goes more into details about vitamins and minerals. I tend to forget which food have what vitamins.
I was able to learn right away what herbs and spices are safe for both dogs and human. I have to admit, when cooking for dogs, adding herbs and spices did not come to mind. Especially something like cinnamon which can help to ease pain and stiffness in your joints. This would be great for older dogs.
Dog-Gone Good Cuisine is basically broken into two sections, Human/Canine and Dogs only. There is a recipe for Pumpkin Seed and Lime Chicken that has only 6 ingredients I am looking forward to trying. We like to eat pumpkin seeds and I would not have thought this would be something that I could make and Scottie could easily eat too. This recipe serves 4 adult humans and 6 to 8 small to medium dogs.
Special notes on certain recipes are marked in red. The recipe for Cherry Tomatoes and Black or Purple Rice has these notes. For humans you can season to taste and the for canines you can spoon over a meat dish or with their normal bulk food.
The Human/Canine recipes seemed effortless. There is a good variety of dishes that range from Cinnamon Chicken to Pears with Raspberry Sauce.
The Dog Only recipes include vegetable and Quinoa Muffins and different types of Jerky. Scottie likes jerky so the girls want to make him some Chicken Breast Jerky. Nannah even pointed out that making it ourselves would save money!
I was pleasantly surprised with the Dog-Gone Good Cuisine cookbook. The uncomplicated healthy recipes really caught my attention. With 100 corn, sugar, soy, and gluten-free recipes, it was easy to find something we want to try. There was not only great pictures of foods included, but some adorable shots of dogs that my girls really liked. Kayla wants to make a few of the juice recipes for Scottie. Yes, you can do some juicing for your dogs!
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