The Art of Manliness Free Man Cookbook

by Brett & Kate McKay on October 8, 2008 · 33 comments

in Blog

ATTENTION: The Art of Manliness Cookbook is no longer available!

Back in August, we announced an Art of Manliness group writing project for the Art of Manliness Man Cookbook. The response from you all was phenomenal. We received over 120 hearty man recipes spanning 148 pages.

The ebook is completely FREE. But in order to download the ebook, you must subscribe to the blog by email. After you subscribe and confirm your subscription, you’ll receive an email with a link that says  ”Download the FREE Art of Manliness Man Cookbook.” Click on the link so you can download the pdf file.

I’ve organized the FREE Man Cookbook into 15 sections:

  • Breakfasts
  • BBQ and Grilling
  • Burgers
  • Soups and Stews
  • Chili
  • Beans
  • Man Comfort Food
  • Taste of the East
  • Italian
  • Mexican Food
  • Fish and Seafood
  • Fowl
  • Wild Game
  • Salsas and Dips
  • Deserts and Breads
  • Drinks

Putting the ebook took longer than I thought it would, but after 30+ hours working on it we got it done. Thank you to everyone who contributed. We really enjoyed reading your recipes.

The Winner of the Giftcard

As an incentive for people to submit a recipe, we offered to giveaway two $25 Gift Cards. For every submission a reader sent in, there name was put into the drawing for the card. And the two lucky winners are:

Matt Dimarino and Nathaniel Sizemore

Congratulations fellas and thanks again to everyone who submitted.

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rob October 8, 2008 at 11:40 pm

I just started reading this site a few weeks ago, and totally dig it.

I live in Sweden and everyone in the IT dept here is going wild over this cookbook. However, they are lazy. Is there anyway I can get it in a different format, so I can convert all the measurements to the Metric system easily?

Thanks much

2 Alex Shalman October 9, 2008 at 1:45 am

This is definitely worth the effort. I’ll use some of these recipes during my manly weight loss trials.

3 Tyler @ Building Camelot October 9, 2008 at 4:02 am

Sweet! Can’t wait until I get to work later and can print this bad boy out. No more girly meals at my house!

4 Dwight October 9, 2008 at 4:29 am

I subscribe to the rss feed, but I don’t see where to download the cookbook. What am I doing wrong?

5 The Reverend October 9, 2008 at 5:07 am

@Rob – try this link. It’s my default when converting the other way (when I bother to measure, it’s typically imperial, but I own a lot of British and Australian cookbooks):

It’s got everything, including a Fahrenheit to Celsius converter for oven temperatures…

6 Marc Davenport October 9, 2008 at 5:44 am

I don’t know if you plan on revising the cook book at some time, but if you do, here are simple instructions for poaching an egg for Eggs Benedict. I disagree that a fried egg tastes just the same.
1) Boil a good amount of water and some white vinegar in a pot. Make sure there is some room left in the pot. The white vinegar helps coagulate the egg whites.
2) Crack the egg into a small bowl.
3) When the water is boiling, spin the water (which is why you want the room in the pot) into a whirl pool.
4) Lower the egg in the small bowl into the center of the whirlpool and pour it into the water. You should let the egg be both in the water and in the bowl. You want the water to be moving fast enough to whirl the whites around the yolk.
5) Cover and turn off the heat. Let sit for 2:30. Your times may vary.
6) Scoop out the eggs with strainer and serve.

It turns out surprisingly easy and it looks and tastes great.

7 Kevin October 9, 2008 at 6:40 am

Yay! I’m officially e-published! Page 147 baby!

8 Greg October 9, 2008 at 6:59 am

I’m with Dwight, I subscribe to the RSS feed through Firefox (it puts it in my toolbar, makes for easy access). Not sure where to look for a link for the cookbook (or the other free ebook.)

9 Will October 9, 2008 at 7:44 am

I’ve been here for a while, Brett, and it would be silly to subscribe *again*. How do I get the book? Thanks!

10 Richard October 9, 2008 at 7:47 am

Link is inactive in Bloglines.

11 Brett October 9, 2008 at 7:59 am

@Dwight – It should be at the bottom of the full text rss feed.

@Greg – You’ll need to subscribe to the full feed in a a reader like google reader or sign up for email updates. The link only appear in the feed. From what I understand, Firefox only displays the headline.

@Will – If you’re already a subscriber, the link for the download will appear in your feed reader or in the email update. It’s at the bottom.

@Richard – I’m looking into that

12 Bernie Franks October 9, 2008 at 10:59 am


As seems to be the case with most readers of this blog, you read another reader’s mind with this one. I’ve been meaning to get down with some

I’m finishing up a history paper I’ve been working on for a week and, having recently become acquainted with the Food Network, I’ve been looking for some fun, interesting recipes to take my mind of my studies a while. So today I whipped up some fancy meals for breakfast and lunch (which I’ve never really taken the time to do before) and now I’m hankering for some new recipes.

Yet again, Brett, kudos!

13 Brett October 9, 2008 at 7:55 pm

@Bernie Franks -Hope you enjoy.

14 Stephen Nash October 10, 2008 at 6:44 am

This is awesome. I run a similar site, though it is very ‘dating’ focussed. This is a great resource though – kudos. Would you guys be up for a link exchange?

Stephen Nash

15 Adam Cooperman October 10, 2008 at 8:22 am

Awesome resource! Thanks very much :)

Just curious, what’s the purpose of making the download link so hard to find? Is it to keep people from stealing it or something? I feel like anybody malicious enough to want to take this free book and sell it or something would be willing to click the rss link and scroll to the bottom of the page. It’s just a little weird.

16 Onaclov2000 October 10, 2008 at 8:25 am

I occasionally pop up on this site through LifeRemix (originally from “”), long story short, I was suprised there were only 2 “manly” drink concoctions, I was kinda hoping for at least Rootbeer, oh well, cool cookbook though, I think it’s a GREAT idea!!!

17 Adam Cooperman October 10, 2008 at 8:44 am

@Adam Cooperman
Actually, if I can edit myself. Apparently the file I downloaded is corrupted. Could somebody please post the link they used to download this succesfully?

18 Chris Romero October 10, 2008 at 11:09 am

I don’t get it. I can’t get that link to download at all. Am I the only one?

19 Art Gonzalez October 10, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Thanks a lot!! I’m preparing Eggs Benedict tomorrow for my wife and kids.

Many blessings,

Art Gonzalez
Check my Squidoo Lens at: Quantum Knights

20 Udi October 10, 2008 at 3:07 pm

This is unexpectedly comprehensive and really great. Thanks!!

21 Alan October 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm

I’m getting a 404 error message from the email update link, any suggestions?

22 Brett October 10, 2008 at 4:26 pm


The idea is not to keep the Cookbook “top secret.” The idea is to provide special content to those who subscribe to the site.

@Email subscribers-

The link in the original email was broken and I’ve sent another email with the correct link. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your patience.

23 Rod Homor October 13, 2008 at 5:37 am

Thanks for the free cookbook. I was just talking with a new friend about how few items that I really know how to cook, and that I wanted to increase the protein and variety in my meals. This will definitely be a step in the right direction for me. Thanks again!! Keep up the great work.

24 John October 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm

I subscibed by email quite a while back, but recently I haven’t been recieving any. As far as I can tell you’re not on my blocked list or being sent to the junk folder. My email address is still on the list as I can’t re-join.

Any help?

25 Dan jack January 22, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I cannot figure out how to download the cookbook? It is not very clear and I have looked everywhere.

26 Dave March 3, 2009 at 11:46 am

Love the site, espicially the articles: The Awesome Dad Cheat Sheet & Manvotional: True and False Manliness. Keep up the great work!

27 Orlu Jeremy March 14, 2009 at 9:46 am

Its best to be a self made man

28 Doug March 14, 2009 at 11:04 am

“Loyalty above all else, except integrity…”

29 Dave April 1, 2009 at 11:53 am

I just found this website. I enjoy reading, but now I have a new favorite. Good works, guys!

30 Kingsley April 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm

good shyt

31 Gerard June 17, 2009 at 2:18 am

Um, I’ve subscribed by email for the updates. Where can I download the Cookbook?

32 Andrew Burke August 11, 2009 at 7:49 am

I like the Beau Tie website and my choice would be Blen 628.

33 gary motyka June 16, 2010 at 3:34 am


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