Cookbook Review: Guy Fieri Food- Giveaway!

Winner winner Chicken Dinner! Congrats to Natalie! Comment #30.

I get offers to review cookbooks all the time, but when this one came across my desk, I knew it had to be good. Man, this Guy can cook!

While reading Guy’s soon to be released first-ever cookbook- Guy Fieri Food, Himself asked me what I thought about it. “He cooks like a Guy,” I stated. Let me explain. I cook. My brother cooks. I use 5 ingredients in 3 short steps. Bro uses 38.5 ingredients and 23 steps, and it usually involves a marinade, rub, smoker, and a few power tools just because. We cook differently. Can we agree on this, or am I off base? Nothing wrong with this, it is simply my scientific observation.

Himself and I are big fans of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. When we hit the road, we usually key up Guy’s picks for a few of our meals and he has yet to steer us wrong. Guy lives huge and cooks huge-er. His recipes are bold, adventurous, and extremely flavorful. Recipe after recipe in his book left me saying, “I didn’t see that coming.” Some of his recipes have a laundry list of ingredients which can deter a new cook, but really what he is saying is, “have a good time people, don’t be afraid to season your food!” He places unexpected flavor in each of his dishes such as his Watermelon Pork Tacos. These tacos were fantastic with so many flavors bursting all at once in my mouth. Extremely delicious. In fact I had to stop typing this to go eat them in complete and utter concentration. Ya they’re that good.

Do you think Guy would ever get a BRK tatt just like mine? Smirk.

Watermelon Pork TacosGuy Fieri Food, page 220
1 pork tenderloin, silverskin removed, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
1 T. onion powder
1 tsp. red chili flakes
1 tsp. black pepper
2 T. chopped ginger
1 T. seeded, minced serrano chile
2 T. minced garlic
3 T. soy sauce
2 T. oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Combine pork with all the ingredients in a zip-top bag and marinate for 30 minutes.

2 T. rice vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 T. soy sauce
1/4 tsp sesame oil

While the pork is marinating, whisk together all the vinaigrette ingredients.

1 cup watermelon cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1 cup seeded English cucumber cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and cut into 1/4 inch cubes

In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for the salsa. Very gently fold in the vinaigrette. Chill.

Back to the meat. Preheat a grill to medium. Discard the marinade. Grill the pork for 3 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat, let rest 3 minutes, and roughly chop into 1/2 inch pieces.

Trim off the soft dark green end of 1 romaine lettuce head. Cut off the rood end and separate the leaves to create 4 inch long lettuce shells. Rinse, dry, and chill the leaves. To serve, fill the lettuce shells with the pork, top with salsa and my additions ripped cilantro leaves and a squirt of fresh lime juice.

Disclosure: William Morrow Publishers sent me Guy Fieri Food: Cookin’ It, Livin’ It, Lovin’ It for review. All opinions here are my own.

Would you like to win a copy of Guy’s book? OK we can make that happen. The publisher and I would love to put this book in the hot little hands of one of my readers. To win…

1. Leave a message stating your all-time favorite Diner Food.
2. Make sure I have a way to contact you, like your email.
3. Must be a US resident.
4. If you post this on your site with a link back, tweet it, or FB it with @bigredkitchen, you can post one more comment for each. You know the game!
5. You have until 9pm EST Friday May 13th.

Congrats to Natalie! #30. Yeah I had to take a picture of the box, could not for the life of me right click, copy, and paste. There must be a loose screw somewhere.


  1. Amy
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 6:37 AM | Permalink

    I always seem to go for the burger and fries!

  2. Catherine
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 7:30 AM | Permalink

    Diner food….Must have some sort of gravy, something fried and something salty: CHICKEN FRIED STEAK!!

  3. Debra
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 7:40 AM | Permalink

    Nice juicy burger with gooey melted cheese and sauteed onions on a toasted buttered bun with a side on beer-battered onion rings and a strawberry shake with whipped cream and a cherry on top (

  4. GRITS
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 7:40 AM | Permalink

    There is nothing like a diner burger Android fries – my fav!

  5. Nicole
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 7:42 AM | Permalink

    You can never go wrong with a big juicy cheeseburger! 😀

  6. GRITS
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 7:43 AM | Permalink

    I tweeted the giveaway!

  7. Morgan
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 7:52 AM | Permalink

    I also go for the burgers and fries in a diner as well as the house salad with 1000 Island dressing…a sweet, tangy dressing is the sign of a good diner 🙂 and my address is a US address 🙂

  8. Sarah
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 7:58 AM | Permalink

    Chicken Fried Steak with white gravy, mashed potatoes and butter beans with brown gravy – going to Page's Okra Grill for some today.

  9. Kelly
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 8:10 AM | Permalink

    mmmm… My favorite diner food would be something very indulgent like chili cheese fries! Can't wait to check out this cookbook!

  10. Mikki
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM | Permalink

    an interesting burger and onion rings. onion rings are my fave!

  11. Anonymous
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 8:15 AM | Permalink

    Gotta love meatloaf and mashies!

  12. Stacey
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 8:57 AM | Permalink

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE a patty melt on rye with a side of beer battered onion rings!

  13. careyh
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 9:06 AM | Permalink

    All of my favorite diners have been run by amazing Greek families, ad -all- of their secret family recipes (I'm sorry I can't remember what these dishes were called) became my favorites, especially homemeade baklava!

  14. patti morfeld
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 9:12 AM | Permalink

    chicken fried steak with mashed taters!

  15. Marianne McKittrick and Carolyn McKittrick Pennington
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 9:12 AM | Permalink

    Diner food? Like a real diner or a gourmet diner trying to slum it except for the pices? Either way, meatloaf, crisp green beans and red skinned mashed potatoes!

  16. theresa
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 9:22 AM | Permalink

    Love a great diner burger, w/side of fries and pickles. Thanks, the book looks terrific and the watermelon salsa is something that I'll have to try.

  17. Wendy
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 9:29 AM | Permalink

    Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Lasagna and Tiramisu.My family & I love this meal with salad and bread. Then eat have tiramisu for
    dessert.Now that is heaven right here on earth.

  18. Anonymous
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 9:31 AM | Permalink

    Any brunch fare – but I'm a sucker for a stack of pancakes!

  19. The Doctor's Wife
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 9:51 AM | Permalink

    Breakfast…grits and eggs.


  20. vanillasugar
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 10:02 AM | Permalink

    DYING to get my paws on this cookbook! Guy is the master in kicked up foods. Diner food has to be really good corned beef hash: crispy edges and all, just the way Guy likes it!

  21. Jessica Lauren
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 10:14 AM | Permalink

    My husband would love to have this book…he's definatly the chef in our family and he's a big fan of Guy! Our fav. diner food would have to be cheese fries!

  22. debzy
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM | Permalink

    Omelets – the only place to get a great omelet is a diner – with ham and cheese and home fries on the side. Now I want an omelet…

    Love your blog – I'm a huge Guy Fieri fan – he's the only one on the Food Network I never get tired of!


  23. Anonymous
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM | Permalink

    A big slice of warm apple pie topped with cheddar cheese.

    kigallegos at hotmail dot com

  24. suburban prep
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 10:39 AM | Permalink

    There are a few items but one is a chicken pot pie. YUM
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  25. Hannah
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 10:48 AM | Permalink

    I have to eat either a milkshake or rice pudding. Delicious!

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