THE DUDE & FOOD
and How to Use The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK – GOT ANY KAHLUA ?
The Dude and Food? Yes the Dude likes his food. Actually, along with Bowling, getting “High,” imbibing in his favorite drink The White Russian, driving around, listening to Creedence, Tai Chi, and “A Little Bit of This a Little Bit of That,” food, cooking, and eating is a major part of The Dudes life, when he’s not getting mixed up in faux kidnappings and acting as a courier, Bowling, or having a coffee at the coffee shop with Walter, discussing life, the World, philosophizing, or what not, “What about The Fucking Toe” ??? The Dude likes to cook.
The Dude has amassed quite a nice collection of recipes over the years. He learned how to cook Home Fries from his dad who gave the little Dude some early wisdom when he told his little Jeffrey, “Son every man needs to know how to cook a few good dishes. You gotta be able to cook yourself some Eggs and Potatoes for Breakfast, how to work the barbecue grill and how to cook a Proper Steak.” Dudes mom and granny showed The Young Dude a thing or two as well. Dude got a few recipes from friends after being at parties or what not, liking a particular dish (like Burritos, Tacos, and what not) and asking the host or whoever made the dish for the recipe. Dude clipped out some recipes from newspapers and food-home and garden magazines, and got a bunch of books at garages sales and Flea Markets, just a Quarter a Pop. He scoured through these and came up with a number of good dishes he uses all the time.
The Dude has a spiral note-book where he has written down recipes or taped in clipped recipes from magazines and newspapers. It’s quite an interesting collection, and gives us a little bit more insight into The Dude, his likes and dislikes.
This collection of The Dudes Recipes, info, and advice on food, and cooking, Life too, and a little bit of Duder philosophy here and there.
This collection of Dudes Recipes, a cookbook, is not set up and written in the normal order that you see most cookbooks written, with appetizers, to start out, then maybe a chapter on soup, followed by main course dishes with fish dishes and recipes leading the way, followed by poultry, then meat, and the cookbook ends with desserts.
The Dude’s Collected Recipes starts out with the most important things first and goes in order of importance with The White Russian being most important and thus the first recipe. There is a handful of Cocktail Recipes and wisdom, then we go into food, starting with some of Dudes favorite, most eaten recipes, like Eggs, Tuna, Chili and related recipes, soups, and on down the line.
Dude wants you to learn first-things-first. Get a handful of recipes and knowledge, build on these, and then learn one or two other things (Dishes), “Taken Her Easy” as the Cowboy Stranger would say. For example, Dude starts out with some basics on cooking Eggs, which are very easy, super quick to prepare, “Tasty,” and cheap too. All major requirements for The Dude, his food, cooking, and the recipes he likes.
So you start out slow, learn the basics, going step-by-step and building on what you learn. You will begin your foundation, making great Home Fries to start, how to make Hard Boiled Eggs, how to Fry an Egg and you’re off to a nice little start. You learn the home fries, fried and scrambled eggs and you can make yourself a plate of potatoes and eggs for breakfast at any time. And once you know how to make yourself some good scrambled and Fried Eggs, then you’ll be able to make a good number of different and varied Egg Sandwiches, like; Ham & Egg, Fried Egg and Cheese, or Ham Egg and Cheese, or whatever. Nothing like a “Tasty” quick and easy Egg Sandwich, they’re not just for breakfast, they make a great lunch, late night snack after Bowling, or anytime of the day, they’re great, and good to know how to make.
When you know how to make hard Boiled Eggs, which is the easiest thing in the world, you can eat them as is or make the laughably simple Egg Salad for tasty and zesty little Egg Salad Sandwiches anytime of the day. Again; quick, easy, tasty, and inexpensive. The Dude likes them, so does Maude, or Maudy, as Knox would say.
Right after learning about Eggs, you’ll learn about Tuna, canned Tuna, not the fresh stuff. The Dude likes his food fresh, especially fruits and vegetables, all his fish, except of course Tuna, which he likes canned man. Yes he likes everything fresh, with two exceptions, Iced Tea and “Tuna.” When it comes to tuna, it’s gotta be canned. And a can of Tuna for The Dude is a longtime old friend that’s tried and true ever since Dudes College Days and helping to author the Port Horon Statement.
Yes The Dude subsisted and lived on canned Tuna, Spaghetti, and the occasional Burger, and leftover pizza. Dude is quite individualistic, and totally unique, but when it came to college days of smoking a lot of Thai Stick and occupying various administration buildings, in these days, the Dudes-Food and eating habits were much like most college age American males, Burgers, Pizza, and canned Tuna. Canned Tuna, a.k.a. a single guys best-friend, and that includes our hero, The Dude.
Make the Dudes Classic Tuna Salad recipe and the wonderful and satisfying Macaroni & Tuna Salad. It’s awesome and especially refreshing thing to eat during hot summer months, and it’s super economical too.
After the Tuna, you’ll move on to one of the Dudes most beloved and quite versatile food items, Chili. Chili and all the things you can do with it, like; Chili con Carne, 3-Way Chili, Beef Burritos or Tacos stuffed with Dudes Chili. These are Dudes favorites of all, Tacos and Burritos made with his Chili and a few other ingredients thrown into the assemblage. Once Dude has his Chili, he just serves it in a bowl with all the necessary condiments, like chopped onions, shredded Cheese, and crackers. And The Dude usually grabs himself a nice cold Beer when sitting down to enjoy a bowl of his specially made Cowboy Chili. Yumm!!!!
Excerpted From GOT ANY KAHLUA The Collected Recipes of The Dude
by Daniel Zwicke