Podcast Episode 134: Cooking for Men – Manuel Villacorta

Dec 4, 2019

The Essential Cookbook for Men: 85 Healthy Recipes to Get Started in the Kitchen

The Essential Cookbook for Men is the book for guys who want to eat healthier (and cheaper!) but aren’t sure how to get started.

Cookbook for Men, by Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD

This is more than a cookbook – it walks you through all the kitchen basics―stocking your pantry, creating shopping lists, reading recipes―and takes you from gourmet greenhorn to seasoned chef. From Latinx-Style Fried Eggs to Stir-Fry Beef Sandwiches, you’ll discover tons of perfect-for-beginner recipes that show you really can cook up some seriously delicious food that will also help keep you fit and trim.

This book goes beyond other cookbooks for men with these features:

  • Culinary crash course―It doesn’t matter if you’ve never set foot in a kitchen before―you’ll discover all the information you could want out of cookbooks for men.
  • Easy recipes―Get complete and comprehensive instructions that all great cookbooks for men should have.
  • Great tasting and good for you―Learn how to cook 85 dishes that are big on flavor and health benefits.

Nutrition is not only about nourishing your body, but also building a connection with food to nourish your mind and soul.”

Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD

Manuel Villacorta, MS, RDManuel Villacorta is an internationally recognized, award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist with more than 18 years of experience. He is the author of five books with his latest release: The Essential Cookbook for Men – 85 Healthy Recipes to Get Started in the Kitchen. Manuel is a well-respected and trusted voice in the health and wellness industry and one of the leading weight loss and nutrition experts in the country. Born and raised in Peru and currently living in San Francisco, Manuel earned his Bachelor of Science in nutrition and physiology metabolism from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master of Science in nutrition and food science from California State University, San Jose. He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his research and contributions to the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Health is not a diet plan, but a lifestyle. Understand your body, your strengths and your limits, and use this knowledge to make a change. Stop dieting, start living.”

Manuel Villacorta, and Melissa Dobbins

Manuel and Melissa on the Tomato Wellness Tour, California, 2016

Book Giveaway Details!

The Essential Cookbook for Men is available for preorders here!

Cookbook for Men, by Manuel Villacorta, MS, RDAnd we are giving away one FREE copy of The Essential Cookbook for Men! You can ENTER TO WIN by sharing the podcast episode on Twitter and/or Instagram, writing a comment on the shownotes/blog (below) or submitting a review of the show on Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes) by 12/16/19 at 11:59 pm central time. Each action you do counts as a separate entry. Leaving a review on Apple Podcasts counts as a DOUBLE ENTRY. Tag @MelissaJoyRD when you post on social and email Melissa at Melissa@SoundBitesRD.com to confirm your entry or entries. Winners will be randomly selected (US only please).


Book: The Essential Cookbook for Men: 85 Healthy Recipes to Get Started in the Kitchen

Manuel’s: Website | Books | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Manuel’s Caliente Kitchen Show

Melissa’s Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner Resource Kit

Related Episodes and Blog Posts:

Peruvian Superfoods Reboot – Sound Bites Podcast episode #32 with Manuel

Eating Free: A Labor of Love – Sound Bites blog interview with Manuel

Have a Plant – The Roots of Healthy Eating – Sound Bites Podcast episode #123 with Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak

The Untold History of MSG & Umami – Sound Bites Podcast episode #111 with Sarah Lohman

MSG & Umami: Heritage, Health & Headaches? – Sound Bites Podcast episode #112 with Mary Lee Chin

The Art & Science of MSG & Umami – Sound Bites Podcast episode #113 with Chef Chris Koetke & Dr. Tia Rains


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  1. Gail D Dobbins on January 31, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Great interview. Love the picture of the two of you. I’m not a man and I want this cookbook for me! Now!

    • Melissa Dobbins on February 1, 2020 at 9:21 am

      Thanks mom 🙂
      This cookbook is great for anyone! Thanks for giving me a gift idea for you 🙂

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