5 Star Review Big Lebowski Cookbook





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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel
for Readers’ Favorite GOT ANY KAHLUA ? , aka The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK
1426 days ago
Readers Favorite
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers’ Favorite

Got Any Kahlua / The Collected Recipes of the Dude by Daniel Zwicke is the most BROMANTIC Cookbook I’ve ever read. This is not your mom’s cookbook, and it certainly isn’t your grandma’s cookbook. You are more likely to find recipes for saucy meats and cocktails than you are to find some fancy chicken cordon bleu because this book is a DUDE’S cookbook. Never in my life has a cookbook made me laugh until I read this one. I can almost see my hick, bro, burly, manly uncle writing this one. It just SMACKS of masculinity and a lack of culinary skills which is impressive. This is a book for those on a budget, for those who aren’t really that picky when it comes to calories and a balanced diet as long as it’s tasty and full of meat or alcohol. I enjoyed it so much that I read it in one quick sitting! 

Daniel Zwicke knows his audience … Dudes. Like I said, there are cocktail recipes up the Wazoo, most of them variations on quotes; The Dude’s quotes; favorite varieties of White Russians. I had the opportunity to try these dude-friendly drinks when making them for my fiance’s POKER NIGHT , and let me tell you, they were a smash hit! While this isn’t a traditional recipe book, it’s got a lot of hidden gold in there and it’s spelled out in a way that is easy for guys to understand. There’s no complicated, ten thousand step process for each meal and/or recipe. It’s all, quote ; take a can of X ingredient, add a chopped cup of Y ingredient, and there you go! quote; I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and have saved a copy in my recipes folder in case I need more dude-friendly drinks and meals for my hubster-to-be!

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Best Cookbook Ever! Abide in It!

July 27, 2015

Format: Paperback
Best Cookbook ever you ask? Well, yes, if you’re a fan of the Dude and The Big Lebowski, the greatest cult movie of all-time. The book is quite funny, with quips & quotes of the Dude and all his friends. But it’s not just that. The book is filled with some great recipes that are geared towards being simple and easy to perepare, and are all super tasty, believe me I’ve cooked many of them, and they’re absolutely awesome. I especially love the Dudes Cowboy Chili, Da Fino Meatballs, Walter’s Jewish Penicillin, the In-N-Out Burger, and Bozo’s Manhattan Clam Chowder. The recipes are well written and easy to follow. Oh, and another point, the recipes and food are geared towards the budget minded, and there are great tips on how to save money through cooking. You gotta love it, a cookbook cntered around the Dude, with tasty easy to make dishes that save you money. What’s better than that?
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ABIDE in IT !!!

The Fucking Toe

Walter :  “They send us a Toe and expect us to Shit ourselves in Fear?  FUCKING Amateurs!”

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Dude :  “What about The FUCKING TOE ???? !!!! ”


by Daniel Zwicke

Big Lebowski Spaghetti & Meatballs alla DaFino

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Momma Da Fino’s Spaghetti & Meatballs

As all you Achievers know, the Dude didn’t care too much for that creep DaFino. Following the Dude around all the time, making remarks about Dudes Special Lady Friend and what not, and suggesting to The Dude that they pool their resources, “Fuck-Off Da Fino,” the Dude retorts to that.

A lot of good came out of that encounter between The Dude and Da Fino though. “Certain Things Came to Light” about Bunny. “Who The Fuck are the Knutsen’s?”

But even better than the Dude finding out about the Knutsen’s and other things coming to light, New Shit, Da Fino dropped a piece of paper with his mother’s Meatball recipe on it. Dude picked it up, and the Dude doesn’t have a problem using a recipe from someone he doesn’t like, “two different things,” and ole Duder can separate them, “No Problemo!”

 It’s a great Meatball recipe and illustrates the many uses of tomato sauce. You make a good sized batch of tomato sauce and as it’s simmering, you mix up the ground meat and other ingredients to make the meatballs. You round off the Meatballs, then throw them into the sauce to cook for about 35 minutes, cook some Spaghetti and when it’s done, “Voila” you’ve got yourself some fine Spaghetti & Meatballs. If you’re smart, you’ll make a double batch of both the tomato sauce and the Meatballs, so you’ll have leftover Meatballs to make “Meatball Parm Sandwiches” for the next day or two. “Tony Bag of Donuts” suggested this to the Dude. It’s a great idea, and something most Italians do every time they make a batch. It’s an Italian-American ritual in fact, and Dude likes to do it too.

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Dude: Huh?

Da Fino: A Dick, Man! And let me tell you something, I dig your work. Playing one side against the other—in Bed with everybody – Fabulous Stuff Man.

Dude: I’m not a—ah, Fuck it, just stay away from my fucking Lady Friend, Man!

Da Fino: Hey, hey, I’m not messing with your Special Lady –

Dude: She’s not my Special Lady, she’s my Fucking Lady Friend. I’m just helping her conceive man!

Da Fino: Maybe we can trade information, pool our resources?

Dude: Fuck Off Da Fino !!!!


 1 lb. ground Beef

½ lb. ground Veal

½ Pound Ground Pork

4 Tbs. fresh Italian Parsley, chopped

1 minced onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 Tablespoons plain breadcrumbs

2 large eggs

Salt & pepper

½ cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino

 Note: If you want, instead of this beef, pork and veal proportions, you can use just Beef (2 lbs.) or 1 lb. Ground Beef & 1 lb. Veal.



 In a small bowl, break and beat eggs. Add breadcrumbs and let soak for 6 minutes.

In a large bowl, add all the remaining ingredients. Add eggs and mix well with your hands.

Shape meat mixture to form balls that are about 2 inches in diameter.

Coat the bottom of a cookie sheet or roasting pan with a thin film of olive oil. Cook Meatballs at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Make batch of Dudes Tomato Sauce (pg. 106). When the Sauce is finished cooking and the meatballs have partially cooked in the oven for 10 minutes, take meatballs out of oven and simmer for 35 in a the tomato sauce.

Serve Meatballs with Spaghetti for the Classic Italian American favorite Spaghetti and Meatballs or do as the Italians do, especially the Neapolitans and serve the sauce first with Spaghetti, Rigatoni, or ziti. Serve the Meatballs as the main course with a Salad or potatoes on the side.

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3-28 oz. cans of good quality Crushed Tomatoes

always buy them “when?” That’s right, ON SALE

1 medium onion cut into a small dice

9 cloves of Garlic, peeled and finely diced

¼ cup Italian Olive Oil

¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon

of Crushed Red Pepper

14 fresh basil Leaves minced or

¼ teaspoon Dried Basil

1 lb. Of Dried Italian made Spaghetti

½ lb. Good quality grated Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano

Place Olive Oil and onions in at least a 3 Qt. Pot. Set on stove over a medium flame. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the minced garlic and cook for three minutes. Add the crushed red pepper and cook for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes. Turn the flame up to high until the sauce comes to the boil. Lower heat to a very low flame. If you are using Dried Basil, you will add in now. If you are using fresh Basil you will add it in the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Simmer the sauce over low heat for about 30 minutes. Stir the sauce and the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon every two minutes to keep the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pot and burning.

The sauce is done after 30 minutes, turn the gas off.

To cook the Spaghetti you should have a large 6 qt. Pot filled with water. Bring the water to the boil and add 2 Tablespoon of salt to the water. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package.

Drain the pasta in a colander then place the spaghetti in a large Pasta Serving Bowl. Sprinkle on about 1 tbs. Of olive oil and toss the spaghetti. Add a cup and a half of the tomato sauce to the spaghetti and toss. Serve four equal portions of spaghetti on 4 plates or pasta bowls. Top each serving of spaghetti with about 1/3 of a cup of sauce and serve.

Put a bowl of the grated cheese on the table and let everybody help themselves. “Bon Appetito”


by Daniel Zwicke


Big Lebowski White Russian Cupcakes Recipe

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White Russians Cupcakes? No Dude doesn’t make them. There’re Maudy’s little invention. Even though she doesn’t live with The Dude, she likes him quite a bit. Heck, he helped her conceive. So Maude felt like showing a little gratitude. Knowing how much Jeffrey (as Maude calls him) loves his Kahlua, Maude created this in honor of his Dudeness, “The Other Jeffrey Lebowski,” a.k.a. The Dude. “They’re right tasty,” as The Cowboy Stranger would say, and quite easy to make. Enjoy em!

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1 cup Sugar

½ cup Butter

2 Eggs

2 teaspoons Vanilla Exract

1 ½ cupls All-Purpose Flour

1 ¾ teaspoons Baking Powder

½ cup Milk

3 tablespoons Kahlua

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, cream together the Butter & Sugar.

Beat the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the Vanilla.

Combine Flour & Baking Powder in a separate small bow, then add to Creamed sugar and mix well.

Add Milk, and stir until smooth.

Place paper cupcake-liners and place in cupcake Baking Pan. Spoon cupcake batter into the cupcake liners. Bake for at 350 degrees for about 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick that is poked into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Take cupcakes out of oven and set aside to cool.

Brush tops of cupcakes with Kahlua. Let it soak into the cake.


8 ounces Cream Cheese, at room temperature

1 stick Butter, room temperature

3 cups Powdered Sugar

½ cup Cocoa, unsweetened

½ teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

6 tablespoons Kahlua

3 tablespoons Heavy Cream

Beat cream cheese, sugar, and butter together until smooth and thoroughly mixed.

Add Cocoa and mix. Add Vanilla and Kahlua and mix. Add Heavy Cream, and mix till smooth.

Frost each cupcake with frosting.

Excerpted From GOT ANY KAHLUA ?  by Daniel Zwicke,                                            with a little help from The DUDE









on AMAZON.com



“Hey Monti!  Com on in. I just made some Monkey Bread.”
Bread? With a name like that, you know it’s gotta be right up ol Duders alley,
“no pun intended.” The Dude has been eating it since childhood. These days, The
Dude likes to whip up a pan of Monkey Bread to have with his morning coffee.
It’s enough to last him about 3 days for breakfast and as a late snack he’ll
just rip a bit off and eat it along with a White Russian. Dude says, the two
make a great food pairing. We agree. This is his mother’s recipe. Enjoy!
½ cup Granulated Sugar, 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 packages of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits,
½ cup chopped Walnuts,  ½ cup Raisons
1 cup Brown Sugar,  ¾ cup melted Butter
Grease a Bundt Cake Pan with soft Butter or shortening.
oven to 350 degrees.
Mix granulated sugar and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Cut each biscuit into
4 equal pieces and add to bowl with cinnamon sugar. Mix completely. Add raisons
and walnuts to bowl and mix again.
In a small bowl, mix melted butter and brown sugar together.
Place the biscuits into bundt-pan. Pour the brown sugar butter mixture over the
biscuits. Place pan in oven and cook at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Take
out of oven and let cool for 8 minutes before serving.
Ingredients to Make MONKEY BREAD
Pilsbury Grands Biscuits, Butter, Granulated Suagr,
Brown Sugar
And you also need Raisons & Walnuts, not pictured here ..
Hey Fellas, where’s The MONKEY BREAD?

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 The Big Lebowski, one of the greatest cult movies of all time, has hit home with food lovers across America. Got Any Kahlua has many of the “greatest hits” of American Foods. The recipes are quick and easy to make, with the budget-minded in mind, and of course are quite tasty.  The best of the Big Lebowski scenes and characters are captured by imaginative recipe titles with funny twists, such as “Dude’s Chocolate Kahlua Sauce,” “Gooey Chop-Meat,” “Burritos,” “Crazy Wings,” Bozos Clam Chowder,” and more.  The Big Lebowsi and philosophy are always closely tied, and this is not ignored by what may seem on the surface to be just another cookbook. But don’t judge this book by its cover. This isn’t just a book of easy Super Bowl recipes and guy-food – it aims to make great food easy and cheap to prepare, so people can spend less time cooking and more time enjoying the food with their friends and loved ones.  Got Any Kahlua? “The Collected Recipes of The Dude” will be a big hit with Achievers everywhere (the name the cult movie’s followers have adopted). Not just a recipe book, it involves the philosophy of The Dude and forms a small cookery course in itself – penned by New Yorker, Daniel Bellino Zwicke, a wine and restaurant professional for over 25 years.  The Big Lebowski movie was a phenomenon that shot Jeff Bridges to messiah status in 1998 and starred an eclectic mix of movie stars. It seems appropriate that such a mix of fun and flavoursome foods has been chosen to remind us of its greatness.  This recipe book is almost ghost written by The Dude himself, and Daniel describes the book: “Dude has collected a lifetime of wonderful recipes, like, Dudes Cowboy Chili, Gooey Chop Meat, Da Fino’s Meatballs, Finger Foods, and more. Dude will teach you how to make a tasty Taco, Burritos, Ramen, Tuna-Fish Sandwich or whatever your little Achiever Heart desires. Being The Dude, all these recipes are Easy, Economical, and of course Tasty! The Dude wouldn’t have it any other way. And the Dude wants to help you and guide you along the way to a beautiful journey as you cook with The Dude and always Abide!”  If the movie’s nuances have escaped you in the past, you can stop wondering what is the Big Lebowski is about, and start enjoying social gatherings without fuss whenever you have the guys around for the football game or whatever.  “Got Any Kahlua: Collected Recipes of The Dude” is available in both paperback and digital format on your local Amazon store now.  


Website: http://daniel-bellino-zwicke.com/


Daneil Bellino-Zwicke – Author Page AMAZON.com