BOOK REVIEW: Cooking for Dogs (New Recipes from Dog’s Deli) by Friederike Friedel

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota! Mom was excited when she heard that November 1st is National Cook For  Your Pets Day a day where pet pawrents make the pledge to focus on our health and nutrition by making us tasty meals and/or treats!

Anyone that knows my Mom knows that she LOVES to cook! She not only loves to cook but she collects cookbooks…TONS of ’em!  Does she cook for me? HA! That’s a joke! Rarely. She will make me the occasional burger or turkey burger, but cook a full-fledged meal? NO! Hopefully that now that she took the pledge on the National Cook For Your Pets Day website AND received the book: Cooking For Dogs (New Recipes From Dog’s Deli) which was published by, things might just change!

Mom was  thrilled as she was going through this book! The photos are beautiful, the recipes seem to be not only nutritious but easy to make!!

As is often the case with Mom, she is reviewing this book out-of-order. It is the second of TWO books, the first, Baking For Dogs will be featured here Friday, November 9th! Mom chose to feature the “cooking” book first since she considers herself to be more of a cook than a baker.

Meet “Billy!!” Photo provided by

Now, let’s get to the book! Meet Billy! Billy is not only an incredibly handsome Labrador, he is a food taster for Dog’s Deli!! Billy supervised the recipes that his people first developed at home in their kitchen in 2005.  He supervised the cutting of vegetables and fruit and various other duties from his spot right in front of the oven and always ate the first finished biscuits.  If for some reason Billy didn’t approve of the recipe then it had to be changed until he would gobble it up!

Dog’s Deli opened in 2006 and they have developed over 40 recipes! According to Billy, Banana is the biscuit that his doggy buddies love the most! It is a top-secret recipe and guess what? It is the first recipe featured in this new book!

This book is a human “foodies” and “dog foodies”” dream!  One of the first blogging doggies who popped into my mind while reading this was Easy! Since his Mom is always making him delectable meals, we are thinking that Easy and all of you, will LOVE THIS BOOK!

From Treat your pooch to healthy, all natural snacks and meals that are easy to make and even easier to watch disappear. Detailed ingredients, tips, and instructions provide the essentials for mastering a well-balanced diet. There’s even a section on nutrition for older dogs. Become the alpha chef as you prepare muffins, biscuits, elaborate feasts, and much more.

There are six chapters and each chapter features recipes from various stages of Billy’s life.

An example of this is Chapter 3 , Billy’s Puppyhood, here we find a recipe for the Fitness Biscuit

“Fitness Biscuit” Photo courtesy of

Mom knew immediately that this is a “good for me” biscuit just by looking at some of the ingredients such as:

  • wheat flour
  • apple
  • low-fat yogurt
  • honey

Ha!! I’m not giving you the entire recipe! You will have to pawchase the book to get it for yourself!

To tease you further,  there is a recipe for Chicken Feast which would be a super easy, nutritious and tasty go-to for your daily fare

“Chicken Feast” Photo courtesy of

This recipe consists of chicken breast, rice, carrot and water. Carrots are a great, non-fat alternative to sometimes fattening bones and treats.

One of many things that Mom loves about this book is at the bottom of each recipe there is a box that says “Made for the first time on” where your Mom can write notes about when she made it and about how much you liked it! There are also training tips, etc. peppered throughout.

A  “Notes” section is in the back of the book, it is 78 pages and is made beautifully on glossy, high-quality paper. Also in the back of the book is a “Glossary for a Healthy Life-Style” 

So? What do you think? I think this book is just great and I am certain you will think so too! Mom hasn’t made anything yet, but she assures me that she will soon!  After reading this book I am quite hungry! Maybe I can convince her to cook something for me today?

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Friederike Friedel is the owner of Germany’s first bakery for dogs. DOG’S DELI.


This book may be purchased at your local bookstore or  from

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  1. Oh, I’m a sucker for dog cookbooks!
    I’ll have to check this one out 🙂

    • Sara it is SUPER GOOD! I am for sure going to try some recipes from it! Love, “Mom”

  2. Billy is stunning. What a job – a taster – I could do that 😀

    • I could too BOL! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. YUM! Have just checked out the website and mummy has said she will TRY to make me some of the snacks (but she’s not a very good cook BOL)
    Looking forward to seeing yours though:-)

    • would have been nice if the heading had shown! Damn WordPress! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. How do I become a food taster? Think now I’ve found my one and only profession: FOOD TASTER – Thanks Dakota, for inspire me ;o)

    • Easy, I don’t know…GOOGLE IT!! BOL!!! You are welcome! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

      • guess what I found via google, while searching “dog food taster: Dog Meat- what does dog taste like… YIIIIKES! weird world…

      • OMD OMD!!! Easy I don’t believe it!!! OMD!!! I am so sorry I had you Google! BOL! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. Oh, that sounds fantastic! There can never be too many canine cookbooks, if you ask me. We’re bakers here more than cooks, so we’re looking forward to the second review!


    • Hi Bunny! It is! Now to get Mom to make some of them! Oh goody! The Baking book will be NEXT week on the 9th! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  6. That sure sounds like a great book. Wish I had had it while Jasmine was sick. Will have to save up our green papers to see about getting it. Thanks for the great review.

    • Hi Marg, oh yes…that would have been good….I feel so bad!! Thanks so much! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  7. The book sounds awesome! We are going over to the website now to find out more!

    • Sooo happy! Let us know if you pawchase it and if you cook from it! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  8. Hey Dakota,

    I’d be super happy if my Mum was a Cook OR a Baker!! Sometimes she makes a few things, but she never cooks anything for me!! She SO needs this book!! You’re super lucky your Mom is gonna try some recipes for you, maybe one day my Mum will too? I know I deserve them!! Tee Hee

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy! We must get our Mums together and tell them to COOK for US!!! My mom is so excited about this book that she said she will for SURE make me some things from it! I think your Mum will too! Have a great day! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  9. Oh no, I just realised that I don’t have any doggy cookbooks! I must go get some and this one sounds pretty good.


    • Hi Priscilla! OMD I think this would be GREAT for you!!!!!!!!!!! Be sure to let me know what you thought! Love, “Mom”

  10. Dear Dakota,
    Cinnamon here, I have hijacked Nellie’s place so I could post back to you! What a great book, I went and looked at it and I asked Mommy if we could get and he said “for Christmas”. Mommy makes almost all our food and she does a great job, but wow, I would LOVE to try some of those recipies!

    • Hi Cinnamon! great to see ou here! Ohhhh yay! So glad your Mommy will get this for you for Christmas! You will love it!!!!!! I want to try some too! We have to have our Mommies make some! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  11. Oh, the foodmanity! I loves your bark but pops doesn’t cos I’m drooling all overs him. The Chicken Feast looks really neatos. Billy is soo luckys.

    Sniffs and licks, Suzy

    • “foodmanity” OMD I LOVE IT! Yeah…the Chicken Feast DOES look good but I want to get my paws on some of those crunchy biscuits! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  12. Hey Dakota, Jet here. Hi Miss Caren.

    Dakota, you know what? We need to get our Moms together, they have so much in common. Mom loves to cook/bake (tell your Mom she may enjoy subscribing to Mom’s Kitchen Counselor newsletter over at she sends it 2x/month) and… she collects cookbooks, too! We absolutely recommend that you repost this or share some recipes on Tasty Tuesday with Kol’s Notes and Sugar! 🙂 Can’t wait for 11/9 review.

    • Hi Jet! Ohhhh you are right!! Yes our Mom’s MUST get together!!! When Mom makes something I will tell her to do that. In the meantime she is gonna check out that link you gave her. THANK YOU!!! Also thanks about 11/9! Maybe I can get my Mom to make something from it but don’t hold your breath! BOL! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  13. Good luck to Mom and hope you get really good food. The Newfs do not like fruit or vegetables or sweets only meat. So we just fix them meat?!

    • oh wow Tyler! I eat fruit and love it! I eat veggies too! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  14. How the WOOF did Mama manage to miss Cook for your Dog Day?! (In my defense, every day is cook for your dog day at Casa de Kolchak) As a nutritionist, Mama’s always a little suspicious of books that share recipes for “every day fare”. So far, she’s yet to find more than a couple that are actually nutritionally complete. We’d be very interested in checking it out! We’d love to have more cookbooks we can recommend to clients!

    • Hi jodi! There ya go…”EVERY DAY” is “Cook For Your Dog” day in your house! If you check out the book please let us know what you thought and if it met your standards. Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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