“Anabolic Cooking Cookbook”
Author: Dave Ruel
Format: E-Book (Electronic Delivery)
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I’m not a cook. I eat rather bland. I don’t really have a desire to spend a great deal of time in the kitchen. Blending up a protein shake is my idea of “kitchen adventure”.
When deciding to review Dave Ruel’s “Anabolic Cooking”, it was my idea to have my girlfriend (who is a bit of a cook and really into healthy cooking) try out a few of the recipes. That way I could have her help evaluate the value of the recipe portion of the program (and I could evaluate the tastiness without ever having to set foot in the kitchen – happy me!).
My girlfriend wasn’t enthusiastic about the idea.
“Recipes are all over the web, even muscle building recipes. What’s the big deal with these recipes?” she asked.
She had a point. MuscleandStrength.com alone has a pretty big section of muscle building recipes.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean “Anabolic Cooking” doesn’t have value. After all, there are thousands of routines on the web, thousands of diets, thousands of articles on every conceivable muscle building topic… and yet I’d argue that the top muscle building programs are worth their price and then some.
Those top programs go above and beyond by personalizing and condensing information, by taking out the garbage that makes up at least 75% of the bodybuilding information on the web. They put the focus on what works and in so doing, they can greatly increase the odds for success.
Can it work the same way for recipes? Can “Anabolic Cooking” focus people in on the best recipes (or better prepare them to succeed in the kitchen) and in so doing give people a better chance for successful muscle building cooking?
I don’t think so.
As hard as I tried, I couldn’t really come up with a good answer to my girlfriend’s question. I couldn’t find a reason that the “Anabolic Cooking” recipe collection would be able to justify its expense with all the free resources on the web.
Now, again, keep in my mind that I’m not a cook. But, honestly, the resources I found in a quick Google search seemed better than the ones I found in the ebook.
“Anabolic Cooking” also doesn’t offer much beyond the recipes. At least not with its base offering which is what I stuck with for the review. The diet advice sticks to the basics and isn’t very thorough, at least not very thorough for a program that is based on the diet side of bodybuilding.
There are upsells for a “cooking club” and exercise and routine advice. I didn’t check those out.
Of minor note, when looking through some of Ruel’s blog and promotional literature for his ebook, I found that he had “borrowed” (copied) some stuff from this site. Not a lot. Not a huge deal, just a paragraph here and there.
It happens. People sometimes hire out their writing and sometimes those writers plagiarize without them knowing. Typically I’ll write such individuals and get a sincere apology and quick removal of the infringing material.
I wrote to Ruel explaining the problem. And I wrote again. I never got a response.
Again, he only took a little from me. Still, not only is it annoying to have someone else represent your work as their own, it can negatively impact search rankings.
And, it makes me question the source of everything he presents.
2 of 5 Stars: I couldn’t find a lot of value here. It’s a program that seems to have its focus on marketing and getting maximum bucks out of the customer rather than helping them achieve their goals.
But, I remind you again, I’m not a cook, so maybe I’m missing something.
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