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Personal Note from Val: I had a blast interviewing author, Gayle Pruitt! Get your pen and paper ready because if you’re like me and have a doggie companion at your feet, you’re going to get a wealth of great tips about providing nutritious meals for dogs. Gayle makes things super simple, clear and very easy to follow. With the help of Chef Mimi and Mister Casper, she’s written the book, Dog-Gone Good Cookbook based on her years of nutritional research for humans and dogs. Here you go, puppies and doggie guardians this one’s for YOU! Enjoy!
Gayle Pruitt has been a nutritionist/ chef for fifteen years, earning her Certified Nutritionist degree from the American Health Science University’s National Institute of Nutritional Education/NINE in 1996.
Gayle conducts nutritional research where at present she focuses on human and canine nutrition with a specialty in digestive issues and disorders and also acts as a guest lecturer.
Gayle was Executive Chef for MacNut Oil, a gourmet cooking oil company. She has worked as a Personal Chef, and owned and operatedÂ Fine Food Delivered, preparing and delivering unique meals for those with special dietary needs.
Gayle also co-hosted a nationally syndicated radio talk show, Menu for Life Radio Show, with Dr. Ross Stewart, a behavioral psychologist and recognized expert on the link between nutrition and brain chemistry.
Gayle’s recipes have appeared in national magazines and in best-selling cookbooks such as Hampton’s Diet Cookbook and 7-Color Cuisine: A Cookbook and Nutrition Guide. She was the food writer for a Dallas based magazine Lifestyle Solutions.
In addition, she has conducted cooking demonstrations in many cities across the county for national food shows involving gourmet products. And she’s been asked to film a pilot for a new show on cooking for dogs too that may easily wind up on one of the Food Networks (can’t say which one yet).
Gayle is the author of The Dog-Gone Good Cookbook published by St Martin’s Press and scheduled for release in February of 2013.
Gayle has some loving furrkids who have guided her along the way as well.
Mister Casper, the Furry Gourmand
Mister Casper was found in an alley as a young pup by a group of hooligans who immediately tossed him into a large garbage bin. Fortunately for the young Mister Casper it was the garbage bin in the back of the finest French Restaurant in all of Dallas. That night of all nights, the restaurant, Charmante Cuisine Chien,had a huge banquet and Mister Casper was the recipient of some marvelous morsels. This glorious garbage bin episode marked the beginning of Mister Casper’s brilliant career as the “Furry Gourmand.”
Not long after Mister Casper decided he would live in the fabulous Poubelle forever and ever, a person passing by thought she heard a moaning sound coming out of the garbage bin. Wondering if the sound might be caused by an animal that was hurt, she peered inside and found Mister Casper merely groaning with gastronomic pleasure. That someone was Gayle Pruitt. She took Mister Casper home with her where he currently helps write food blogs and reviews, and he is now considered one of the top Canine Food Critics in the country.
Chef Mimi (Me-Me) Pruitt
Chef Mimi started from humble beginnings. Her parentage was mysterious and there was some whispered talk of a magical background. Mimi survived quite well on the streets of Dallas. As a talented, intelligent, and no nonsense canine, Mimi was determined to make something of herself. She worked hard and received a scholarship to the Canine Culinary Arts Institute in Paris, Texas where she started a restaurant.
After her first year as a restaurateur she received a Three “Paw” Mitch-land plus a Rising Paw from the Spot Guide in 2007, a feat never before achieved. Chef Mimi received her Four “Paw” Mitch-land in 2008. That’s when she met Gayle Pruitt, and Mister Casper. She took Gayle under her wing and taught her as much as she was capable of learning.
Chef Mimi has been working with and mentoring Gayle for the last four years and has helped Ms. Pruitt with recipes, most notably the Dog-Gone Good Cookbook being published by St. Martin’s Press. The Cookbook is scheduled for release in February 2013.
In our interview, Gayle answered these questions and more:
- What inspired your idea to write the Dog-Gone Good Cookbook?
- Is there any research on canines eating vegetables?
- Why did you include cooked, raw and even vegetarian food in your cookbook for dogs?
- Why is it important for canines to have organic fruits & vegetables and grass-fed meats in their diet?
- Do you have an easy, simple way for the people that think they don’t have time to prepare homemade food for their dogs to get started?
To learn more about the good work Gayle is doing go to http://www.doggonegoodblog.com