The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cooking--For Guys

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Overview

No more burnt offerings!

Whether it's nachos or crock-pot kielbasa, a party, something quick for the kids' lunch, a romantic date night, or dinner-for-one, this guy- friendly cookbook features over 230 real-food recipes for everything from vegetables, pasta, and desserts, to leftovers, appetizers, and grilling. Instead of relying on shortcuts, canned food, or unhealthy processed ingredients, it pares down complex cooking instructions; explains basic cooking terms; figures in prep time and cook time; and allots larger portion sizes.

• Notes high salt or high cholesterol recipes
• Includes more than 230 recipes
• Provides special tips, advice, and recipe construction for beginners, plus bigger portion sizes for hungry men

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592572694
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 10/5/2004
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Tod Dimmick has written for Cape Cod Life, Cape & Islands Home, Townonline.com, and the MetroWest Daily News. His “Gourmet Cooking on a Budget” weekly e-mail newsletter for wz.com is read by over 75,000 subscribers. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to 20-Minute Meals and The Complete Idiot's Guide to 5-Minute Appetizers.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Starting Line Basics 1
1 Ingredients, Tools, and Ground Rules 3
Rules of the Game 3
Cookware: Now You're Cooking 5
Hand Tools: For the Kitchen, Not the Garage 7
Kitchen Patrol: Appliances and Power Tools That Love Guys ... and Vice Versa 9
Crack the Code: The Recipe Is the Key to Edible Success 9
Now for the Fun Part: Favorite Ingredients 11
2 The Appeal of the Meal: Seasoning, Secret Sauces, ... and Secret Weapons 15
Herbs and Spices and Everything Nice 16
Secret Weapons 17
The Secret Sauce 19
That's the Rub 25
3 Need-to-Know Recipe Basics 27
You "Can-Do" These Tasty Dishes 27
Homemade Never Looked So Good 33
4 The Great Pasta Sauce Competition 39
The Sauce Doctor Is In! 39
Quick and Easy Homemade Sauces 45
Pasta e Fagioli 49
Part 2 Method and Madness 51
5 A License to Grill 53
Meat on the Grill 54
Grilled Seafood 61
Grilled Veggies 64
6 Stove Top 101 67
Fast and Flavorful 67
Stove Top Classics 73
7 You Can Stand the Heat: Microwave, Oven, and Broiler 101 77
Microwave Menu Mania 78
The Oven Is Too Easy 83
Tan Your Food Under the Broiler 86
8 Thick as Pea Soup: Soups, Stews, Chowders, and Slow Cooker Recipes 89
Soups, Stews, and Chowders 90
Slow Cooker Recipes 96
9 Eat Your Vegetables 101
A Salad Is a Raw Deal 101
Cooked Veggies 108
10 Desserts Even a Guy Can Make 113
Fast and Easy 113
Fruit Frenzy 117
Cakes-at Least in Name 121
Part 3 Survival Rations 125
11 Weeknight Food: Jump-Start the Meal 127
Shake Your Tail Feathers 128
Steak Yum: Beef-Based Dinner Recipes 131
Other Easy Meat and Seafood Recipes 133
Dinner with Vegetables 137
12 Leftover Living 139
Pasta 140
Rice 143
Meats 145
13 Food Your Kids Will Eat 149
Fast but Good 149
Classic Kid Favorites 155
And Don't Forget ... 157
14 Food the Ladies Will Love ... and Hate! 159
Food the Ladies Will Love 160
Food the Ladies Will Hate 167
A Symphony with Musical Fruit 170
15 Mexican-Inspired Dishes 173
Tortilla 101 174
Other Must-Try Dishes from the Southwest Trail 182
Part 4 Big Games and Big Themes 185
16 The Big Game 187
Appetizers I Watch the Game Sitting Next to a Dip 187
Appetizers II Other Game-Day Starters 191
Where's the Beef? (and Other Main Courses) 193
17 Firefighter Food 197
Firehouse Basics 198
Playing with Fire: Grill Recipes 207
18 Let's Take It Outside: Campground and Picnic Food 211
Your Handy Campground Kitchen Kit 212
Assemble at the Picnic Table (with Some Advance Prep) 213
Make Ahead 216
Cook the Whole Thing On-Site 221
19 Food for Love (Date Night) 225
Romantic Food 101 226
For Starters 227
Is It the Dish-or the Creamy Sauce? 230
Romance and Two Skillets 238
A Sweet Ending 240
20 How Do You Like Your Eggs? 241
Out of the Frying Pan: Eggs and More 242
Pancakes 247
Toast the French Way 249
Waffles 251
Muffins and Bread 253
21 Holidays and Dinner Parties 255
Look Good at the Big Dinner 255
Appetizers 257
Meats 261
Seafood 264
22 Food and Wine 269
Matching Food with Wine 269
Food for White Wines 271
Food for Light Red Wines 274
Food for Rich Red Wines 275
Sure Winners: Producers 276
The Wine Hotlist: Specific Wines to Buy 276
Appendixes
A Glossary 283
B References 297
Index 304
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