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Cooking to Hook Up: The Bachelor's Date-Night Cookbook
     

Cooking to Hook Up: The Bachelor's Date-Night Cookbook

by Ann Marie Michaels, Drew Campbell, Ann Marie Michaels
 
It's a fact. Cooking is dead sexy. Women will always choose men with wooden spoons over men with Gold Cards (unless you're in L.A.). But there's a world of difference between any dinner and the right dinner. Should you serve sushi or meatloaf? Play Sting's greatest hits or the latest Yo La Tengo single? Wear the Birkenstock sandals or the Armani loafers? It all

Overview

It's a fact. Cooking is dead sexy. Women will always choose men with wooden spoons over men with Gold Cards (unless you're in L.A.). But there's a world of difference between any dinner and the right dinner. Should you serve sushi or meatloaf? Play Sting's greatest hits or the latest Yo La Tengo single? Wear the Birkenstock sandals or the Armani loafers? It all depends on the Girl.

In Cooking to Hook Up: The Bachelor's Date-Night Cookbook (Globe Pequot Press, October 2004) authors Drew Campbell and Ann Marie Michaels teamed up to teach men about women-specifically how to best determine what type of date they've found, and what type of food will keep her coming back.

Sound complicated? It isn't. All you need is a small supply of tools, a permanent stock of 12 staple foods, and 10 additional ingredients you can buy through the express lane (with a pit stop to the liquor store). There are 50 complete meals, including dessert, for everyone from the Academic Girl to the Uptown Girl. It gets better.

The key to an enchanted evening is choosing not only the right food, but the right wine, music, and even shoes that will turn her on, not turn her stomach. Cooking to Hook Up steers you right to the winning combination for each girl. The authors give you Girl-specific tips on what to talk about, what flowers to buy, and which magazines to leave on the coffee table. There's even an easy wine-buying guide to give you the goods on the grapes. All of the critical information is here, such as "Cleaning the Bathroom," "Removing All Indications of Previous Women," and "Bailing Out: Dealing with Disaster." If all goes well, you can skip to the last chapter, "So You GotLucky: Recipes for Breakfast."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762729678
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Series:
Cookbooks Series
Edition description:
First edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Read an Excerpt

We can firmly state that any woman will be more impressed with a quality home-cooked meal than with an expensive restaurant one. Women will always choose men with wooden spoons over men with Gold Cards (unless you're in Los Angeles).

Why? Because it's dead sexy. As Ann Marie so eloquently puts it, "Forget flowers and chocolates. Just give me The Naked Chef." Drew's girlfriend, Valerie, was equally succinct after their first date. "The flowers were nice," she said, "But you had me at bruschetta."

The bottom line is: you don't need to understand eggplants at the cellular level to make a good meal. You don't have to shop for hours or have a huge stock of ingredients or follow complicated directions. What you need is a small supply of tools (all of which you can score at the discount store of your choice), a dozen non-perishable staples, and a few minutes after work to grab ten items at the express lane.

Every menu in this book is a complete meal, entrée to dessert to beverage. Most of them will take no more than an hour to prepare and most of them have a fifteen-minute break built in so you can get the laundry off the couch, make the bed, and otherwise prepare your home for a romantic visitor. Don't skip the "Preparing the House" section and remember, cleaning the bathroom is critical.

Meet the Author

Ann Marie Michaels and Drew Campbell were married in 1997. Despite a shared fondness for vodka martinis and cutthroat Scrabble, they soon realized they were better writing partners than life partners. Their no-kids-no-foul marriage dissolved in 2003 and the fact that they didn't argue over a single CD should tell you something. With the marital storm safely weathered, however, they soon discovered something they did have in common: over 35 years of combined dating experience. Writing a dating cookbook was the natural next step.

Ann Marie's passion for food and cooking came from her sister, a self-taught gourmet chef who refuses to acknowledge the existence of the word margarine, let alone the substance. Drew learned to make Salisbury steak from his mother and held his first dinner party in the tenth grade--a casual affair that his father gleefully photographed, severely reducing Drew's chances of getting lucky that night, which, let's face it, were not that great to begin with.

Drew, a Progressive Guy, has spent a lifetime in the theater world, gaining his B.A. in theater from Brown University and M.F.A. in theatrical technology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He has worked as a technician, designer, high school teacher, college professor, video editor and professional musician. These days he hangs out in Austin, where he is on the faculty at the University of Texas. He has authored two guides to the backstage world of show business: Technical Theater for Nontechnical People and Technical Film and TV for Nontechnical People, and, on July 23rd 2004, finally married that lovely and Progressive Valerie.

Ann Marie earned a B.S. in film atthe University of Texas at Austin. A Gourmet/Indie Girl-hybrid, she now lives in Los Angeles with her dog Maude, who is also a Gourmet Girl (evidenced by her love of foie gras and cassoulet). Ann Marie is a freelance web producer and is working on a novel. This is her first book.


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