Dad's Own Cookbook: Everything Your Mother Never Taught You

Dad's Own Cookbook: Everything Your Mother Never Taught You

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by Bob Sloan
     
 

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It's time to become the new hero of the kitchen. Or at least put aside your fear of frying (not to mention sautéing, roasting, or tossing a salad). Dad's Own Cookbook shows how to do everything from handling a knife properly to juggling three dishes so that dinner comes together on schedule. Its lively charts, tips, and directions replace intimidation with

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It's time to become the new hero of the kitchen. Or at least put aside your fear of frying (not to mention sautéing, roasting, or tossing a salad). Dad's Own Cookbook shows how to do everything from handling a knife properly to juggling three dishes so that dinner comes together on schedule. Its lively charts, tips, and directions replace intimidation with pleasure and camaraderie, and its 150 great recipes will turn the most culinarily challenged dad into the family chef.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Space may be the final frontier for some, but for others--men, maybe?--it could instead be the kitchen. Sloan has assembled a light-hearted, very practical book aimed at fathers (or anyone) who is kitchen-shy and cuisine-ignorant. The author points out--accurately--that many cookbooks assume a level of competence that some beginners just don't have. He takes his readers in hand and literally tells them how to boil water. Also, how to shop, select good kitchen ware, organize the pantry and get a meal on the table. After mastering these basics, Sloan gets us started with breakfast recipes and goes on to homemade pizza and fare for a child's birthday party. Along the way, the designated cook can assign tasks to the kids to familiarize them with cooking. For some who might think that Dad's Own involves microwaving a prepared meal and sprinkling on a little pepper, forget it. Sloan believes in cooking from scratch. At first glance, tossing off chicken breasts with prosciutto and mozzarella or organizing a cocktail party may seem impossible for a novice. And yet, Sloan's extremely well-organized recipes and preparation and cooking tips should have even take-out devotees thumbing the pages for new recipes to try. Illustrations not seen by PW. (May )
Library Journal
This book has a curiously dated feel to it; weren't cookbooks for the helpless male popular in the 1970s? Sloan, a New York City caterer, includes a lot of information about cooking basics, along with simple recipes, mostly designed with the kids in mind, though there are some more sophisticated attempts too. However, the tone of the book at times verges on that of a third-grade reader (``How Dad Likes to Cook Fish''), with a few sports analogies thrown in for good measure (``these are the Titleists of meatballs''). There are plenty of good basic cookbooks around, as well as more specialized titles like Michele Urvater's Monday to Friday Cookbook ( LJ 9/15/91), for any busy cook with children to feed. Nevertheless, expect demand.
Barbara Jacobs
It's difficult for even a seasoned shopper to meander through a grocery store these days without decimating a wallet's contents. And it's difficult for people unused to being in their kitchen to fathom the reason for proofing yeast, say, or the niceties of broiling meats rather than roasting them. Caterer Sloan starts with--and sticks to--the basics, enlivening his text with a decidedly masculine humor. The more than 175 recipes are designed to encourage any noncook to pick up tongs and pans and to fix meals or snacks sure to please kids and adults. Dishes to prepare range from simple to somewhat complicated, from eggs (scrambled, boiled, or fried), to complete menus for Thanksgiving, as well as to a cocktail party (featuring chicken wings and salmon hash in endive spears, among other out-of-the-ordinary items).
Esquire
"An extraordinary cookbook. Sloan covers all the basics...in admirable recipes that are a pleasure to eat. If I had had this book 20 years ago, I could have saved myself a river of frustration in the kitchen."

—Jim Harrison, Esquire

From the Publisher

"An extraordinary cookbook. Sloan covers all the basics...in admirable recipes that are a pleasure to eat. If I had had this book 20 years ago, I could have saved myself a river of frustration in the kitchen."
—Jim Harrison, Esquire

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761172635
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Bob Sloan is a professional chef, teacher, and author who runs his own catering business. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons, both of whom love to cook.

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Dad's Own Cook-Book 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
tobyonekinobie More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw this cookbook was at a friend's house. He made a recipe in the book that was extremely tastey. I thought he used a gourmet cookbook and when he told me he used "Dad's Own Cook Book" I was shocked. I immediately ordered the cookbook and now it has become my #1 manual for cooking! I'm not the best cook in the world, but this book makes me look I'm "seasoned". Not only does it give you the recipe, but it also explains techniques for the cooking process, gives time-saving tips, and even storage tips. Bob Sloan takes the guess work out of cooking and makes it an extraordinary, easy experience that even a novice like me can understand. Bon'Appetit!