Dad's Own Cookbook: Everything Your Mother Never Taught You [NOOK Book]

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FROM DADíS OWN MEATLOAF TO TIRAMISU, FROM CANAPES FOR 25 TO PIZZA NIGHT.

Itís time to put aside your fears of the kitchen. Whether showing how to juggle three dishes so dinner comes out on time, which cuts of meat to roast and which to pan-fry, or how to bake bread with your kids during Sunday football, DADíS OWN is the cookbook that assumes nothing.

Its lively charts, tips, and directions replace intimidation with pleasure, and its spirit of ...

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Overview

FROM DADíS OWN MEATLOAF TO TIRAMISU, FROM CANAPES FOR 25 TO PIZZA NIGHT.

Itís time to put aside your fears of the kitchen. Whether showing how to juggle three dishes so dinner comes out on time, which cuts of meat to roast and which to pan-fry, or how to bake bread with your kids during Sunday football, DADíS OWN is the cookbook that assumes nothing.

Its lively charts, tips, and directions replace intimidation with pleasure, and its spirit of camaraderie will instill confidence in every cook-to-be.

ýThe other day I came across an extraordinary cookbook. . . . Beginning cookbooks usually contain nothing you might want to eat. But Bob Sloan covers all the basics . . . in admirable recipes that are a pleasure to eat. . . . If I had had this book twenty years ago, I could have saved myself a river of frustration in the kitchen.OJim Harrison, Esquire

ýFor the culinary neophyte, Dadís Own Cookbook is one of the best primers published.O Florence Fabricant, The New York Times

ýDads who say they canít put a meal on the table have just run out of excuses.O Associated Press

A cookbook just for Dad! Today it's as important for men to know how to cook as it is for women. Written by a self-taught professional chef who knows how to teach the basics in jargon-free language, Dad's Own Cookbook's lively tips, lessons, charts, and 200 recipes will instill confidence in every cook-to-be. Two-color illustrations and inviting spreads offer visual assistance throughout.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761172635
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 583,730
  • File size: 7 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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Table of Contents

Foreword Introduction
Getting Started:
• Herb & Spice Primer
• The Food Processor
• The Microwave
• Demystifying the Sauté Pan
Breakfast:
• The Basic Egg
• Breakfast in Bed
• A Good Cup of Coffee & a Nice Cup of Tea
Lunch:
• Six Sandwiches the Kids will Eat
• Four All-American Lunches
• The Lunchbox
• Instant No-Recipe Lunches
• Using up Leftovers
Dinner:
• Chicken Basics
• Beef Basics
• How to Cut an Onion
• Mexican Feast
• Lamb Basics
• Pork Basics
• Fish Basics
• Fish Primer
• Shellfish Primer
Rice & Potatoes:
• The Basic Potato
• A Baked Potato as a Meal
Vegetables:
• Cooking the Basic Vegetable
Two Fancy Dinners:
• A Light Summery Supper
• The Table Setting
• Wine Primer
• A Hearty Meal with a Mediterranean Flavor
Salads:
• The Basic Salad
• The Basic Dressing
• Complete Meal Salads
Pasta:
• Pasta Primer
• Pasta Sauce Primer
• Eight Steps to Pasta Heaven
Soups & Stews:
• The Basic Soups
• Homemade Stock
Desserts:
• The Simplest & Healthiest Dessert
Making Bread & Pizza with the Kids:
• Bread Basics
• Dad’s Own Pizza
Cooking in the Great Outdoors:
• The Basic Grill
Cooking for a Crowd:
• Thanksgiving Dinner for Twelve
How to Throw Your Own Cocktail Party:
• The Drinks
• Simple Nibbles & Ethnic Edibles
• A Menu for a Fancy Cocktail Party for 25
• Cheese Primer
Throwing a Birthday Party for Your Child:
• Party Themes
• Party Food
• The Birthday Cake
• Frosting & Decorating the Cake
Glossary Index
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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Excellent Cookbook

    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!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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