Zien, creator and host of the television show Sam the Cooking Guy, is very clear from the onset that he is not a chef; he also believes that certain things, like measuring ingredients (unless baking), are a "waste of time" and that 350 degrees is the "universal temperature" at which to cook everything. A self-proclaimed "regular guy," Zien thinks that people have "been wrecked by cooking shows with their millions of complicated steps and crazy ass ingredients." His recipes are for people who want to cook, but want to spend as little time and effort in the kitchen as possible. Two of his favorite ingredients, which show up frequently, are prebaked pizza crust (used in his pesto pizza recipe, which also calls for ready-made pesto) and "ready bacon," which simply needs to be microwaved. Other dishes include a Tomato and Potato Chip Sandwich and Stir Fry Noodles made with Styrofoam cup instant ramen. Some dishes, though lacking originality, call for fresh ingredients and explain simple techniques, like the Adobo Chicken or Ginger Scallops. Foodies won't be impressed, and even those with mild interest in putting together their own meals might want to be challenged a bit more. (Mar.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Sam the Cooking Guy: Just a Bunch of Recipesby Sam Zien
‘I can't cook.’ I hear that all the time. And it's not that you can't--it's that you don't. It's that we've been wrecked by cooking shows with their millions of complicated steps and crazy-ass ingredients. Ingredients you can't find, let alone pronounce. That's not how I want to cook. I want to eat well, but I don't want it to take a year. Who's making
‘I can't cook.’ I hear that all the time. And it's not that you can't--it's that you don't. It's that we've been wrecked by cooking shows with their millions of complicated steps and crazy-ass ingredients. Ingredients you can't find, let alone pronounce. That's not how I want to cook. I want to eat well, but I don't want it to take a year. Who's making stuff like 'Truffled Peruvian Mountain Squab with Chilled Framboise Foam' anyway?
"So this book is about food that's big in taste and small in effort. Just great-tasting stuff with no fancy techniques and definitely no over-the-top ingredients, as in everything-comes-from-a-regular-supermarket--cool concept, huh? It's just a bunch of recipes you'll easily be able to make and enjoy."
--From Sam the Cooking Guy
Look inside for great recipes like these:
• One Dank Tomato Pie • "Whatever" Spring Rolls • Five-Minute Stir-Fry Noodles • O.F.R.B.P.J.G.O. • Awww Nuts! • BBQ Chicken Pizza • Halloween Chicken Chili • Fridge Fried Rice • Sam's Sticky Sweet BBQ Ribs • Stuffed Burgers • Pesto BBQ Shrimp • Chili Salmon • Motor Home Meatballs • Spicy-ish Sausage Pasta • The Great Potato Cake • Brussels Sprouts You'll Actually Eat • (Fake) Creme Brulee • Chocolate Toffee Matzoh • Peanut Butter Ice-Cream Cup Things
Zien is the host of Sam the Cooking Guy, a popular series that began airing in San Diego in 2002; his new show for the Discovery Health channel, Just Cook This, premiered last fall. He's not a chef, and he describes the food he makes as "great-tasting stuff with no fancy techniques and definitely no over-the-top ingredients." Recipes are quick and simple: "Whatever" Spring Rolls, for example, and Mac and (Blue) Cheese with Bacon (made with Kraft Macaroni & Cheese). Zien's style is in your face, and some readers may find his somewhat sophomoric sense of humor wearing, but his fan base is definitely increasing. Buy for demand.
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Meet the Author
SAM ZIEN is a twelve-time Emmy Award winner and the creator and host of Sam the Cooking Guy. His latest show is Just Cook This with Sam the Cooking Guy. Visit his website, is TheCookingGuy.com.
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Just got this book 2 weeks ago before Sam's 2nd cookbook came out. I actually read it cover to cover and laughed out loud! My husband even thinks its' funny. I've tried 3 recipes and all were delicious and easy!
Guys will like this book as much as the gals in the kitchen. Uses several cooking methods and simple ingredients. The results are delicious!
Sam is a genius with these big but easy dishes! I made frito chili bags and they were amazing! Thanks Sam you rock!
If you've ever watched the show, the book totally sounds like him. It's way fun and the recipes are great... He makes me want to cook!
This is the only 'cookbook' I have ever read without bothering to look at the recipes. I feel as if I know Sam just by reading his take on life! He makes entertaining sound like fun with a little side order of food and drink - what a goal. This will be my new gift for friends and family for any occasion - holiday, birthday, dinner invite,......