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

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

by Tod Dimmick


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592572694
Publisher: Alpha Books
Publication date: 10/05/2004
Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.34(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tod Dimmick has written for Cape Cod Life, Cape & Islands Home,, and the MetroWest Daily News. His “Gourmet Cooking on a Budget” weekly e-mail newsletter for 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.

Table of Contents

Part 1Starting Line Basics1
1Ingredients, Tools, and Ground Rules3
Rules of the Game3
Cookware: Now You're Cooking5
Hand Tools: For the Kitchen, Not the Garage7
Kitchen Patrol: Appliances and Power Tools That Love Guys ... and Vice Versa9
Crack the Code: The Recipe Is the Key to Edible Success9
Now for the Fun Part: Favorite Ingredients11
2The Appeal of the Meal: Seasoning, Secret Sauces, ... and Secret Weapons15
Herbs and Spices and Everything Nice16
Secret Weapons17
The Secret Sauce19
That's the Rub25
3Need-to-Know Recipe Basics27
You "Can-Do" These Tasty Dishes27
Homemade Never Looked So Good33
4The Great Pasta Sauce Competition39
The Sauce Doctor Is In!39
Quick and Easy Homemade Sauces45
Pasta e Fagioli49
Part 2Method and Madness51
5A License to Grill53
Meat on the Grill54
Grilled Seafood61
Grilled Veggies64
6Stove Top 10167
Fast and Flavorful67
Stove Top Classics73
7You Can Stand the Heat: Microwave, Oven, and Broiler 10177
Microwave Menu Mania78
The Oven Is Too Easy83
Tan Your Food Under the Broiler86
8Thick as Pea Soup: Soups, Stews, Chowders, and Slow Cooker Recipes89
Soups, Stews, and Chowders90
Slow Cooker Recipes96
9Eat Your Vegetables101
A Salad Is a Raw Deal101
Cooked Veggies108
10Desserts Even a Guy Can Make113
Fast and Easy113
Fruit Frenzy117
Cakes-at Least in Name121
Part 3Survival Rations125
11Weeknight Food: Jump-Start the Meal127
Shake Your Tail Feathers128
Steak Yum: Beef-Based Dinner Recipes131
Other Easy Meat and Seafood Recipes133
Dinner with Vegetables137
12Leftover Living139
13Food Your Kids Will Eat149
Fast but Good149
Classic Kid Favorites155
And Don't Forget ...157
14Food the Ladies Will Love ... and Hate!159
Food the Ladies Will Love160
Food the Ladies Will Hate167
A Symphony with Musical Fruit170
15Mexican-Inspired Dishes173
Tortilla 101174
Other Must-Try Dishes from the Southwest Trail182
Part 4Big Games and Big Themes185
16The Big Game187
Appetizers IWatch the Game Sitting Next to a Dip187
Appetizers IIOther Game-Day Starters191
Where's the Beef? (and Other Main Courses)193
17Firefighter Food197
Firehouse Basics198
Playing with Fire: Grill Recipes207
18Let's Take It Outside: Campground and Picnic Food211
Your Handy Campground Kitchen Kit212
Assemble at the Picnic Table (with Some Advance Prep)213
Make Ahead216
Cook the Whole Thing On-Site221
19Food for Love (Date Night)225
Romantic Food 101226
For Starters227
Is It the Dish-or the Creamy Sauce?230
Romance and Two Skillets238
A Sweet Ending240
20How Do You Like Your Eggs?241
Out of the Frying Pan: Eggs and More242
Toast the French Way249
Muffins and Bread253
21Holidays and Dinner Parties255
Look Good at the Big Dinner255
22Food and Wine269
Matching Food with Wine269
Food for White Wines271
Food for Light Red Wines274
Food for Rich Red Wines275
Sure Winners: Producers276
The Wine Hotlist: Specific Wines to Buy276

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