Steven Raichlen really knows the pleasure men get from cooking, the joy they take in having the skills, the need to show off a little bit. His Barbecue! Bible books have over 4.7 million copies in print and now he leads his readers from the grill into the kitchen. Like a Joy of Cooking for guys, Man Made Meals is everything a man needs to achieve confidence and competenceSteven Raichlen really knows the pleasure men get from cooking, the joy they take in having the skills, the need to show off a little bit. His Barbecue! Bible books have over 4.7 million copies in print and now he leads his readers from the grill into the kitchen. Like a Joy of Cooking for guys, Man Made Meals is everything a man needs to achieve confidence and competence in the kitchen. Man Made Meals is about the tools and techniques (guess what, grillers, you still get to play with knives and fire.) It's about adopting secrets from the pros how to multitask, prep before you start cooking, clean as you go. It's about understanding flavor and flavor boosters, like anchovies and miso, and it s about essentials: how to shuck an oyster, truss a chicken, cook a steak to the desired doneness. It s about having a repertoire of great recipes (there are 300 to choose from), breakfast to dessert, to dazzle a date, or be a hero to your family, or simply feed yourself with real pleasure. These are recipes with a decided guy appeal, like Blowtorch Oatmeal, Fire-Eater Chicken Wings, Black Kale Caesar, Down East Lobster Rolls, Skillet Rib Steak, Porchetta, Finger-Burner Lamb Chops, Yardbird s Fried Chicken, Blackened Salmon, Mashed Potatoes Three Ways, and Ice Cream Floats for Grown-Ups."...
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Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys Reviews
Author of cookbooks such as The Barbecue Bible! and BBQ USA Steve Raichlen is back with a new cookbook designed with men in mind: Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys. This guide is a must have for pros and newbies alike. From appetizers to dessert, simple to complex there is at least one dish in this book that you'll need to try.Let's get something straight- I eat far more like a man than I do like a woman. And no, I don't mean in quantity. I like my food chock full of meat and bold flavors, and this book contains recipes full of both. This book is pumped full of peppers, meat, bacon, whiskey, and cheese. (Insert Tim "the Tool Man" Taylor grunting here, please.) That being said, this book is so diverse. There are dishes slammed with flavor and sinful ingredients, yes. But there is also a vegetarian section, and more delicate plates like salads and tartares. This book is divided both by course and by ingredient, making it easy to pick what you'd like to cook. This book extends beyond "guy" ingredients like beef and bacon and includes things like pheasant and squid. To give you some perspective, there were maybe ten things in this 600+ plus page book that didn't sound damned delicious. The pictures in this book are also really well done- it made me hungry to flip through this monstrous collection of recipes.Speaking of pictures, I am exceedingly grateful for the amount of them in this book. Now, don't tell my girlfriend, but I picked this book out with her in mind. I was raised in a kitchen, but I'm just starting to coax out her inner foodie. This book is perfect for her. Raichlen offers step-by-step instructions for kitchen skills such as carving a turkey or eating a lobster, with a picture taken at each step. It's incredibly easy to follow along. In addition, this book is sprinkled with hints and guides on how to buy the best ingredients, how to clean them, and how to substitute ingredients if you don't necessarily have access to them all. In fact, a lot of the recipes include variation edits for just that reason. I also really liked the interview profiles included here from "food dudes". Including chefs, TV personalities, musicians and more, Raichlen finds out what each of these dudes loves to cook, and their advice on cooking. It was a nice break from recipes, and interesting to read since I recognized a few of the names.Now, I'm not going to give too much of this book away because I fully believe that y'all should get a copy of this one for yourselves. But, I will say that a few of the recipes that I can't wait to try are Belgian Beer Brownies, Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese with Ham, Saganaki (one of my favorites!), and Windy City Pork Chops (gotta rep Chicago after all). Whether you're a heavy eater or a light snacker, a carnivore or veggie lover, there's a recipe in here for you. I know that we'll be getting a copy of this for sure. Thanks to Netgalley & Workman Publishing for my copy in exchange for my honest review. This review can also be found on my nifty blog, Bitches n Prose.
I was sent a copy of the book for review though Net Galley, as always, all opinions are my own.With so many new cookbooks coming out every month it can be incredibly difficult to figure out which books are worth purchasing and which will only sit around gathering dust. This is why I spend a good portion of my evenings combing through different cookbooks trying to find the best new releases to share with you. In the last four months I've had over 100 cookbooks pass through my kitchen for review and none of them have left quite the impression that this book has. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this is the most fun I've had with a cookbook all year. Ladies, if you have a man in your life who loves to cook you need to pick them up a copy of this book. While you're at it make sure you pick up a blowtorch. I know that sounds like an odd combination, but trust me, there is nothing like cooking with a hand held open flame. I have yet to meet a man that doesn't have just a little bit of a pyromaniac in them.Even if you aren't convinced a blowtorch is a necessity in the kitchen this book is still worth a closer look. It has something for every occasion and skill level. Many of the basics are covered with step-by-step directions perfect for beginning cooks. More advanced cooks looking to try their hand at something new might be interested in the cooking techniques for birds, rabbits, and lamb that are sure to offer a bit of a challenge. Even vegetarians will find something in this book as a number of the recipes give quick and easy ways to make the meal vegetarian friendly. This is especially handy if you know you'll be having a vegetarian guest for dinner. As I said, this book has something for everyone in it and would be an excellent addition to any kitchen. Oh and did I mention how much fun cooking with a blowtorch is?Some of the recipes that caught my eye:Chili (or the 10 steps to chili enlightenment)The Wisconsinite (Cheddar and Bratwurst grilled cheese)Bacon-wrapped scallops w/ scotch whiskey glaze Belgian beer browniesSalami chips, pepperoni chips, and prosciutto chipsHooker's Spaghetti Linguine w/ creamy clam sauce Recipes with a blowtorch:Blowtorch oatmeal Blowtorch salmonBananas Foster
I’ve always wanted to be able to cook well, but having precious little time, scant knowledge about that mysterious land known as “the kitchen,” and zero talent, is discouraging. I have no patience for cookbooks that specify stupid, expensive crap that I’ll never use again (e.g., Gwyneth’s duck eggs). Perhaps I’m too stupid to cook? Maybe not now, as MMM is like a lottery win of cooking, bringing mega-oomph to simply-prepared, high quality meals—no fancy schmancy equipment required, though Raichlen does encourage use of organic products, pointing out that “excellence lies in the details.” As with any cookbook, some recipes (e.g., leg of lamb North African style) seem just too hardcore for regular dudes who, like me, frequently mash together eggs and whatever leftover crap is laying around for “the magical dad scramble.” But for every one of those you get, like, three Pan-Braised Pork Chops with Shiitakes and Green Peppercorns, 95 percent of MMM’s recipe’s are perfectly doable. Also, there’s loads of other useful information that I embarrassingly admit to never having learned, like that fully cooked fish will break into clean flakes when poked with a forefinger. There’s even an introductory primer for kitting out your kitchen. At 600 pages, there are plenty of tasty, high-class, simple variations on absolutely normal food. (Think grilled cheese sandwich, but with Haloumi cheese). Raichlen has a superencouraging tone: “You live in the best time in history to cook and eat well,” he writes, adding that “[y]ou don’t need to know how to cook everything,” just enough to nail the essentials. VERDICT The Holy Grail for dudes who appreciate flavor, healthfulness, speed, and simplicity.Find this review and others at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader's advisory column for men from Library Journal. Copyright Library Journal
This book is so cool!!! I am using it almost everyday to cook. I don't eat out as often anymore because I shop for the stuff in this book and it has saved me money already!!! I love this book.