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Cookbook Review: CIG to Cooking for Guys

Updated on January 30, 2008

Looking for ideas for hearty, simple to prepare recipes that taste great? Whether you're male or female, you'll probably absolutely love The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cooking for Guys. Author Tod Dimmick is the author of this great book, which is full of recipes that will appeal to anyone looking for tasty, fun, and simple recipes that take the guesswork out of how to prepare delicious meals.

Building the Foundation

Leaving nothing to chance regarding the culinary history of readers, this book begins with an excellent overview of the basics of outfitting a kitchen and a pantry. You'll find great suggestions for adding cookware and gadgets to your kitchen collection, as well as ideas for how to stock your shelves with staples and your fridge with must-have ingredients.

The book also contains a wealth of information about all different types of spices, including information about the ones every well appointed kitchen should have, along with tips for using specialty, or "secret weapon" spices.

Recipe Categories

You'll find everything you need to prepare a seemingly endless combination of delicious and nourishing meals in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cooking for Guys.

The book includes a wide selection of recipe types, including:

  • Appetizers for the Big Game
  • Basic Recipes Everyone Needs to Know
  • Camping and Picnic Recipes
  • Desserts
  • Egg Recipe
  • Grilling Recipes
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Holiday and Special Occasion Recipes
  • International Recipes
  • Kid Friendly Foods
  • Leftovers
  • Microwave, Oven, and Broiler Dinners
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Romantic Meal Ideas
  • Slow Cooker Recipes
  • Soups and Chowder
  • Stovetop Meals
  • Vegetables

My Favorite Recipes

Every recipe I have tried from this book is great all the way around. The recipes have been so simple to prepare, and they have been hits with everyone who has tasted them.

My favorites include:

  • Bacon Cheddar Quesadillas
  • Brewpub Beef Stew
  • Covers Anything Marinade
  • Monster Meat Loaf
  • Pork and Apple Stew
  • Sloppy Joes with Mushrooms
  • Veggie Burrito

A Little Something Extra (Lagniappe)

In addition to all the delicious recipe ideas, you'll also find an entire selection dedicated to the art of food and wine matching.

Highly Recommended Cookbook

Whether you're looking for a new cookbook for yourself, or if you're in the market for a great gift idea for one of the men in your life, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cooking for Guys is a great option. Just about anyone who likes to cook and enjoy simple and delicious food will enjoy both reading this book and preparing many of the delicious recipes they'll find on its pages.


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    JerseyGirl 9 years ago from Jersey Shore

    Wow, great reading. I could always use new ideas for my family and food. The simple ideas make it easy for us to bring a meal together. Thanks much.