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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592572693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592572694
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tod Dimmick’s work has appeared in Cape CodLife, Cape & Islands Home, Townonline.com, and the MetroWest Daily News. His weekly “Gourmet Cooking on a Budget” e-newsletter for wz.com is read by over 75,000 subscribers. He is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to 20-Minute Meals.


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Food and wine writer Tod Dimmick is the author of five cookbooks. His work has been mentioned in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and can be found on bookstore shelves from Boston to Sydney. Since a book project in 2005 oriented around healthy eating, Tod has increasingly focused his food writing on topics related to a healthy diet, and the evolution of produce purchase decisions from those based on price to those based on quality and provenance. He blogs for the Powisset Farm CSA and other local food sites. On the more indulgent side, he has created over a hundred recipes for the Phantom Gourmet television show. The Phantom crew filmed these recipes in Tod's kitchen outside of Boston.

In 1991, he founded Tasting Times, the food and wine publication for busy people on a budget. The Tasting Times Wine Hotlist and Wine Minute blog have an international following. In 2000, he agreed to design and write The Busy Person's Guide to Gourmet Cooking on a Budget web page for WZ.com, the well-known online guide site. In less than a year, subscribership to his email newsletter of the same name grew from 0 to over 75,000.

Customer Reviews

This book has great tips and instructions.
Connie Streeter
This is a great gift for mom to give her son as she celebrates getting her own house back, hopefully for good.
YoMama
The majority of the recipies can be cooked up with a very minimum of clean up after the meal is done.
George N. Mills Jr.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Laura G. Bierly on February 1, 2010
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I bought this book for my husband for his continuing interest in learning to cook with me in the kitchen. It's a nice collection that are what we call "manly man" recipe's; full of meat, high in fat, and hearty portions. In that aspect it's exactly what i wanted.
Now, the reason it only got a three star. I hoped this book would help teach my husband how to cook without me in the kitchen for the nights that i had to work late. And while the recipe's are simple, they don't help teach an idiot how to cook. I assumed they would spell things out, help explain and understand the terms and techniques used in the kitchen; unfortunately i end up cooking most of the recipe because it lacks information to help my husband do it himself.
Overall, it's a nice cookbook for men who know how to cook, but it's no learners' guide and not the starter book i was looking for.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By George N. Mills Jr. on February 1, 2006
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I'm far from unexperienced in the kitchen, but the majority of my specality was limited to either breakfast type foods or what I could mix together in a crock pot.

The recipies are laid out very easy to follow directions, usually with a story or anecdote to go with each.

What really has me turning to this book again and again is the part of cooking that I hate, the clean up. The majority of the recipies can be cooked up with a very minimum of clean up after the meal is done.

A definte buy for the guy who hates washing dishes, is tired of eating off paper plates, is sick of tv dinners and can't find the can opener.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have two recipes for making waffles, my own and Tod Dimmick's recipe. Guess which my husband prefers? Yes, he says he likes the texture of the waffles in this cookbook. I like my waffles very crispy and I found that you can make the waffles that way by cooking them a bit longer or by putting them in the toaster.

Tod Dimmick used to avoid the kitchen, but he is currently turning out cookbooks so fast I can hardly keep up with trying all his delicious recipes. He went on the road and collected recipes from carpenters, fireman and men who are passionate about cooking.

I fondly remember the first time my husband helped me make a pumpkin pie. He makes chili and pizza, but I have dreams of his talents expanding to Romantic Food 101. There is an entire chapter on aphrodisiac foods for date night. The Chicken with Cream Sauce only has 5 ingredients and Pears in Wine Sauce is a spicy recipe any lady could love. Strawberries and Chocolate Sauce is an easy way to add some romance to a movie night.

This book will be appreciated by any man who is tired of TV dinners or who wants to expand his cooking repertoire. Dads will enjoy the ideas for making easy meals for the kids. There are recipes for Monster Meat Loaf and Mac & Cheese with a Secret.

Tod Dimmick enhances the chocolate brownies with chocolate chips and also suggests adding crumbled toffee.

The "Least You Need to Know," "End Run," and "Menu Manual" sections are entertaining, informative and helpful.

I'm not the first woman on the planet to get a little overheated thinking about a man cooking for me and this book gives tons of ideas on how to take over the kitchen and become the master chef of your woman's dreams.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Good Cook on February 26, 2005
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I received Cooking for Guys as a gift. Because I already know how to do more than boil water, I figured it would be another one of those books that never comes off the bookshelf. Before it went away, I sat down and glanced through, and realized I was wrong about that. I picked up at least a dozen new ideas just through the creative "End Run" and "Food Fumble" comments that are scattered throughout the book. So, I decided to try a couple of the recipes and every one I have made has been a big hit with the family. The recipes are easy to follow, and for the most part are quick enough to use for weekday meals. Definately try the Skillet Chicken and Apples - it's become a family staple at our house.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 19, 2010
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This is a decent product, but I wish it had more detailed step-by-step explanations. It would really only be helpful for someone who has a basic working knowledge of cooking. But, the person who has no idea how to boil water would not be helped much by this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Randy Given on May 24, 2005
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If you're a typical guy, like me, you would be totally lost in a ketchen. Oh, sure, you can put frozen waffles in the toaster or get the settings right to microwave a TV dinner, but that's about it. Along comes this book.

It presents everything in an "Idiot" fashion, which means it is informative, yet easy to read. There is a good amount of how to get started, but I would still have liked more help (hint, hint). There are plenty of recipes, but not too many, from a wide variety of styles, foods, and situations.

There is even a decent guide to selecting wines, which I do know something about. While the list of vineries is good, the list of specific vintage wines should have been excluded (it dates the book before it is published and many of the wines, even "popular" ones, are hard to find for most people).

Overall, a good idea for a gift -- especially for birthdays of Father's Day!
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