From Publishers Weekly
Forget about being yourself: if you want to impress a potential mate, figure out what "type" she is, then cook her dinner based on what you presume are her preferred tastes. At least thats what Michaels, who edits a matchmaking Web site, and Campbell, a Universal Studios employee and author of two show business guides, would have readers believe. Their blatant attempt to help men score in the bedroom by impressing women in the kitchen presents menus that, the authors say, will please various categories of women. The Academic Girl, for example, will go for "Papas Tapas, or A Moveable Feast: Hemingways Picnic of Spanish Tapas"; while The Career Girl should respond to "Midtown Power Dining: Ahi, Shrimp, Scallops and Vegetables on a Bed of Baby Greens." Despite its ridiculous hook, the book does offer an array of appetizing dishes of various levels. The authors offer helpful suggestions, including shopping lists, timetables and ideas for scoring "bonus points" (e.g., serve fajitas in a cast-iron skillet because "sizzling is festive").
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From the Back Cover
It's a fact. Cooking is dead sexy. Women will always choose men with wooden spoons over men with Gold Cards (unless you're in L.A.). But there's a world of difference between any dinner and the right dinner. Should you serve sushi or meatloaf? Play Sting's greatest hits or the latest Yo La Tengo single? Wear the Birkenstock sandals or the Armani loafers? It all depends on the Girl.
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In Cooking to Hook Up: The Bachelor's Date-Night Cookbook (Globe Pequot Press, October 2004) authors Drew Campbell and Ann Marie Michaels teamed up to teach men about women-specifically how to best determine what type of date they've found, and what type of food will keep her coming back.
Sound complicated? It isn't. All you need is a small supply of tools, a permanent stock of 12 staple foods, and 10 additional ingredients you can buy through the express lane (with a pit stop to the liquor store). There are 50 complete meals, including dessert, for everyone from the Academic Girl to the Uptown Girl. It gets better.
The key to an enchanted evening is choosing not only the right food, but the right wine, music, and even shoes that will turn her on, not turn her stomach. Cooking to Hook Up steers you right to the winning combination for each girl. The authors give you Girl-specific tips on what to talk about, what flowers to buy, and which magazines to leave on the coffee table. There's even an easy wine-buying guide to give you the goods on the grapes. All of the critical information is here, such as "Cleaning the Bathroom," "Removing All Indications of Previous Women," and "Bailing Out: Dealing with Disaster." If all goes well, you can skip to the last chapter, "So You Got Lucky: Recipes for Breakfast."