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Darn Good Eats: The Cookbook for Creative Chefs and Reluctant Cooks: Full-color version Paperback – November 1, 2012
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More About the Author
Having survived many wild experiences with a strong sense of self and a wickedly saucy sense of humor, I ended up with an axe to grind and a story to tell. Luckily, through all the craziness along the way, I took notes and it's those notes that helped me write Intimacy: How to Get More of It and Sex: How to Get More of It.
It always seemed to me that people made life so much more difficult than necessary. Pride, game-playing, abject stupidity, thoughtlessness...all of these things combine to turn good people into lousy mates. So, I paid attention. I tracked what types of behavior and language could produce a genuine smile or a rolled eye or a shed tear. What I noticed was that in most cases, people responded to stimuli in a similar way. There are always going to be exceptions, but if the rule holds true 8 out of 10 times, then I thought I could put a checkmark next to it.
For example (and this is so very obvious to women and yet somehow not so much to a lot of men), if a husband/boyfriend/lover checks out another girl while he is with his significant other, at least 8 out of 10 times the girl gets angry. She may not say anything, but I'd see her eye twitch uncontrollably, or a grimace fly briefly across her mouth and I'd know she was at a minimum annoyed, at a maximum livid. I'd immediately think several things:
2. Poor girl.
3. Why would he do that? Is he mentally challenged?
4. JERK! Oh, I already said that one.
5. How does he not know that is bad behavior? Someone should tell him. I'm going to tell him.
Sex: How to Get More of It and Intimacy: How to Get More of It both take a no holds barred approach to relationships for all of the men and women out there. What can you do or not do to bring joy to your significant other? How can you "work it" so that both of you are happy and getting what you need? The titles may be blunt, but I believe in getting straight to the point. Men typically want more sex. Women typically want more intimacy, security and love. These books unlock the mysteries on how to achieve all of that in, believe it or not, 20 easy steps.
Now, as for writing the cookbook...who would have guessed?? I've spent the vast majority of my life trying to avoid cooking! Then I met my hubby Grant who loves nothing more than spending 3 hours in the kitchen concocting some amazing dish that makes my mouth water as soon as I smell it. I must admit, that concept is as foreign to me as enjoying a root canal, but he simply loves cooking up a delicious meal.
When I began contemplating writing a cookbook, it occurred to me that Grant and I couldn't be the only couple in the world that is made up of one cooking lover and one cooking hater (disliker? avoider?). And then, ah ha! That thought sparked an idea. How about if I write a cookbook that is half-written for people who enjoy spending time in the kitchen and half-written for people who wouldn't mind never entering it again. That's how Darn Good Eats: The Cookbook for Creative Chefs (hubby) and Reluctant Cooks (me) came into being. I figured this way, the cookbook would be perfect for anyone as it contains super easy recipes and fantastically complicated ones too. So whether you love to cook or hate it with a passion (but have to do it sometimes, even if it is against your will!) this cookbook has recipes for you!
Regardless of which books you get, I hope you enjoy them and that they make life a bit brighter, happier and fun. Hugs!
Top Customer Reviews
1. It's divided into two sections, one with more advanced recipes, the second with tasty but less difficult options. As long as you enjoy cooking, nothing in the "advanced" section will be too hard, but everything sounds delicious. If you don't like cooking, or if you have no experience the "easy" section of the book has low-maintenance recipes (sometimes including prepackaged ingredients to speed the process). In both sections the directions are very clear - since they were written by someone who doesn't like to cook, the directions are fairly idiot-proof!
2. It comes in black and white and full-color versions so you can buy it whatever your budget is - I think that's awesome!
3. Every recipe is accompanied by a little story about the food - I sat down and read this book cover to cover. Jodi is so funny, and it's very enjoyable to just read the anecdotes about the food - and then there are recipes! It's pretty great.
The one thing that I don't love about this book is that there isn't an index - I like to search through cookbooks based on what I have in my fridge (mushrooms right now) and find recipes that way. There is a full table of contents however, and as there aren't a huge number of recipes (70 I think) it's not hard to look through the TOC to find a recipe.
Overall, great book!
This cookbook is split into parts, which makes it nice and easy. The fact that there are complex meals (for creative people) and simple fixes (for reluctant cooks) is a bonus and pretty much guarantees that there's something in here for everyone. I definitely recommend giving this book a try. I don't think any other author could have figured out a way to make a cookbook funny. Informative and entertaining...WIN WIN!
Per Jodi, before she met her hubby she thought the only food groups were "pizza, French fries and chocolate." I swear Jodi and I are sisters from another mother. Really, there's more to life than pizza, French fries and chocolate? Yes, yes there is. For instance, there is the profoundly life-changing "Dump Cake" recipe (for the hate to cook crowd) which really must be tried to be fully appreciated.
A must-have resource for those who hate to cook, and for those are who are married to those who love to cook.
When you first open the book, you have a "Dragon-breath-o-meter scale (this was designed by Kimberley Laws and a list of everything you will need to cook anything in the book plus recommendations of the type of item. For example, one of the items is:
3. A BIG non-stick soup pot. I mean big. Enormous. You should be able to fit your head and neck into it and still have some room left over.
There is also a note on washing veggies rather than repeating on every recipe. Then the list of recipes, or - "Oh yeah, here's the good stuff". This list is split into two parts. The first is for those who love cooking. and the second for those - not so much.
Jodi utilises her humour in the pages - using words like "yummies" or "yum-yums". Each recipe in this section has the dragon to say what the recipe is like. How Jodi has named some of the foods is also amusing.
"Chicken Pot Pie (sort of)"
"Chicken Pot Pie (the full-on, yummy, fat filled version)"
The recipes are well put together, as you would expect with a cook-book, and finishes with a little information on what has just been described.
Then comes the recipes for those who hate to cook. The way these are put together are sometimes hilarious. The titles of the meals, how to put them together, what items you need and the "method". Some examples are:
"Stuff you'll need"
"Creating the masterpiece"
"The laborious process to make this (NOT!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy cooking for people and consider myself bonifide, would marry Martha Stewart in a New York minute but I have to give Jodi kudos! Read morePublished 7 months ago by just sayin'
Do I love this book, clear, concise, not too many recipes, written to read it without glasses and Very good recipes. Yes I do use this book that I always keep handy !Published 20 months ago by Marie-Paule Shiver
I can cook. BUT I would really rather not most of the time and I don't like complicated recipes(except for special occasions maybe). This book gives you a little of both. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sherry P.