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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: In Your Face Publishing (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615700969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615700960
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,073,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great cookbook whether or not you like to cook. There are three things about it that make it stand out from other cookbooks.

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!
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This cookbook is a must have. It's not your typical cookbook. Most cookbooks are dull...they give you a recipe and blah blah blah. But with Jodi's witty humor and writing style, this cookbook becomes so much more. Who would think that a cookbook could make you laugh? But it does! If you're not familiar with Jodi's books or her blog, then you should definitely check out her blog: [jodiambroseblog.com] You'll see why I'm a fan of her cookbook.

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!
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Okay, definitely silly, light reading, but I’m not sure I recall laughing out loud reading a cookbook before. Like sitting in the kitchen with a friend with an irreverent sense of humor that you forgive for her lying because it’s done in good fun. The first few recipes looked great, healthy. They got worse the further I read, but in reading some loaded with cheese and butter, my hubby said, “She can come cook for me!” ha. If you’re looking for all healthy recipes, keep looking. Or, pick and choose. But, glad I downloaded the free version. Was a quick, fun read.
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As to Jodi's cookbook, "Darn Good Eats," I have to say I love the two-headed dragon approach: half the book for those who hate cooking and half the book for those who love to cook. (I say dragon because Jodi uses a "Dragon-Breath-o-Meter Scale" to gauge how much yummy garlic and onions are used in the recipes.)

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.
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By Jbarr5 on February 16, 2016
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Darn Good Eats: The Cookbook for Creative Chefs and Reluctant Cooks
Starts out with how the author hates to cook so hubby does it. A collection of his recipes along with chapters about the hot meter and list of utensils you will need.
Very challenging recipes. Lots of categories to choose from. Some recipes have a photo, very nice photo of the finished item along with various ways to make it depending on how healthy you want to eat.
No nutritional information but you can tell from the ingredients just how healthy it will be.
Back of the book is more package mixes to speed up the process of everyday cooking. Measurement tables at the end.
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This is a great cookbook for those who hate to cook or don't know how to cook. It is a wonderful collection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, breakfast dishes, main courses, and desserts from different cultures.

The recipes range from basic fare like fresh Salsa to slightly more exotic dishes like Lamb Korma. All the recipes are solid and easy to follow.

There is something here for every level of chef. The recipes range from super easy, like Fake Homemade Baked Ziti and Strawberry Angel Food Cake Delight to a little more advanced, like Catfish in Red Curry Sauce and Fettuccini Alfredo.

I highly recommend this cookbook for an inexperienced chef or someone who just hates to cook, but wants to prepare a tasty dish for company.
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