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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: In Your Face Publishing (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615700969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615700960
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,593,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Think of me as an ex-80s rocker chick, former high school teacher, and in your face author, all rolled into one. Yes, I donned Farrah Fawcett hair back when it was cool. I wore shoulder pads with pride and had a combination Baltimore/Virginia accent that HAD to go.

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:

1. JERK!
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!

Customer Reviews

I like the simple easy recipes.
Sherry P.
This is a great cookbook for those who hate to cook or don't know how to cook.
Tawn
Now there's a sentence I never thought would come out of MY mouth!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Figueroa on November 9, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greta Swanson on March 25, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan P on May 3, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bluegio on May 9, 2013
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Another great book by Jodi Ambrose. She keeps her style with this fantastic recipe book. I'm very happy with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Kositzin on March 26, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel D Haskell on March 16, 2013
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In this book, Author Jodi Ambrose comes out of her natural element to share with everyone the recipes for anyone to enjoy. Whether single, married, or a family with children... this book is sure to please everybody's taste buds! Enjoy!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brody on May 2, 2014
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The recipes seem ok, but the writing style is over the top silly.

It's written, seemingly, by a 12 year old, with words like "Yucky!" Seriously? You are an adult and you use the phrase "Yucky"? If you were aiming for cute, you missed.

And just about every other recipe was "something I hated....UNTIL I TASTED THIS". Again, this seems unlikely to be real and more of an artifact of the writers' style.

All in all, the recipes seem ok, but the writing style....whoo! No thanks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marie-Paule Shiver on June 9, 2014
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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 !
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