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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (April 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470467940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470467947
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fast, simple, and really great meals for real people-from Sam the Cooking Guy

On his popular television show, Sam Zien shows regular people how to make great meals that are long on taste and short on effort. Sam might not be Michelin rated, but his refreshing approach to cooking with basic ingredients, simple techniques, and equipment almost everyone has at hand makes cooking simple, fun, and satisfying. There's no foie gras, truffle oil, or papillote involved and it doesn't matter if you can't spell "hors d'oeuvre." There are no fancy techniques or rare ingredients here, just great tasting food that anyone can make.

Awesome Recipes and Kitchen Shortcuts makes it even easier with simple tricks for preparing great meals on the fly. Turn a roast chicken from the corner deli into a fake pulled pork sandwich. Keep pre-cooked pasta in the freezer and bust out a tub of pre-made pesto for an instant Italian meal.

  • Packed with simple cooking shortcuts that make great-tasting food simple-turn leftover roast beef into Shepherd's Pie or last night's French fries into this morning's Breakfast Burrito
  • Includes shockingly good recipes like Cap'n Crunch Seared Tuna, Sam's Mexican Meatloaf, Blue Cheese Gnocchi with Bacon, and Pi?a Colada Pancakes!
  • Based on simple ways to use easy-to-find ingredients, leftovers, and stuff that's in almost everyone's pantry
  • Written by Sam Zien, host of the popular cooking show "Sam the Cooking Guy" and author of Sam the Cooking Guy: Just a Bunch of Recipes

Keep it real and real simple with Sam's Awesome Recipes and Kitchen Shortcuts.

Recipe Excerpts from Sam the Cooking Guy: Awesome Recipes and Kitchen Shortcuts


Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Pea Soup

Red Pepper & Blue Cheese Bruschetta

From Publishers Weekly

The television host known as "Sam the Cooking Guy" returns with another compilation of simple recipes useful for getting a meal on the table in no time. Employing just a handful of key ingredients, Zien (Just a Bunch of Recipes) shows readers how to whip up Piña Colada Pancakes, Blue Cheese Gnocchi with Bacon, Thai Curry Noodle Soup, or Shepherd's Pie without spending all day in the kitchen. Gourmands and sticklers will likely be incensed at many of his methods for standards like tomato soup (throw chopped onion and fresh basil in a blender, add a can of roasted tomatoes with garlic, then puree), as well as his reliance on canned and prepared products, but anyone unsure in the kitchen (or who views cooking as a chore) will find a wealth of ideas. Multiple suggestions for repurposing leftovers like meat loaf, mashed potatoes and store-bought rotisserie chicken will help readers avoid palate fatigue while saving money. Even those who already know how to boil eggs (yes, Zien includes a recipe for "the more-often-than-not screwed up" Hard-Boiled Egg) will likely find a few guilty pleasures here, along with some new time and money-saving tricks.
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More About the Author

Sam Zien

I quit a job at a San Diego biotech company in July of 2001 to try to get a travel show, with me as the host on the air. The fact that I had zero travel or even television experience didn't seem to matter. I felt I could be at least as good as some of the people on TV - and maybe even better. But a month before a trip to shoot demo footage in Tokyo and Hong Kong, September 11th hit - and that changed everything.

I decided to stick with TV, but switched from travel to cooking. OK, still no experience but did it really matter at this point? So I shot a demo and a couple months later ended up with a twice-weekly 2-minute cooking segment on a local morning news program. Sweet. Not paid, but still sweet.

The segments caught on and grew into a 30-minute show appropriately named 'Sam the Cooking Guy' - an irreverent mix of humor and easy-to-replicate recipes that have won 11 Emmy awards. Then Discovery Health came along and I ended up producing 'Just Cook This' which featured my same offbeat style with more easy-to-prepare, great-tasting recipes that also happen to be healthy. It's true - healthy doesn't have to taste like crap.

I'm still known for my 'big in taste and small in effort' philosophy, and have proven that as a frequent guest on The Today Show (the NY Times called me a regular). In fact, my visit there with Kathie Lee Gifford has now been watched over 600,000 times on YouTube. And Howard Stern has called me his 'hero' because of it. Crazy, I know.

My first cookbook, 'Just a Bunch of Recipes' was released in March of 2008 by John Wiley & Sons, and book two, 'Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Shortcuts' will be released in April of 2010.



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Simple & delicious recipes for a busy family!
Ari
This is not only a great recipe book, it is also a true cooking guide book that every food lover should own.
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The recipes are always so easy and great tasting too!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Rees on April 23, 2010
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I have been a fan of Sam Zien's for some time now. I love to cook for my family, but I would not say I am an expert in the kitchen. I have always wanted to be more adventurous with recipes, but never knew where to start. Sam's new book, Awesome Recipes and Kitchen Shortcuts, really surprised me in a positive way. This is not only a great recipe book, it is also a true cooking guide book that every food lover should own. Sam busts out of the box of traditional cookbooks in that he also teaches you how to have flexibility and enjoyment with the entire cooking experience. His book shows you how cooking and fun should be synonymous and that food should not only look good, but taste good! Oh, and I love his sauces. They taste awesome and they are a breeze to make. This book has changed the way I cook, completely!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CATWOMAN on April 26, 2010
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Sam has saved my marriage. Finally, someone has the good sense and knowledge to help me make my family not only happy, but estatic. I've tried several of Sam's recipes and they're not only delicious, but absolutely outstanding. Our family has been following Sam's TV show for years, and finally network TV has discovered him- I can't wait for his next appearance on the TODAY show- he just makes it rock. His latest cookbook with all those exciting recipes just demonstrates how really good and healthy simplified cooking can really be. All our friends are loyal fans and have bought every one of his previous cookbooks. Bravo, Sam!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Spicy Mamma on May 21, 2010
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For the busy people out there who want something better than Spaghetti and Lipton rice packets comes Same the Cooking Guy to help us learn how to cook on the fly.

In Sam the Cooking Guy: Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Shortcuts, Sam Zien re-teaches us how to think about frozen foods, leftovers, and saving time in the kitchen, while eating good, fun, palate-pleasing food.

Many recipes in this book only call for 5 or less ingredients, which are simple and affordable. However, the end result is amazing. For instance, do you think Pesto, Shrimp, and White Bean Soup will take all day to make? Think again. This recipe takes just 10-15 minutes to prepare and calls for only 4 ingredients!

Forget the prep work and order this cookbook. You are sure to learn a few things and who knows, your quality of life might even improve a little
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By luv2cook on April 26, 2010
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I'm a huge fan of STCG!! We watch his show all the time. I have his first book and use it a lot. Just got the new one. Love that it has a bunch of kitchen hints too. The grilled asparagus with pancetta is delicious and I can't wait to try the meatloaf!! Gotta love Sam!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mindy Disraeli on May 2, 2010
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I just finished reading Sam's new cook book and once again I am inspired to go into my kitchen and make a great meal. This book fits my needs completely. Simple recipes with a twist to make them special. Everytime I make a recipe from Sam's cook book my friends go crazy. I hate to tell them how easy it is....the asian wings are a winner.
Thanks to Sam I can always find something to cook. On another note, I love Sam's witty personality and commentary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl L. Todd on April 27, 2010
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I love everything about Sam's cookbooks. The recipes are always so easy and great tasting too! His books are the ones that I always reach for when I'm in a hurry cause I usually have all the ingredients already in my pantry. I've given his first cookbook to several people as gifts and will do the same with this one. Everybody loves it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lou Lou on January 17, 2011
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I came across Sam on Fit TV and was immediately hooked. I love the quirky "indie filmmaking" feeling and awesome graphics. The show takes place in his very own kitchen with his dogs, family and camera man making appearances from time to time. This makes it really fun. No ego here. He is a perfect combination of "down to earth" and "off the chain" but in a good way. Check out his moment with Kathy Lee and Hoda on youtube, the morning show. I LMAO. He beats to his own drum and I respect that.

I have been greatly inspired by Sams use of healthy "prepared foods" found in most decent grocery stores, with the addition of fresh ingredients typically "on hand" in most refrigerators.
My knife skills have improved since tuning in to his show and I have learned an easy way to peel garlic by using one of his knife techniques. Duh! Sam says, "yeah, you can use a garlic press but, I like the "cooking part of cooking". Well said, brother.
As a testament to his talent, I gave his cookbook as a gift to 5 friend/family members this past Christmas. From beginner level to well qualified cook. I only gave a 4 star rating above because people... to really "get him" is to see him live on TV. Find a way. Book is great for peeps who don't want to screw around all night cooking and want to eat healthy. I have a folder for recipes on my desktop now titled STCG. You figure it out! Love me some Sam!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shell Game on June 17, 2010
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This book is full of easy and delicious recipes, and wonderful time saving tips for every cook. I have given a copy of this book to my college students and their friends... it is a perfect tool for young cooks as well as those who do not have much time to spend in the kitchen!
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