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Sam the Cooking Guy: Just a Bunch of Recipes Paperback – March 17, 2008
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Just a Bunch of Recipes features 126 of Sam's all-time favorite recipes. All of them are big in taste and small in effort—crowd-pleasingdishes that skip the weird ingredients and complicated steps and focus on the flavor. You can't go wrong with any of Sam's recipes—they're all seriously good and seriously easy. Once you start fixing them for your family and friends, you'll be the one everyone turns tofor great everyday food.
For quick family meals, Sam is your man. Choose from recipes like Shrimp Tacos,Buffalo Chicken Pizza, and Steak Salad withBlue Cheese Crumbles as well as super-fast favorites such as Chili Corn Chip Bags and Tomato and Potato Chip Sandwiches. On weekends, kick things off with a Pastrami Benedict or Banana Bread French Toast for brunch—then wow your friends with "company" dishes like Tomato and Yellow Pepper Gazpacho and Teriyaki and Bacon Scallops. Try out a "Three-Two-One" Bloody Mary, Sammy-Boy's Margarita, or Lager and Lime for good measure. And for dessert, forget about it—you haven't lived until you've tried Sam's Ice-Cream Sandwich Deal, Doughnutmis? ("tiramis?" made with powdered doughnuts), and Grilled Pound Cake with Fresh Fruit.
Complete with photos of Sam as well as his inimitable take on essential kitchen tools and ingredients, Sam the Cooking Guy is all you need to start fixing food that's unbelievably easy and delicious. So make a run to the store, invite some friends, and head for the kitchen. As Sam says, "You can cook too, but some of you just don't know it yet."
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Those familiar with the local show "Sam the Cooking Guy," a low-budget cooking show shot in Sam's kitchen available on 9 local stations like San Diego's County Television Network, will recognize the book's 200-or-so recipes -- all requiring little kitchen know-how, no fancy equipment, and (almost) no gourmet ingredients.
But although Sam is on his way up, his first book remains true to his casual culinary style and down-to-earth personality.
Sam's recipes use everyday items, including eyebrow-raising variations of far-from-elegant products like Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and Top Ramen noodles. Think Rachael Ray, but more creative, even off-the-wall, and lacking the New Yorker's overuse of extra-virgin olive oil.
With each recipe we get Sam's take via a short intro and sporadic comments. In one of the book's crazier recipes, "Chili Corn Chip Bags," he instructs readers to dump hot chili and shredded cheddar into individual-sized Fritos bags. "This is one of those things that people make fun of until they try it," he writes, and then tells readers to eat it straight out of the bag. "Stupid, but great," he concludes. Like the everyman anti-chef he is, he tells us to try it before we knock it.Read more ›
I like to get the kids involved when we cook your stuff, they think it's fun!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quick Delivery, I have a cookbook addition and I love this book.Published 16 days ago by Christopher Polfus
Buy all three books, also watch Sam on You Tube or better yet attend one of his classes in San Diego. My wife and I discovered Sam several years ago on T.V. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Leslie R. Merrithew
I really like Sam and his TV show. This book serves me as a reference for things on his show and other easy to make meals.Published 8 months ago by T. W. Rounsavell
I have been watching StCG for a while. It was time to buy a cookbook, and so glad I did. Super easy recipes, did I mention delicious - so good.Published 9 months ago by Pamela Harriman
Sam's my hero! My wife loves the fact that I am cooking so much now and all of it has been great, kids love it too. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kelly