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sam the cooking guy's awesomely delicious guide to grilling.

just grill this! features Sam the Cooking Guy's simple, delicious, and occasionally unconventional recipes for cooking anything on the grill. With his trademark irreverence and humor, Sam demystifies the age-old process of cooking with fire—and he leaves nothing out. From things "not normally grilled" like salad and pizza, to a week's worth of burgers, seafood, and even desserts—it's all here. With just grill this!, you may never see the inside of your kitchen again.

About the Author

SAM ZIEN is a twelve-time Emmy Award winner and the creator and host of Sam the Cooking Guy. His latest show is Just Cook This with Sam the Cooking Guy. Visit his website, is TheCookingGuy.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470467932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470467930
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book is really fun to read & has great tips with easy recipes.
Carolyn Bertussi
Sam gives you tips and shortcuts that make every BBQ dish simple, often using things I already have in my fridge...like his Meatloaf On The Grill recipe...delish!
Shell Game
I got this book for my 18-year old son, who is really branching out into grilling and cooking - he loves it.
Julie Anne

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shell Game on April 30, 2011
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We've made a dozen recipes so far. EVERYTHING has been easy to do and OUTSTANDING! Sam gives you tips and shortcuts that make every BBQ dish simple, often using things I already have in my fridge...like his Meatloaf On The Grill recipe...delish! Lots of great recipes for BBQ steaks (his Sweet and Spicy Flank Steak is to die for!), burgers and even SANDWICHES done on the grill, as well as unusual and delicious finds such as Mexican Grilled Corn and Pastrami Grilled Grilled Cheese! You gotta get this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren R. on January 9, 2012
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I have been avidly following STCG for quite a while and he never fails me when it comes to simple, great tasting food. My husband and I happened to get a BBQ grill for Christmas (our first one!), so I was excited to finally have a reason to purchase Sam's latest cookbook! Upon first glance, he's got a whole lot of recipes for sauces, beef, lamb, seafood, and even a few drink/misc. recipes. We have made a few of the items in this cookbook and have not been disappointed. Sam's hilarity and sarcastic and amusing quips throughout the pages of this cookbook make his recipes shine; his laid-back tone makes it a lot more fun to read and browse for the perfect dish! Here's to you, Sam, you've done it again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Erdosh on October 14, 2011
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Cookbooks written by celebrity chefs and television cooking show hosts range in spectrum from poor to very good. Many are large-format, beautifully illustrated books destined to the coffee table only. //Just Grill This// is a very practical, very useful cookbook on grilling that is likely to be placed on the cookbook shelf.||The six introductory pages provide brief grilling tips, information on grilling equipment, tools and sauces the grill cook ought to have. The subsequent 15 pages provide recipes for sauces, rubs and other condiments useful in grilling. The recipes, some 120 of them, are very good and include non-grilled items such as salads and beverages. They are well written, very easy to follow and mostly simple with about half a dozen readily available ingredients. Everything grillable is there: meat, poultry, seafood, sandwiches, vegetables, burgers and hotdogs. A chapter on indoor grilling using a ridged grill pan is for the inveterate grill cooks on rainy days. The layout is great, each recipe on a single page, sometimes in two columns for the convenience of the cook. The instructions are brief, almost like shorthand, but most cooks should have no problem following them. Novice cooks are likely to be more comfortable with a bit more detailed instructions. Here is an example:

Pepper Chili Sauce
½ cup chili sauce
2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper

Mix.
Use.
If you already thanked me for the ketchup version, we're good.
Go back to eating.

Zien writes with a good sense of wit; however, this humor is not for everyone and at times somewhat forced.||Brief sidebars labeled BTW are scattered throughout the book giving good, useful, sometimes additional recipe information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Bertussi on June 5, 2011
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This book is really fun to read & has great tips with easy recipes. Try it - you'll like it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Galaxyblue on August 14, 2011
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I love Sam! He has the easiest and tastiest recipes I've come across. This is the second cookbook of his that I own. So many good recipes in this one, I didn't even bother dog-earing the pages because it would be a waste of time. It all sounds GREAT!

As usual, his candor is refreshing.

My only beef is the editing. Some pages only have a few sentences on them like they were trying to make the book longer. The recipes are written in two different formats depending on the space needed. Not cool and frustrating at times when you are used to a certain format (why columnize the directions?!)

Grilled pizza is calling my name and so are grilled sandwiches. Boy, is that an obvious miss. Of course a grilled sandwich should be grilled! Why didn't I think of that.

Can he top my favorite two books of his? Let's hope because it is always a pleasant surprise after I cook one of his recipes and serve it.

I will definitely try his trick of taking a barbecue item to a barbeque. Move your burgers over, you've got to try this!
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By Todd Thelen on July 2, 2014
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Great Cookbook at a great price. Sam is very entertaining with sensible recipes.
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By D. Ryan on June 22, 2014
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Love this guy. he has a sense of humor when he had his tv show. Great book for any person starting out on their own.
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I grill period. I can cook from a recipe. I cannot bake. Grilling is everything to me. This guy's TV shows are funny and simple to follow. So it just made sense that his books would follow this same approach. He just uses simplistic terms. He even suggests substitutes if you don't have access to some of the ingredients. Plus he loves his family, all of them even the K-9 kids.
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