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A Man, a Can, a Grill: 50 No-Sweat Meals You Can Fire Up Fast Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 16, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Board book edition.
“Twenty years ago, the first chicken I ever cooked on a grill burst into flames before I opened the lid to turn it. I wish A Man, a Can, a Grill had been there before that happened. Thanks to David Joachim, I'll never set a chicken on fire again.” ―Don Mauer, author of A Guy's Guide to Great Eating
“These easy, flavorful recipes for the grill are streamlined and smart. Real food--so good that no one will ever guess your secret is in the can.” ―Andrew Schloss, author of Cooking with Three Ingredients and Dinner's Ready--This text refers to the Board book edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The main ingredients and the finished product are illustrated with photographs. The book includes nutritional information, tips on the art of grilling, and a generous dollop of humor. Some of these recipes might be a little tricky for the novice cook to prepare, considering the unpredictability of a grill's flames and heat level, but there are still plenty of foolproof meals here beyond basic burgers and chicken that are great for feeding (and impressing) guests.
Author David Joachim, who also penned A MAN, A CAN, A PLAN gives many great tips for perfecting your roastings for the grill. This book is a real must for anybody inviting guests over for a summer barbecue. Whether it's steak fajitas doused in beer, a rotisserie chicken grilled with a can of budweiser up the (orifice), or ordinary St. Louis Style Ribs - there are no limits as to what an ordinary can will do to add flavor to your favorite dishes. Highly recommended for any barbecue chef wannabes out there!
On the plus side, the meals in this book are easy to follow, very tasty, and the wife genuinely appreciated the gesture. The entree ideas are clever and make a little effort appear like someone who's actually talented at cooking.
On the minus side, the meal ideas are all entrees - so don't forget a seasoned bag of frozen veggies and starch side like a baked potato or rice-in-a-microwave bag. Also the heavy cardboard pages mean there aren't 100's of ideas in here (that's actually a plus - I'd rather have 15 great meals to choose and rotate from than 150 mediocre ones). Still, I'd like to have a bit more variety.
One unintentional minus - my kids like some of the meals so much, it's actually annoyed my wife a little when they sometimes chant "daddy cook! daddy cook!".
Of the 50 recipes there were five my wife and I actually LIKED. (1) Big Ball of Shrimp Scampi, (2) Pocketful of Spam (except it would be better with HAM!) (3) Spam Goes Hawaiian (basically Spam Kabobs - make it with HAM!), (4) Buffalo Chicken Pizza (except make it with Boboli bread or some other prepared pizza dough. The pizzas in this book end up looking like autopsies!) and (5) Jah Mon Jerk Pork Chops. The rest left us with questions:
1) What should we eat WITH IT (the book gives little advice about side dishes, and when it does they were not much to OUR liking).
2) Why so much BEER marinade?
3) Must EVERYTHING be marinaded? Why not some basic rubs or why does he not recommend smoking anything?
4) I get that the title says "A Man. a CAN etc." but why use SPAM in a can when ham tastes and grills so much better?
5) Why do so many of the recipes mix tomatoes and fruit?
Toward the end of the adventure, I found myself checking OTHER books. If for example, the recipe was to be Chicken Breasts and Cherries, (YUK!!!) I'd look in the Weber Big Book of Grilling to see what THAT said about chicken and fruit. Often when I did this cross-check the second recipe was vastly better, so I would go with that. Of course, that's not how it was done in Julia and Julia I'm afraid! She followed every recipe to the letter.Read more ›
Anyone who is motivated enough to read a recipe and follow the instructions can do better than what is offered here. With the thick, kid-book like pages, the book seems geared more to a teen. The draw back, however, is that each recipe requires a trip to the store as the ingredients are not something typically stocked at home.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great cooking guide for the grill in the spirit of the rest of the series. Few ingredients, few step, keep it simple and on a budget.Published 1 month ago by potzo
Great gift for any guy who love to grill. It is a really great gift for the guy or gal who is starting out on thier own. Shipping was fine.Published 14 months ago by cjosea101
I bought this for my step-father for Christmas. He's made several of the recipes & all have turned out tasty. I think this would be a great gift for a bachelor or newlywed couple.Published on June 28, 2014 by timswife