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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

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (March 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470467940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470467947
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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I gave this book to my daughter she is a Sophmore in College and out living & cooking on her own. Sam does a great job, opening their eyes to help them make decisions on what to eat. The best part of the book is that the recipes are all quick and have simple ingredients. This guy Sam is a wizard at the idea of making it good and easy. Which is all my kids need. It is a 5 for them. But as an adult I sometimes want the full correct recipe without his short cuts.
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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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I love to watch this guy on tv. He has simple, easy instructions, nothing over the top extravagant, yet REALLY TASTY recipes to make. Had to own at least one of his books. Plan to get a few more of his recipe books in the near future.
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