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  • Board book: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (June 17 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579546072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579546076
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.8 x 21.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Step-by-Step Recipes!

'50s-Style Creamed Chicken

How to make it: Cook the onion in the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, until tender. Dump in the chicken and stir. Cook for 1 minute. Stir in the soup and mushrooms. Simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the sour cream over low heat. Heat through and serve over the cooked noodles. Makes 6 servings. Per serving: 354 calories, 5 g fat (12% of calories), 1 g saturated fat, 22 g protein, 54 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 599 mg sodium. When it's not just you and the TV ... top with chopped fresh parsley.

10-oz can chunk chicken breast, drained and flaked
11-oz can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
6-oz can sliced mushrooms, drained
12-oz bag "no yolk" egg noodles, cooked according to the package directions
Also: 1/2 cup chopped onion, 2 tsp olive oil, 1 cup fat-free sour cream

Book Facts

Serving Size: 50 recipes
Main ingredients per recipe: About 5
Avg. prep time per recipe: 30 min.
Breakfasts: 4
Sandwiches: 8
Munchies: 9
Dinners: 25
Desserts: 4
Special cooking and nutrition tips: 15
Easy-to-clean pages: 43

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My purpose in considering this book was a hunt for recipes that were fairly simple to make, not too unhealthy, and would please four boys of various ages. The book itself is pretty enough (shiny pages!), and it's certainly entertaining to read, but the layout of the recipes is confusing to anyone trying to get all of the ingredients together; it's too easy to miss the "other ingredients" in small print at the corner of the photo. (Since I input all recipes into a computer program, this didn't affect me too much, but book-on-counter cooks be warned.)
On the other hand, EVERY recipe I've tried has been a wild success with my family -- the 2-year-old, 5-year-old, 13-year-old, and husband ALL liked them. Woo hoo!!
Considering that there are only 50 recipes and MOST people aren't going to use more than two thirds of those, the price is a little high. On the other hand, how much are new, popular, tasty, easy, health-conscious family-friendly recipes really worth? Recommendation: get it from the library first, to see if it is "for you." I will definitely be giving copies as gifts.
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When I first got out in the world, it amazed me how many of my friends didn't have the slightest idea how to make a real meal.
Remembering my early experiences, I bought this cookbook for my two boys (12 & 13) so they could get some experience making real meals themselves. Yes, as other reviewers note, you do actually have to cook (use a range or an oven) and, yes, some of the ingredients are not in cans. (Thankfully, you can buy frozen, pre-chopped onions...) If you can get past the horror of that, the meals so far have been very tasty and easy to prepare (and more important, clean up after.) The quantities are realistically large for human males.
This is, in my estimation, a great book for its purpose of giving the inexperienced some food options. The layout could be a little better -- it should make the "you also need..." ingredients more visible. But I do like the gimmick of showing pictures of the actual cans you need for a given recipe. The book will go out of date fast, but not before the user has learned what to pick off the shelf.
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I bought this book for my father when he was newly widowed and had no idea how to cook for himself. These 50 recipes, presented by Men's Health magazine, are quick and easy and seasoned with a dash of humor. This is a good book for the beginner because each recipe uses only a few basic ingredients, mostly from cans. Its thick paperboard pages provide clear cooking instructions, photos of the foods to be used, nutritional information, and additional cooking and nutrition tips. The categories of "real guy" meals and snacks include ham, chicken, fish, chili, beans, SpaghettiOs, veggies, fruit, and beer (yes, beer!). Some of the recipes are rather strange (stirfry SpaghettiOs, or drunken corn), but for the most part they are far better than the steady diet of fast food and junk food that a person might otherwise subsist on if unable to cook. I recommend it for anyone, male or female, who is at a complete loss about the mysteries of the kitchen.
Eileen Rieback
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I think that this book serves it's purpose beautifully. It was bought for me by my girlfriend, who was growing tired of my "I can't cook" mantra. I'd been given The Joy of Cooking in the past, but the realistic chance of me suddenly making a pot roast out of the blue were pretty much nil.
This book is great because it assumes you know _nothing_ about cooking and walks you along in baby steps, using mostly cans and easily bought foods with basic cooking skills. After having made several of the recipes (all of which were easy, quick, low cost, tasty, and reasonably healthy), I'm starting to experiment with other ingredients and may look into other "real" cookbooks in the future.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone with _very_ little or no cooking experience. I think it fills a niche nicely. It's put me in the kitchen cooking, which no other cook book has been able to do. Highly recommended.
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Compiled by David Joachim (with the assistance of the editorial staff of "Men's Health"), A Man, A Can, A Plan: 50 Great Guy Meals Even You Can Make is an innovative recipe book emphasizing delicious and appetite satisfying dishes that are quick and easy to make from off-the-shelf canned goods. The recipes are printed on laminated cardboard-stock pages that are resistant to cooking mishaps and easy to clean with a damp washcloth. From Mandarin Chicken Express; Fish in a Blanket; and Mexi Chili Pie; to Spud Skins with Bean Salsa; Mushroom Meat Loaf; and Fruit-Cup Shortcake, A Man, A Can, A Plan is enthusiastically recommended as being first-rate culinary resource for men (and women) who enjoy appetizing meals but hate investing extensive time to prepare them.
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Pros: The format of the book is great (complete with the big splatter-resistant pages), was obviously written by a "true guy", the recipes are easy and quick, and has a sense of humor.
Cons: The "+" format is deceptive as there's often very significant ingredients that don't show up in the ingredient pictures; you also have to read into the recipe just to find out what tools are needed. Given how much sodium is a problem (especially for men) the use of such heavily salted ingredients is odd for Men's Health to use. Most of the recipes are for 4 to 10 servings: Granted most guys eat 2 "servings", but it doesn't make it very easy to substitute for the "Burger-Rama mega-deal".
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