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A Man, a Can, a Plan: 50 Great Guy Meals Even You Can Make! Board book – Jun 17 2002
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From the Back Cover
'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
Serving Size: 50 recipes
Main ingredients per recipe: About 5
Avg. prep time per recipe: 30 min.
Special cooking and nutrition tips: 15
Easy-to-clean pages: 43
About the Author
David Joachim has edited, written, or contributed to 30 books on food, cooking, and related matters. He received the 2006 IACP Award for The Food Substitutions Bible.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
A person who knows how to cook would not care for this book.
But a person who is new at cooking, I believe, would really like it.
Not just men, but young women as well.
A complete casserole type meal can be made, usually with 3 - 4 ingredients.
The food is quite edible...just not that fancy.
A seasoned cook could take the recipes and add a few ingredients and fancy up a casserole.
I read in a review that 1 person lived on a boat and used this book often.
It's perfect for a living situation like that.
It would be good for camping and taking canned ingredients.
I was really happy with this book and am giving it to my sons as a Xmas gift.
Most recent customer reviews
Great book for my son to have when he moves out and has to cook for himself!Published 24 months ago by gillian smith
when i first saw this book, over a year ago, i thought it was hysterical. now, one year later, i bought the book to help me do research. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by M. Riley
As a college student without too much time, resources, or experience cooking, I started getting sick of the same old plates of pasta and hamburger helper meals. Read morePublished on June 27 2004
If you truly have trouble putting the most basic meals together, then this book is fine. But don't expect anything terribly appealing. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004 by Monica
I liked the concept of this book, but none of the recipies are appitizing. The combinations of ingredients are un-imaginable and purely disgusting! Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004 by Monica
That's right, it's not just for men. I really enjoy this book because the recipies are EASY, require minimum ingredients that are easy to find in the grocery store, and taste good! Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004
Nice concept...Gross Recipies. Could not find one thing I had any interest in making.Published on Jan. 21 2004