"So this book is about food that's big in taste and small in effort. Just great-tasting stuff with no fancy techniques and definitely no over-the-top ingredients, as in everything-comes-from-a-regular-supermarket--cool concept, huh? It's just a bunch of recipes you'll easily be able to make and enjoy."
--From Sam the Cooking Guy
Look inside for great recipes like these:
- One Dank Tomato Pie - "Whatever" Spring Rolls - Five-Minute Stir-Fry Noodles - O.F.R.B.P.J.G.O. - Awww Nuts - BBQ Chicken Pizza - Halloween Chicken Chili - Fridge Fried Rice - Sam's Sticky Sweet BBQ Ribs - Stuffed Burgers - Pesto BBQ Shrimp - Chili Salmon - Motor Home Meatballs - Spicy-ish Sausage Pasta - The Great Potato Cake - Brussels Sprouts You'll Actually Eat - (Fake) Creme Brulee - Chocolate Toffee Matzoh - Peanut Butter Ice-Cream Cup Things
No frills, no fuss
Sam Zien has a good helping of attitude, never shies away from shortcuts (something that can make me shy away from a cookbook) and a vocabulary that might shock great-aunt Nelly. Sam is not a chef, he tells us that upfront. He started doing "Sam the Cooking Guy" on a San Diego TV station because he was annoyed by cooking shows with "millions of complicated steps and crazy-ass ingredients"and he'd quit his day job. Eight Emmys later, he's still the same Sam insisting that anyone can make great stuff that's "big in taste and small in effort," without over-the-top ingredients. To back up his claim, Sam has written a cookbook, not surprisingly called Sam the Cooking Guy: Just a Bunch of Recipes, with his signature super-easy dishes and a dose of his quotidian culinary philosophy, including such principles as measuring is a waste of time and heat should be hot, and the basic tenet that frozen shrimp, rotisserie chicken, tortillas, pre-baked pizza dough and good olive oil are a cooking guy's manna from heaven. There's a little bit of everything in these 125 recipes, from a gorgeously gooey Cinnamon Pull-Apart to salads, soups, sandwiches, mains, veggies and even desserts.