SOLD! Know a man who just discovered that he has a kitchen?! Here are two cookbooks from the "A Man, A Can..." series of board cookbooks that are in GREAT condition! I recommend it for anyone, male or female, who is at a complete loss about the mysteries of the kitchen.
First came A Man, a Can, a Plan: 50 Great Guy Meals Even You Can Make.
A Man, A Can, A Plan, inspired by an article in the most popular mens magazine, Mens Health, is a cookbook that presents 60 simple, inexpensive recipes featuring ingredients guys have right in their cupboards canned food. Great and healthy food can be had for a low price and minimum effort, and A Man, A Can, A Plan lays it all out, in pictorial, easy-to-follow steps, for the culinary-challenged. It features special sections on cooking for her and cooking for the morning after for dudes with a lady on their minds, and its special lay-flat design makes it incredibly practical for counter top use. Author David Joachim received the 1999 James Beard Award for Steven Raichlens Healthy Latin Cooking, so he knows his stuff and makes it accessible to beginners and experienced guys as well. Get your can openers ready to rumble!
PLUS the cookbook....
A Man, a Can, a Microwave: 50 Tasty Meals You Can Nuke in No Time (Man, a Can... Series)
Bound in the kind of thick, stain-proof pages usually employed for preschool board books, this cookbook dumbs down basic recipes to inventive new lows. The Men’s Health magazine team responsible for the similarly silly A Man, A Can, A Plan again explain how to microwave canned food into something approximating dinner. Rather than saute or simmer, readers are instructed to "dump" and "nuke" ingredients, as in a recipe for Sweet and Sour Meatballs, which requires a can of crushed pineapples, a can of sloppy joe sauce and a pound of frozen precooked meatballs. Other recipes not for the faint of heart include Slab O’ Ham with Redeye Gravy (essentially microwaved slices of canned ham in a coffee/pork sauce gravy) and Hot Slam Dunk, a dip that calls for mayonnaise, sour cream, canned artichoke hearts, spinach and a few other ingredients to be microwaved together for several minutes. (The authors award "Extra credit" to those who pour the mixture into a hollowed-out loaf of pumpernickel.) Nevertheless, despite its frightening culinary intentions, there’s a nice sense of fun in this cookbook, and a few decent ideas to boot.