great book, good recipes with humor!
What's different about this cook book? Thick, laminated (washable?) pages. Simple recipes to cook in your microwave. Color pictures of name brand and other ingredients, and of the finished dish.
Not for the experienced cook, but proof that you could survive with only a microwave.
Bound in the kind of thick, stain-proof pages usually employed for preschool boardbooks, this cookbook dumbs down basic recipes to inventive new lows. The Mens 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, theres a nice sense of fun in this cookbook, and a few decent ideas to boot. Why not microwave chocolate syrup, whole milk and vanilla extract together for Liquid Bliss? Its a reliable, no-brainer way to make hot chocolate. And theres nothing nauseating about the canned yam-based Sam-I-Am Casserolebutter and brown sugar mask a variety of sins. While this might make a great (gag?) gift for the newly independent frat guy or confirmed bachelor, its hard to imagine any but the hardiest kitchen-phobes making frequent use of this book, especially when its so easy to just order in.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW
This, surprisingly, turned out to be a good cookbook. Recipes are easy and use the microwave although some still use top of stove (i.e. hard to cook linguine or spaghetti noodles otherwise). I tried a bunch of recipes and most are pretty good, but not outstanding (microwave cooking rarely beats stovetop or oven). Designed to appeal to men, most recipes are designed for 2-4 servings (if you are a single guy, 2 meals). Good cookbook to use in the summer if you don't want to heat up the kitchen.
I totally loved Rapid Reuban sandwiches, Tuna Sopranos, and Maui Beany Weenies.
One caveat. With a couple exceptions, I don't recommend this cookbook for diabetics as many of the recipes are simply too high in carbs.