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MAN-FRIENDLY COOKBOOKS THAT GIVE A WHOLE NEW MEANING TO ‘SPOONING’

MAN MEETS STOVE:

A COOKBOOK FOR MEN WHO HAVE NEVER COOKED ANYTHING WITHOUT A MICROWAVE

Jim Madden, Thomas Jacques

Uses humor not just to rub your inexperience in, but also to make light of awkward situations when you’ve g’ot nothing1 better to cook but instant noodles. This comedy cookbook helps salvage whatever culinary skills you may have, pairing each recipe with a song 1 dedication, and an unusual fixation for ’80s pop music and hair bands.

THE ZESTY, TASTY DISH THAT IS SANDWICH’S FAT, SALT & FLAME

It’s the musical equivalent of the best burger you’ve had: take a bite, and you’ll be back for more. The lead single, “Back for More,» is a lively jig that reminds us why we ever loved Sandwich in the first place. For 15 years now, they’ve been treating us to rock that’s playfully addictive. That quality is on full display with “Sleepwalker,» a guitar-driven ditty that should rank as one of their best. The latest album presents no major changes to Sandwich’s formula, but live recordings translate beautifully in the tunes “Pray For Today» and «The Week After.” “New Romancer» proves that yes, Sandwich, just knows how to make a damn good pop song. And the album serves as rightful company to a well-respected band celebrating a milestone.

THE SHORT-CUT BOOK

Jacques Pepin

French chef Jacques Pepin marries his worldly pedigree with time-saving-techniques any average Joe could use. Don that “Kiss The Chef” apron as you whip up impressive entrees and desserts for your honey. Anyway, they don’t need to know that some of them involve store-bought ingredients.

THE BEST BARBECUE ON EARTH

Rick Browne

As it turns out, there are more than 20 ways to grill meat. Rick Browne shows you how. Expert and non-expert grillers won’t be disappointed. What you’ll learn: how to properly cook outdoors, with over 170 barbecue recipes like Argentinean asado and Brazilian bacon-wrapped beef skewers.

TESTOSTERONE:

THE BEST COOKBOOK FOR MEN

Debra Levy Picard

The book shares 100 guy-proof recipes and also encourages men to dabble into homemade concoctions. Includes chapters such as “Why Should Men Cook?” (because you can), “Happy Endings” (desserts) and “The Dirty Dozen” (common cooking mistakes). Don’t worry if you don’t know the basics (i.e. can’t fry an egg 1 to save your life), because they’re all covered here.

EAT LIKE A MAN:

THE ONLY COOKBOOK A MAN WILL EVER NEED

Ryan D’Agostino

Esquire U.S. food editor

Ryan D’Agostino string’s together essays penned by celebrity chefs such as Mario Batali, Tom CoUcchio, and David Chang. Steaks (75 recipes, gentlemen), sandwiches, and other fatty, hearty dishes take center stag’e. It doesn’t hurt that each and every recipe is totally date-worthy.

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