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Oct 5, 2008 07:59 AM

Cookbook for brother

My brother's birthday is coming up next week and I was looking for some suggestions on a cookbook that I might buy him as a gift.

He really likes to cook but is pretty much a meat, potatoes, and pasta guy. Right now, he is big into grilling steak and cooking one dish dinners.

Since this is a new interest, I'd like to get him a cookbook with great recipes that are easy and fairly quick to prepare, something that will inspire him to continue to pursue his interest in cooking and expand his horizons a bit.

I don't think he'd appreciate/like a technical cookbook.

Any ideas?

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  1. "To Serve Man"? Just kidding - old Twilight Zone reference inspired by how you titled your thread.

    The obvious suggestions would be books by grilling celebs like Steve Raichlen. But if you want something to guide him into a more varied repertoire, almost anything by the Cooks Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen people would be good. I recently looked at their new Cooks Country cookbook (they expanded their original franchise into a Cooks Country magazine and now, PBS show). Didn't buy it because most of the recipes are similar to what's already on my bookshelves or in my brain - but they are very accessible, traditional dishes with good instructions and illustrations.

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    1. re: greygarious

      Wow, 'To Serve Man' reference. One of the absolute best Twilight Zones ever. Chilling... And I totaly second your rec for ATK cookbooks (I must have a dozen). Get their 'The New Best Recipe'. Tons of recipes. easy to follow and great results.

    2. I like the Martha Stewart Everyday Food cookbook. It's a softcover, and has recipes from every cusine, and beautiful pictures.The recipes are quick to make, don't use crazy ingredients, and use only a few pots and pans. I find myself wrestling it out of my husband's hands quite often.

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      1. re: cheesecake17

        Ditto, my Dad loves to cook but loves pictures and gets overwhelmed with too many ingredients - Everyday Food is perfect.

        1. re: cheesecake17

          I just got this based on recs from other hounds. It's a great resource for someone who wants simple recipes for good food that don't seem too intimidating. It's organized by season, which helps, in my opinion. There are a good number of grilling recipes in the summer section.

        2. Here's one that an associate of mine recently received as a gift. Aside from the rather risque title, it has some pretty good recipes.

          1. I learned to cook with Joy of cooking and I recommend it highly (for man or woman). Another good one is Mark Bitman's How to Cook Anything. I find the title pretentious but the book is great for skilled or unskilled cook alike. Good luck!

            1. Since he's into grilling, maybe one of Bobby Flay's books. I've never read one, so someone else might be able to comment if that would be a good choice. But if the books are like his TV shows, Flay always makes a complete meal, and while the grilling thing would keep your brother in his comfort zone, the seasonings, sauces, and side dishes might encourage him to venture into new territory.