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A guy's guide to great eating : big-flavored, fat-reduced recipes for men who love to eat
Mauer, Don.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Physical Description:
xi, 307 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TX715 .M454 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From the author of the spectacularly successful Lean and Lovin' It, a brawny collection of big-flavored, fat-reduced recipes for men who love to eat. A once overweight guy who never met a food he didn't love, Don Mauer learned the hard way that most low-fat cookbooks don't appeal to meat-and-potatoes taste buds and come with skimpy portions that may work for New York fashion models but leave men hungry. This cookbook is different, written for men by a real guy with a big appetite. The 175 easy-to-make recipes - Smokin' Chili Pepper Cheeseburgers, Seemingly Sinful Fat-Free Roasted Garlic Whipped Potatoes, Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Pie, Fresh Blueberry Cobbler - are based on Mauer's own favorites. The guy-sized portions get 20 percent or less of their calories from fat, and each recipe comes with a full nutritional analysis, including the amount of saturated fat. A Guy's Guide to Great Eating will end the arguments in the kitchen between men who insist on eating what they love and the people who love them.

Author Notes

Don Mauer lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Reducing the fats in cooking and still producing satisfying cuisine that all members of the family appreciate can prove daunting. Some cooks have responded to this problem by cooking different meals for each family member. Mauer has set out to resolve the cook's dilemma by creating dishes that are appetizing, meet traditional taste and texture standards, yet have reduced fat. He seeks especially to assuage the insatiable hunger of the household male without resorting to overrich foods. He creates a savory macaroni and cheese by using fat-free evaporated milk, cottage cheese, and fat-free cheddar. Plenty of spices also help make up for the lack of oils in Mauer's dishes. Pizza loses some of its fat content by substituting all-beef Italian sausage. Nutritional analyses accompany each recipe, and Mauer offers sodium reduction techniques as well. --Mark Knoblauch

Library Journal Review

Perhaps the approach of Father's Day explains the simultaneous appearance of three "men's" cookbooks. Its catchy title notwithstanding, Boswell's A Man and His Pan is essentially an eclectic collection of favorite recipes from a man who likes to cook, whether for his family (there's a separate chapter on cooking for kids) or for guests. Boswell is coauthor of The Best Fryer Cookbook Ever (HarperCollins, 1998) and the packager of the "365 Ways To Cook" series. Here the gimmick, such as it is, is that all the recipes, from Pepper-Crusted Steak Flamb‚ed in Whisky to Asian-Flavored Arctic Char, are made in a large nonstick frying pan. Many are quite easy, although they do assume some experience in the kitchen. For larger collections. With his wife, a food writer and editor, Bowers, who has a restaurant background, has written an entertaining but at heart serious cookbook. Despite his tongue-in-cheek macho tone, he conveys a lot of useful information on food and cooking, starting with "Men and Hardware" (kitchen equipment) and moving on to "Men and Flame" (grilling, flamb‚eing, and "blowtorch cooking"), "Men and Fat" ("They Don't Call It a Fry-Mama"), and "Pommes des Hommes" (vegetables), among other topics. The recipes are tasty and wide-ranging, not confined to hearty "guy food" by any means. Recommended for most collections. Mauer, author of the best-selling Lean and Lovin' It (Chapters, 1996), has always been the family cook, but about ten years ago, he changed his habits, scaled back on fat, and lost 100 pounds. Disdaining diet books that consider half a cup of macaroni and cheese enough for a serving, he's come up with 175 recipes that are relatively low in fat but designed to satisfy hearty appetites. Mauer has a more "down-home" approach than Bowers and a less sophisticated style, but many family cooks, male or female, will find lots of recipes to try here. For most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.