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The mini-cookbook “Recipes Every Man Should Know” will guide guys to make simple but impressive dishes such as beef stew.

A mini-cookbook will help guys in the kitchen

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 - 1:00 pm

OK, guys, we all know the most convenient way to feed ourselves is at restaurants. Dine in or get it to go, grab a sack ‘o’ tacos at Jimboy’s or grab a table at Sutter Street Steak House.

Low end or high end, dining out precludes us from being in the kitchen, expanding and refining our culinary skill sets. More importantly, we’re missing the chance to cook for her, which most women agree is one of the most romantic things a man can do. Oh, and it’s cheaper to eat at home than at restaurants. Get it?

So now what? Let’s begin by opening a helpful little guide in the “Pocket Companions” series, titled “Recipes Every Man Should Know” by Susan Russo and Brett Cohen (Quirk, $10, 144 pages). We start with glossaries of basic kitchen tools and cooking terms, along with tips, then segue into short chapters: “Hearty Breakfast Classics,” “Sandwiches, Burgers & Snacks,” “Meat & Potatoes,” “Beer, Bacon & Bar Food” and “Desserts.”

Soon, you’ll be turning out breakfast burritos, meaty macaroni, beef stew and bacon guacamole. If that’s moving too fast for you, the guide slows it down with chicken nuggets, 10-minute tortilla pizza and “better-than-IHOP” pancakes.

After you “graduate,” the next stop could be “The Joy of Cooking” or “Larousse Gastronomique.” But first things first.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Twitter: @apierleonisacbe

Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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