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Cookbook review: 'No Girls Allowed' offers simple, tasty recipes

NO GIRLS ALLOWED: Cookbook for Men,” by Greg Ford, Front Table Books, $18.99, 135 pages

“No Girls Allowed: Cookbook for Men” by Greg Ford is a simple cookbook with recipes that even the most inept cook can make in a matter of minutes.

The cookbook is separated into 12 sections. Ford, who lives in Eagle Mountain, includes recipes for breakfast, sandwiches, soups, sides, salads, meat, chili and casseroles, Mexican, barbecue, international foods, desserts and drinks.

“No Girls Allowed: Cookbook for Men” is a fun cookbook that teaches you how to cook and how to eat healthier. The recipes are simple and stress-free.

Because the recipes make small servings, this book will appeal to married couples and those who are living on their own.

Most of the recipes have pictures to accompany them. The ingredient list and directions are in bold letters and are easy to spot. At the beginning of each chapter is a humorous quote from a noteworthy figure like Orson Welles or Julia Child.

Some noteworthy recipes in the book are the “Chili Rellenos Casserole," "Granddad's Chili," "Barbecue Salmon" and "Cheese and Potato Soup.” Even though these recipes sound like they will be lengthy and complex, Ford simplifies each recipe and makes them incredibly easy to make.

The dessert section will definitely be a favorite because it has recipes for “Cherry Chocolate Ice-cream” and “Texas Sheet Cake.”

The Afterword in the book includes cooking tips, a list of spices used in the recipes, and a measurement conversion chart. The section is especially noteworthy for those who don’t know their way around a kitchen.

“No Girls Allowed” is an innovative and unique cookbook. Even though the recipes are geared toward men, women will also find this book appealing.

Ford lives in Eagle Mountain with his wife and they have five children and 23 grandchildren.

Granddad’s Chili

2 pounds ground beef

2 (15-ounce) cans red beans

1 large onion, diced

1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

2 teaspoons chili powder

salt and pepper to taste

In a large frying pan, fry ground beef until brown. Add rest of ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes.

— "No Girls Allowed: Cookbook for Men," by Greg Ford

Barbecue Salmon

Don’s special secret sauce:

¼ cup soft margarine

¼ cup mayonnaise

½ teaspoon dried dill to taste

1 teaspoon lemon juice

4 salmon fillets (sockeye, king, or coho preferred)

Mix the margarine and mayonnaise together in a mixing bowl. When thoroughly mixed, add the dill and lemon juice and stir thoroughly. Place a fillet of fresh salmon (with the skin still on it) skin-side down on a hot grill. With a barbecue brush, paint the secret sauce on the flesh side of the fillet, being careful to cover the edges. The sauce should cover the fish thoroughly, but if you use too much it will liquefy and drain off onto the coals and create a fire.

Barbecue salmon for 4–7 minutes — actual time depends on the heat of the coals and the thickness of the fillet. The salmon should be served a bit rare. Overcooking salmon makes it tough and reduces its succulent, melt-in-your-mouth qualities.

— "No Girls Allowed: Cookbook for Men," by Greg Ford

If you go ...

What: Greg Ford book signing

When: Saturday, May 15, noon

Where: Barnes and Noble, Layton Market Center, 1780 N. Woodland Park Drive, Layton


Shelby Scoffield has a bachelor's in English from Brigham Young University and a master's in rhetoric and composition from Stanislaus State University. She is currently working on her teaching credentials so she can teach high school English.