May 21, 2010 9:24 AM
We're always on the hunt for recipes that a) please everyone we cook for (and with), and b) impart big flavor with minimal time & effort on our part. Sam Zien's new book, Sam the Cooking Guy: Awesome Recipes and Kitchen Shortcuts ($13), delivers. Recipes like bleu cheese gnocchi with bacon, pea soup, and grilled asparagus with pancetta are fast, easy, and widely liked. Our favorite part? Zien's casual, experimental approach to cooking that encourages even the newest of chefs to go a little wild at the stove.
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