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Move over, ladies!

No Girls Allowed Cookbook for Men lets guys shine in the kitchen

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August 20th, 2013
No Girls Allowed Cookbook for Men by Greg Ford

In the world of professional cooking, men have historically dominated. The home kitchen, however, is often considered “no man’s land” as in, no man is going in there to make anything more complicated than toast if there’s a woman around. Now, thanks to the recently released No Girls Allowed Cookbook for Men by Greg Ford (Cedar Fort Books), men can fearlessly enter the kitchen, combine a short list of no-nonsense ingredients, and walk out with tasty dishes sure to impress and nourish their friends and families.

“Each recipe’s simple instructions are intended to make it easy for men to get past the initial intimidation of the kitchen and begin making those recipes that they otherwise have to wait for mom, the Mrs., or others to make,” says Ford in the book’s introduction. “Learning how to cook means you eat better, you eat what you want, and you eat when you want—not to mention it’s more economical.”

Packed full of “manly” recipes like granddad’s chili and Buffalo wings, No Girls Allowed is easy to follow and uses ingredients that are readily available. The book covers a wide variety of dishes, from breakfast burritos and chicken fried steak to orange chocolate chip ice cream and Texas sheet cake. It also covers the basics like how to make pasta noodles and rice, and there’s a nice afterword with a measurement conversion chart and suggestions on dishes that pair well together.

Dash of humor

One thing that distinguishes No Girls Allowed is its inherent sense of humor—an ingredient often lacking in typical cookbooks. Recipes such as “Already Went to the Store but Forgot the Barbecue Sauce” show that Ford clearly understands his readers.

Retired from the financial industry, Ford lives with his wife in Eagle Mountain, Utah. They have five married children and 23 grandchildren, all of whom are always hungry, says Ford. When his son got married, he gathered together a collection of favorite family recipes and compiled them into his first cookbook. Since then, Ford has continued to explore cooking and recipe writing. His efforts have clearly paid off as No Girls Allowed offers delicious and easy-to-execute recipes that will keep the whole family coming back for more.

Granddad’s chili

(serves 4-6)


2 lbs ground beef

2 (15-oz) cans red beans

1 large onion, diced

1 (15-oz) can diced tomatoes

1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce

2 tsp 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.