No Weird or Fancy Stuff

Rated 4.60/5 based on 5 reviews
A California girl's collection of 36 yummy simple recipes. Fun and carefree, they'll become your go-to-favorites, your trusty standbys, and the recipes you'll use so much; you'll end up knowing by heart. Illustrated with original images, each recipe also includes a description or "enlightenment" on the inspiration or history of the recipe sure to crack a smile or a spontaneous giggle. More
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About Shannon Cook

Shannon Cook is a Southern California native who grew up in the late 60s and early 70s as a quintessential beach girl. Her creative spirit has led her to dabble in everything from cake decorating, pottery, stained glass, interior decorating and fashion design, to too many other things to mention. Most of those pursuits have gone by the wayside, but some, like cooking and photography, seem to have stuck as has her passion for travel and the outdoors. She fuels her creativity with lots of wine, trips to exotic locales and crazy bucket list adventures. If she doesn't have a trip in the pipeline she goes nuts, and is frankly writing this book for the sole purpose of paying for her travel addiction and the occasional splurge on shoes. To quiet her sometimes chaotic "squirrel" mind, she loves to walk on the beach with her dog, standup paddle surf, ride bikes, ski and do yoga.

Shannon Cook lives in Southern California with her honey, Scott, their Norwich Terrier, Alice, and cat, Coonie. No Weird or Fancy Stuff is her first book.

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Mike White reviewed on July 6, 2020

I like cookbooks that feature unique recipes, and this book definitely qualifies. It's also nice when the writers don't just list the recipes. When they have some fun with writing the book, it's obvious, and that's clearly the case here. The book had more 'diet culture' content than I would like, but much less than many cookbooks.
(review of free book)
Susan Teitelbaum reviewed on May 20, 2012

Nice & easy to read the recipes, & easy to follow. I do always notice typographical errors & I wish the proofreading would have been better. But you can't go wrong for $1.99!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
ronald wickham reviewed on March 21, 2012

Simply one of the best cookbooks I have read! Great ideas for simple meals and easy prep and ingredients...a must have around the home!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Kerry Swan reviewed on March 10, 2012

This is a great simple cookbook with lots of scope to change ingredients according to what's in your kitchen or to tweak to your personal taste. Within an hour of downloading this I had the Great Wall Chinese Chicken Salad on the table for lunch. There are very few ingredients not available (even though I am in Australia) but no matter- anything can be swapped with an Antipodean sub! Highly recommend.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
luv2yo reviewed on March 1, 2012

What a fun cookbook. Just tried the Polynesian Whitefish last night for dinner and it was terrific. Had the Tropical Smoothie [minus the rum] for breakfast and it was very tasty.
Can't wait to try some more of the recipes. The enlightenments really add a lot to the recipes. Loved it all.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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