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Chew co-host Michael Symon proves that you can make fabulous 5-ingredient meals in 5 minutes

Michael Symon's 5 in 5 by Michael Symon

Chew co-host Michael Symon proves that you can make fabulous 5-ingredient meals in 5 minutes

Michael Symon's 5 in 5

Michael Symon with Douglas Trattner
  • Imprint: Clarkson Potter
  • On sale: September 3, 2013
  • Price: $19.99
  • Pages: 224
  • ISBN: 9780770434328
Contact: Erica Gelbard

When co-host Michael Symon first joined ABC’s The Chew what excited him most was the thought of being able to inspire home cooks to create affordable and delicious food. With harried home cooks in mind, Michael developed a simple, brilliant formula to help home cooks pull together fresh meals on weeknights: a maximum of 5 fresh ingredients that cook in 5 minutes. MICHAEL SYMON’S 5 IN 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners (Clarkson Potter; on sale September 3, 2013; $19.99; Trade Paperback) ties perfectly into his segment—the most popular one on the show—featuring dazzlingly quick, satisfying dinners that the whole family will love.

By embracing fresh, all-natural ingredients, Michael proves that you can make fabulous meals using no more than 5 ingredients and some pantry staples, all of which cook in 5 minutes and cost less than $5 a serving. Even if it takes you an extra minute or two to pull together a dish (we’re not all Iron Chefs!) Michael guarantees that you will end up with a delicious, made-from-scratch meal that’s cheaper and more delicious than fast food. Michael first teaches readers how to set up their pantries with essentials that make whipping up dinner easy—from stocking up cans of San Marzano tomatoes to having plenty of capers, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard handy.  He then shares fascinating tips and mouthwatering recipes for pastas, skillet dinners, egg dishes, grilled mains, kebabs, foil packets, and sandwiches, including:

  • Fresh Orecchiette with Sausage & Kale
  • Sirloin with Lemon & Oregano
  • Pork Tenderloin with Soy, Ginger & Cilantro
  • Turkey & Avocado Melt
  • Mussels with White Wine & Garlic
  • Salmon with Rosemary & Garlic
  • Fried Salami & Fontina Frittata
  • Poached Eggs Parmesan
  • Garlic Chicken with Asparagus
  • Shrimp with Orange & Pine Nuts
  • Trout & Green Beans
  • Grilled Skirt Steak with Chickpea Salad
  • Salted Caramel Sundae with Peanuts

Michael’s expert guidance will help home cooks to once and for all solve that classic cooking conundrum: “What’s for dinner?” With 120 delicious recipes and 75 color photographs, MICHAEL SYMON’S 5 IN 5 is bound to become the essential reference for home cooks looking for fresh and affordable weeknight inspiration.


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MICHAEL SYMON is a co-host of ABC’s The Chew, an Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, and the host of Cooking Channel’s Symon’s Suppers. He is the chef and co-owner of the acclaimed restaurants Lola and Lolita in Cleveland, Ohio; the B Spot burger restaurants in and around Cleveland; and Roast in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of Michael Symon’s Live to Cook and Michael Symon’s Carnivore. Visit Michael at and follow him on Twitter (@chefsymon).


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