Okay, apologies, I know this question has been asked and answered a hundred different ways, but I'm looking for a basic, non-overwhelming, cookbook for a a recent retiree, a meat-and-potatoes kind of man who is now picking up kitchen duty a couple of nights a week.
His wife has always done the cooking, and subscribes to all the cooking magazines (Gourmet RIP, Bon Appetit, Cooks Illustrated, CIA) and is an adventurous cook and eater. They have a robust garden, a freezer full of beef, lamb, and pork and a fully-stocked kitchen, (both equipment-wise and grocery-wise)--she'll continue to do all the shopping. But, he has simple "American" tastes and aspirations--no pork in peach chutney, or curried butternut squash for this guy.
I'd like to get him his own basic cookbook, bonus points if it's on the healthy side, instead of the cream-of-mushroom soup side. I'm looking for a book with a basic meatloaf. A basic spaghetti. etc. He doesn't need a grilling book (a. wrong season for that here in the upper Midwest and b. he knows how to grill).
The outcome doesn't need to be gourmet, just edible, especially for his poor wife!
Ideas? Also, I was thinking of given him a manly kitchen apron to go with his cookbook, but if you've got other ideas, I would love to hear them.