Commissary Kitchen

Commissary Kitchen


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Meals are perhaps the most important aspect of prison life. They keep inmates alive, both physically and emotionally, as mess halls and common areas provide a level of social interaction in an otherwise lonely situation. Albert "Prodigy" Johnson served three and a half years in prison, and during that time his focus was on his health--an almost impossible feat behind bars, where many inmates often enter the prison system healthy, but leave with diabetes and hypertension. Commissary Kitchen provides a deeper perspective of what it's like to consume meals in prison. While recipes are provided, Prodigy and co-writer Kathy Iandoli also tell various anecdotes about situations in prison involving food. Meal prep in prison is very limited, so while this work appeals to anyone who has served time or is curious about prison life, it also speaks to those who prepare food with limited access to various cooking luxuries (such as college students in dorms). While the work is informational, above all it humanizes the prison experience in a way that has never been done before.

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ISBN-13: 9780997146233
Publisher: Kingston Imperial
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 118
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 17 - 18 Years

About the Author

Albert “Prodigy” Johnson is a Multi-Platinum recording artist and member of the legendary Hip-Hop duo Mobb Deep. In 2006, Prodigy was arrested for gun possession and served a three-year prison term. In 2011, he released his first memoir, the critically acclaimed My Infamous Life. In My Infamous Life, Prodigy detailed his mindset and need for self-reflection while imprisoned, but took it a step further with Commissary Kitchen by using recipes to tell the stories of life in prison, as he grappled with staying healthy as a quiet sufferer of the SS Type of Sickle Cell Anemia, by far the most fatal. Prodigy surrendered to the disease in 2017, though much like his music, his impact lives on forever.

Kathy Iandoli is a critically acclaimed journalist and author of God Save The Queens: The Essential History of Women In Hip-Hop (Dey Street Books / Harper Collins). Her work has appeared in publications such as Pitchfork, VICE, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and many others. She is also a professor of Music Business at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey. 

The New York Times Bestselling Author, Chef, Producer, Restaurateur, and Personality Eddie Huang.  Eddie Huang is the author of the NY Times Bestseller "Fresh Off the Boat". A sitcom based on the book, is airing on ABC. Huang is the host of Vice food show "Huang's World" and MTV’s "Snack-Off". and the author of Double Cup Love,

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