Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin

Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin

by Carolynn Carreno, Kenny Shopsin
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Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
LorieMI More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at a Border's bookstore when they were going out of business. What a wonderful surprise!! I have fun and find something new everytime I open it up. I recommend this to anyone who likes to actually "read" a cookbook! The recipes are fantastic, and I love what Chopsin does with eggs!!
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This is a great read that sparks creativity and totally thrashes typical cookbook conceits.

Don't get me wrong -- I enjoy leafing through lavishly illustrated tomes with carefully crafted exotica: "Spice" by Ana Sortun has me tinkering greedily with new flavors and "A Day at El Bulli" by Ferran Adria has me roughing out an application essay to be seated at his famed restaurant. But "Eat Me" is a refreshing dish of gonzo cookery guided by a colorful, abrasive, almost anarchic tutor.

Foodies priding themselves for their knowledge of esoteric alchemy and scratch prep might find their egos bruised: Shopsin eschews gourmet, slapping together prepared foods and basic ingredients you could find in any Piggly Wiggly to create an unapologetically lowbrow menu of inspired comfort food. By-the-letter adherents might also be annoyed: some recipes have gaps in instruction as impediment to perfect execution. It's as though he's giving you the concept and getting you started, then leaving you to tinker your way to happy results.

All said, it's a good grab. Shopsin is one creative dude; his recipes are all at once crowd pleasers, fun head scratchers and great seed ideas for launching into one's own what-ifs. The attitude it's wrapped in just makes it all the richer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know, I think people take food related books too seriously. This book was really fun to read, and while I'd be scared to death to try and go to the restaurant (lest I be rejected) I really enjoyed reading every page. I was thrilled to finally get permission from a pro to love Aunt Jemima frozen pancake batter, and at least one of his recipes has already become a new favorite. Shopsin is very funny, very human, and anybody who deals with the general public on a day to day basis should be lucky enough to vent in a book like this. Maybe it's best for New Yorkers- I don't know, but I'm giving it for Christmas this year.
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