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Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin Hardcover – September 23, 2008
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Kenny tells tales of everything from his kids' childhoods to famous customers to the sexual nature of some foods. His stories of the friendships he's made and the business agreements he's come to had me laughing out loud.
The recipes are equally fantastic, and even that reader I know who didn't like Kenny's attitude loved the food. Kenny liked to keep as many dishes on the menu as possible, while keeping his kitchen as simple as possible and making every dish when it was ordered--rather than making a handful of things ahead and keeping them under heat lamps. He achieved this by constructing many variations upon themes from simple components. When fresh ingredients achieve the best results, he uses them. When a purchased mix or product will do just as well, he isn't shy to say so.
I have to agree that he's found an amazing balance between speed, ease, and taste. I frankly wasn't sure about an egg recipe called the Fellini, made with tomato, garlic bread, and ricotta, but it blew me away when we made it. Alchemy! His suggestions for making stock seemed odd (a blend of traditional stock-making methods and including some of a commercial concentrate), yet it really does produce an end result that's better than either of those methods alone. His cream of tomato soup, made with marinara sauce as a base(!) is to die for, and easy enough to knock out on a busy work night!Read more ›
Kenny Shopsin is profane, hard on customers, full of big ideas that are as important to him as anything he'll put on your plate.
If your idea of a restaurant is a place where "the customer is always right," do yourself a favor and stop reading right here.
But if you like a combative good time, an original mind and some amazingly simple recipes for home-cooked classics, you might inch a bit closer to the screen and pay close attention to this unusual cookbook.
First, the facts: Shopsin's is a New York institution. Kenny Shopsin and his late wife Eve started it as a Greenwich Village market before turning it --- without much in the way of redecoration --- into a 40-seat restaurant. It's now moved to the Essex Street Market, in a more pristine space with just 20 seats, more constrained hours and a menu trimmed from its former 900 items.
Now for some consumer warnings...
Kenny Shopsin on Customer Relations
Sometimes my mind works a bit too fast, and I come to the conclusion of a relationship with customers faster than they get there. The abruptness of my understanding the essence of what's happening is really upsetting to them and makes them vindictive and angry.
Kennedy Shopsin on Publicity
[to a New York magazine photographer who asked to take his picture] Get [REDACTED] out of here! What? [REDACTED] [Sound effect: Shopsin slamming the door.]
Kenny Shopsin on his huge menu, revised daily
I spent almost $3,000 on toner in the last three months.
Kenny Shopsin on what makes his restaurant special
The brilliance of my restaurant is my ability to control my clientele.Read more ›
The recipes in this book are not the kind that foodies or serious cooks will really want to replicate. These are college student or lazy cook recipes. They are simple and often too much so. This is the book for people who don't want fancy food, but don't want to eat frozen pizzas. So you can cook real food, but it'll be pretty basic. Might be worth buying solely for the eccentricity of it and to see the mind-boggling menu.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a gift for my wife and she loved it. I think she enjoyed the premise of the book mores than any recipes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Craig C.
One of my favorite cookbooks
Ah, the Zen of Ken.
fun read, well illustrated
recipes are cafe fast, modest in ambition, executed well
He will not make you a... Read more
I love Kenny's story, but the recipes are really not good, unless you are in a fraternity.Published 19 months ago by Wesley Tahsir
I bought this book because I liked the cover (I still do). It made me travel to New York, sit at the table of the little restaurant, I even could swear I could taste the food they... Read morePublished 20 months ago by multimamma
Love this guy's approach to describing his love of good food (like moi!) ... Can't stop turning the pages and laughing my a** off in the process!!!
Gorgeous book, great design, and fabulous recipes and behind-the-scenes from this one-of-a-kind restaurant. The helpful tips about pancakes have changed our lives!Published 21 months ago by Suzanne D.