Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck (Thug Kitchen Cookbooks) Hardcover – Illustrated, October 7, 2014
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- Item Weight : 1.85 pounds
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1623363581
- ISBN-10 : 1623363586
- Product Dimensions : 7.76 x 0.91 x 9.4 inches
- Publisher : Rodale Books; Illustrated Edition (October 7, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. They keep it real and cut the crap. I read some reviews about to much cussing or it being forced but I didn't agree. Yes there is a lot of cussing but I found it comedic (I'm also from the south so cussing is normal for a lot of folks)
2. The recipes are gooooood! Again I am from the south so we love meat! I thought these might just be good for veggie based food but they are just good food. So far not one dish have I missed the dairy or meat in. Also, the recipes are easy to follow. Yes I cook cook a lot but I haven't found anything to be difficult some have a lot of steps but again not difficult.
3. Don't think if your not vegan this book isn't for you. It's for anyone. You might need more veggies in your life, or have to have more meals without meat via doctors orders. They relate to everyone & it's just good food.
Ps: I made the sweet potato, black bean, & yellow squash enchiladas for my family & extended family & they loved it! They guys of course we all
Skeptics about no meat or cheese but they loved it! All came back for seconds!
The food was simply not good, the breads (cornmeal waffles and biscuits) were dry, the lentil gravy was almost inedible (my partner couldn't eat it and I tried to eat it just because I did not want to waste) and the soup was mediocre. I am too worried to try out any more recipes since I think that I gave it a pretty good shot. It is hard to buy all of these groceries and get excited only to be disappointed.
Totally bummed but at least I got allot of laughs.
That being said, I feel like they kind of sell it as a beginner's cookbook, and that it is not. The intro says 'Cooking vegetables takes a minute and a little finesse, but it's not &%#* rocket science.' But these recipes are complicated! They do include a lot of instructions. And big bonus points for the fact that you don't need a bunch of esoteric ingredients and fancy kitchen gadgets. Still, I haven't made an entrée yet that took under an hour. They have you making your own sauce and everything from scratch. For me, this is not weeknight cooking. And it might be challenging for new cooks to be juggling a sauce, a sauté and steaming veggies all at once. I wish they had prep and cook times listed for recipes, but I have to read the recipe and make an educated guess.
Anyway, those are just things to be aware of. The food is delicious, the tone is funny, and I have been talking it up to my friends. So, despite the drawbacks, I'm still giving it five @&%ing stars. :)
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Second, as it's American, the recipes are all in cups which is a pain to convert for the UK. If you can cope with that (and I couldn't), a lot of the recipes have ingredients that you just can't get over here or, if you can, they're hard to come by and expensive.
Bottom line - would you be happy for your kids/grandkids to read this? If yes, then you're OK but I wouldn't so I'm selling my copy here. Such a shame - the message has value but the method of delivery is bad.
If there is a once saving grace the enchiladas recipe is to die for, but whether that’s worth the price of the whole book is up to you. If you are more of a health-freak then this cookbook might suit you well, but for everyday cooking I avoid it like the plague and save it for those special meals. Even then there are other works, like Peace and Parsnips, that produce more exciting and bespoke food.
That bit out of the way, on to the recipes. I have tried a good many in this book, and they are all amazing!!! I love everything I've tried, as does my family. Personally family favourites- Mixed Veggie and Tofu Chilaquiles, the dressings in the salad sections (I often just use them for inspiration), Smoked Almond and Chickpea Salad Sammies, the tofu marinades (I've even combined parts to make my own), Pumpkin Chilli, Blended Earl Grey Lattes, Creamy Horchata, and the Sweet Potato, Squash, and Black Bean Enchiladas.