Eat Me

Eat Me

The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin

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"Pancakes are a luxury, like smoking marijuana or having sex. That's why I came up with the names Ho Cakes and Slutty Cakes. These are extra decadent, but in a way, every pancake is a Ho Cake." Thus speaks Kenny Shopsin, legendary (and legendarily eccentric, ill-tempered, and lovable) chef and owner of the Greenwich Village restaurant (and institution), Shopsin's, which has been in existence since 1971.

Kenny has finally put together his 900-plus-item menu and his unique philosophy--imagine Elizabeth David crossed with Richard Pryor--to create Eat Me , the most profound and profane cookbook you'll ever read. His rants--on everything from how the customer is not always right to the art of griddling; from how to run a small, ethical, and humane business to how we all should learn to cook in a Goodnight Moon world where everything you need is already in your own home and head--will leave you stunned or laughing or hungry. Or all of the above.

With more than 120 recipes including such perfect comfort foods as High School Hot Turkey Sandwiches, Cuban Bean Polenta Melt, and Cornmeal-Fried Green Tomatoes with Comeback Sauce, plus the best soups, egg dishes, and hamburgers you've ever eaten, Eat Me is White Trash Cooking for the twenty-first century, as unforgettable and mind-boggling as its author.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307264930
Branch Call Number: 647.95068 SHO
Characteristics: xxvii, 260 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: CarreƱo, Carolynn

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jannylegs
Jul 16, 2016

Part cookbook, part memoir, very NYC!

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 20, 2014

Part cookbook, part memoir, part scrapbook, part philosophical dissertation, Eat Me is hard to categorize. Whatever it is, it's a highly entertaining look at the eccentric and irreverent Kenny Shopsin, the man behind the iconic Shopsin's restaurant in New York. Those who believe 'the customer is always right' might not appreciate Shopsin's often profane, but always enlightening musings on food, family, and life. Everyone else will make Kenny Shopsin their hero.

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ohialehuadef
Jan 08, 2011

To truly appreciate this cookbook, you need to see the movie "I Like Killing Flies", a documentary about Kenny Shopsin and his restaurant. The text captures his ornery-ness and love for food, customers and family. The recipes? Well, I'm not sure I would make too many things from it, but his philosophy on cooking (deconstruct/reconstruct) is inspiring. And just reading the huge menu stresses you out a bit... what would you order and would you get kicked out of his restaurant if you did something wrong?!?!?

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