Hot Mess Kitchen - Recipe and giveaway

Hot Mess Kitchen: Recipes for Your Delicious Disastrous Life by Gabi Moskowitz and Miranda Berman is high octane, low budget fun geared toward the millennial.

Recipes range from Quarter-life crisis queso to I created a relationship in my mind cupcakes (where was this recipe when I was in my twenties?) The hot mess cook can stop calling out for delivery, microwaving ramen and start cooking up some fun dishes that are guaranteed to be delicious.

The hot mess authors even deliver some international flavors with A pad (thai) of one's own, Fried brain fried rice, and Trying to make ends meet tofu which looks pretty darn good; while also deliving some tongue-in-cheek therapy as a side dish. Other fun recipes include How to cook a chicken breast that doesn't suck, All my friends are married mud pie and Sushi you can actually make, we swear.

This book is a little Younger meets Sex in the City bumps into Mean Girls and crashed into Ten Dollar Dinners - perfect for someone going off to college or moving into their first place. The book is whimsically snarky and shares solid dishes (that we should all have in our repertoire), along with tips and tricks for entertaining on a shoestring while delivering up a few laughs. Salty language sprinkled throughout. The authors have events scheduled that we have shared on our calendar including one tomorrow in San Francisco. 

Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and the authors for sharing this recipe with our members today. The publisher is also offering three copies of this title to our members in the US and Canada - be sure to scroll down to enter.


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Serves 2


8 ounces dried spaghetti
2 strips uncooked bacon
3 cloves garlic, sliced
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup grated Parmesan
Salt and pepper


Cook the spaghetti according to package directions in salted boiling water. Drain, reserving ¼ cup of the cooking water.

Heat a large dry frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook bacon strips for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until brown and crisp. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat. Dry the bacon on paper towels and let cool. When it is cool enough, chop or crumble the bacon and set aside.

Cook the sliced garlic in the reserved bacon fat over medium heat for 30 seconds, or just until fragrant.

Add the drained pasta and the reserved cooking water and toss together using tongs. Cook for 1 minute, or until cooking liquid begins to absorb.

Remove the pan from heat, add the eggs, and mix thoroughly. Continue tossing the pasta with one hand, to avoid scrambling the eggs, and add the Parmesan. Toss well. Add the crumbled bacon, season with salt and pepper to taste (careful with the salt - the bacon is already salty), and serve hot.

Excerpted from HOT MESS KITCHEN Recipes for Your Delicious Disastrous Life by Gabi Moskowitz and Miranda Berman. Copyright © 2017 by Gabi Moskowitz and Miranda Berman. Reprinted with permission from Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • lgroom  on  9/25/2017 at 11:55 PM

    Okay, I'll try the third date dumplings.

  • heyjude  on  9/26/2017 at 3:05 AM

    I'm a Fraud French Toast

  • kmn4  on  9/26/2017 at 9:50 AM

    I love you tiramisu

  • merrileegh  on  9/26/2017 at 10:08 AM

    First recipe to make...Trying to make ends meet tofu! Perfect for a meatless Monday.

  • sarahawker  on  9/26/2017 at 11:29 AM

    Fudgy as fuck brownies

  • Joy001  on  9/26/2017 at 2:11 PM

    Paleo pain in the (admittedly, well-toned) butt curry

  • AGENT99  on  9/26/2017 at 8:09 PM

    I love the name - My boss is a bitch banana bread

  • Siegal  on  9/26/2017 at 8:43 PM

    I want to make the faux pho

  • jezpurr  on  9/27/2017 at 12:16 AM

    Woo-woo and the pumpkin latte sound good!!!^_^

  • ladybrooke  on  9/28/2017 at 12:17 AM

    Misanthropic marshmallow meltdown

  • fiarose  on  9/28/2017 at 6:58 AM

    mm, banana bread! and the sangria!

  • christelp  on  9/28/2017 at 7:05 AM

    I'm trying No-cash car crash carbonara

  • motherofpearl81  on  9/28/2017 at 7:12 AM

    I'm a fraud French toast

  • MaryAnneH  on  9/28/2017 at 7:50 AM

    I want to punch you in the face pasta!

  • AngelNewsi  on  9/28/2017 at 11:47 AM

    Fuck it, let's just get stoned nachos

  • ravensfan  on  9/28/2017 at 6:18 PM

    Regret risotto

  • ktwalla  on  9/28/2017 at 8:39 PM

    I'm a fraud French toast

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  9/29/2017 at 6:58 PM

    I'd like to try making a pad (Thai) of one's own.

  • lauriesk  on  9/29/2017 at 7:20 PM

    The first recipe I would make is the Regret risotto.

  • stephanieyee  on  9/30/2017 at 12:54 AM

    chipotle maple pulled pork

  • kbiggs  on  9/30/2017 at 3:56 PM

    Asparagus, harissa yogurt

  • FireRunner2379  on  10/1/2017 at 11:59 AM

    I'm a Fraud French Toast sounds interesting!

  • bibliophile02  on  10/2/2017 at 4:54 PM

    One week till payday pasta

  • vikingcook  on  10/3/2017 at 6:05 PM

    A date with the Devil('s) food cake...I'll take a chocolate cake anytime!

  • lhudson  on  10/5/2017 at 3:29 PM

    Super-sad Saturday night salmon

  • damnmadebby  on  10/6/2017 at 4:11 PM


  • stargirl  on  10/9/2017 at 9:52 AM

    quarter life crisis queso

  • horselady57  on  10/9/2017 at 8:12 PM

    Quarter-life crisis queso, because this is my life and queso is my preferred coping mechanism

  • bstewart  on  10/10/2017 at 1:04 PM

    The "I want to punch you in the face" pasta! :)

  • Aliped  on  10/14/2017 at 11:31 AM

    Someday I’ll be rich rice and beans

  • Dmartin997  on  10/14/2017 at 12:01 PM

    Eat your enemy crispy treats

  • gravesgoetz  on  10/14/2017 at 12:25 PM

    I'm not jealous jambalaya

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  10/14/2017 at 3:04 PM

    Bounced Check Burrito found on page 36

  • RickPearson54  on  10/14/2017 at 3:27 PM

    bounced check burrito

  • sequoia55  on  10/14/2017 at 9:32 PM

    I'm a fraud French toast

  • kalex426  on  10/15/2017 at 11:24 AM

    Fried brain fried rice (partly because of the recipe name)

  • JenJoLa  on  10/15/2017 at 12:24 PM

    All my friends are married mud pie

  • hrhacissej  on  10/15/2017 at 12:42 PM

    All My Friends are Married Mud Pie

  • dashwood32097  on  10/15/2017 at 1:15 PM

    No cash car crash carbonara, for sure.

  • carylee  on  10/15/2017 at 3:54 PM

    I have A (standing) date with the Devil('s) food cake! Love the humor.

  • thewoobdog  on  10/16/2017 at 10:05 AM

    I kind of want to try Beggar's Purses

  • tararr  on  10/16/2017 at 3:22 PM

    Fried brain fried rice

  • Katiefayhutson  on  10/17/2017 at 8:51 PM

    Fraud French toast

  • SheenaSharp  on  10/22/2017 at 10:33 AM

    "Beggar's purses, or how to trick your parents into paying your rent" And If I win this, I am giving it to an appropriate party for xmas.

  • Jenamarie  on  10/22/2017 at 3:29 PM

    A pad (Thai) of one's own - Cute names and they sound great

  • orchidlady01  on  10/23/2017 at 1:02 AM

    No-cash car crash carbonara

  • KarenDel  on  10/23/2017 at 9:26 AM

    I'd try the Bounced check burrito

  • ljkish  on  10/25/2017 at 7:54 PM

    I would try the Bounced check burrito (and, no, I didn't copy). This sounds yummy.

  • t.t  on  10/25/2017 at 11:48 PM

    A pad (Thai) of one's own

  • Julia  on  10/26/2017 at 12:07 AM

    Cheap chicken legs.

  • kateivan  on  10/26/2017 at 11:58 AM

    Fudgy af brownies sound like the perfect dessert to bring to the next potluck. My co-workers will croak when they ask for the recipe and I tell them the name. ;)

  • dusksunset  on  10/27/2017 at 2:51 PM

    I'm a Fraud French Toast

  • Sgrant2005  on  10/28/2017 at 12:10 PM

    oooh I would love to try the Beggar's purses, or how to trick your parents into paying your rent!

  • jmay42066  on  10/28/2017 at 8:51 PM

    bounced check burrito

  • echilt5  on  10/28/2017 at 9:56 PM

    One week till payday pasta

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