Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin by Carolynn Carreño and Kenny Shopsin

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  • Thai cobb

    • britt on October 14, 2010

      Some bites this was good, some bites not so much. The flavors were intense, and I am not sure how well they melded. Also, the salad was sweet.

    • wcassity on October 26, 2017

      We loved it - great mix of sweet, salty, spicy; good flavors and textures.

  • Patty melt

    • aaknopf on June 14, 2011

      Not sure how this recipe became indexed, but it's not in this cookbook.

  • Ploughman

    • aaknopf on June 14, 2011

      Not sure how this recipe became indexed, but it's not in this cookbook.

  • Crêpes

    • AmyR on April 25, 2012

      I cannot believe this faux crepe recipe actually worked!

    • snoozermoose on December 14, 2021

      These are good for what they are and will do in a pinch if you need something crepe-like. However I'm not buying Kenny's claim that people mistake these for real crepes. They're too thick and chewy for that.

  • Corn chowder

    • sturlington on March 17, 2014

      Requires a baked potato. Might be a good recipe to make if there are leftover potatoes.

  • Edmonton: tuna, avocado, and spicy cheddar garlic bread

    • bhasenstab on December 11, 2021

      This sandwich is a fair amount of work, but the end result is powerfully delicious. Make the cheesy garlic bread first, then mix up the tuna salad, slice the tomatoes, the avocado, and the pickled jalapeños. We assemble it with a supermarket loaf of Italian bread, and serve it in three pieces which is perfect for our small family.

  • Mac n cheese pancakes

    • snoozermoose on December 14, 2021

      Strangely delicious. They taste like the crusty edges of mac and cheese where the cheese has burned a bit. I liked these so much that I made them multiple times in one week. You absolutely have to have them with hot sauce (I used Sriracha). I'm not even a hot sauce person, but I feel like it makes the dish and brings it back to the savory realm.

  • Slutty cakes

    • snoozermoose on December 14, 2021

      I've made these a few times and enjoy them quite a bit. There is something strangely compelling about them. I don't agree with Kenny that they taste like the inside of a Reese's cup but if you like peanut butter and pumpkin, you can't go wrong with these.

  • Chicken tortilla avocado soup

    • snoozermoose on December 14, 2021

      I'm sorry Kenny (RIP), but I don't agree with his philosophy of making soups. I so wanted to believe because it's fast and easy, but the flavor just isn't there. There's a reason why people simmer soups for a long time. You don't just cook ingredients, chuck them into broth, and get the same results. This was sadly quite bland.

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  • ISBN 10 0307264939
  • ISBN 13 9780307264930
  • Published Sep 23 2008
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Knopf Publishing Group
  • Imprint Knopf Publishing Group

Publishers Text

"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.

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