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Cookin' with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  233 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews

Coolio started making thirty-minute meals when he was ten years old and has since developed a whole new cuisine: Ghetto Gourmet. His recipes are built around solid comfort foods with a healthy twist that don't break the bank. Start your Ghetto Gourmet adventure with some "Soul Rolls," follow-up
ebook, 224 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by Atria Books (first published 2009)
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Jan 05, 2010 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eats
i picked this up initially to have a laugh only, but the recipes are actually pretty good, so now it is mine. a lot of it does read as though run through a "pimp translator machine"; i don't know that i need to "sensually bathe (in beer)my steak like an egyptian princess", but at the end of the day, that steak looks pretty good. good enough to eat even. and the food is shot like porn, it all kind of ... glistens suggestively. it is kind of conflicting. and i know shit from poundcake about coolio ...more
Easy recipes. Perhaps relies a bit too much on balsamic vinegar, canned cream of whatever soups, alcohol, and cornflakes. Ohhh, and I would ignore using dime bag sized portions of seasonings, that's a bit much. This is one of the most hilarious and awesome cook books I've ever read. Coolio should either write another one or have his own cooking show.
The recipes are pretty much not worth it (1 Goodreads star) -- any book that utilizes things like cans of cream of mushroom soup in the recipes usually aren't -- but the commentary by the "kitchen pimp" Coolio himself is pretty fantastic (5 Goodreads stars)! I'll let the man's own words speak for the book:

"When you put on that pimptron (that's an apron for a pimp, for those of you who didn't know), you betterget ready to be around some prime-time nakedness, because fall-off-the-bone chicken is t
Jan 25, 2015 Casie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I especially enjoyed some of the unexpected twists. For example, adding a dime bag of lemon pepper seasoning to the Italian Chicken Breastesses.
Ana Mardoll
Dec 27, 2009 Ana Mardoll rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Cookin' with Coolio / 978-1-43911-761-3

In retrospect, when I selected this from Amazon Vine, I probably wasn't the best target audience for this - from the sparse description offered, I thought this was a cook book with a humorous tone, and now I see that it's really more of a humor book with recipes. So, in as much as I am slightly disappointed with "Cookin' with Coolio", keep in mind that Your Mileage May Vary, if you're buying this for the humor and the recipes are just icing on the cake for
Jul 28, 2010 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not entirely sure how to rate this book. The cookbooks I'm used to are filled with beautiful stories and photos and the writing makes your mouth water.

This is not that book. As a novelty however, this book is amazing. This is a book that made my sides ache with laughter. Coolio presents his recipes in a manner that you can't help but just shake your head at and marvel that this book was somehow published.

As for the recipes themselves. They seem to all be very tasty, but are made for home coo
Maureen Kilroy Furtado
Somewhere, Julia Child is turning over in her grave. Repeatedly.

Aside from the corn salad (Really. Corn salad.) recipe, there's not exactly a ton of cooking inspiration in this book. There are a few culinary gems that make it worthy of checking out. Read it for no other reason than the commentary. Hilarious!

The chapters are broken down as follows:

Appetizers for That Ass
Salad-Eatin' Bitches
Pimpin' the Poultry

You get the idea.

The Corn Salad recipe calls for a corn, onions, mayo, tomatoes and a "
Feb 18, 2011 Renata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook
This was a featured book at the library so obviously I snatched it up. Most of the recipes in this are meat-laden, and the few vegetarian recipes are pretty weaksauce (veggie stir fry, chili). But whatever, this is the funniest cookbook I've ever read. All cookbooks should measure their spices in dime bags and nickel bags, amiright? So, not really a kitchen staple for me, but definitely worth getting from the library. And I could see it being a useful cookbook for an omnivorous beginning cook.
Mar 07, 2014 Kiki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I knew upon seeing Coolio in an argyle vest that he was serious. I read the recipes and imagined Coolio in the kitchen cooking, probably wearing hat with a hole cut up top to expose a few braids. He requires a show of his own to reveal how his "kitchen is hotter than bein up in the club" and goes down when he throws on his flamingo shirt.

But To be honest, I'm apprehensive about trying any of his recipes.
Jan 23, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, cooking
Hilarious. I read this cover to cover and enjoyed it way more that I should have. Most of my enjoyment was based on the humor, but there are some solid looking recipes also. The recipes are simple and easy, but there are some that look really interesting. I haven't made anything from it yet, but I have several earmarked to make soon.
Jul 24, 2011 Louie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this in the new release shelf on my local library and it's a hoot!
I've always respected Coolio for his talent and smarts. This cookbook is peppered with truly funny sayings and reads as if Coolio is right there alongside you whipping-up one of his dishes...

I wouldn't necessarily recommend buying it but looking it over at your library.
Dec 25, 2013 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I was so excited to find this, and immediately bought it for my dad.

Coolio's commentary is priceless. I think a full half of the recipes begin with anecdotes about how the specific recipe has somehow gotten him laid, which bolsters his credibility as a kitchen pimp.

This is not a book to buy for the recipes. It is a book you buy to double-over laughing.
OK, I didn't try any recipes, but I they seem to be simple, cheap, and good. However, you'll really appreciate this book for its (sometimes raunchy) humor.

"1 large onion, julienned -- that means cut into thin strips, b*tches"

etc. :)
Sep 19, 2013 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Beat those eggs like a redheaded stepchild."

My go-to book for budget-friendly date nights, or just a damn good chicken recipe.

Shaka Zulu!

Buy this title from Powell's Books.
Michele J
Jan 24, 2012 Michele J rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't find any recipes I would actually make. The language was annoying too-instead of a tablespoon of something he uses a "dimebag", etc. I found it very distracting when I was trying to read the recipes.
Jan 03, 2015 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
If you can get past the pimp jokes and forced slang this is a pretty decent cookbook with some smart tips and even some good jokes.
Oct 10, 2013 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious to read through if you can stomach the excessive misogyny. I didn't even try to stomach any of the food... so I guess this is a review of the writing in a cookbook?
Hilarious and amazing. Have not tried any of the recipes yet, but have definitely read the profanity-laden food descriptions aloud to the amusement of all.
Sep 26, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookery
Hilarious - more for Coolio fans and less for the serious cook. After all, who wants to measure their spices out in dime bags?
Zac Younkins
Coolio will have you cracking up AND ballin on a budget with his cheap simple tasty meals that pair well with his cheap but tasty wit
Aug 23, 2010 Janna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I am not kidding you, this book is hilarious. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet - but I plan on trying some after vacation.
Sep 26, 2013 Minneapolani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars for comedy, one star for recipes. He goes BALLS OUT in this book with the ghetto gourmet persona and it's awesome.
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“Pimpin' ain't easy, but it's necessary, especially if you wanna fully utilize the power of your kitchen. You can't have your spatulas and whisks runnin' around like they own the place. Having the right utensils is a good start, but then you gotta show them who's the boss up in this bitch. In this chapter, I'm gonna tell you what you need to get started, what you don't need, and how to know if you're ready to become a full-fledged KP.” 4 likes
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