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THERE'S ONLY ONE THING THAT COOLIO'S BEEN DOING LONGER THAN RAPPING: COOKING

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
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ebook, 224 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by Atria Books (first published 2009)
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karen
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
Sean
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
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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 "
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Katie
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
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Ana Mardoll
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
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Kiki
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.
Renata
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.
Ariel
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.
Heather
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.
Louie
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.
Vaishali
Profane language is a major problem, but otherwise a hilarious book.
Jordan
"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.
Rebecca
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. :)
Victoria Sachs
AWESOME! Really good recipes.
Michele J
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.
Meredith
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.
Minneapolani
Five stars for comedy, one star for recipes. He goes BALLS OUT in this book with the ghetto gourmet persona and it's awesome.
Janna
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.
Sarah
Hilarious - more for Coolio fans and less for the serious cook. After all, who wants to measure their spices out in dime bags?
Lupine
Funniest cookbook I've read in a long long time. Even has some good sounding recipes! Shaka-zulu!
Ryan
Aug 21, 2011 Ryan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Personally, I prefer 'Tossin' Salads with T-Pain' and '100 Crunk Juices' by Lil' Jon.
Laura T.
ridiculous. not for the faint of heart. Swearing and soul food. Hilarious.
Sam McCanna
Awesome, but too much damn seafood!!! :)
Rachel
Funnier and with better recipes than I expected.
Renee
Hilarious. Real recipes, gansta style.
Melissa
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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.” 3 likes
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