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Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular web site to inspire people to eat some Goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow ("This might be my favorite thing ever") and named Saveur's Best New Food blog of 2013—with half a million Facebook fans and counting—Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook u ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Rodale Books (first published September 30th 2014)
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Greg G Gordon Ramsay's Michelin Stars seem to think so…moreGordon Ramsay's Michelin Stars seem to think so(less)
Tiffany pretty sure they're using the word to sound "edgy," which is pretty problematic for a white person to do considering the dehumanizing undertones of th…morepretty sure they're using the word to sound "edgy," which is pretty problematic for a white person to do considering the dehumanizing undertones of the word when lobbed at Black youth. not much "thug" about it beyond an appropriated, whitewashed interpretation of "Black culture" that the authors are using to look relevant and cool.

as far as keeping your brother "safe," as someone raised in a pretty conservative Christian home, I would also say this is not something a traditional Christian family would want their kid reading – it's peppered with profanity, including on the cover. not sure how old your brother is, but if he's old enough to handle the subject material perhaps something like Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry or To Kill a Mockingbird would be a better choice to get him into literature.(less)

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Samantha Arias
Dec 17, 2014 added it
Shelves: cooking
All righty-roo, I honestly had no clue people commented on my post. I have been away for a while...long while, plus I never got any notifications. Had I known I would have updated things sooner. I mean I'm a nobody up here, so 18 comments is a lot. I doubt anyone will see or care about my changes but I FOR SURE need to change some things. First I removed my star rating on the book. Whilst I never really thought of the book in a racist manor, I see quite a few have. I will say I personally though ...more
Isa Lavinia
Nov 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: racists

Thug Kitchen' Is the Latest Iteration of Digital Blackface

"Thug Kitchen—a brand that got popular by writing recipes in a tone reminiscent of African American Vernacular English—is run by two WASPy white people from California, Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway, whom Epicurious refers to as “masterminds.”"- Vice

"The Root refers to Thug Kitchen as “a recipe in blackface.” Belittling and commoditizing “ghetto” symbols and imagery for white gain is a form of racism and appropriation. It draws on
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Hey look, it’s a controversial book. Mitchell never decides we should read these, so let’s see what’s up ; )

Okay, there’s obviously a giant pink elephant in the room with respect to Thug Kitchen. I’m going to address it and move on. There are A LOT of social injustices in the world. Issues like racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, etc. still run rampant and that needs to
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Yawn. Really, just yawn. Look, I don't care about people using curse words, but these folks don't even know how to use them. They're trying for some weird version of "street cred" and they come across as completely inept at it. It's as if they wrote the book in a final version with every i dotted and t crossed and all the grammar perfect, and then said, "hey, let's do a global search and replace on some words like 'things' to change it to 'shit', and everywhere we use the word 'delicious' let's ...more
Nov 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
If I could rate this zero stars, I would. The last thing I need is two WASPy white people telling me how to cook like a "thug". They're soooo counter-culture, using recipes with swear words in it. It's cultural appropriation, racist, and akin to digital blackface.

Wonder why they kept the fact they were white hidden for so long? Just enough time to capitalize on a book deal...
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it
The recipes are pretty good. The text of the book reminds me of an eleven year old who just learned they can curse when their parents are not around. How about you write like you give a fuck?
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This didn't have near as many recipes for me as the Thug Kitchen 101 (could just be personal preference). I think I got about 30 to try recipes out of that one, and this one had maybe 10 that didn't seem crazy time consuming and I thought I would try.

FYI: All recipes are Vegan. And there are tons of fucks used ;)
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it

Forget about the pretentious bullshit and calorie counting and expensive ass ingredients you sometimes can't even find at Whole Foods. This mutherfucker is approachable, full of amazing tips and tricks, and stands as the only cookbook to ever make me laugh so hard I had to pause in reading the recipe because I couldn't see the words through tears. Going to cook my way through this ASAP.
Morgan Woll
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Seriously one of the best vegan cookbooks I've come across. I generally only want to make about half the recipes in any given cookbook, but there were only maybe 2 or 3 I didn't see myself using in this book. Plus it's hysterical. READ IT. ...more
Miranda Webb
Nov 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hate-it
I found this book incredibly distasteful.
I don't think its appropriate for two of the whitest white-bread people ever to appropriate AAVE just for the purpose of selling a few books.

Everybody knows the associations with the word "thug" - the fact that they try to pretend they don't is absurd. And rude.
Amanda Lee
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Motherfucking hilarious.
Nov 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Racist, super stupid trash. Don't spend a cent supporting these horrible people who think they're entertaining ...more
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Well, this one was different. There is extreme profanity throughout; it’s part of the book’s concept, weaving its way through the entire text. It’s going to fill a niche market, I suppose, reaching people who might not otherwise reach for a vegan cookbook, or certain vegans who think the presentation is the best thing ever. Unfortunately, it’s going to completely turn off some cookbook readers/users, and that’s a shame because the recipes are really good and worth reading, making and eating. I k ...more
SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
This book is chock full of great,healthy recipes that are rich in flavor.
I have been trying to live a healthier lifestyle,so cookbooks such as these,provide clever ways to retrain my eating habits.
As for the language in this book,if you are easily offended,you may want to look elsewhere. It simply made me chuckle.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great recipes, all veggie based. Hilarious but you gotta love or not be offended by foul language. Recipes don't seem too hard or have too many crazy ingredients I will never buy. ...more
Julie H.
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Don't let the title of the book throw you. If you love tasty food, have an irreverent approach to those who wish to dictate to you what to buy, where to buy it, reject overpriced kitchen gadgets that stand in for a little string and a healthy dose of common sense, and otherwise are skeptical of whatever the food fad du jour is, then this may well be the next cookbook you need to buy! But don't trust me, go to the food blog at, enter the recipes area, look for, prepare and con ...more
Halley Todd
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I did not realize this was only a vegan cookbook but wow, all the recipes sound tasty. Gonna make the chickpea dumplings and chickpea and broccoli burritos this week. The recipes don't seem complicated and the authors drop helpful hints all throughout. very entertaining cookbook. ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
It's a cookbook in black face. I would much rather support vegans of color instead.

Check out Sistah Vegan or Decolonize Your Diet and anything by Bryant Terry.

I also love Angela Liddon who is healthy and positive and authentic.

Screw this book.
Jess Faraday
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
AMAZING recipes--amazingly delicious, amazingly healthy, and amazingly cheap and easy to make. On top of that, the hardcover is GORGEOUS---and, interestingly, cheaper than the ebook right now at B&N.

It's a shame the authors felt the need to put on a masquerade that they had to have known would be hurtful to some. The recipes are excellent, and they could have done just as well selling them on their own merits.
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, cookbooks, food
Best cookbook that I own. Every recipe I've tried is really quick to make and super scrumptious delicious and it is all healthy food. The language is terrible and I love it. Maybe it reminds me of growing up in the San Fernando Valley. This is the first cookbook that inspired me to eat breakfast, a meal I have been avoiding for over 40 years as I prefer coffee and some sort of sugar filled breakfast bar. Here is what Thug Kitchen says about breakfast,

"Seriously you need to eat breakfast. You've
Slightly Devious
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Top 5 cookbooks ever. EVER. I want to make EVERY G.D. RECIPE.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-drink
You know what? I'm a carnivore, but these make some damn delicious side dishes. Not to mention, you should be putting some nature into your mouth when you eat. Eat like you give a fuck. Make good choices. NOM out on some fruits and veggies, and do your body good. There are some great pictures and I enjoy the information and mic drop at the beginning. I also recommend following the website.

I always tweak recipes to suit me. I've tweaked his too. But they provide a delicious base and you can spru
Debbie "DJ"
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely hilarious cookbook with some great recipes. I like reading it more than cooking though!
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
OK, there are two camps for this book: those that love it and those that hate it. I'm in the love camp. Many people are turned off by the excessive swearing in the book. Its a gimmick. It sold their web site to people and got them a book deal. Many people bought the book. If you don't like the swearing, don't read it. I don't really care about that. I got it for the recipes. Many books talk about veganism and why you should be a vegan and give recipes. A lot of people don't believe in veganism a ...more
Madam Pink Justice
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this cookbook because I was familiar with almost all the ingredients. I love how the author makes cooking from scratch appear effortless while making a variety of things. If it’s not clear, this is a vegan cookbook. Also, if the ingredient was not well known, the author described the area in the grocery store the item could be picked up. I also appreciated the “Dropping Knowledge” segments sprinkled throughout the book. The Dropping Knowledge segments gave helpful information t ...more
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
This is the best cookbook I've ever read by miles! I read it online but I am ordering myself a copy ASAP from Amazon. It's vegetarian, HEALTHY, but full of flavor! and also SIMPLE! I cannot wait to try out most of these recipes and I will be laughing the whole time while I make it! ...more
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookery, skimmed
I am now an official old fart. Couldn't get past all the f*&^ing. ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I don't know about these recipes yet, as I haven't tried them, but the way this is written is hilarious and somehow motivating. ...more
Leah Craig
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
*jake peralta voice* Oh damn! Maybe I should eat healthy this junk looks delicious
Sep 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cookbook
Sophomoric at best, racist at worst.

Also, adding swear words doesn't make you clever, nor adding cutesy names like "nooch" for nutritional yeast.

I read a lot of vegetarian/vegan cookbooks and this was sort of a yawn, if you could get past the ridiculous self-promotional language.

If you were actually trying to cook something out of this cookbook, it would be a waste. They spend so much time being "funny" in their descriptions they often left out steps. I had to laugh reading some recipes thinking
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