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Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

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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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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…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 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
Ok so reading other peoples reviews of this book is so funny I can't stand it. Obviously people one don't know what a thug is. A thug is NOT a black person. Wait let me repeat that. A thug is NOT a black person. Thugs come in all shapes, sizes, races, sexes, orientations, and colors!! Who knew right :) Now that we got that out of the way, the name was supposed to be kitschy and an attention grabber, get over it. Also all you people pointing out that its wrong for 2 white people to have made the ...more
Isa Lavinia
Nov 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: racists
Shelves: bye-felicia, racist, awful

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 a
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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 cha
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...
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 ;)
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?
Raeleen Lemay
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, nonfiction
I haven't cooked every recipe (or anywhere close to it) but the few I've made have been amazing, and the way this book is written is freaking hilarious! I'd highly recommend this to any vegan or vegetarian.
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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.
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
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.
Lisa 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
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.
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.
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
Taryn Pierson
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you want a cookbook that will introduce you to the vegan lifestyle without your even noticing it’s happening, this is the cookbook for you. The recipes are so accessible, you won’t even realize there’s no meat. Until they bring up tofu...but then the authors will browbeat you with profanity until you decide, what the hell, I’ll just try it, it can’t be that bad, right? Then you try it, it’s insanely delicious, and you realize you’re turning into one of those annoying hippies who talks about l ...more
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.
Slightly Devious
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Top 5 cookbooks ever. EVER. I want to make EVERY G.D. RECIPE.
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, food, funny
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
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
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
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.
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.
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
This book is a kick ass vegan cookbook. Normally I don't get into veganism, but the recipes are solid. More impoartantly: I have never laughed so hard a cookbook in my entire life. NOT family friendly.
Sep 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Jenn "JR"
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
It's another entry-level, "clean" vegan cookbook - this one tries to distinguish itself by inserting profanity in just about every sentence as "humor" or being "hip." Some of the recipes look interesting but most of them are very basic - pancakes, sandwiches, banana cream pie. Plenty of vegan cookbooks for beginners out there -- find one that speaks to you. This one doesn't offer much for me - though I do give them credit for a few interesting recipes such as a smoked almond-chickpea sandwich.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So I don't normally review cookbooks on Goodreads (maybe I should?) but I love, love, love this recipe book. This book is a Tex-Mex comfort food cookbook for vegetarians and vegans. It would be super easy to add meat to a lot of these recipes, but you don't have to, the food really fills you up and make great leftovers. Once I had a steady repertoire of faithful recipes, I started experimenting and finding more and more recipes that I liked.

The swearing is a little too edgy at times but the reci
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is the third cookbook that I have read this year and the best as of today. Other cookbooks are boring and dry, this one kept me interested! The beginning of the book details why a person should cook meals at home instead of eating out, and lists benefits for doing so. Then there are chapters that explain measurements, cooking basics, and pro tips. Some of the recipes are more challenging than others, but that is typical of cookbooks.
I bought the series of books for my daughter, who is a ve
Ellen Trautner
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Four stars because I can't in good conscience give 5 stars to a book with so many f-bombs dropping right and left. That being said, I actually love this cookbook! For 2 reasons: 1) It's got some great vegan recipes, and 2) It's hilarious. I read it start to finish, including captions, and notations for ingredient lists ("It's right there next to the soy sauce! At least look for it before you start complaining!")

My husband got this cookbook for Christmas from my sister. He's a vegetarian who is a
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Funny at first - although all that cursing every two words felt so unnatural and forced I just started skipping all of those sh*** and f***k they kept tossing around - but ultimately pretty generic.

There are some really nice and delicious-looking reciped that I would like to try my hands on soon, but while i bought it because it was said to offer healthy alternatives to everyday food, in the end i'm sorry to say it wasn't anything special. Also I didn't expect it to be vegetarian which of cours
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: food-n-drink
This is tough. There are some amazing recipes in here but powering through this book in one read was akin to sitting through an open mic of 20-or-so young men, all new to comedy, trying for laughs with their best bathroom jokes, vulgarity, and attempts at shock humor. Imagine the worst stand-up set you have ever seen. Imagine reading 205 pages of that to get some good recipes. That's what you have here. I am by no means offended by the word "f*ck," and if you are, then you shouldn't have opened ...more
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking, help-me, comedy
I really like the layout and premise of this book. No tricky wording, No overwhelming lingo, just straight fkn recipes. It was actually kinda nice being given instructions in my own damn lingo. This is the first boom of recipes where I have found so many keeping it real truths about recipes and cooking. Granted I was still a little intimidated by some of the recipes, i am super excited to try some out!
Wildrose VuVu Magoo
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is pretty damned hilarious and I ordered it online because of the trailer.. I just wish I'd realized that vegetable based recipes meant completely vegetarian cuisine, though. Sadly, I don't eat wheat or legumes so the majority of this book doesn't work for me. The chili recipe does look awfully good, though, once I throw in some meat. :)
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hillarious and yummy! Veggie recipes with a whole lot of cussing. What fun!
Eric Lambert
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When I first saw this book I had heard nothing about it, I came to it completely unaware. I saw it in my local library and just glanced at the cover, title, and subtitle. My impression from just that was that maybe it was a L.A.-style street food book and it did not come across as a book that took itself way too serious.
So I checked the book out still not knowing that it was a vegan cookbook. I took it home and started reading it from the beginning and realized, finally, that it was vegan. And I
Feb 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: vegans, vegetarians
This cookbook has some some really tasty looking recipes and they're all beautifully photographed. Roasted sriracha cauliflower bites with peanut dipping sauce? Sweet potato, squash, and black bean enchiladas? Sign me up. There are also some great tips for beginners, pantry staples, and other tips on preparing a few vegan go-tos. There is no nutritional information included. Whoever did their graphic design did an amazing job. Serious overkill on the swearing (and I wasn't offended by that, just ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
One of my friends is allergic to eggs, another is allergic to gluten, and both don’t eat dairy or meat. I’m forever wondering what to feed them when they come here. My trainer’s wife actually got this for me because I was complaining that if you don’t eat meat, eggs, gluten, etc. what the fuck did you eat. She thinks I cuss too much so I think she was trying to be funny.

This cook book was pretty hit or miss for me. Some of the recipes were flawed, like the seasoning was off….it had either too mu
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
Melissa Gans
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Never mind the swearing, the poor writing style or the supposedly non-intended racism, this cookbook is just not very good. Yes, two pretty white bread hipsters from LA decided to spice it up with some f-bombs and call it thug, but I spent more time trying to figure who the intended audience was, if not hipsters or other easily influenced people. Let's swear at the readers profusely and they'll just become vegan and like it, just like magic. Yep! Oh wait... I love vegetables and fruit, and try t ...more
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
If you are familiar with Thug Kitchen, you'll recognize the formula--vegan recipes with lots of expletives. While I get a kick out of the TK website, this book felt heavily edited, with way too many f-bombs (not taking issue with cursing, mind you--it's just that there are so many OTHER obscene words), though I did occasionally get a laugh here and there. As for the recipes, I will definitely try some out. There were, however, some redundancies, as I noted 3 recipes involving peanut sauce. It's ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
The premise is good and the tone is entertaining at first. Dropping the f-bomb casually and carelessly negates the impact and made it feel like just a gimmick. Cute, but a gimmick.

The cookbook claims to be an alternative to pretentious cookbooks out there and starts with a great opening with simple methods for soaking/cooking beans vs. canned but soon after offers up some of the most pretentious recipes I've seen.

I have bookmarked a few (6) because peanut sauce, pancakes and buckeyes. You know
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Am aware of some of the controversy around the book and haven't tried any of the recipes yet except for the roasted garlic (which they convinced me to make in quantity--divine). But wow is it fun to read. I sat there and read through the whole thing and had a great time doing it. I'll try some of the recipes (basic vegetarian) and let you know. They look plain and simple and yummy. But mainly, it's just a lot of fun to read. Which is already a lot!
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Thug Kitchen is here to help your narrow dietary mind explore some goddamn options so that you can look and feel like a fucking champ. We hope readers reconsider what kind of behaviors they attribute to people who try to eat healthy. Everyone deserves to feel a part of our push toward a healthier diet, not just people with disposable incomes who speak a certain way. So we're here to help cut throu ...more
“Who the fuck needs an avocado slicer? A person without any goddamn sense, that’s who.” 5 likes
“The beans are done when at least five of them taste tender and are cooked through. One bean can be a fucking liar so taste a few.” 5 likes
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