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Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin

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"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 ha ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Knopf
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Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eats, favorites
i have been meaning to add this link forever - an adventure!!

this is probably my favorite cookbook of all time. i have read it cover to cover, and when i am feeling culinarily uninspired, i will pick it up and flip through it and let the personality of kenny shopsin wash all over me. i bought this cookbook, and the movie about kenny, i like killing flies for my dad, and i know he loves it as well, because my dad is a wise man.

this is more than a cookbook.
Michael Batz
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eat-and-drink
There are funny cookbooks with crappy joke recipes, and serious cookbooks that read like instruction manuals for farm equipment, and then there is this book, which manages to be full of very serious recipes but which is written with a unique and hilarious voice.

It's full of recipes that you simply will NEVER find anywhere else. Kenny Shopsin is an experimental maniac who relies not on throwing fancy-ass ingredients into things but simply putting things together in ways you'd never think. My fav
Jun 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
no bullshit,
no frills,
throw you out the door,
good eatin'.

with a cover designed to awake your most primal instincts, the pages between are also very much of that same idea.
a way of eating, of living-
a man who isn't saying this is the way, but it is his way.

not a lot of vegetarian stuff, but that is okay.
It is strange , I am a vegetarian, but at the same time I believe you should eat what makes you feel good to eat it- so while eating meat doesn't make me feel good, I'm not gonna si
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! No breathless reverence for consomme, aspic or super-expensive totally organic produce grown in soil that has only been touched by virgins baloney.
Great ideas about cooking and using your own ideas about food to create the food you want to eat. He addresses the difficulty of cooking like a restaurant when you don't have industrial appliances.
I would love to go to his restaurant. His rules for the most part make a lot of sense. I'd like to think that my husband and I would conn
Jun 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is awesome you should read it.
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
totally hilarious and exhilarating
May 24, 2008 added it
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Shelves: nonfiction
Calvin Trillin's article in the New Yorker (also published in Feeding a Yen and as the foreword to Eat Me) introduced me to Shopsin's. I had the great good luck to read this article while I was eating dinner at a restaurant in New York (one of only two visits in the last ten years), and I went straight to Shopsin's for breakfast the next morning, keeping a low profile so I wouldn't out myself as a scorned "review trotter." (This was my lottery win, I've come to think, because when I ate there it ...more
Susan Mazur Stommen
Sep 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookery
If the Gaia book was me gardening, this book is me cooking, minus all the expletives. Ok, with all the expletives. I had heard rumours of Shopsin's existence for awhile now, but without any clear idea of what we were talking about.

The place ran for awhile like the restaurant I always wanted to open, where you could order anything you want. But he says, that put too much onus on the customer. His menu ran at one time to 900 items, and it seems that if you can't pick quickly then he is quite will
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is not for everyone. First, it's a lot of things rolled into one: a little bit of a memoir, a little bit of philosophy, a lot about psychology (under the surface), a lot about food, and a bunch of recipes. Second, the author is blunt, profane, and even crude sometimes, but very honest. I find who Kenny Shopsin is, what he does, and why he does it absolutely fascinating (and yes, I've seen the documentary on him and his restaurant, I Like Killing Flies, and I recommend that too). Oh, an ...more
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking, memoir
Fantastic book. Shopsin's restaurant is a hidden NY gem and Kenny himself is the reason for it. I think I learned as much about following one's passion, running a business, and loving your family as I did about cooking. While his personality may seem abrasive to some, I totally respect his uncompromising vision of what he wants out of life and (by extension) business. His recipes are simple but contain some great tips for making the perfect eggs, pancakes, and soup. His innovations have inspired ...more
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