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Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin

kathryn Sep 27, 2008 01:45 PM

Anybody else reading this? It's a memoir / essay collection / cookbook from Kenny Shopsin, proprietor of Shopsin's in NYC (you may have heard about their hundreds of items long menu from Calvin Trillin). I'm about 125 pages in, and find it hilarious to have Kenny in print, especially because I've witnessed a few of Kenny's rants and rampages. (And yes, the mac and cheese pancakes really are delicious.)

The book itself is really well put together - clever cover ("do not pull"), nice graphic design, nice photographs of him and his family and his technique, plus Kenny's actual recipes. For me, the best part is reading him put forth the perfect Shopsin correct pancake griddle technique as well as going into where he comes up with his nutty recipes.

Plus, I'm impressed that his editor and co-author actually nailed him down and got him to write it. Gives a new meaning to herding cats, I'd say.

  1. Withnail42 Sep 28, 2008 11:36 AM

    Best chef in NYC! Great food. And fun guy to talk to.

    Look forward to reading the book.

    1. mcgeary Sep 29, 2008 08:47 AM

      I'm zooming through this book, too -- it's a complete delight. Kenny's profane voice is hugely funny, of course, but there's also some really good, thoughtful content about cooking technique and the emotional implications of cooking & eating. I made the Brown Rice Special on Friday, and even though the ingredients don't look like much on the page, I have to agree with Kenny that it's a really effing terrific salad.

      1. MMRuth Oct 1, 2008 05:51 AM

        He was on Conan, last night - taped it but haven't watched yet.

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          Withnail42 Oct 1, 2008 05:59 AM

          I would have loved to have seen that! Have to head down for lunch and get his side of the story.

          1. re: Withnail42
            MMRuth Oct 1, 2008 06:21 AM

            Looks like you can watch it here:


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              Withnail42 Oct 1, 2008 08:33 AM

              Thanks for the link. Kenny seemed to be on his game.

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                kathryn Oct 1, 2008 09:18 AM

                MUCH less cursing and way nicer than I thought he'd be!

                Have been reading the rest of the book in bits and pieces when I have time, and just got to his Chinatown shrimp supplier bit. Awesome.

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