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Shopsin

I recently saw I Like Killing Flies on Netflix and followed up with the purchase of Shopsin's Eat Me from Amazon.

I'm glad there are still people like this in operation, and I think the recipe ideas in the cookbook are well adapted to home use. Nothing earth shattering, just some common sense approaches to some good eats. Looking forward to trying the Chicken and Cashew recipe.

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  1. Haven't seen the book, but I did love the movie.

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    1. re: LulusMom

      Imagine life if everyone was as brutal a communicator as Shopsin. I liked the movie but I needed a shower and a glass of wine after it.

      1. re: HillJ

        I kind of always need a glass of wine, and certainly always enjoy a shower, so it didn't have quite the same effect on me. I was amused by him, but agree that maybe that was because I wasn't actually spending time with him.

    2. regardless of his personality, those freakin slutty cakes are delicious.

      1. Didn't see the movie, read the cookbook.

        And after reading the cookbook I knew - oy! This man is harsh!

        But also brilliant and practical. His take on crepes has me blinking in admiration to this day.

        And if I need to do something and I don't have the ingredients officially - I do check the book to see, did he solve the self same problem?!

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        1. re: happybaker

          um, his take on crepes?

          which was dipping a flour tortilla in eggs and throwing it on a flat-top?
          i reacted strongly, too... :)

          1. re: soupkitten

            Yes, that's the one.

            To the point where I was thinking "Say... would that world for blintz wrappers?"

            1. re: soupkitten

              I'm determined to try this. Also, microwaving the hamburgers!

          2. His French toast recipe is my standard.

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            1. re: Westy

              Damnit all, I've been thinking about pancakes and french toast since receiving the book on Saturday, but won't have a breakfast cooking opportunity anytime soon. It's going to have to be pancakes for dinner one night soon.

              I also thought it was interesting that he recommends Grade B maple syrup as it is less refined thus more flavorful then Grade A. I haven't started looking yet, but I don't imagine it will be easy to find Grade B in any of the usual grocery stores.

              The egg pizza recipe is also very interesting.

              1. re: laststandchili

                any meal is an opportunity for pancakes and french toast! and if you take chopped as your example, french toast is literally the ONLY dessert that actually even exists.

                1. re: mattstolz

                  Finally got around to this last weekend. Used Jiffy box mix for the pancakes and added diced ham (that I had smoked the previous day), and a good handful of grated cheddar to each pancake. Good dense heavy pancakes (I added two eggs to the mix), and the ham and cheese melted and crispy were absolutely tremendous.

                  Thinking about picking up some FF KFC style chicken strips, slicing them up and adding that to the pancakes for a chicken and waffles type experience.

                2. re: laststandchili

                  He is spot on right about Grade B - I've used it for years.

                  It's actually very easy to find, both Costco and Trader Joe's offer Grade B and so does Whole Foods.

                  1. re: happybaker

                    Agreed. Grade B has never been a challenge to find, and it makes a world of difference.

              2. Great place. Great guy. Go back as often as I can. (est Poutine in NYC!)