Thursday, March 31, 2016

Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars

By Clifton Collins Jr. and Gustavo "Goose" Alvarez

Ramen and Redemption. 

Leave it to broke college students and prison inmates to find the true culinary power of Ramen noodles. But now you can too! You will be the talk of the cell block with mouth watering recipes such as State Issue Soup, Shawshank Spread, and Ramen is the New Ramen. Have picky juvenile delinquents at home? Make them a classic PB&J Ramen:

1 pack of ramen (any flavor)
Peanut butter
Strawberry jelly
1. Open wrapper carefully to avoid breaking the Ramen. Save the seasoning packet for another use. Place the square of dry Ramen on a plate. 
2. Spread the peanut butter and jelly on the Ramen as you would on a piece of bread.

With an introduction by Samuel L. Jackson, the book is peppered with recipes and real accounts from inmates like Shia LeBeof, Danny Trejo and Slash. Food, around the table or the cell, can unite people and make for great meal and good conversation. So save your commissary, check out Prison Ramen and potluck with your homies.

For more superbad cookbooks, lock down Thug Kitchen. For feasting on food and comedy try Jim Gaffigan Food: A Love Story.

Review by Stevie Z.

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