Topic, that is. Because I’m reading a book I love so much that I need to tell you about it; actually, it’s not REALLY off topic, because it IS a cookbook (sorta) so you could theoretically register for it, buy it as a present or just buy it for yourself. It’s called “Eat Me” by the legendary, um, chef? cook? restaurateur? philosopher? I don’t even know what to call him except funny, inspired and talented. Kenny’s restaurant, appropriately named “Shopsins” has been a downtown (NY) institution for almost 40 years. That being said, calling it a restaurant no more describes it than “jewelry store” describes Tiffany’s.
I don’t want to ruin the discovery for you, but suffice it to say that in this wonderful book, laced with Shopsin’s musings on life, food, and the kitchen dance, you’ll find such gems as Mac and Cheese Pancakes, Blisters on my Sisters, Turkey Clouds and many variations on Kenny’s own sliders.
It’s a total treat, as is his movie, “I like killing flies”. Be warned; he’s frank, he’s rude, he swears a lot but he’s so much fun. Go buy it today; but don’t go to the restaurant unless you have four people or less and want to each have an entree. That’s the rules.