I jumped on the bandwagon last week when my copy of Thug Kitchen dropped through the letterbox. I’d heard the hype and was sufficiently intrigued to buy it for myself to see if it lived up to the rave online reviews as well as my friends’ recommendations.
If you haven’t heard of it, essentially it’s just a vegetarian recipe book. But that’s where the just stops. It’s an easy one-stop guide to simple, clean-eating but with a difference. The difference being that the recipes are new, innovative and pretty unusual compared to a lot of the drivel you find on Pinterest and generic recipe sites.
Their motto is eat like you give a f**k and for the faint of heart and easily offended, yes there is a lot of profanity included. It kind of works though and doesn’t feel gratuitous. Rather, it supports the overarching emphasis that hearty, filling food can be made without the need for meat.
It’s actually quite exciting to read. The photos are tempting and it takes dull ingredients like quinoa and spins them into sumptuously appealing dishes that I’d never have thought of myself in a million years. And we eat a lot of quinoa so that made me very happy.
Out of all of the recipes that he could have picked, James chose the Corn and Basil Chowder as my first foray into Kitchen Thugness. I wasn’t hugely enamoured but went with it. So simple to make, it was absolutely delicious and I have to admit that I was totally surprised at just how much I enjoyed it. The children too. Both of them ate it all which isn’t normal or anticipated in this house.
The next ones on our list to make include chickpeas and dumplings, roasted beer and lime cauliflower tacos and strawberry shortcake! One thing to note though, it is American written so you need measuring cups in your kitchen to make the preparation as straight forwarded as intended.
Thug Kitchen gets a massive thumbs up from me. If you try it, let me know what you think.
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