Shut up and Eat! by Tony Lip and Steven Priggé is a cookbook, but unlike most cookbooks, it’s not just a collection of recipes. The book does include a lot of recipes, but in my opinion the stories are the best part of the book. Many famous Italian-American actors share their memories about food, movies and life and after the story they also share their best recipes. Some recipes are old family recipes, some are from famous restaurants and some are just food they like to cook. You can read about Tony Lip’s days in the army, how he later worked in nightclub Copacabana in New York City, how he served dinner to young Sopranos fans who came to his door asking for autograph. And then you can cook same Pasta Fagiole he cooked for Mickey Rourke when they lived together in Los Angeles. And this was just the first of many actors in the book and about 20 first pages.
As you can expect, the recipes include a lot of animal products. Few are already vegan (just don’t sprinkle the optional parmesan cheese on top), some are easy to veganize and many recipes are impossible to veganize.
Who would I recommend this book to? The stories I would recommend to anyone, but I wouldn’t recommend the recipes for veg(etari)ans. I’m happy to own this book, but I read it as a collection of interesting tales, not as a great recipe collection.
I’m going to skip this challenge in February for two reasons. A) I’m starting to work overtime next week and I don’t want any extra work with cooking. B) I want to cook more from One Dish Vegan and Shut up and Eat!
I’ll return to the cookbook challenge in March or April.