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Commissary Kitchen My Infamous Prison Cookbook by Albert Prodigy Johnson is a difficult cookbook to rate It has beautiful photography and a enticing cover It answers some questions but leaves a few without any answers I sometimes watch a reality TV show about life in prisons and have seen one episode on prison cooking So that made interested in this book Albert Prodigy Johnson, who is a rapper and has traveled the world has also been in four prisons during his sentence He says that prison Commissary Kitchen My Infamous Prison Cookbook by Albert Prodigy Johnson is a difficult cookbook to rate It has beautiful photography and a enticing cover It answers some questions but leaves a few without any answers I sometimes watch a reality TV show about life in prisons and have seen one episode on prison cooking So that made interested in this book Albert Prodigy Johnson, who is a rapper and has traveled the world has also been in four prisons during his sentence He says that prison food is terrible and I believe him There is so much salt in the food and often inmates are often offered highly sugared drinks with the meals Therefore, many leave with diabetes and hypertension that they did not have before He has sickle cell anemia so he knew that he be very sick often if he depended on the prison food I wanted to knowabout his experience with sickle cell Does he receive medicine for it, see a hematologist while in prison How does he cope with it He did say that exercise is necessity for him when coping with sickle cell and the prison does well in offering opportunities for that He had never cooked before going to prison He watched other inmates cook and improvised Creating new recipes is a stress reliever and distracts him from his worries.As for the recipes, I will not be trying any of them Most of them just won t work for me as a diabetic and a vegetarian A lot of what he does is takes the basic food that he is offered and tweek them with condiments that he is able to order, buy or receive from people on the outside He has to deal with a lot of canned food as there is no way to keep anything refrigerated So that pretty much eliminates frozen and fresh food which is muchnutritious If anyone is interested in prison reform, I think this should be required reading Also, I would like to encourage the author to take some cooking classes to enrich his knowledge and enjoyment of his new hobby.I received this finished copy by making a selection fromVine books but that in no way influenced my thoughts or feelings in this review I also posted this review only on sites meant for reading not for selling I think anyone who bought this book with the intent of replicating these recipes should do some serious reflection on what it is about prison slavery that piques their curiosity but not their compassion In practice this book isof an ethnography that details dispossessed people s efforts to create nutritious and palatable meals within the American prison system The recipes within speak to the nature of food as a means of facilitation of power the power of the prisons in depriving prisone I think anyone who bought this book with the intent of replicating these recipes should do some serious reflection on what it is about prison slavery that piques their curiosity but not their compassion In practice this book isof an ethnography that details dispossessed people s efforts to create nutritious and palatable meals within the American prison system The recipes within speak to the nature of food as a means of facilitation of power the power of the prisons in depriving prisoners of nutritious food, and conversely the power the prisoners take back for themselves in creating beautiful, innovative, and soul affirming experiences with the limited resources at their disposal That being said the recipes deviations and amendments to dishes we so commonly take for granted on the outside do have practical applications Having worked in kitchens, I can confirm that you ve paid money for mac and cheese or stir fries that were even less complex, and tasted worse, than what you ll find in this book This book is a testament to the personal struggle for survival and humane self identification of those we throw in modern slavery and forget Even in the face of such systemic deprivation and despair, the human spirit strives to make life worth living You shouldn t just read it as an exercise of your political conscience That intent would be better spent putting money in the commissary accounts of people on the inside who are left eating over salted, over sugared slop Book 27 of my 2017readingchallenge is Commissary Kitchen My Infamous Prison Cookbook by Mobb Deep s Prodigy RIP A fast, funny, and sometimes sobering look at life in prison, this is a legit cookbook There are stories sprinkled throughout and they arewell, amazing Recipes include sauces, lots of made over canned goods, and even classics which he hates.The microcosm can we even call it that any considering the sheer size of this industry any is fascinating andrefer Book 27 of my 2017readingchallenge is Commissary Kitchen My Infamous Prison Cookbook by Mobb Deep s Prodigy RIP A fast, funny, and sometimes sobering look at life in prison, this is a legit cookbook There are stories sprinkled throughout and they arewell, amazing Recipes include sauces, lots of made over canned goods, and even classics which he hates.The microcosm can we even call it that any considering the sheer size of this industry any is fascinating andreferenced to than explained outright save a few examples and also, how do inmates stay healthy with the food they serve Prodigy was determined to watch out for his health while in prison because of his sickle cell anemia, so this is a collection of his hacked recipes.This book reminds the reader of the human behind the bars Oh, and it s also inventive af I like books that expose me to things that I am clueless about Commissary Kitchen ranks in the top 5 things in life I am absolutely ignorant about The insights into an inmate s life was both sobering and depressing I was impressed how Mr Johnson made the best of his sentence by focusing on what he could improve, in this case that would be food.For being a cookbook, there isn t a single recipe in it that I am very tempted to even try That being said, I still found this book to be a worthwhil I like books that expose me to things that I am clueless about Commissary Kitchen ranks in the top 5 things in life I am absolutely ignorant about The insights into an inmate s life was both sobering and depressing I was impressed how Mr Johnson made the best of his sentence by focusing on what he could improve, in this case that would be food.For being a cookbook, there isn t a single recipe in it that I am very tempted to even try That being said, I still found this book to be a worthwhile read I got quite the education into prison life.Now handing this book to my kids as another reinforcement on why you want to obey the law and avoid prison life If they are still pushing it, I may just make and serve them something from this book I m intrigued by issues of criminal justice and incarceration, so I read this book as part of Book Riot s 2020 Read Harder Challenge Albert Prodigy Johnson was a rapper who was one half of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep After a couple of arrests, he was sent to prison from 2007 to 2011 The book is based on the idea that Prodigy, a sickle cell patient, was trying his best to maintain his health with limited food options in prison Early on, Prodigy cautions readers that the book won t make you a I m intrigued by issues of criminal justice and incarceration, so I read this book as part of Book Riot s 2020 Read Harder Challenge Albert Prodigy Johnson was a rapper who was one half of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep After a couple of arrests, he was sent to prison from 2007 to 2011 The book is based on the idea that Prodigy, a sickle cell patient, was trying his best to maintain his health with limited food options in prison Early on, Prodigy cautions readers that the book won t make you a better cook, but it might make you a better person I think that s where this quick read might find its place People in the free world are unlikely to make a Prison Surprise concoction out of ramen, flavored tortilla chips, canned mackerel, and hot sauce However, I think we relikely to stop and question the adequacy of a system where healthy food seems to be in short supply Interesting This book s value is in its insight into the prison system, not as a cookbook It will show the reader what human beings do to keep themselves sane and healthy in prison, on spite of the system s pronounced lack of concern for either of those things. Rating this for reading value, don t think I delved into the recipes I loved his authentic, funny voice Warning not for the faint of heart Another cookbook book club idea *KINDLE ☠ Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook ↟ The book details the poor nutritional options to which inmates are subjected to and discusses the author s attitude towards the prison and food He makes the most of cooking from the limited ingredients available, plus food packages, and gives recipes that are enterprising that may be of use in this time of a pandemic