Prison Ramen

Prison Ramen

Recipes & Stories From Behind Bars

Book - 2015
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"Last year, the Japanese company that created instant ramen sold 46 billion packs and cups of pre-flavored dried noodles. It is a ubiquitous food, especially beloved by anyone looking for a cheap, tasty bite-including, it turns out, prisoners, who buy instant ramen at the commissary and use it as the building block for all sorts of meals that foster bonds of loyalty and friendship. Now Prison Ramen takes readers behind bars, with 65 ramen recipes combined with stories of prison life from the inmates who devised them, including celebrities like Slash from Guns n' Roses and the actor Shia LaBeouf. Think of this as a cookbook of ramen hacks. Here's Ramen Goulash. Onion Tortilla Ramen Soup. The Jailhouse Hole Burrito. Orange Porkies-chili ramen + white rice + 1/2 bag of port skins + orange-flavored punch. Ramen Nuggets. Slash's J-Walking Ramen, and the incredible Koinonia Ramen spread, packed with ramen, jalapenos, beef jerky, and more that "cooks" in an industrial plastic garbage bag and will feed 15 to 20. The coauthors are childhood friends-one an ex-con, now free and living in Mexico, and the other a highly successful Hollywood character actor who has enlisted friends and celebrities to contribute their recipes and stories. Forget the typical recipe headnote about precious, organic ingredients-these stories are the real deal, each a first-person, firsthand look inside prison life, a scared-straight reality complementing the offbeat recipes"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing, 2015
New York : Workman Publishing, 2015
ISBN: 9780761185529
Branch Call Number: 641.82 COL 2015
Characteristics: pages cm
Additional Contributors: Alvarez, Gustavo 1973-- Author


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mdellapenna Aug 30, 2016

The stories from the incarcerated men were very interesting, but I'm not sure I would make any of the food unless I find myself incarcerated.

Cynthia_N Apr 16, 2016

Odd little book! My kids would have loved this book when they were going through their ramen phase! Most of them are basic additions because when in prison, supplies can be limited.

Two things that I know nothing about: prison and ramen. But within this gritty little volume, you will find recipes and remembrances of making the best food (or dessert, or even hooch) in the most difficult of situations. For those of us not likely to end up behind bars, these recipes could easily translate to camping or cheap weekend eats.


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