"Jenkins and Smith, who once belonged to rival L.A. gangs, became friends and started a catering business marketed solely on Instagram. Media outlets took notice, as did Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart, paving the way for their debut cookbook" – Publishers Weekly
When two former members of Los Angeles' most nefarious rival gangs decided to unite under one oven, they had no idea that they would be creating an empire. Trap Kitchen is more than just a cookbook. It's a glimpse into the meals that have now become famous in the LA streets thanks to the series of pop-up restaurants that continue to bloom throughout the area. Celebrities and residents alike flock to the locations for soulful meals, but it's more than that.
Having lost friends and family to violence, we learn how the masterminds behind Trap Kitchen sought to change the paths they were on, using cooking as their driving force. While other cookbooks may boast a level of urban-skewed appeal in their realness, this cookbook also delves into the stories of why they became involved in cooking in the first place.
It's both a heartfelt and stomach-filling experience to learn how two men changed their stars by seeking out peace and good food for themselves and their community.
Jenkins and Smith, who once belonged to rival L.A. gangs, became friends and started a catering business marketed solely on Instagram. Media outlets took notice, as did Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart, paving the way for their debut cookbook, an underwhelming volume of three dozen recipes written in obscenity-riddled slang. They begin with two gravy recipes one with apple, the other with cranberry before moving on to side dishes featuring chicken, turkey, seafood, steak, and pork. The directions are entertaining but can be tricky to follow, not just because they are all set in italics. The apple cinnamon corn bread is just saut ed apples stirred into a store-bought mix, but the instructions fail to mention what to do with the cinnamon or why there is sour cream in the list of ingredients. The Chicken Curry in a Pot, Boy calls for potatoes, Jamaican curry powder, and bottled scotch bonnet; as for the accompanying rice, "y'all should know how to cook that shit if you're already using a cookbook." Having found a winning formula on Instagram, the authors lean heavily on eye-catching photographs by Teddy Wolff to fill out a book more notable for its novelty than its utility.