I got Thug Kitchen for my birthday ealier this month…I’d had my eye on it for some time as I’ve been looking to make the move to a more plant-based diet, and one thing that really put me off was the lack of creativity in a lot of “mainstream” vegan cook books. I’m never going to eat a plate of kale and tofu, and I’m definitely not going to convince my meat-loving fiance that it’s worth trying if that’s the way the books are pitching it.
Thug Kitchen is, to put it simply, the antithesis of every other vegan recipe book I’ve ever looked at.
Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular website to inspire people to eat some goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (‘This might be my favorite thing ever’) and with half a million Facebook fans and counting, Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.
Yeah, plenty of blogs and cookbooks preach about how to eat more kale, why ginger fights inflammation, and how to cook with microgreens and nettles. But they are dull or pretentious as hell -and most people can’t afford the hype.
Thug Kitchen lives in the real world. In their first cookbook, they’re throwing down more than 100 recipes for their best-loved meals, snacks and sides for beginning cooks to home chefs. (Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos? Pumpkin Chili? Grilled Peach Salsa? Believe that sh*t.) Plus they’re going to arm you with all the info and techniques you need to shop on a budget and go and kick bunch of ass on your own.
This book is an invitation to everyone who wants to do better to elevate their kitchen game. No more ketchup and pizza counting as vegetables. No more drive-thru lines. No more avoiding the produce corner of the supermarket. Sh*t is about to get real.
If that doesn’t give you the idea…Thug Kitchen is full of swearing.
It’s also full of insanely delicious recipes. Recipes that I can cook for out and out carnivores who don’t actually care there’s no meat in the food because it’s just that damn delicious.
In terms of the recipes themselves, I’d say the majority of them are Mexican/Mexican inspired. We’re talking burritos, flautas, salsas, chilis…but it’s not just about that. You’ve got recipes for pastas and raviolis, pad thai and a section (that I really loved) about how to build bowls. Ever been jealous of a food bloggers buddha bowls? Thug Kitchen has got your back!
It’s not all just main dishes either – Thug Kitchen has sections covering snacks and desserts too and every single recipe is fully vegan and completely nutritious.
So far, in the two weeks I’ve had the book, I’ve tried:
- Sweetcorn and green chile baked flautas
- BBQ bean burritos
- Lemon and mint quinoa
and they have all been insanely good. I’d absolutely have every one of these dishes again as they’re crazy simple too. No faffing around in the kitchen for five hours and waiting for the right moon phase, these are dinners you can bash together after work and feel good about what you’re eating.
In short, this is a fantastic recipe book for vegans, vegetarians and even full blown carnivores who are conscious about what they’re eating.