09 September 2017

Weekend Cooking: F*ck That's Delicious by Action Bronson

Review of F*ck That's Delicious by Action BronsonOkay, so I admit was skeptical about a cookbook by a hiphop artist foodie. I was wrong to question, however, because Action Bronson grew up in a cooking/baking family, enjoying Albanian food at home and a world of flavors at friends' and neighbors' houses in his native Queens. Later he attended cooking school, worked in his father's restaurant, and of course made music.

In his cookbook F*ck That's Delicious, Action Bronson shares recipes for some of the most delicious foods he's eaten at home and around the world. We get the stories, the photos, and the cooking methods. (Note: I received this cookbook as part of the Abrams's Dinner Party; click link for info.)

Just as Bronson is not your typical chef, F*ck That's Delicious is not your typical cookbook. The three dozen or so formal recipes are interwoven with stories of Bronson's travels, descriptions of his favorite food pairings, tributes to the global cuisines of Queens (that rhymes!), colorful photographs of people and places, a graphic guide to toothpicks, the joys of an ice cream cookie sandwich, a whole section on fried chicken, and much, much more. The book is just plain fun to read.

Review of F*ck That's Delicious by Action Bronson

Some of the recipes are for simple comfort food, like bagels with melted cheese (see the scan; click to enlarge), complete with an encyclopedia of bagels from around the world. Others are for more involved dinners, like the recipe for barbecued ribs, which is accompanied by tales of Jamaica.

I want to bake Chocolate Chip Cookies and Salted Honey Butter. I love it that Bronson roasts his cauliflower almost exactly like do (I add fresh whole sage leaves, which crisp up deliciously). His two-minute tomato sauce looks like a life-saver after a busy day, The oxtail topped flat bread is so on my winter dinner list, and that chocolate raspberry coffee cake from Bronson's mother looks heavenly. The spaghetti shown in the scan below was a huge hit in my house, though I substituted jalapenos for the Italian chiles called for.

Review of F*ck That's Delicious by Action BronsonA couple of points: This is a cookbook / foodie memoir to read. Yes, you'll likely want to try some of the recipes, but you'll also want to take note of Bronson's favorite pizza joints so you can try them yourself next time you're in New York. Don't expect polite language (the title of the book should have been your first clue), but do expect Bronson's sincere gushing over everything he's included between the covers, from eating cold cereal over the kitchen sink to enjoying a leisurely meal of eggs, pasta, madre de sagrantino, and wine in the beautiful Umbria countryside.

Granted F*ck That's Good is not for someone simply looking for new recipes to add to the family meal plan. It's really a book for people interested in fully savoring the food they eat—fancy to plain—and indulging in food that tastes utterly amazing. And what makes food taste f*cking good? Sometimes it has little to do with the ingredients and a whole lot to do with memories, good friends, beautiful surroundings, and a hearty appetite.

In the following 7½-minute video Action Bronson gives us a quick overview of F*ck That's Delicious and shows us how easy and quick it is to make a good chicken Parmesan. Both his engaging personality and his love of food and eating come shining through. (Warning: Contains adult language.)


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14 comments:

Mae Travels 9/9/17, 6:20 AM  

Your review is enthusiastic, but I'm not sure you convinced me that there's anything much new in this book. So many food memoirs, so little time! I just read another of your reviewed books and liked it: "What She Ate" -- that was quite original. I was already a fan of the author.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

jama 9/9/17, 7:16 AM  

This is the first I'm hearing of Action Bronson. I'll have to look for this at my public library.

Tina 9/9/17, 8:13 AM  

Never heard of this one, I like your review! I brought Parmesan Asparagus to the party. Probably will update my blog one more time before Irma makes it way in the Gulf. I will have some cooking stories using a camp stove as we are sure to lose electricity by Sunday :-(

rhapsodyinbooks 9/9/17, 8:18 AM  

This sounds really good but I wonder if he will be limiting his potential audience with that title.

Judee Algazi 9/9/17, 8:48 AM  

Beth,
It sounds like an interesting book. I would like the NYC pizza recommendations, and the recipes.. thanks for sharing it..

bermudaonion 9/9/17, 9:01 AM  

Sounds like a winner - I bet Vance would love this!

Katy McCoy 9/9/17, 12:51 PM  

Does everything single thing have to have the F-word in it? I'll be checking this out at the library but just sayin.... (F-ckn' millenials/ gen-x-ers and their cussin'...)

Crabby boomer )who probably started the whole f-ck'n cussing thing)

Vicki 9/9/17, 1:02 PM  

A graphic guide to toothpicks? That sounds interesting!

Deb in Hawaii 9/9/17, 2:01 PM  

It sounds both interesting and entertaining. I love books that are somewhere in between memoirs and cookbooks--they are usually more fun to read and to cook from. Thanks for sharing!

Carole 9/9/17, 4:26 PM  

thanks for hosting yet again. Not sure about the book. Have a great week. Cheers

Jackie Mc Guinness 9/9/17, 9:00 PM  

This sounds like my kind of casual reading.

(Diane) bookchickdi 9/10/17, 3:30 PM  

Oh we had this book come through at the Book Cellar a few montsh ago- I should have grabbed it then. That cheese bagel looks soooo good.

Sue Jackson 9/10/17, 6:43 PM  

This sounds like a really fun book! My husband and I both laughed out loud when I read the title of the book to him!

Sounds delicious!

Sue

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