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Rapper’s Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook

Rapper's Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook
What WHAAAAAAT! Yes yes y’all, the rumours are true – whether or not you can take the heat, it is definitely time to get in the kitchen, so you can create some culinary chaos with Rapper’s Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook (96 pages, Dokument Press). Authors Joseph Innis (a foodie), Ralph Miller (a writer) and Peter Stadden (a graphic designer) put their heads together to bring this book into the world, and we are richer for it.

There’s so much here to like. Are you into food and cookery books? Are you into rap and hip-hop music? Maybe you have a keen interest in illustrators?

The Hip Hop Cookbook is a compilation of 30 recipes inspired by hip-hop artists, accompanied by truly excellent, made-to-order illustrations by up and coming artists. The recipe names alone are reason enough to own the book and display it proudly. Mouthwatering choices include Wu-Tang Clam Chowder, Public Enemiso Soup, and Run DM Sea Bass, just to name a few. The recipes are rap-inspired, not rapper-provided, so don’t be disappointed to learn these dishes may not have graced the grills of your favourite MCs. But they are definitely rapper-approved:

There are all aspects of Hip Hop, but the best of it has unique blending of ingredients, detailed preparation as well as great taste. Rappers Delight connects like great food, makes too much sense.” — Public Enemy’s Chuck D.

Sure, the genre isn’t exactly untapped – titles like Cookin’ with Coolio, and Lost in the Supermarket: An Indie Rock Cookbook, and I Like Food, Food Tastes Good: In the Kitchen With Your Favorite Bands have all explored the realm already, and they’re just the tip of the iceberg. But for hip-hop fans, the release of this slick, stylish offering is exciting nevertheless. There is something so universal and uniting about food and cooking. There are literary cookbooks, celebrity cookbooks, religious cookbooks, and cookbooks from every country you can think of. Getting in the kitchen and creating something nourishing and delicious is something anyone can understand. And now you can do it as an homage to some of your favourite beatmasters and lyrical geniuses. And don’t worry, parents and folks with delicate sensibilities – while hop-hop tracks can make use of some salty language, the Hip Hop cookbook is 100% family-friendly and explicit-lyric free. Parental Advisory not required! Throw some butter in a pan, some Biggie on the turntable, and get stirring.

And for good measure (get it?), on the off-chance you are unfamiliar with the namesake of the cookbook, do yourself a favour and find the song “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugar Hill Gang, one of the finest, most iconic and oft-sampled tracks in hip-hop history.

Let’s cook y’all! Peace.

Ludacrispy Duck recipe from Rapper's Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook

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