The publisher of our cookbook sent me this link today, and I’m so honored! TimeOut named Trap Kitchen: Bangin’ Recipes From Compton in their list of best cookbooks that came out of Los Angeles in 2018. You can check out the full list here, but I also took screenshots and pasted their review below just in case!
This expletive-laden cookbook is anything but conventional—but then again, the culinary come-up of Malachi Jenkins and Roberto Smith was anything but conventional. Part recipe collection and part autobiography, the Trap Kitchen book details the duo’s rise from gang life to cooking for the likes of Snoop and Kendrick Lamar. They’ve penned easy-to-follow recipes for dishes they’ve served at their pop-ups and catering parties, including their stuffed pineapples, chicken and waffles, and cajun-spiced Mac Attack mac and cheese.
Without getting too corny, Jenkins and Smith also discuss how food can be transformative, providing a new way of life and an objective for young kids or those in trouble. They also make food fun. Hands-down, it’s the most enjoyable read on this list.