In the kitchen with 2 Chainz
I have not purchased a cookbook in years. I think the last one I got was a Jamie Oliver book in a White Elephant game at Christmas one year.
Back when I was first out of school, I bought up every cookbook I could find and tried everything. I really love ethnic food, exotic stuff from Ethiopia and Afghanistan – they are so unique and full of flavor that I could see expending calories on them.
Even after becoming a vegetarian and then a vegan, I still bought cookbooks, especially for pastries, pies, breads. I love carbs unfortunately.
Now I eat such a simple diet that it doesn’t require any brainwork and I don’t do any of the cooking now anyway, so why buy a cookbook? Also I have so many fantastic apps for this and of course, every recipe is just a couple of clicks away any time we want. I wonder how anyone does actually sell a cookbook nowadays, come to think of it.
So, when I was channel surfing I ran across someone interviewing rapper/hip hopster 2 Chainz talking about his healthy diet and the fact that he loves to cook and is really careful about what he eats. I have never heard one song that he has performed, ever, but apparently he must be doing well because he has a personal chef who travels with him (I do too, but 2Ch has to pay for his, LOL).
So, I thought I would go pick up his cookbook on Amazon. But, bummer, you can’t just buy it separately. You apparently get this cookbook with his latest album. You can listen to the MP3s and see if this is your kind of music (not really mine and I prefer not to know the lyrics, thank you).
The recipes look good (they are not vegetarian or vegan) and 2 Chainz claims they are all made while speeding the freeways between gigs.
Check it out:
The reason I would even consider talking about this is because of the philosophy he has about this food, his enjoyment of it, the freshness aspect, the care of what he puts into his body (at least according to what he said during the interview – he has an ulcer and it has changed his way of eating).
To improve one’s diet you should really go step by step. You don’t do it all overnight. But fresh, local, organic, food with interesting seasonings that is still simple and quick to prepare is pointing in the right direction. For ten bucks you can get the album and the recipes. If they can be whipped up on a bus, they sound like my kind of dishes.
Food for thought.