This is the opening paragraph of Amazon’s official description of MUNCHIES: Late-Night Meals from the World’s Best Chefs by JJ Goode and Helen Hollyman.
This cookbook, based on the game-changing web series Chef’s Night Out, features stories of the world’s best chefs’ debauched nights on the town, and recipes for the food they cook to soak up the booze afterwards.
Yes, my little chickadees. MUNCHIES captured my attention from the word GO. I was already a fan of Chef’s Night Out. BUT… famous and respected chefs? (Anthony Bourdain, Dominique Crenn, David Chang, Danny Bowien, Wylie Dufresne, Inaki Aizpitarte, and Enrique Olvera, among others.) Debauchery? Foodie hijinx? This is a party in book form that was just waiting to happen.
My To Make List is deceptively short. Don’t let that list fool you, dear readers. I’d eat nearly everything in this cookbook and I found reading it enormously entertaining. I even giggled like a kid a few times. If you love food porn and chef stories, you probably will too. It is the cooking of some products that causes me to fall short. Let’s take uni for example. I would absolutely eat the Scrambled Eggs with Uni dish in this book. However, I’m pretty sure that it is safe to assume that I would have a tough time sourcing uni in Topeka, KS. Add into that a schedule that can be prohibitive and some of the more labor and time intensive dishes dropped off the list of things I might actually attempt.
My ‘To Make’ List
- David Chang’s Pork Buns
- April Bloomfield’s Chopped Liver on Toast
- Paulie Gee’s Hellboy Pizza
- Leah Cohen’s Pad Thai
- Michael White’s Late Night Carbonara
- Dale Talde’s Nasi Lemak
- Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinki’s Oxtail Curry with Roti
- Rajat Parr’s Cardamom Rice Pudding
- Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin’s Blackout Stout Cake
- Jamie Bissonnette’s Scrambled Eggs and Potato Chips