by Kenny Shopsin
This book was recommended to me when I wrote about chef memoirs earlier this year, and I really enjoyed it. A combination of history--Shopsin's evolution from grocer to restaurant owner; food and customer service philosophy, and recipes, with pictures and art and a reproduction of the 300+ item menu at his former restaurant (as well as an explanation of how he was able to get almost any menu item out in 5 minutes or less), this book was a fast, funny read. Shopsin's emphasis on family ties and relationships with customers really shines through. This isn't a book about fancy food or hard to get ingredients--it's about food that you can cook at home and that simply satisfies. I think I'll be trying the coconut rice.