Prodigy of Mobb Deep Releases Prison Cookbook
Ain't no such thing as halfway cooks.
Prodigy has a new book out and like his 2011 biography, it’s a treasure trove of hood anecdotes and interesting insights into the mind of the Mobb Deep member. However, for this latest literary project, P is taking an entirely different route. Commissary Kitchen is a cookbook inspired by his incarceration (following an illegal gun charge), because, as he states in the introduction, “in a world where prisoners are treated like animals, we made our experiences there feel more human by how we prepared our food.”
Besides that, eating healthy was especially important to Prodigy due to his sickle-cell anaemia. Though he was, by his own admission, never much of a chef, he quickly learned that one of the few ways to assert control over his situation was to cook his own meals. With all the restrictions prison life places upon you, that required a lot of creativity. “All I gotta say is I worked with what I had” he writes. “You think I wouldn’t have cooked with extra virgin olive oil and shit if i had the chance to? Nah. This is prison.”
With “Prison Surprise,” he was not off to a great start. It’s a custom recipe based on Ramen noodles and Doritos common amongst prisoners, and a fellow inmate was adamant he tried his take on it when P just got in. The severe case of food poisoning that followed eating it, further underscored the importance of healthier food. “But if you wanna be stupid enough to try it, I have the recipe for you” P prefaces the recipe previewed through Genius.
“P’s Don’t Try This At Home Prison Surprise”
• Ramen noodles
• Doritos (you could also substitute with Cheez-Its or sliced cheese)
• Jack Mack (tuna works fine too)
• Hot sauce
Open the can of Jack Mack, and rinse the fish off gently. Take a bowl of water and microwave it for a minute or until it boils. Throw in Ramen noodles and stir it. Grab the chips and crush them up until they’re a fine powder and mix them in with cooked Ramen noodles. It’ll make like a cheese sauce. Throw in the Jack Mack, and then you eat it. Good luck, yo.
Seeing how P ended up in the infirmary with an IV in his arm after eating it, it’s probably better to take his word for it and pass on this particular dish. The hilariously appropriate merchandise available on the cookbook’s website though?
There’s never a cookout where the apron below is not a winner: