Munchies Late-night meals from the world's best chefs

J. J. Goode

Book - 2017

MUNCHIES brings the hugely popular show Chef's Night Out (on VICE Media's food website, MUNCHIES) to the page with snapshots of food culture in cities around the world, plus tall tales and fuzzy recollections from 65 of the world's top chefs, including Anthony Bourdain, Dominique Crenn, David Chang, Danny Bowien, Wylie Dufresne, Inaki Aizpitarte, and Enrique Olvera, among others. Then there are the recipes: dishes these chefs cook when they're done feeding customers, and ready to feed their friends instead. With chapters like "Drinks" (i.e., how to get your night started), "Things with Tortillas," "Hardcore" (which includes pizzas, nachos, poutines, and more), and "Morning After" (...classy and trashy dishes for the bleary-eyed next day), MUNCHIES features more than 65 recipes to satisfy any late-night craving and plenty of drinks to keep the party going. Chefs include: Shion Aikawa, Jen Agg, Iñaki Aizpitarte, Erik Anderson, Sam Anderson, Wes Avila, Joaquin Baca, Kyle Bailey, Jonathan Benno, Noah Bernamoff, Jamie Bissonnette, April Bloomfield, Robert Bohr and Ryan Hardy, Danny Bowien, Anthony Bourdain, Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, Gabriela Cámara, David Chang, Han Chiang, Michael Chernow And Dan Holtzman, Leah Cohen, Dominique Crenn, Armando De La Torre, Maya Erickson, Konstantin Filippou, Vanya Filopovic, The Franks, Paul Giannone, Josh Gil, Abigail Gullo, Tien Ho, Esben Holmboe Bang, Brandon Jew, Jessica Koslow, Agatha Kulaga And Erin Patinkin, Joshua Kulp And Christine Cikowski, Taiji Kushima And Shogo Kamishima, Arjun Mahendro And Nakul Mahendro, Anne Maurseth, Andrew Mcconnell, Kavita Meelu, Danny Minch, Carlo Mirarchi, Nicolai Nørregaard, Masaru Ogasawara, Enrique Olvera, Matt Orlando, Mitch Orr, Rajat Parr, Kevin Pemoulie, Frank Pinello, Rosio Sánchez, Brad Spence, Alon Shaya, Phet Schwader, Michael Schwartz, Callie Speer, Jeremiah Stone And Fabian Von Hauske, Dale Talde, Lee Tiernan, Christina Tosi, Isaac Toups, Anna Trattles And Alice Quillet, Alisa Reynolds, Grant Van Gameren, Michael White, Andrew Zimmern.

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California : Ten Speed Press [2017]
Corporate Author
Editors of Munchies
Main Author
J. J. Goode (author)
Corporate Author
Editors of Munchies (-)
Other Authors
Brayden Olson (photographer), Justin Hager (illustrator), Helen Hollyman (author)
First edition
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
viii, 254 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • Drinks
  • Sandwiches
  • Things with tortillas
  • Hardcore
  • Noodles, rice, and grains
  • Meat and seafood
  • Desserts
  • The morning after.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

There is a lot to unpack on the title page alone of this wide-ranging collection of upscale recipes. Munchies is Vice Media's food website and Hollyman is Munchies' editor-in-chief. Chef's Night Out is the long-running Munchies video series from which these recipes and accompanying chef profiles and tales are culled. Goode, having coauthored some of the more notable cookbooks of the past 10 years, including Pok Pok (featuring Andy Ricker) and A Girl and Her Pig (featuring April Bloomfield), adds vitality to the prose. However, instead of transporting the reader to exciting after-hours excursions, the single-page recipe introductions of some 65 chefs, including Anthony Bourdain and David Chang, too often read like synopses of the Chef's Night Out videos ("Even though Andrew McConnell is a big reason we dig dining in Melbourne, one of his friends totally stole the show," the authors write). Meanwhile, illustrator Justin Hager brings many of the chefs to life with fun drawings, including one of Bloomfield playing a game of chicken-liver beer pong. The chefs themselves serve up some dynamic sandwiches, main dishes, and desserts. New York restaurateur Phet Schwader weighs in with a beer-and-butter-spiked crab in black-bean sauce, while Callie Speer of Austin, Tex., keeps things weird with goat poutine served with a red-eye gravy made from lard, Tabasco sauce, and instant coffee. Readers will certainly gravitate to the cocktails chapter, which includes a Cajun coquito from New Orleans bartender Abigail Gullo. The accessible recipes in this witty and fun book will satisfy cravings, day or night. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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*** In some ways, this book is about the crazy shit that happens when we ply our favorite chefs with booze, food, and questions, and then scour their hazy minds for late-night eats. But like the show, this cookbook offers more than just drunken tales. We quickly recognized that the show was a way to explore a vibrant culture. The drunken disquisitions and stripped-down food the chefs share with us almost always follow a few minutes of sober, if hungover, explanation of the food they cook for a living. We do this on purpose, highlighting one of the many contradictions that makes the contemporary restaurant world so fascinating--the sweating tattooed 27-year-old raging behind the swinging kitchen doors, the suits and gray temples seated in the well-appointed dining room, twirling pappardelle and nibbling rabbit saddle. Cooking has become glamorous, even though it's really toil. Food has become trendy, even though nearly every aspect of making it is actually old. The people who cook for a living aren't "The New Rock Stars." And we love them despite that-- no, because of that.  What still strikes us as remarkable is the food that the chefs cook at the end of the night. It's tempting to think of it as "drunk food," since it's typically conjured while under the influence. But it's something much more exciting. It's what they make not when they're feeding customers but when they're feeding friends. Sure, it's stuff they decide to make for late-night indulgence, but like the food that cooks make for family meal, it reflects the love and care and skill you'd expect from food meant to feed their restaurant family. Stripped of pomp and inspired by a particularly hungry moment, what they cook often says more about the chef than the food at their restaurants does.  We thought the recipes for those dishes deserved to be recorded, and cooked. And so the pages herein are our compilation of some of our favorite moments from this show. Some of the recipes in this book are dead-simple. Some take work that's worth the effort. They all occupy that magical range between exciting and useful, aspirational and doable. They'll serve you well whether you dispatch them alone and sozzled at the stove or feed them to friends gathered at a table during a reasonable dinner hour. As all recipes should be, they're here to guide you, not to limit you. In other words, go nuts. You might choose to slip Chang's pork belly into warm Wonder bread rather than Chinese buns or smear chicken liver pate rather than foie gras torchon on Maya Erickson's Fernet-spiked gingerbread. You even start making mash-ups, family meal style, and swapping Jen Egg's tongue chili in place of the taco beef on Christina Tosi's seven-layer dip, or vice versa.  *** Excerpted from Munchies: Late-Night Eats from the World's Best Chefs by J. J. Goode, Helen Hollyman, Editors of Munchies Editors All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.