4 Stars - Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
Truth be told I wasn't sure how I was going to like this book. I never bothered to start watching the Netflix series so I at least went in with an open mind. And was pleasantly surprised! I enjoyed Piper's storytelling (or I guess truthtelling since it actually happened) and got invested in the characters. I am a little bummed that they changed names for the TV series but I guess if I decide to watch I'll adapt. For those not familiar with the show or book I've put the Amazon synopsis below.
I wanted to stay true to the book and find recipes that Piper made herself or that were at least inspired by the memoir. So below you'll find some 'tasty' treats complete with prison directions to accompany book club. Hope you enjoy!
With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.
Menu - Straight from Danbury to your Kitchen
courtesy of the Orange is the New Black cookbook
courtesy of Piper Kerman
courtesy of Piper Kerman
1. Steal the margarine from the dining hall, melt in microwave and crumble cookies into a 1-quart Tupperware dish that you've bought from the commissary or borrowed from your bunkie along with the margarine. Mix well and press firmly into the bottom of the dish. Place in the microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. Your crust is done.
2. In a separate dish, squash Laughing Cow cheese into as smooth a mass as possible. Mix in part of the lemon juice and continue to blend. Try to work out the lumps. Mix in pudding and continue to blend, add more lemon juice to taste. Blend until filling is as creamy as possible, then gradually mix in Coffee Mate. Some people double the Coffee Mate; this seems overboard to me. When mixture is smooth & thick, pour over the crust.
3. Chill in your plastic washbucket filled with ice under your bed (or in a refrigerator if the part of the prison where you work has one you can slip it into), for at least 4 hours. Eat.