TRAP KITCHEN: The Cookbook
How two friends from Compton started building a mini empire
with the help of a stove
When two former members of Los Angeles' most nefarious rival gangs decided to unite under one oven, they had no idea that they would be creating an empire.Trap Kitchen is more than just a cookbook. It's a glimpse into the meals that have now become famous in the L.A. streets thanks to the series of pop-up restaurants that continue to bloom throughout the area.
Celebrities and residents alike flock to the locations for soulful meals, but it's more than that. Having lost friends and family to violence, we learn how the masterminds behindTrap Kitchen sought to change the paths they were on, using cooking as their driving force. While other cookbooks may boast a level of urban-skewed appeal in their realness, this cookbook also delves into the stories of why they became involved in cooking in the first place. It's both a heartfelt and stomach-filling experience to learn how two men changed their stars by seeking out peace and good food for themselves and their community.
Malachi Jenkins and Roberto Smith are childhood friends from neighboring rival gangs, brought together by their passion for food. Today they are the co-founders and owners of Trap Kitchen LA.The underground culinary experience, completely fueled on lnstagram.
Their colorful past has made them media darlings having appeared onTheToday Show, The Chew, The Martha Stewart and Snoop Show, Vice, The Huffington Post, BET and more.