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#MEALTIME: 2 Chainz mixes #classic recipes with #self-love

Rapper 2 Chainz, who owns more than two chains, has recently dropped his latest studio album. Featuring Pharrell Williams, Fergie, and Drake, among others, as well as production by Mr. Williams and Diplo, the album has been receiving pretty good reviews. At Tasty Tufts, though, we aren’t so concerned with his rhymes today as much as we are with the accompaniment to his album (B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time), a cookbook which is aptly titled #MEALTIME. 2 Chainz is a notorious foodie, and he offers his take on classics like garlic mashed potatoes and shrimp scampi while also giving tips on how to enhance the mealtime experience (watching Netflix, singing aloud). Mouthwatering pictures of the dishes, which are indeed often adorned with two chains, accompany recipes.

Source: Def Jam

Source: Def Jam

Past the initial ridiculousness of the concept (or perhaps of the hashtag-title), Chainz is often hilarious in his cookbook, offering sound advice on how to make mealtime a #mealtime, and not just a #chore. That he has written a cookbook perhaps also makes a lot of sense. After all, unfortunately for Chainz, Kendrick has taken up the spot with Jay Z, Nas, Eminem, and Andre 3000. Perhaps Keller, Boulud, Adria, and Chang can (#should) make some room for Chainz to join them. One can only hope.

Source: First We Feast

Source: First We Feast

The cookbook is actually quite wonderful. It is a reminder not only to make good food, but also to practice self-love—to “drape yourself in chains,” to watch a movie while cooking, to spontaneously invite Fergie over. Chainz offers gems of advice: “Put on your Versace apron,” he suggests to those attempting his teriyaki salmon. A particular stand out is his advice to “spend some more ‘me time’ at the house, catching up on old seasons of The Wire.” Chainz understands what it means to appreciate good television while cooking a good meal, and we really appreciate that.

#MEALTIME may well be sufficient reason to buy B.O.A.T.S II: Me Time, even if you are not a fan of Chainz’s music. One can only hope Chainz will start a trend of cookbook accompaniments to hip hop albums (looking at you, Kendrick).

-Damanpreet Pelia

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