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Meals are perhaps the most important aspect of prison life. They keep inmates alive, both physically and emotionally, as mess halls and common areas provide a level of social interaction in an otherwise lonely situation. Albert "Prodigy" Johnson served three-and-a-half years in prison, and during that time his focus was on his health - an almost impossible feat behind bars, where many inmates often enter the prison system healthy, but leave with diabetes and hypertension.

Commissary Kitchen provides a deeper perspective of what it's like to consume meals in prison. While recipes are provided, Prodigy and cowriter Kathy Iandoli also tell various anecdotes about situations in prison involving food. Meal prep in prison is very limited, so while this work appeals to anyone who has served time or is curious about prison life, it also speaks to those who prepare food with limited access to various cooking luxuries (such as college students in dorms). While the work is informational, above all it humanizes the prison experience in a way that has never been done before.

©2016 Albert "Prodigy" Johnson and Kathy Iandoli (P)2016 Blackstone Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks

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wasted my time

Struggled to finish it. Thought it was going to teach life lessons or something and just rambled about prison food. I don't know anyone that gets out of prison and wants to make that food.

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Must read for survival

Not what you think it is. Funny stories along with great recipes for when you’re possibly stuck in an emergency situation, to living in a college dorm, to trying to struggle to get by and feed a family on a budget and have to get creative. Thank you the free PDF. Printed and added to my survival kit. And it was free!

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SO EXCITING! 🤣, Definitely worth the read.

Not what I expected in the least from this book but for ficiticious entertainment value it was quite funny.

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Just in case

Great information about how unhealthy food is when you get locked up and what you can do about it. Good sense of humor and recipes

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Loved the perspective.

The meat and potatoes if you will ended up being the recipes which is hard to listen to out I bet I would have enjoyed reading it. I’m still getting used to listening to books as I prefer reading them. However I find this a good alter while I WFH for good background noise. 2 birds 1 stone kind of deal!