The Convict’s Creations Cookbook




Hey everyone! I hope everybody is doing well.

A few years ago I set out to write a cookbook that allowed people in society to see what kind of food inmates prepared for themselves while doing time behind prison walls. I had the fortune of becoming really good friends with my co-author Joshua and together we wrote the “Convict’s Creations Cookbook”.

We wanted to write this book as a true insiders guide to life in prison. A how-to manual of information, innovation and survival. We reveal the code prisoners live by and some of the methods convicts use to make life more bearable while doing time.

The convict’s creations cookbook is a guide for people everywhere who want to fix inexpensive meals that taste good and don’t take a lot of time to make. We give you our thoughts, some of our ideas, and a whole lot of our ingenuity. From keeping stuff cold to getting ingredients to cook with, we show some of the way we make life in prison a little more tolerable.

The convict’s creations cookbook includes tips and tricks as well as some funny quips from our mascot “Con-Edison”. To learn more about this book or to purchase a copy for yourself please visit:


Here is a sample from the “Convict’s Creations Cookbook”…


~Getting it hot, Keeping it cold.~

Refrigerators, ovens, toasters, hotplates, waffle irons and stove tops; these are just a few of the things that we do not have in prison. So how do we cook? How do we keep things refrigerated? We use good old convict ingenuity.

When we are presented with a problem, we try to find solutions using only those things that we have around us. And since this is prison and the guards tend to limit our access to certain things like knives, open flames, etc. Through trial and error we concoct new ways of Improvising. You would be surprised at what you can make using a shoelace, milk carton, toilet paper and a match. You would be shocked at how mere graphite from a pencil can spark a fire; or how two paperclips can boil water.

For those of us on the inside things like this are everyday occurrences.

Currently, many prisons allow microwaves in the living units to cook with; however, many times there are long lines for the limited number of microwaves. So to keep our food hot we heat it in the microwave, wrap our bowl of food with a towel, cover that with our winter jackets, then put a blanket over the whole thing!

On the other end of the spectrum, once of the hardest things for a prisoner to do is keep anything cold.

We don’t have refrigerators; however, we do have ice and ingenuity. With these and a few other items we can create a quick ice chest. Here’s how we do it:

~Items Needed:~

  • 1 box
  • 2 garbage bags
  • 1 container of salt
  • 4 towels
  • 2 two liter pitchers of ice


  1. line a box with a couple of towels.
  2. place one bag inside the box ( over the towels).
  3. fill it in with ice.
  4. pour salt over ice.
  5. cover with the other bag.
  6. place food items inside the bag.
  7. cover with more towels – or a blanket.

This will provide an ice chest that will keep items cold for quite a few hours.


I hope you enjoyed this small glimpse into this world we call prison, be sure to check our book out and let me and Joshua know what you think. Have a great day…!

-Marco M.