Everyone enjoys a good bowl of ramen, from the college kid on a budget to a self-proclaimed connoisseur like myself but one place that ramen seems to be a go to dish with variations on the cuisine is in prison. Yes, those 1$ packs of ramen that sit on the shelves at your local dollar store and supermarkets are a prison best kept secret until now with the release of Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim, Traffic) new book that explores the very topic. Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars features a foreward by Samuel L. Jackson and is packed with in-depth details on preparation and recipes as well as stories of prison life from not only those who have done serious time or serving life but a few celebs who have done brief stints in a 6×8 including Danny Trejo, Gustavo ‘Goose’ Alvarez, Slash (Guns n Roses) and Shia LeBeouf.

If you’re looking for new recipes to up your ramen game or just looking for something interesting to check out Prison Ramen: Recipies and Stories from Behind Bars.