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Among the vast world of celebrity cookbooks, there exists one distinct and perhaps surprising sub-genre: musician cookbooks. A surprisingly large number of popular artists have expanded their creative repertoires to include tomes on food, though these books do generally fall in line with a musician’s existing brand. Snoop Dogg’s cookbook, for example, is titled From Crook to Cook and includes recipes for “munchies” while Questlove’s “mixtape pot luck” cookbook assembles recipes and tips from a group of his own celebrity friends to create a very Questlove dinner party.
What Are the Best Cookbooks from Musicians?
Though a cookbook from Snoop or other artists may seem like a gag or gimmicky, many of them are actually well worth a read (and worth the recipes). We put together a list of some of the most well-reviewed and genuinely useful cookbooks from beloved musicians.
Patti LaBelle: The legendary singer’s sweet potato pies became similarly iconic following one enthusiastic review that went viral. LaBelle has a few cookbooks available, but we especially like the dessert recipes, which teach you how to make the sweet potato pie yourself.
Action Bronson: Being Action Bronson, the hip-hop star’s cookbook doesn’t follow any prescribed formula, but is more of a roller coaster journey through the artist’s own brain and relationship to food and culture. Worth the trip, in our opinion.
Questlove: It’s hard not to love The Roots’ frontman, who makes any collaboration he does better. So it makes sense that his collaborative cookbook effort is just as difficult to put down.
Snoop Dogg: Snoop brings the same winking self-aware irony that brought about his partnership with Martha Stewart to his cookbook, which includes recipes for soul food as well as junk food snacks.
1. Desserts LaBelle: Soulful Sweets to Sing About
I mean this one is kind of obvious, right? Patti LaBelle by now is nearly as well known for her iconic sweet potato pie as for her music (nearly). We’d definitely recommend giving her delightful, beautiful, and delicious recipes a try.
Miss Patti’s recipes are perfect for holidays and family gatherings, but great for solo nights in the kitchen too. They’re especially great for bakers and people who prefer classic recipes that you grew up with (think homemade pies, cakes and other sweet treats).
2. F*ck, That’s Delicious: An Annotated Guide to Eating Well
Even though the book description says it is not technically a cookbook, Action Bronson’s beautifully-photographed and annotated ode to food does include more than 40 recipes inspired by the hip-hop star’s own life. Interspersed with the full-color recipes are stories about Bronson’s fondest foodie memories, and tales from life as one of music’s most outspoken — and up-for-anything — artists.
The whole thing is a wild ride, but a useful one, that puts easy-to-learn recipes into the context of Bronson’s life and possibly yours as well.
3. Mixtape Potluck Cookbook
“What if Questlove threw a dinner party and everyone came?” queries this book. It would be as amazing as it sounds, apparently.
This collection of recipes and stories from over 50 chefs and entertainers, including Eric Ripert, Natalie Portman, and Q-Tip, garnered glowing reviews when it was first published in 2019, and will absolutely supply you with all advice you need to throw a banger of a dinner party yourself. But even if you’re not entertaining guests at the moment, it’s an accessible and entertaining examination of the relationship between food and culture.
The full title of the book is “Mixtape Potluck Cookbook: A Dinner Party for Friends, Their Recipes, and the Songs They Inspire,” and along with meal, drink and snack ideas, you’ll also get tips on how to put together a playlist, decor and more.
4. From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen
Who knew that an unexpected collaboration with Martha Stewart would lead to so much? Snoop Dogg’s cookbook is pretty much exactly what you’d want it to be, covering everything from soul food classics to filet mignon to munchable snacks. This may turn out to be the most genuinely useful gag gift you’ve ever given, because the recipes are all solid.