I was watching The Food Network and started thinking about all the cooks we have in the Country Music industry who have cookbooks (and cooking shows). Who doesn’t love southern-born country stars with the ability to entertain, and know their way around the kitchen? This is a recipe for success, especially because these guys know how to keep things fresh for their fans! Whether it’s a dash of of southern cooking, a dollop of fixins, or a pinch of good lookin’, country stars have been mixing it up and releasing cookbooks to show off another of their talents.
There are many more, but here are 7 I found with a BONUS at the bottom. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these recipes. I am pretty sure my Gramma used to do something fun with Kenny Rogers Roasters.
2. Zac Brown
Removable index cards contain 27 of the most coveted recipes of Zac Brown and his friends. Recipes include: Southern Fried Chicken, Brunswick Stew, Fried Green Tomatoes and Revival Peach Cobbler. Also included are dozens of poems, songs, and stories, both fact and fiction accompanied by images of art, nature, travel and life.
3. Dolly Parton
“I cook like an old mountain woman,” says Parton in her book, which contains recipes for breads, entrees, holiday punch, and butter- and sugar-rich desserts like Hello Dolly Bars. Parton adds her own brand of humor to each recipe. Example: “Hush puppies are to fried fish what pickin’ is to grinnin’. You just can’t have one without the other.” This fun cookbook features 150 recipe of familiar Southern Comfort foods. Family pictures and chats about Dolly’s family including childhood and musical career enhance the recipes.
4. Kimberly Schlapman
A down-home Southern cookbook by one of the founding members of the platinum-selling country music band Little Big Town and star of the popular cable show Kimberly’s Simply Southern on Great American Country. Kimberly Schlapman is the girl next door. She’s also an award-winning Nashville superstar and the popular host of Kimberly’s Simply Southern, her delightful hit television cooking series.
Fans have fallen for Kimberly’s easy confidence in the kitchen and effortless way she entertains. They love her cooking the same way they’ve swooned over her high harmonies singing with country music powerhouse Little Big Town. In Oh Gussie!, Kimberly shares soul-pleasing recipes and soul-stirring stories from her roots in the Appalachian foothills of north Georgia, her travels on tour with the band, and from the life she loves back home in country music’s capital.
5. Hank Williams, Jr.
Ol’ Bocephus offers tips on hunting, cleaning, and cooking, with recipes for venison, rabbit, possum, and other wild critters. Hank says, “I won’t be responsible for the way yours turn out, but when I fix ’em they’re bodacious!” Hank’s also got his own line of Bar-B-Que Sauces.
6. Martina McBride
The widely acclaimed country music megastar Martina McBride invites fans into her home, her kitchen, and her family’s traditions in this, her first-ever book—a beautiful full-color illustrated collection of culinary celebrations, complete with cherished recipes and menus for cooking and entertaining at home.
One of country music’s most beloved singers, Martina McBride enjoys entertaining her millions of fans on the road. But at home she loves entertaining a different way, hosting her famous gatherings for friends and family. Beneath the glam, glitter, and wild success, Martina remains a farm girl true to her roots and the country hospitality with which she was raised.
7. Kenny Rogers
Rogers was a TV pitchman for Dole Foods (he sang their tagline, “That’s the nature of Dole”). That explains this cookbook, in which every recipe depends on some Dole product – from Pineapple Chicken Cheese Melt to Hawaiian Splendor Sponge Cake to a full menu for a five-course Backyard Luau.
And BONUS June Carter Cash Mother Maybelle’s Cookbook
“Mother Maybelle’s Cookbook” is a 224 page spiral bound collection of recipes compiled by June Carter Cash, her singing sisters Anita and Helen Carter, and longtime family friend Peggy Knight. The book also includes June’s memories of growing up in Maces Springs, Va., in the Appalachian Mountains. According to June, Mother Maybelle wasn’t just a great singer and guitar player, “she was the best down-home cook I ever knew and she taught all of us girls to be good cooks, too. She was terrific.” Mother Maybelle died in 1978. June’s husband, country star Johnny Cash – a longtime admirer of Mother Maybelle’s culinary skills – wrote the book’s introduction, and there is also a photo section of Nashville stars in the back.