The South has plenty to offer, especially when it comes to good food and great music. Naturally, it makes perfect sense that some of country music’s biggest stars are just as skillful at serving up delicious eats in the kitchen as they are at churning out their hits onstage. Luckily for us, stars like Trisha Yearwood and Alan Jackson are kind enough to share the secret ingredients to some of their mouthwatering home dishes in their very own cookbooks!
Here are 10 country superstars turned cookbook authors.
Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen
If you’re a big-time Trisha Yearwood fan, chances are you already know she’s quite savvy in the kitchen. Just ask her husband Garth Brooks! The singer, who hosts her own culinary series on the Food Network (Trisha’s Southern Kitchen), has actually released more than one cookbook. Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen, co-penned with Trisha’s mother Gwen and sister Beth, is the first of three. Delectable sweets and fried dishes are among some of the recipes shared throughout this book.
Zac Brown Band
Southern Ground: Recipes, Images, Lifestyle and Lore
You don’t have to be a southerner to enjoy this cookbook, but you can certainly taste some of the South’s most scrumptious comfort foods all thanks to Zac Brown and his buddies. This book contains photos, stories, poems and 27 savory recipes on removable index cards. Fans can expect to whip up meals like Farmer’s Fried Green Tomatoes and Hearty Brunswick Stew, just to name a few.
Oh Gussie!: Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly’s Southern Kitchen
Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman is just as passionate about cooking as she is about being part of an award-winning country group, so much so that she has her own TV show called Kimberly’s Simply Southern. Her cookbook features backstories and plenty of southern-style dishes, including Chicken and Dumplings and Baked Onion Rings. Yum!
Cookin’ It with Kix: The Art of Celebrating and the Fun of Outdoor Cooking
Kix Brooks, one-half of country music duo Brooks & Dunn, has more on his plate than making hits. The Louisiana-born star doesn’t deviate from his roots when it comes to food. In fact, he shares more than 100 salivate-worthy grilling and tailgating recipes like duck gumbo and hot sauce in this handy cookbook, which he penned with good friend and radio producer Donna Britt.
Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life
Don’t let Martina McBride’s powerhouse pipes outshine her skills in the kitchen. The mother of three, who stars in her own cooking show, Martina’s Table, gives fans an inside look into her personal kitchen in Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life – her second cookbook to date. Featured dishes include a generous mix of traditional McBride family favorites such as fluff salad, health conscious meals and cheese-filled dishes.
Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s: Love, Laughter and Lots of Good Food
Dolly Parton has several talents, and fixing up a succulent spread is one of them. In this book, she showcases a huge collection of country recipes borrowed from her childhood, family members and places like Dollywood and Dixie Stampede. Be sure to try the Banana Pudding and Stone Soup!
The Tammy Wynette Southern Cookbook
If you’re looking for more than 250 simple, down-home recipes to satisfy your taste buds look no further than The Tammy Wynette Southern Cookbook. Wynette, who grew up on a sharecropper farm in Mississippi, adds a personal touch to her book with brief memories about her past. We recommend trying the Mississippi-Style Stuffed Bell Peppers and Cornmeal-Fried Potatoes.
Hank Williams Jr.
Hey, Good Cookin’
If you’re thinking about getting all of your rowdy friends together for dinner, you might want to take a few tips from Hank Williams Jr. After all, Bocephus knows a thing or two when it comes to get-togethers and good ol’ family traditions. His book includes recipes for venison, rabbit, possum, and other wild game. He also shares tips on hunting, cleaning, and cooking!
Who Says You Can’t Cook It All
Once you try one of Alan’s favorite entrees you’ll want more than just a “Little Bitty” bite. The country crooner, who pulled dishes from the kitchens of his mother, Ruth, and wife Denise, delights with over 60 recipes to tantalize your taste buds. Chicken pot pie and country-fried steak are among some of the fares featured in this creation.
You’re Cookin’ It Country: My Favorite Recipes and Memories
When you take a look at one of Loretta Lynn’s favorite meals on a plate, you know “You’re Lookin’ at Country.” The legendary singer and mother of six has had to put food on the table for her family for many years, and she shares just how she did it with these easy-to-follow recipes.