It all started when I saw that Coolio had published a cookbook. The rapper Coolio? Coolio Gangsta’s Paradise Coolio? Yes, that Coolio (is there another?!) has written a cookbook. So, I started wondering… Are there any other unlikely celebrity cookbook chefs out there? Turns out, there are!
The book that got this whole post started. Apparently Coolio has been cooking longer than he has been rapping. He started making 30-minute meals when he was just 10 years old. What can you expect from Cookin’ with Coolio? Inside this cookbook you can find a lot of Ghetto Gourmet recipes with a healthy twist, such as “Finger-Lickin’, Rib-Stickin’, Fall-Off-The-Bone-and-into-Your-Mouth Chicken”. As well as delicious comfort food recipes, you will also find a lot of funny in this cookbook. Just look at what some of the chapters are called: “How to Become a Kitchen Pimp”, “Appetizers for That Ass”, and “It’s Hard Out Here for a Shrimp”.
Władziu Valentino Liberace, mostly known as just Liberace, was the highest-paid entertainer in the world from the 1950s to the 1970s. Last year’s HBO movie Behind the Candelabra with Michael Douglas as Liberace focussed on the flamboyant pianist’s secret gay love life, which had people’s tongues wagging throughout his career (and after). Liberace’s love for cooking is lesser known. His opulent Hollywood mansion featured 7 different dining rooms, each with its own purpose. There was a regular dining room of course, but there were also dining rooms for buffets, cookouts, midnight suppers, banquets, TV, and DIY dining in the kitchen. What did Mr. Showmanship serve his guests? Tasty dishes like “Braised Oxtails”, “Squid Casserole”, and “Beef Stroganoff” apparently. This cookbook is not widely available anymore, but signed copies are often available on sites like Amazon.
Dom DeLuise – Eat This…
It’ll Make You Feel Better
American actor Dom DeLuise was mostly known for the many comedy films and TV shows he was in. He often appeared in Mel Brooks’ films, such as “Blazing Saddles”, “History of the World”, and “Spaceballs”. But Dom was more than an actor and a comedian; he also was a great chef! Dom didn’t publish just one cookbook, but he published two! In both his cookbooks, you can find delicious Italian recipes from Dom, his family and his famous friends.
English singer-songwriter and 80s pop icon Boy George was the lead singer of Culture Club, a Grammy and Brit Award winning pop band. But being an androgynous pop singer from the 80s is not the only thing Boy George is famous for. His problems with drugs and subsequently the law overshadowed his singing career for a long time. He was even sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment for assault and false imprisonment in 2009. But despite all of his legal problems, Boy George did manage to publish a cookbook in 2001. Inside the book you will find dozens of macrobiotic recipes to boost your immune system and to please your taste buds, such as “Creamy Carrot Soup” and “Watercress and Shiitake Salad”.
When I was a kid, Roald Dahl was one of my favourite writers. I spent hours upon hours reading his books, over and over again. “Matilda”, “The Witches”, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” were my absolute favourites. I was surprised to see that he had also written a cookbook. Roald Dahl’s Cookbook was written by Roald and his wife Felicity “Liccy” Dahl, during the last year of the author’s life. It includes hundreds of recipes, as well as photos, illustrations by Quentin Blake, and (naturally) wonderful stories and anecdotes from the Dahl family. All the royalties from this lovely cookbook go to the Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which helps thousands of seriously ill children every year.
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