Creating a cookbook seems natural when you imagine some country stars, like June Carter Cash or Trisha Yearwood. But who would have guessed Hank Williams, Jr. decided to share his hunting and possum secrets? Below you’ll find some of the best and surprising country singer cookbooks you need to try, released by country singers new and old alike.
10. Cooking With Kenny Rogers – Kenny Rogers, 1987
Kenny Rogers partnered with Dole to create this spiral-bound cookbook in the 1980s. Every recipe has a Dole ingredient in it. Take it as a challenge to find something Dole in the grocery to make a recipe the crooner would love.
9. Mother Maybelle’s Cookbook – June Carter Cash, 1989
This cookbook is filled with family anecdotes about growing up in Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains alongside some of June’s family and favorite recipes. Her singing sisters Anita and Helen Carter, and family friend Peggy Knight, also joined in.
8. The Tammy Wynette Southern Cookbook – Tammy Wynette, 1990
This cookbook is full of Southern staples with Wynette family twists. It also includes memories about cooking the recipes with her family and friends, including cornmeal-fried potatoes and sweet potato casserole.
7. Fit For a King: The Elvis Presley Cookbook – Elvis Presley, 1992
This cookbook honors Elvis’ love of traditional Southern cuisine, including many recipes from his longtime cook Alvena Roy. Menus of meals that were served at Graceland and for Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding reception are also included.
6. Hey Good Cookin’ – Hank Williams, Jr., 2002
For any Hank Jr. fan, this is spiral-bound gold. The infamous singer shares tips of hunting, cleaning and living. The recipes include how to cook a wide variety of wild critters, even possum.
5. You’re Cookin’ It Country – Loretta Lynn, 2004
Loretta Lynn published a cookbook of 129 of her favorite recipes along with 25 stories, including one on entertaining Jack White of the White Stripes.
4. Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s: Love, Laughter and Lots of Good Food – Dolly Parton, 2006
Dolly’s cookbook features over 100 recipes collected from her childhood, family members, Dollywood, Dixie Stampede and her travels. Readers will also enjoy pictures of Dolly’s family, friends and her performances mingled in the pages, as well as discussions of her childhood and musical career.
3. Around the Opry Table: A Feast of Recipes and Stories from the Grand Ole Opry – Kay West, 2007
Country music and country cooking collide in the official cookbook of the Grand Ole Opry and its members. Recipes of country music legends past and present are featured, as well as the stories behind them.
2. Around the Table: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year – Martina McBride, 2014
Written by Martina McBride, the cookbook highlights stories about her home and her kitchen, as well as her family’s favorite traditions. Recipes and menus are both included in the collection.
1. Trisha’s Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life – Trisha Yearwood, 2015
Trisha’s latest cookbook is her third and features some of her best recipes on the lighter side. She also has a popular show on Food Network, “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen”, highlighting her best recipes, as well.