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Cookin’ With Coolio and 25 Other Unlikely Celebrity Cookbooks

I recently took a trip to Atlanta, and was lucky enough to stumble across word of Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles restaurant. We went, we ate (fried chicken! waffles! macaroni and cheese! collard greens! etc.) and it was glorious. One of my true disappointments in life thus far is that we were too full to try the sweet potato cheesecake.

While we were there, we heard tell of a Gladys Knight cookbook, as well. But why, I wondered, would a singer have a cookbook? Who cares what a musician eats for dinner? Well, as it turns out, a lot of people do. Celebrity has sway.

If you’re wondering what to take to your next potluck, why not ask a likely expert, like Patricia Cornwell, Dolly Parton or Vincent Price? Wait. What?

Yes, it’s true, all of those people have written cookbooks. There are plenty of weird celebrity cookbooks. It seems cookbooks allow for a broad bandwagon, and all kinds of celebrities are jumping aboard to publish their own tasty tomes. And while some might clearly be appealing for the novelty, others sound legitimately delicious. Maya Angelou’s California Green Chile and Cheese Pie, for instance, or Sheryl Crow’s Fried Green Tomato BLT. From Cookin’ With Will Rogers, to Cooking with Kenny Rogers, enjoy this list of cookbooks from the unlikeliest celebrities.

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