11 Country Stars and Their Cookbooks

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1. Kitty Wells Country Kitchen Cookbook by Kitty Wells (1964)

The Queen of Country Music published three volumes of cookery over thirty years. In addition to down-home delights like 7-Up Poundcake (which contains a full can of the soda), she also offered Tex-Mex and Hawaiian recipes.

2. Cooking With Kenny Rogers by Kenny Rogers (1987)

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.

3. Mother Maybelle's Cookbook by June Carter Cash (1989)

Scripture Cake, Helen's Drunk Chicken, Mush – the secrets to these colorfully named dishes and more are all presented with love by Johnny Cash's wife, along with anecdotes about the first family of country song.

4. The Tammy Wynette Southern Cookbook by Tammy Wynette (1990)

Wynette grew up on a sharecropper farm with no electricity and learned how to cook over an open hearth. Here she shares flavorful – and fattening – family recipes such as Mississippi Stuffed Bell Pepper, Cornmeal Fried Potatoes, and Pineapple Banana Pudding.

5. Fit for a King: The Elvis Presley Cookbook by Elizabeth McKeon, Ralph Gevirtz, and Julie Bandy (1992)

Graceland's former cook Alvena Ray reveals the recipes that kept the King happy (and overweight). Peanut butter, bacon, and banana sandwiches topped the charts. Also, a glimpse inside Presley's pantry reveals items such as a case of Pepsi, fudge cookies, and a hefty supply of Doublemint and Juicy Fruit gum.

6. Naomi's Home Companion: A Treasury of Favorite Recipes, Food for Thought, and Country Wit and Wisdom by Naomi Judd (1997)

Life as a single mom and touring musician gave Judd a no-nonsense, healthy approach to cooking, which she shares in 75 recipes, ranging from flank steak with spinach to deviled eggs.

7. Hey Good Cookin' by Hank Williams, Jr. (2002)

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.

8. You're Cookin' It Country by Loretta Lynn (2004)

The Coal Miner's Daughter offers backwoods-style recipes (Kentucky Frog Legs and Hominy Grits), plenty of desserts (Gooey Cake and Lemon Whippersnappers), and tales of her rustic childhood. When Loretta baked some bread for Jack and Meg from the White Stripes, Jack said, "That's the best bread I've ever eaten in my life."

9. Dolly's Dixie Fixin's: Love, Laughter and Lots of Good Food by Dolly Parton (2006)

"I cook like an old mountain woman," says Parton in her book, which contains 125 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."

10. Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen by Trisha Yearwood (2008)

A family affair, Yearwood collaborated with her mom and sister on this book of family recipes with down-home faves like Pimento Cheese Spread and Hashbrown Casserole. She also lets fans in on how to recreate the cake she made for her wedding to Garth Brooks. In 2010, Yearwood published a follow-up book, Home Cooking.

11. ZBB Southern Ground Cook Book by Zac Brown (2010)

"Country Fried," the title of the country jam band leader's first single in 2003, was a tip-off that he takes his food seriously. His cookbook contains poems, stories, and recipes that echo his music – earthy and soulful. Serve up everything from Farmer's Fried Green Tomatoes to Perfect Pocketknife Coleslaw.

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