Snoop Dogg: Lifestyle Guru?
Grow Talk by Sofy Robertson
I love a good cook book; who doesn’t? Jamie Oliver ranks pretty highly on my kitchen shelf along with a few other well-known chefs. So far, I don’t have any celebrity cook books. Will Snoop Dogg’s Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from the Dogg’s Kitchen be the first?
On the name alone, probably, yes. Due to hit shelves towards the end of October, Snoop’s premier cook book is already creating quite a buzz. Along with his cook book, Snoop is taking his semi-autobiographical musical Redemption of a Dogg on the road. Lifestyle seems to be his new business.
So what kind of a cook book would Snoop produce? you may well be asking yourselves. Well, it turns out to be a fairly good ‘everyday’ cook book. In Snoop’s own words:
“My tastes have evolved over the years. But while I’ve learned how to get down with that top-notch luxury cuisine, I’m still prone to keep it way hood with some of those LBC [Long Beach, California] classics.” (Quartzy)
Crook to Cook features a range of homely recipes, including mac and cheese, fried bologna sandwiches and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. All sounds pretty tasty so far.
Like Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients, which is probably the most-used book on my shelf, Snoop’s recipes are fairly unfussy and require a modest store cupboard of ingredients. The book seems to promote a healthy, balanced attitude towards food and wellness in general. You can find treats for occasions as well as tips for healthy day-time snacking. And, of course, Snoop’s staple Gin and Juice gets a special mention.
Aside from Gin and Juice, Snoop is well-known for his love of a smoke. Surprisingly, his debut book is notably cannabis free although there are plans in the pipework for a series of marijuana-themed books in 2020.
For those of us who have been following Snoop’s transition into the world of gastronomy, we know this cook book isn’t his first foray. He currently presents Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party with renowned lifestyle guru, Martha Stewart. She even wrote the introduction for his book.
So why buy Snoop’s cook book over the hordes of celebrity offerings out there? Well, I’ll let Snoop promote it, because his words are arguably better than any critics’:
“You know it’s blazin’ up in my kitchen. I’m takin’ the cookbook game higher with a dipped and whipped collection of my favourite recipes, ya dig?” (Sky News)