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Mixtape Potluck Cookbook: A Dinner Party for Friends, Their Recipes, and the Songs They Inspire (Hardcover)
Music has long been my secret ingredient for cooking it sets the rhythm of chopping, energizes off-recipe spontaneity, and fuels the appetite. Why has it taken so long for someone to write a recipe book with a soundtrack?! I have no doubt that music and food lovers alike will be as inspired as I am by Questlove’s new cookbook! It truly revels in the connections between food, people, music, and a zest for life. Not only do you get a creative outlook on the relationship between music and food, you’ll also end up with some new treats and tunes to share with the ones you love. With all it has to offer, this really is more than a cookbook—it’s a celebration of life and culture.
“Mixtape Potluck never wavers from its earnest stated intent: to help readers plan the best possible dinner party.” —Eater “Thank you, Questlove, for this inspired book on a theme that is having a resurgence.” —Martha Stewart, from her foreword
What if Questlove threw a dinner party and everyone came? Questlove is best known for his achievements in the music world, but his interest in food runs a close second. He has hosted a series of renowned food salons and conversations with some of America’s most prominent chefs.
Now he is turning his hand to creating a cookbook. In Mixtape Potluck Cookbook, Questlove imagines the ultimate potluck dinner party, inviting more than 50 chefs, entertainers, and musicians and asking them to bring along their favorite recipes. These recipes are usually enough to feed a dozen or more. Here are:
Zooey Deschanel’s bok choy and cucumber salad
J. J. Johnson’s sticky ribs
Lilly Singh’s mother’s chicken curry
Éric Ripert’s salmon rillettes
Shep Gordon’s Maui onion and ginger soup
Natalie Portman’s Greek spinach pie, using a phyllo-like a pie crust
And dozens more!
He also pairs each cook with a song that he feels best captures their unique creative energy. The result is not only an accessible, entertaining cookbook, but also a collection of Questlove’s diverting musical commentaries and an illustration of the fascinating creative relationship between music and food.
With Questlove’s unique style of hosting dinner parties and his love of music, food, and entertaining, this book will give readers unexpected insights into the relationship between culture and food.
Note: The cover material for this book is meant to mimic the texture and tactile quality of tinfoil and is intentional.
About the Author
Questlove is an American drummer, DJ, producer, designer, culinary entrepreneur, music educator, and bestselling author of Music Is History (Abrams, 2021), Mixtape Potluck Cookbook (Abrams, 2019), Creative Quest (Ecco Press, 2018), and Mo’ Meta Blues (Grand Central, 2013), among other titles. He is also the cofounder of the Roots and the bandleader for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He lives in New York.
“Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Questlove’s Mixtape Potluck to add to your cookbook collection! It’s really one-of-a-kind and from my opinion as a cookbook lover, it’s kind of the one we have been waiting for.” — Drew Barrymore