"From the time I was a little girl, I knew there were two things in this
world I was born to do: sing and cook. I've spent my life developing my voice
and my recipes, and to tell you the truth, I'm hard pressed to say where I'm
happiest--in concert or in the kitchen, making music or making meals."
For Patti, cooking is about love. Taught by the great Southern cooks in her
family--her mother, father, and aunts Hattie Mae and Joshia Mae--Patti LaBelle
has kept these family heirlooms close to her heart. But now, she invites you
into her kitchen and serves up more than 100 of her favorite recipes, from
treasured down-home favorites--Say-My-Name Smothered Chicken and Gravy, Fierce
Fried Corn, and Aunt Hattie's Scrumptious Sweet Tater Bread--to
good-enough-for-dinner-parties dishes--Shrimp Etouffée, Roast Leg of Lamb with
Rosemary-Lemon Rub, and Aunt Mary's Philadelphia Buttercake.
Wherever Patti goes, so do her electric frying pans and bottles of hot sauce.
After her raise-the-roof shows, she often goes back to her hotel room and whips
up a meal for her band or celebrity visitors. When she's home--at holiday time
and at family gatherings--or just after one of her sold-out concert tours, Patti
likes nothing more than to head for her kitchen and cook her Geechee Geechee Ya
Ya Gumbo, Pass-It-On Pot Roast, or Burnin' Babyback Ribs. And like her
bestselling memoir, Don't Block the Blessings, her accompanying personal
reminiscences will fill your heart just as her recipes will fill your stomach.
Patti LaBelle's LaBelle Cuisine has the recipes you'll want to cook, eat, and
share with friends. Filled with the legendary diva's favorite dishes and
step-by-step instructions on how to prepare them, LaBelle Cuisine makes you feel
like Patti's in the kitchen with you, demonstrating the recipes and techniques
that can turn anybody into a fabulous cook.
Recipes to Sing About
by Patti Labelle
Publisher: Broadway Books (Random House)
Publication Date: 1999
Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Book Type: New