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Esther O'Loughlin 10 Aug 2018 09:43am

Six of the weirdest celebrity cookbooks

Following the news that former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is releasing a cookbook for negotiators, we decided to explore some other famous faces that have tried their hand in the kitchen and for some reason wrote about it. From crab cakes with 2 Chainz to banana pudding with Dolly Parton

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Caption: 2 Chainz' gives advice on how to cook in a speeding tour bus

Gerry Adams – The Negotiators' Cook Book

When considering the outcomes of the 1998 peace process, delicious food is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, according to the former Sinn Féin leader, it played a notable part. Announcing the book, which will be published by Sinn Féin before Christmas, Adams said, “The British never fed us, they never had any food. But as intrepid Republicans and being blessed by one or two great cooks, these are the recipes that sustained the Irish negotiating team” in the lead-up to the Good Friday Agreement.

2 Chainz – #MealTime

A surprise bonus to the rapper’s album, #MeTime, was this little collection of 15 recipes that was released alongside it. Complete with instructions of which brands to wear and songs to play while cooking, #Mealtime is a snapshot of 2 Chainz’ favourite foods – both to cook on tour and at home. Most of the recipes are simple such as chicken masala or crab cakes – though a few of the instructions are less doable for the everyday cook – “Call Fergie, invite her to watch a movie on Netflix. Once she accepts, start making green beans.”

Miss Piggy – In the Kitchen With Miss Piggy

OK, so there is some debate about whether Miss Piggy is a celebrity or a character, but she would certainly argue the first. The book is described by the glamorous muppet as a collection of “fabulous recipes from my famous celebrity friends” and features contributions from stars including Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Ben and Jerry, Paul Newman, Glenn Close, Larry King, Whoopi Goldberg, John Travolta and of course Kermit the Frog.

JR and the WWF – Can you take the heat? The WWF is cooking!

Well-known World Wrestling Federation announcer, Jim “JR” Ross, brings us this collection of themed recipes. Released in 2000, each meal is connected to a then-current WWR champion, with everything from the Edges’ cocktail party meatballs to the Rock’s favourite cookies. While there is no way to know if the names in question actually submitted their acclaimed favourites, the recipes themselves are proven and sure to please.

Dolly Parton – Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s

As well as an international career as a singer, Parton has also made her mark in business, with a theme park, restaurants and a wide range of merchandise to her name. Her cookbook is jam-packed with over 125 recipes that the country icon has collected throughout her life; drawing inspiration everywhere from her mother and mother-in-law to gourmet meals she ate in restaurants around the world.

Stanley Tucci – The Tucci Table: Cooking With family and Friends

If you thought Tucci was convincing in the role of Julia Child’s foodie husband, it might be because he wasn’t pretending. At least, not about loving food. This is actually one of two cookery books by the actor. In it, he explores simple family recipes connected to his Italian roots (expect plenty of pasta and seafood) and those of his British wife (sausage rolls to die for). The collection of recipes aims to be something families can create and enjoy together.