[#UBLists]: 8 Cookbooks by Black Celebs to Keep in the Kitchen

Here at Urban Bookish we like to feature all books written by Black authors. That includes cookbooks too!

Rapper Snoop Dogg, just released a new cookbook in October. We decided to compile a list of 10 Cookbooks, new and old, written by Black Celebrities. From actors to singers, our faves share some of their favorite family and personal recipes.

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Just in time for the holidays, check out our full list below, and grab a copy for your kitchen collection. Be sure to visit our collection of Cookbooks by Black Celebs on our Urban Bookish Amazon page.

From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen By Snoop Dogg


Rapper Snoop Dogg already has a cooking show on Vh1 with Martha Stewart. Snoop just released a cookbook this month highlighting some of his cooking skills and some of his best recipes.

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Recipe book that delivers 50 recipes straight from Snoop’s own collection: Snoop’s cookbook features OG staples like Baked Mac & Cheese and Fried Bologna Sandwiches with Chips, and new takes on classic weeknight faves like Soft Flour Tacos and Easy Orange Chicken. And it don’t stop…Snoop’s giving a taste of the high life with remixes on upper echelon fare such as Lobster Thermidor and Filet Mignon. But we gotta keep it G with those favorite munchies too, ya know? From chewy Starbursts to those glorious Frito BBQ Twists, you should have an arsenal of snacks that’ll satisfy. And of course, no party is complete without that Gin and Juice and other platinum ways to entertain.

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Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration By Carla Hall

TV chef, Carla Hall, has just released her third cookbook. Carla was a fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef, and is also one of the co-hosts on ABC’s The Chew. Her cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration, is full of recipes you’ll want try for dinner and holidays.

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In Carla Hall’s Soul Food, the beloved chef and television celebrity takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine and traces soul food’s history from Africa and the Caribbean to the American South.

With Carla Hall’s Soul Food, you can indulge in rich celebration foods, such as deviled eggs, buttermilk biscuits, Carla’s famous take on Nashville hot fried chicken, and a decadent coconut cream layer cake.

Featuring 145 original recipes, 120 color photographs, and a whole lotta love, Carla Hall’s Soul Food is a wonderful blend of the modern and the traditional—honoring soul food’s heritage and personalizing it with Carla’s signature fresh style. The result is an irresistible and open-hearted collection of recipes and stories that share love and joy, identity, and memory.

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The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well By Ayesha Curry


Ayesha Curry, wife of NBA superstar Stephen Curry, has been making moves in the culinary world. She has a restaurant, a cooking show, cookware line, and to top it off, a bestselling cookbook.

A cookbook from Ayesha Curry, featuring 100 recipes is a great find to add to your kitchen bookshelf.

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In The Seasoned Life Ayesha Curry shares 100 of her favorite recipes and invites readers into the home she has made with her two daughters and her husband Stephen Curry. Ayesha knows firsthand what it is like to be a busy mom and wife, and she knows that for her family, time in the kitchen and around the table is where that balance begins.

This book has something for everybody. The simple, delicious recipes include Cast Iron Biscuits, Smoked Salmon Scramble, Homemade Granola, Mom’s Chicken Soup, Stephen’s 5 Ingredient Pasta, and plenty of recipes that get the whole family involved — even the little ones!

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The Family Table: Recipes and Moments from a Nomadic Life, Smollett Siblings

The Family Table: Recipes and Moments from a Nomadic Life by [Smollett-Warwell, Jazz, Smollett, Jake, Smollett-Bell, Jurnee, Smollett, Jussie]

On top of the family cooking show on The Food Network, the Smollett Siblings, have combined their family recipes for a cookbook. Check out this cookbook from siblings, Jaz, Jurnee, Jake, and Empire star Jussie Smollett.

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Before actors and Food Network stars Jazz, Jake, Jurnee, and Jussie Smollett conquered Hollywood, they spent their childhood crisscrossing the United States. Moving coast to coast thirteen times, they car-tripped to small towns and big cities across America.

But no matter where they lived, two things remained constant: their incredible family feasts and the long, wooden kitchen table where they shared food and lived their lives. With a mother from New Orleans and a Jewish father from New York who met and married in California, the Smollett kids were exposed to diverse culinary heritages and grew up open to all the deliciousness the world had to offer.

In this warm and personal book, the Smolletts invite us all to take a seat at their table and enjoy the good times and good food that help families thrive. The Family Table includes more than 130 delicious, comforting recipes that pay tribute to their past and present. These favorite recipes from the Smolletts are suitable for intimate dinners and fabulous feasts alike, but more than that, The Family Table is a remarkable portrait of a loving, all-American family, rich with traditions that they continue to build to this day.

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Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours! By Laila Ali

Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours! by [Ali, Laila]

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Four-time undefeated boxing world champion, cooking personality, and passionate health advocate, Laila Ali’s Food For Life features over 100 sassy recipes that will help you “swap it out.”

In Laila’s kitchen, nutrition is King, but flavor is Queen! In her debut cookbook, Laila shows you how to make knockout meals in ways that work with your busy and demanding life, so you can eat healthy, delicious food without feeling hungry!

Food for Life shares more than 100 of Laila’s favorite recipes. Whether you’re new to cooking, busy feeding a family, or ready to eat healthier, Food for Life will be your guidebook!

In Food for Life, you’ll find real-life recipes to bring simple, healthy, hearty, and satisfying food to the table.

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Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You By Tia Mowry

Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You by [Mowry, Tia]

On a healthier note, actress Tia Mowry has a cookbook full of healthy meal options.

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From the star of the Cooking Channel’s Tia Mowry at Home comes a timely clean-eating cookbook that will change the way you think about what you eat and jump-start your journey to a healthier, more gorgeous you.

When actress Tia Mowry landed her breakthrough role on the sitcom Sister, Sister, she swapped home-cooked meals for catering spreads. But her teen-dream diet of candies and carbs turned into a nightmare when she developed endometriosis, a painful disease that affects one in ten women worldwide. Two years and two surgeries later, some surprising advice from her doctor inspired Tia to radically change one of the most basic elements of her life: her diet. After ditching the dairy and the refined sugars and processed foods, Tia’s pain receded drastically. What’s more, her migraines stopped, her skin cleared up, and she was finally able to get pregnant. Drawing on the latest research on whole plant foods, inflammation, and gut flora, Whole New You chronicles Tia’s journey to wellness and provides all the resources you need to feel better.

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Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook: Delicious Meals, Made with Whole Organic Ingredients from the Marley Kitchen By Bob Marley

Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook: Delicious Meals Made With Whole, Organic Ingredients from the Marley Kitchen by [Marley, Ziggy]

Ziggy Marley has a cookbook with his family. Get into clean eating with his family recipes.

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Eight-time Grammy winner, author, philanthropist, and reggae icon Ziggy Marley’s first cookbook, Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook: Delicious Meals Made with Whole, Organic Ingredients from the Marley Kitchen, is inspired by the Jamaican meals Ziggy enjoyed while growing up–with an updated healthy spin. Ziggy was raised with both traditional Jamaican food and the more natural “ital” food of his family’s Rastafari culture. The cookbook, including fifty-four recipes, features contributions from family members including Ziggy’s wife Orly, sister Karen, and daughter Judah, as well as several renowned chefs.

Many of the recipes are vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free, from delicious and savory egg dishes, to healthy, nourishing juices, soups, and salads, to classic Jerk Chicken and fish recipes. The Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook brings new organic and nutritious recipes to kitchens around the world, intended to promote healthy living with a touch of culture, comfort, and love.

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My Life on a Plate: Recipes From Around the World By Kelis

Rounding out our list is singer Kelis, with her cookbook, My Life On a Plate: Recipes From Around the World.

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My Life on a Plate tells Kelis’ personal story through the food she creates. Her style has been molded by her culture, her travels, and all the people she met along the way. This book is a collection of her favorite recipes.

Kelis’ love affair with food started as a child. A native New Yorker, her mother worked as a chef in her own catering business, run out of their home in Harlem. Driven by the speed and the intensity in the kitchen, Kelis’ passion behind watching her mother cook inspired her to roll up her sleeves. Every detail was clear and defined: Red lips, red nails, perfume, earrings and a military demeanour she felt in the presence of a master while watching her mother work.

At age 17, Kelis signed her first recording contract and began to travel the world. She discovered local outdoor markets and tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurants and considered them the hidden treasures of her journeys. After 10 years in the music business, Kelis decided to attend Le Cordon Bleu. Attending the famous cooking school gave Kelis the confidence to call herself a chef and to write her first cookbook. My Life on a Plate tells Kelis’ personal story through the food she creates. Her style has been moulded by her culture, her travels, and all the people she met along the way. This book is a collection of her favourite recipes. It features a mix of foods from her Puerto Rican heritage, such as Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork Shoulder), Arroz con Gandules, and Shrimp Alcapurias along with dishes she created after discovering them on her travels around the world such as Malay Curry Chicken and Swedish Meatballs.

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