lifestyle | 12.03.2018

Review: Snoop Dogg's Cookbook "From Crook to Cook"

Sam Anthony


Everybody loves Snoop Dogg. He grew up on the tough, rough-and-tumble streets of Compton in Los Angeles, famously joined the hip-hop group N.W.A with friends Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, and then made some of his best music as a solo artist. He’s even produced a reggae album under the moniker Snoop Lion (which we actually quite enjoyed).

Now, in his third act, America’s favorite weed-smoking celebrity is instructing us about how to cook - weed or no weed.

Snoop keeps it G' on the low key

“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?” said Snoop Dogg recently to the Independent.

The new cookbook follows the release of Snoop Dogg’s recent appearance on a VH1 cooking show, as well as a longstanding with Martha Stewart and her show, turning him into something of a “celebrity chef."

What’s in From Crook to Cook?

From Crook to Cook (full title: From Cook to Crook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen) contains the following:

More than 50 recipes, from classics like chicken and waffles, high-end dishes like filet mignon, and even some of Snoop’s favorite munchies for a quicker, easier snack.

Playlists in each chapter to accompany your cooking so that you can set the mood and get it blazin’ up in that kitchen while you work.

Snoop’s personal recipe for "Gin and Juice," modeled, of course, on his hit song of the same name.

Is this cookbook worth the buy?

We'll be honest: The actual dishes that come from this cookbook are good, but that's not really saying much. So are the dishes in most published cookbooks.

The real reason we recommend this cookbook is fairly simple: Snoop Dogg himself. The rapper is not only hilarious in his descriptions - you won’t believe the kind of things he adds while instructing you on how to make “billionaire bacon” or “baby got back ribs,” adding a dose of personality often absent from professional kitchens - but it's also a joy to read his story and cook the dishes he loves personally. The music he suggests as a pairing is a welcome piece as well: The man knows his music.

And, at the end of the day, there is no other cookbook quite like it, making it a unique addition - either for yourself or as a gift for someone else this holiday season - to add to the shelf. 

You can find it on Amazon.

Cannabis cookbook in the future?

Unfortunately, however, none of the recipes have cannabis in them (Snoop wanted this cookbook to be taken seriously as a food bible, not just perpetuate his reputation as a cannabis enthusiast), but we can certainly hope that one is on the way - especially as cannabis becomes more accepted in America.

I.e. if there are high-end recipes for rum cake, or bourbon BBQ sauce, completely normalized in society, why not recipes that utilize the unique properties of marijuana as well?

Just a thought.

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