July 17, 2019
Questlove has always been somewhat of a foodie, and now he's combining the two things he loves most — music and food — in his first-ever cookbook.
Set for release on Oct. 15, "Mixtape Potluck Cookbook: A Dinner Party for Friends, Their Recipes, and The Songs They Inspire" features a foreword by Martha Stewart and recipes from more than 50 of the Philly musician's friends.
The idea of the cookbook is to highlight the connection between music and food by pairing every recipe from Questlove's friends with a song that matches their unique energies.
The Roots drummer posted about the book to his Instagram, "I mixed together my passion for music & food by bringing together over 50 of my pals – a mix of chefs, entertainers, artists, thought leaders & musicians – for the ultimate potluck party. They brought the recipes. I brought the music by pairing each personality what I think best reflects them."
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& here it is: book number 1,2,3,fo,FiF!!” My first cookbook (drumroll please!) #MixtapePotluck I mixed together my passion for music & food by bringing together over 50 of my pals– a mix of chefs, entertainers, artists, thought leaders & musicians – for the ultimate potluck party. They brought the recipes. I brought the music by pairing each personality with what I think best reflects them. Together we vibe with good food and music and highlight the beautiful synergies between the two. Special s/o to @MarthaStewart for the foreword, you could say she knows a little something about potlucks 🙃🙃🙃 Photography by @marcus.xoxo. Cover by @baronvonfancy and @jeanette_birdy. Out on Oct. 15th via @abramsbooks. Pre-order your copy today where books are sold. Link in Bio. #QuestLovesFood Special guest contributors include: #AmyPoehler Maya Rudolph @princesstagramslam Lilly Singh @iisuperwomanii Padma Lakshmi @padmalakshmi Zooey Deschanel @zooeydeschanel Janina Gavankar @janina Natalie Portman @natalieportman Fred Armisen @sordociego Flynn McGarry @diningwithflynn Marisa Tomei @MarisaTomei Tom Sachs @tomsachs Carla Hall @carlaphall Shep Gordon @supermenschshep Ardenia Brown @chefbutta1 Jessica Seinfeld @jessseinfeld Ashley Graham @ashleygraham Tariq Trotter @blackthought Gabrielle Union @gabunion Melody Eshani @melodyehsani Yvonne Orji @yvonneorji Kether Donohue @ketherdonohue Thelma Golden @thelmagolden Chris Fischer #ChrisFischer Jarobi White @jarobiwhite Dominique Ansel @dominiqueansel Q Tip @qtiptheabstract Jimmy Fallon @jimmyfallon Kwame Onwuachi @chefkwameonwuachi & so so so much more. Really had fun organizing this one! Info in LANK!
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Questlove's bandmate, Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, will have a recipe featured in the book, and according to the drummer he's quite the cook. In an interview with Forbes, Questlove claims the MC is "a better chef than he is an artist," noting he would choose Trotter's Thanksgiving dinner over any of his grandmothers' dinners.
The drummer taps Jimmy Fallon and some of late-night host's "Saturday Night Live" friends for the cookbook, as well, including Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph. The cookbook also has recipes from Natalie Portman, Q-Tip, Gabrielle Union, James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Dominque Ansel, and many others.
This isn't the Philadelphian's first foray into publishing. Questlove published the New York Times best seller "Creative Quest" in April 2018, and the nonfiction book, "something to food about: Exploring Creativity with America's Most Innovative Chefs" in 2016. The latter was nominated for a James Beard Award for Nonfiction in 2017.
The Philly musician also partnered with Impossible Meat this year to launch a plant-based Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Starting in Philly, the vegan cheesesteak is available at Citizen's Bank Park, The Met, and BB&T Pavilion, and its availability will expand across the U.S. to 40 venues this summer in a partnership with Live Nation.