Hello, lovely friends! Welcome back to another Saturday’s Kitchen, where I share with you some cookbooks and recipes from our Saturday cooking adventures. Today I’m going to talk about a cookbook I purchased for my 18-year-old son for Christmas. We’ve made some delicious recipes from this book and you can read my review of the book and see our recipe results below.
From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes From Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen
by Snoop Dogg
My son has developed an interest in cooking and we thought this cookbook would be perfect for him. We’re all Snoop Dogg fans and after flipping through and browsing some of the recipes, it almost seemed like it would make a good gag gift with the humerous titles, but these recipes are legit! The book is packed with tons of recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but so much more including drinks, desserts, special occasion recipes, favorite snacks, and even a few of Snoop Dogg’s favorite restaurants.
We started with a few dinner recipes. First up was ‘Dirty South Gumbo’ which turned out perfect. You basically sear the chicken, move onto the roux, and then add everything in as you go. Have rice cooking on the side to serve it with when it’s done.
We decided after making this that it might be better as a weekend recipe with the time it took. Regardless, this recipe was delicious and loaded with flavor which totally made up for the added time it took.
Next we tried the ‘Yardie Yardbird’ which was such a simple recipe. I thought this was a perfect weeknight meal because it’s a quick marinated and then baked chicken served with rice or noodles. We served it with rice and heard no complaints!!
We had to try Snoop’s ‘Spaghetti de la Hood’ because the picture in the book was so enticing, and we’re hardcore spaghetti fanatics–eating it at least 3-4 times per month.
This is a nice basic spaghetti with meatballs recipe, but there were a few things I personally didn’t like about it. I’m used to baking my meatballs rather than frying…
The meat mixture almost seemed dry, but they turned out really good.
The sauce didn’t have loads of flavor. Our family is used to having some Italian spices in the sauce like oregano and marjoram, plus some added spice from cayenne pepper. This recipe only called for a bay leaf, but it was still really good.
Everyone really enjoyed it and I think this is one my son will want to make again in the future. It really isn’t hard to modify the recipe and add in the spices you want for your perfect sauce.
One of the desserts we tried were the ‘Rolls Royce PB-Chocolate Chip Cookies.’ Now I’ll be honest, my son hate’s peanut butter, but he devoured these!
I thought for sure after we mixed the cookie dough that the dough was way too sticky, but the texture turned out to be perfect. They baked up beautifully and the house smelled divine. It was very hard for me not to eat these, but I didn’t cave. I could tell just by the way they looked and how the kids were snatching them right off the counter that they were soft and delicious.
I couldn’t pass up trying Snoop Dogg’s green smoothie. It looked similar to what we call ‘The Green Monster’ but he titles his ‘Tha Smoovie.’ The ingredient ratio seemed different, but we went for it.
Two cups of water with zero frozen ingredients seems like it would be a juice recipe and we like our smoothies thick, so I added 1 cup less water and added in some ice as well. It tasted good and it’s an easy fix to just add in ice or extra ingredients to make it thicker.
Overall, this is a really good cookbook fo shizzle! We’re having a lot of fun with it. The recipe titles are catchy and there’s some interesting reading in between. Every recipe has a story and it’s a plus getting to know a little more about Snoop Dogg and his food preferences. It definitely has some nice personal touches.
YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT–Thanksgiving is one of the most important cooking days of the year. It’s real important that you have a great chef in the kitchen on T-Day. I’m talking about your momma, your auntie…someone who knows just how much cheese to put in that macaroni, or who makes the perfect gravy to cover your whole plate. I just so happen to have learned all the greatest Broadus family recipes from my grandmas, cousins, you name it. Some of these recipes weren’t easy to come by–you know the family ain’t trying to give up their secrets! Well, I struggled to get ’em so you don’t have to. Your turkey will never be dry and your sides will never be flavorless if you follow Tha Dogg’s lead!
We like the format and the majority of the recipes aren’t too fancy or difficult, in fact, most are perfect for beginners. Some of the ‘OG Munchies’ in the book are many of my favorite snacks from childhood so, there’s even some nostalgia here for me from the ‘Lucky Charms’ to the ‘Fried Bologna Sandwich.’ The photography is stunning and our only complaint is that every meal recipe doesn’t have a photo, but this seems to be quite common in nearly every cookbook I’ve read.
This turned out to be a good purchase. We rate this one 4.5-stars and we’re happy to have it in our kitchen.
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 23, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452179611
- ISBN-13: 978-1452179612
About the author:
Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., better known by his stage name Snoop Dogg (previously Snoop Doggy Dogg), is a Grammy Award-nominated American rapper, singer, record producer, and actor. Snoop is best known as an MC in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one of producer Dr. Dre’s most notable protégés. His catch phrase is “-izzle,” a slang term developed by Oakland, California rap group 3X Krazy in the mid-1990s and popularized primarily by fellow Bay Area rapper E-40.
His mother nicknamed him “Snoopy” as a child because of the way he dressed and because of his love of the cartoon Peanuts; he took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg when he began recording. He changed his name to Snoop Dogg in 1998, when he left his original record label Death Row Records and signed with No Limit Records. – Goodreads
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