The Truth About Snoop Dogg's Cookbook

There is no doubt that Snoop Dogg is by far one of the most important cultural icons of our lifetime. His impressive artistic career, which has thrived for the past 30 years since he was discovered in the early '90s (via Biography), has forever altered the cultural landscape we've come to know and love. As a foundational pillar of West Coast hip-hop, Snoop has not only sold millions of albums, but he's also gone on to add numerous additional titles to his already long list of accomplishments. 

Rapper, football coach, and entrepreneur in the cannabis industry (via The Guardian) and in the world of boxing (via L.A. Times) are all valid titles, but one title still seems to hold some shock value over the rest — chef. If that's not shocking enough, the famed "Gin and Juice" rapper has joined the many other non-chef-related celebrities who authored a cookbook. That's right, Snoop has his own cookbook.

No, not that kind of cookbook, surprisingly enough, the rapper, or shall we say chef, only shares recipes of non-cannabis related dishes like "Biscuits with Tha Thickness Gravy," "Not Ya Mama's Corn Muffins," and "Mile-High Omelet." But what's so special about his cookbook? Unfortunately, not much.

Snoop Dogg's road from rapper to chef

While the appearances on Martha Stewart's show Martha in 2008 served as entertainment gold and laid down the eventual framework for the duo's show Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party in 2016 on VH1, which hosted a number of celebrities such as Matthew McConaughey and Tiffany Haddish and received amazing reviews, it didn't really do much for Snoop's "chef" reputation. However, this is when Snoop decided to launch his cookbook, From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen in 2018.

With the help of an expert to review Snoop's recipes, Vice concluded the cookbook is nothing out of the ordinary. Lacking in quality and authenticity, it's easy to see that his recipes were not exactly penned by the rapper himself, but instead were written by someone else. 

It's safe to say that if you're looking to improve your cooking skills or try a unique recipe, From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen is not the best place to start. Sadly, you'll have to keep looking. But if you decide to try it out, at least there's a laugh in it for you with all the amusing names Snoop Dogg dubbed long-standing traditional dishes.