Review by Booklist Review
This offering of unpretentious American classics is served up in quintessential Snoop style. Frequent references to California's "herbal life" inform every recipe, including the wake-and-bake meat omelet and mochi muffins with pineapple and coconut, not to mention the entire Munchies chapter, which includes a selection of "Blazin' Jalapeño Poppers," honey walnut shrimp, Flamin' Hot Cheetos mac 'n' cheese bites, and air fryer pizza alfredo. Snoop's laid-back voice permeates the book, infusing introductions to recipes with references to Black and Asian American cultures, childhood anecdotes, and the Southern California lifestyle. Alluring photographs accessorized with candelabras and peacock feathers make main staples such as turkey meatloaf, BBQ ribs, and shrimp and grits glisten, promising to fulfill hearty cravings. Cocktails and desserts like sangria, the uber-boozy scorpion bowl, bourbon-infused purple "popsizzles," and grilled peaches and cream will definitely lighten--or enliven--summer backyard cookouts. The comfort food and drink offered here are approachable and will be attractive to fans of the rapper authors.
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Snoop Dogg (From Crook to Cook) returns with another flavor-packed recipe collection, this time written in collaboration with fellow Californian rapper and debut author Stevens, co-owner of Oakland's Lumpia Company restaurant. The duo showcase recipes inspired by the melting pot of cultures found in the Golden State, including air-fryer honey walnut shrimp, bacon cheeseburger lumpia (or Filipino fried spring rolls), and leche flan. They also share a handful of options ideal for feeding a crowd, such as burgers and "doggs," cajun-spiced potato chips, and smothered "chippin' and dippin' " fried chicken. Drinks, including guava mimosas and very boozy Beach City iced tea, and desserts, which range from Snickers pocket pastries to grilled peaches and cream, are equally enticing. Lively anecdotes give readers a peak into the artists' personal lives ("Cali culture has given the world a lot. West Coast rap, Hollywood, and--yeah, we're damn proud of it--wake-and-bake living. I love few things more than starting the day in a relaxed state of mind, enjoying that green the earth gave us," Dogg writes in his intro to the "wake-and-bake meat omelet"). While some of the recipes have a long cooking time (including's Uncle Reo's ribs with BBQ sauce), the steps are always simple to follow. Fans and newcomers alike will want to get cooking. (Nov.)
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