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Paul McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow & More Musicians’ Cookbooks (Photos)

Former Beatle Paul McCartney will soon be releasing his first cookbook. See more musicians’ kitchen lit.

Former Beatle and newly remarried Paul McCartney has another new venture on his hands—a vegetarian cookbook called The Meat Free Monday. From Sheryl Crow to Coolio, see more celebrities who took their talents from the studio into the kitchen with their own cookbooks.

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Paul McCartney

The Meat Free Monday Cookbook: A Full Menu for Every Monday of the Year

Paul McCartney has had a busy few weeks. Not only did he just get married, but he’s coming out with his first cookbook, The Meat Free Monday Cookbook, and his ballet, Ocean’s Kingdom, just opened. Two years ago, the former Beatle and his daughters launched a Meat Free Monday campaign in an effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and raise awareness about climate change. His venture into the cookbook market, which includes celebrity recipe ideas from the likes of Kevin Spacey and Twiggy, is now available in the U.K. and will be released in the U.S. in February.

Noteworthy Recipe: Kevin Spacey’s Lentil Stew with Pan-Fried Halloumi and Pomegranate

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Gwyneth Paltrow

My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness

Last April, the already-versatile Gwyneth Paltrow added cookbook author to her impressive list of accomplishments (singer, ambassador, lifestyle guru and philanthropist). In My Father’s Daughter, filled with healthy low-sugar, nutritious meals, Paltrow wrote about cooking as the main passion in her life. She credited her late father with her love of cooking: “I can still hear [my father] over my shoulder, heckling me, telling me to be careful with my knife, moaning with pleasure over a bite of something in the way only a Jew from Long Island can, his shoulders doing most of the talking.”

Noteworthy Recipe: Duck and Rosemary Burgers with Plum Ketchup

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Coolio

Cookin' With Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price

If you’re an aspiring “ghetto gourmet” or “kitchen pimp,” Coolio’s hilarious 2009 cookbook, Cookin' With Coolio, is the guide for you. The “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper even offers some advice for dinner parties: “Seriously, if someone don't like this appetizer, you gotta grab they scruffy ass by the back of their neck and throw them out on the lawn. I can't help people like that.” The rapper also aired webisodes offering viewers a glimpse into his cooking process, and, inexplicably, dancing girls.

Noteworthy Recipe: Pimp My Shrimp

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Sheryl Crow

If It Makes You Healthy: More Than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Seasons

After swearing to eat healthier during her battle with breast cancer, singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow teamed up with her personal chef, Chuck White, to, as she said, “help people achieve a healthier and happier way of eating and living.” If It Makes You Healthy, which was released in March 2011 and plays on her 1996 hit “If It Makes You Happy,” is all about working with the freshest ingredients possible by tailoring meals to the seasons.

Noteworthy Recipe: Chocolate-Avocado Mousse Martinis

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Dolly Parton

Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s: Love, Laughter and Lots of Good Food

The queen of country music, Dolly Parton, continued in the vein of her literacy program and previous authorship when she came out with her country-style cookbook in 2006, Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s. Parton, who already owns a string of restaurants (with nightly live shows) in the South, wrote: “We really just want food that is lovingly made and joyfully served up.” She also noted that many of her recipes were passed down from her mother.

Noteworthy Recipe: Green Tomato Cake

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Ted Nugent

Kill It & Grill It: A Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish

Not many cookbooks show a smiling couple holding a rifle and butcher knife on the cover, making Ted Nugent quite the pioneer. The rock guitarist is famous for his support of hunting and the right to bear arms. He also owns a ranch where he guides visitors on hunts. Nugent’s 2002 book, Kill It & Grill It, is chock full of tips for the average chef, like, “Bear should be cooked slightly more, but don’t cook bear to the core.”

Noteworthy Recipe: Anything from the chapter entitled, “Sexfried Fishslab”

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Patti LaBelle

LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About

Want to try the same meals Mick Jagger, Oprah, and Elton John? Then you can whip up some of songstress Patti LaBelle’s flamboyantly named Luscious Liver and Onions or Over the Rainbow Macaroni and Cheese from her 1999 cookbook, LaBelle Cuisine. “From the time I was a little girl, I knew there were two things in the world I wanted to do: sing and cook,” the R&B singer wrote. She went on to release Patti LaBelle's Lite Cuisine and Recipes for the Good Life.

Noteworthy Recipe: Aunt Hattie's Scrumptious Sweet Potato Bread

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Gloria Estefan

Estefan Kitchen

In 2008, Cuban-American music legends Gloria and Emilio Estefan brought a little Latin spice into kitchens across the country with their cookbook, Estefan Kitchen. The Estefans were overqualified for the venture compared to other celebrities-turned-cookbook authors. Gloria comes from a line of chefs and the power couple owns the Cuban-themed Bongos Cuban Café, which has nine locations throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

Noteworthy Recipe: Cuban-Mojo Marinated Shredded Chicken

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Frank and Barbara Sinatra

The Sinatra Celebrity Cookbook: Barbara, Frank & Friends

Crooner Frank Sinatra and his wife Barbara gathered their A-list friends to compile The Sinatra Celebrity Cookbook in 1996, just two years before the legend died. Each page featured a famous face and their favorite recipe, with the proceeds going to the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center. The book seems to have gained collectors-item status and now sells for upwards of $100 online.

Noteworthy Recipe: Henry Kissinger’s Moo Goo Gai Pan

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Gladys Knight

At Home With Gladys Knight: Her Personal Recipe for Living Well, Eating Right, and Loving Life

Soul singer Gladys Knight has long been practicing making healthy meals in an effort to stave off the hereditary diabetes that took her mother’s life. In 2001, around the same time her album At Last was released, Knight published a cookbook of her favorite dishes called At Home With Gladys Knight. Her chicken and waffles restaurant may now be run by her son, but in Knight’s cookbook, she seems to prefer lighter, natural meals.

Noteworthy Recipe: Black-Eyed Pea Stew