Trisha Yearwood

In The Kitchen With Trisha Yearwood

April 9, 2012 at 11:26 am , by

Country megastar Trisha Yearwood brings her best-selling cookbooks to life—and even sings the occasional tune—on the new Food Network series, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. She gave us a sneak peek at what’s on the menu.

Why do a cooking show?
At first the idea of me standing behind a counter saying, “Then add a third of a cup of …” didn’t sound like fun. But my producer convinced me that the show could be whatever I wanted. To me, food is about people getting together and sharing an experience. So I have a family member or a friend join me on every show. For example, my father taught me to make Brunswick stew a special way, so for one episode I have my nephews on as guests and teach them the tradition.

You wrote your cookbooks with your mother, who passed away last year from breast cancer. Is this show a tribute to her?
Definitely. Doing the show helped me come out of the fog of grief and get back into life. I dedicated an episode to her favorite foods. In her last year she started taking comfort foods she’d been cooking since childhood and made them healthier.

Is there any chance your husband [Garth Brooks] will make an appearance?
He will if there’s a second season. I wanted to do the first season on my own. But Garth has taught me a lot about experimenting with recipes. The first thing he’ll always say to me is, “Why not add tortellini to that?” That’s our inside joke because he adds tortellini to everything.

—Carrie Bell