Questlove is best known for his achievements in the music world, but his interest in food runs a close second. His renowned Food Salons-where the country’s best chefs cook for star-studded guest lists-are now legendary. At these salons, guests are always telling Questlove about their super-special secret recipes, which got him thinking: “Why not design an event where everyone makes that super-special secret recipe, all at once?” And everyone is invited.
In Mixtape Potluck (Abrams Image; October 15, 2019; U.S. $29.99; Hardcover), Questlove imagines the ultimate potluck dinner party. He invites more than fifty chefs, entertainers, artists, thought leaders, and musicians (full guest list below) and asks them to bring along their favorite recipes. He also pairs each guest with a song that he feels best captures their unique creative energy.
The book starts with a charming foreword by fellow potluck aficionado Martha Stewart and finishes with Questlove’s tips on how to make the perfect playlist. The result is not only an accessible, entertaining cookbook but also a collection of diverting musical commentaries. With Questlove’s inimitable style of hosting dinner parties and entertaining guests,Mixtape Potluck gives readers unexpected insights into the fascinating creative relationship between music and food.
The Guest List: