Face Time: Trisha Yearwood

Country singer, cook, food network star

April 13, 2012

No, you’re not watching CMT — that’s really country music star Trisha Yearwood demo-ing recipes for Brunswick Stew and chicken barbecue on the Food Network. After the “She’s in Love With the Boy” singer wrote two cookbooks, it was really only a matter of time until “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” hit the airwaves. The six-episode series kicks off Sat. at 10:30 a.m.

How does a country music star end up a Food Network star?
I’m about as surprised as anybody.My sister, my mom and I wrote the first book [2008’s “Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen”] really thinking, “This’ll be a great way for us to get all of our family recipes in one place,” never, never dreaming really that it would do so well. The second book [2010’s “Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood”] did better than the first. Then the talk of a show started to come up, and I said, “You know, I don’t think it would be fun to just be standing behind a kitchen counter and telling people to add a cup of sugar.” So we created a show that was really a chance to hang out with my friends and my family and some cooking gets done.

Do any of the skills from being onstage or music carry over into being on a cooking show?
Being comfortable in front of the camera is a plus. But learning how to navigate a kitchen in front of a camera is a whole different thing. When I cook at home, which I do a lot, I’m not conscious of where I’m looking and remembering that I put the flour in the Kitchen Aid mixer from the left side, so that when we come to do close-ups on the hand I remember what hand I had the flour in.

What surprised you most?
That for me to keep smiling all the time is hard. I focus in the kitchen, and I don’t always have, like, a pleasant look on my face.

Will you sing on the show?
We did incorporate some music in the show, where it feels natural. I didn’t want it to be, “OK, at the end of every episode Trisha is gonna break into spontaneous song.” But I wanted it if it made sense.

 How are you going to blend your music and cooking careers?
Music is first, of course. Always. I do love to cook, and it’s been fun that I’ve been able to kinda take something that is a natural passion and turn it into something bigger. I don’t think I would enjoy it if it was on the level of some of these gals who have this empire. Like I don’t want to be Martha Stewart.

Will we see Garth [Brooks, country music superstar and Trisha’s husband] on the show?
If we go past the six episodes, I’ll probably rope Garth into an episode. I was really adamant about wanting to do the first six on my own. I wanted to see if I really enjoyed myself. ’Cause he’ll do anything I ask him to do, but I don’t want to just use him. I want to make sure it’s the right thing.

Beth Marlowe is a senior editor at Washington Post Express. She has written for The Washington Post, the Associated Press, Bloomberg Television and other publications.
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