The culinary arts have been a recurrent theme in Kelis’ oeuvre—with albums entitled Tasty and Food and singles like “Milkshake” and “Jerk Ribs,” news that she’s coming out with a cookbook should come as no surprise. Especially since she studied at Le Cordon Bleu during a hiatus from music, has a line of sauces, and hosts a show on The Cooking Channel (yeah, we didn’t know any of that either…thanks, Wikipedia!)
Entitled My Life on a Plate: Recipes From Around the World, Kelis’ cookbook comprises recipes that run the gamut from Southern soul food, Caribbean, and Asian cuisines, as well as some new, eclectic dishes formulated by the singer-chef.
In a statement, the musician-cum-chef said of My Life on a Plate:
“It’s an exploration of tastes and cultures, and my experience as a chef, musician, mother and wife. It’s a lifestyle, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.”
It sounds interesting, but the word “lifestyle” scares us since it can bring to mind terrifying comparisons to Goop, but we expect more from Kelis.
The press release said nothing of a milkshake recipe, though. We’ll have to wait and see if we can finally make what the guys go crazy for:
I was very lucky to attend an intimate Kelis performance at the McKittrick Hotel where she performed soulful/glamourous versions of all our favorite hits. Kelis told the crowd she had been at the hotel hours prior cooking up dishes for everyone to enjoy as she belted out some toned down renditions of some of her best songs including ‘Milkshake’ and ‘Acapella’, as well as some newer songs from her most recent album, Food. Kelis has always been ahead of the trends and she might have just started #FoodPop, the pairing of a performer’s own food with their music. I was also very lucky to catch RuPaul enjoying the show by himself. Here are some pics.
Makeup is fun. It’s a little like playing dress up. Sometimes whatever’s on tap calls for a little more sass than your normal could provide. In need of a shot of attitude? Cue Rococo’s new denim-inspired nail polish collection. Want diamonds on your neck, and diamonds on your grill? Maybe the next best thing comes in something as simple as a swipe of Flossy, an iridescent pearly pink that turns blue with the simple talk-to-the-hand gesture. Forget denim, they must have been listening to Kelis circa Bossy and taken Too $hort to heart when he said,
“Tell that man you’s a boss bitch
Make some noise, raise your hand if you’s a boss bitch
I don’t think he understands you’s a boss bitch
Get some help if you can ’cause he lost it
Ain’t no refunds, she spent the cash mayne
In your Benz with her friends in the fast lane
Flossin’, you say “How much it cost me?”
About a million dollars player, she’s bossy!”
It launches in February, so in the mean time, here’s something else to get you feeling bossy.
The best part of not being famous is not having to answer for when your ex does something ridiculous in public. (Call it "The Denise Richards Principle.") In this regard, Kelis is not so lucky: the singer recently got questioned on what she thinks about Nas posing on his new album cover with her old wedding gown. Awkward!
Nas and Kelis married in 2005 and the bride famously wore a bright green wedding gown. When Kelis left her hip hop hubby four years later and filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences," she left the green dress behind. In a recent interview with Power 99, Nas explained, "I don’t think Kelis intentionally left the dress there, I think that was just one of the things that was left behind. I saw it, and was like ‘Ohh, she stung me with that one.’" So naturally he did what any man would do and posed with his ex-wife’s wedding dress on the cover of his newest album. (You can hear his single Accident Murders with Rick Ross here.)
The cover of Life Is Good, the 10th by the artist, shows Nas seated in a white suit with the now-iconic green dress draped over his knee. And now poor Kelis now has to deal with it.
In an interview with NME at the UK’s Isle of Wright festival, Kelis tried to sidestep any verbal diarreah by saying her feelings on it aren’t "relevant." Like hell they aren’t:
My feelings about it are not really relevant, but you know at the end of the day Nas is an artist. And for whatever it’s worth he’s one of the greatest, and especially for what it is he does. So for me, I feel like especially for someone in hip-hop to kind of be genuine and honest, whatever the honesty is about, I think it’s awesome. So my feelings about it aren’t really necessarily valid, it’s just the fact that as an artist I can respect that he wears his feelings on his sleeve.
Translation: Yeah, it’s weird, but I’m not going to say that on the record.
Hey, at least she was pretty complimentary and magnanimous about it. Wonder what her next album cover will be?