Cookbooks, Country Music, and Creativity with Martina McBride - Jen Hatmaker

Cookbooks, Country Music, and Creativity with Martina McBride

Episode 5

When you’re a kitchen newbie, it can feel a little intimidating—and even overwhelming—to figure out how to put a good meal together, especially if you’re just asking yourself questions like, “What the heck is oregano, anyway?” But we all start somewhere, even world-renowned country music artists. Martina McBride is a 14-time GRAMMY-nominated country singer, cookbook author, and self-taught home chef. Jen and Martina talk through what it’s really like to put a cookbook together, how these two Kansas girls learned the ins and outs of the kitchen in their adult years, and how a neighborhood golf cart can bring us a new verse to our all-time favorite Martina song “For the Girls!” 

Episode Transcript

Hey, everybody, Jen Hatmaker here, your host of the For the Love Podcast. Welcome to the show. 

We’re in the middle of a series called For the Love of Food, and I wish it would never end. Every single time I finish an episode, I’m like “oh, I wish that had gone longer. I wish we had more time, I wish I could have another hour.” I’m just so enjoying this conversation. It just feels nurturing, nourishing, it’s not as heavy. Everything has been so heavy for a year, it feels just wonderful to talk about the kitchen and tables and cooking and garlic and the center point that all of us are wrapping our families around right now. So today is just so wonderful because I am welcoming back to the show one of my favorite people.

It’s Martina McBride–everybody get excited! She’s precious to so many of us, and has been for a long time. Her work has meant so much to me. Her music has meant so much to me, and now her food means so much to me. She has added to her repertoire cooking and food and cookbooks and cooking shows and videos and I’m like, as if I didn’t love her enough. 

So just in case you’ve been living under a rock, Martina McBride is literally in a league of her own, she is an internationally acclaimed country music singer and producer, she has been nominated for 14 Grammys, her music career is one of those rare air, unprecedented careers. And now she’s also written two cookbooks, she has starred in her own Food Network show, she launched her own non profit called Team Music is Love, and then she’s also a mom, she’s got three girls, she’s a wife, she is a self described party thrower, which we’re going to talk about, and I love that.

So for me it’s inspiring to watch her put her hand to new projects, completely new genres, embrace these whole new ideas over the years and still manage to gather around her family.  I find her to be a real mentor and a colleague in “hey let’s try something new,” because here I’m also writing a cookbook, and I’ve never done that. I loved talking to her about stepping into that space and what she has learned and what she loves. We go all the way, man. We talk all about food, we talk all about recipes, we talk all about kitchen stuff, we talk all about cookbook writing, and then we get into music, and I tell her towards the end of this what me and my girlfriends are hoping she will write. We have a verse of a song that we are hoping she will write, so you can stay tuned for the end for that and we laughed and laughed. So she’s delightful, she’s beautiful, she’s smart, she’s interesting. So welcome back to the show, the one and only, Martina McBride.



Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode



Martina’s Table on The Food Network

Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life

Around the Table (Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year)



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