Dolly Parton is ‘Famous’ for the Dishes She Serves on Movie Sets

Dolly Parton is a multitalented singer, actor, and writer, but she also can whip up Southern dishes that leave her celebrity friends begging for more. The “9 to 5” singer shared that she loves to cook for her castmates. While she has a cookbook with over 100 of her favorite recipes, Parton has two particular dishes that she likes to serve on movie sets.

A black and white photo of Dolly Parton wearing a cowboy hat.
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What is Dolly Parton’s favorite food?

Parton grew up in Tennessee and is partial to the Southern cooking she enjoyed in her childhood. She tries a variety of different cuisines these days, but she’ll always favor Southern food.

“Growing up in the South with my mom being the greatest cook in the world — and my aunts and my grandmas — I just remember things like fried chicken on Sunday was one of the greatest things ever,” she told Today.

Some of her fondest childhood memories are of post-church potlucks, where her community piled tables high with her favorite dishes.

“I used to love to go church [when] they had what they call all day singing and dinner on the ground, where everybody in the church and in the neighborhood — in the community — would bring something different to eat and spread out on these big tables,” she said. “All these cakes, pies, puddings, chicken and all that good food that everybody cooked.”

Dolly Parton shared her go-to dishes to cook for other celebrities

Years after these potlucks, Parton fostered a sense of community on movie sets by cooking for the cast and crew.

“I cook a lot when I’m on my movie sets,” she explained. “So I guess it would be a long list of famous people [I’ve cooked for], because whoever the stars and co-stars are. I have this huge big pot, and I make chicken and dumplings. I’m famous for it, so everybody wants me to make that or a peanut butter fudge that I love and take on set with me.”

People are big fans of the chicken and dumplings. She cooks her mother’s recipe.

“Everybody asks, ‘When are you going to do the dumplings?'” she said. “I always announce it a couple of days before so they all look forward to it. So, I’ve had my dumplings eaten by a lot of famous people.”

Unfortunately, fans won’t be able to make her secret recipe at home.

“I don’t give out the recipe!” she said. “Mine is all these secret ingredients — and the main one is love.”

Dolly Parton’s cookbook catalogs some of her favorite dishes

Parton has shared many of her recipes in the past, though. In 2006, she published Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s: Love, Laughter, and Lots of Good Food. In the cookbook, she included 125 recipes that are meaningful to her. These include ones from her mother, mother-in-law, and Dollywood restaurants.

“It’s the food from those Mom and Pop joints that welcome you in as if you’re family,” she said, per her official website. “We really just want food that is lovingly made and joyfully served up. Around here, that’s what we call Dixie Fixin’s.”

All proceeds from the cookbook went to Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that provides free books to children.

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