When publishing a cookbook, it's immensely valuable to snare a big star to write the foreword — say, a Thomas Keller or an Anthony Bourdain type. Or hey, how about Lady Gaga?
The pop icon (née Stefani Germanotta) is doing just that for her father, reports V Magazine. Joe Germanotta will soon release a cookbook featuring recipes from Joanne Trattoria, his Italian restaurant on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Called Joanne Trattoria Cookbook: Classic Recipes and Scenes from an Italian American Restaurant, it will be published November 22.
The cookbook is described thusly: "Family, food, and love are the foundation upon which Joe Germanotta and his wife, Cynthia, raised their daughters, Natali and Stefani (aka Lady Gaga). Named for his sister who died of Lupus three months shy of her 20th birthday, their family-run restaurant is built on those same fundamental principals. In the pages of this cookbook, Joe has collected recipes and entertaining anecdotes inspired by his world famous restaurant."
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the phrase "Foreword by Lady Gaga" is printed in sizable bold text on the book's cover, and it seems Germanotta's famous daughter is already giving sales a boost: The book is now available for pre-order and is currently Amazon's best-selling new release in the Italian Cooking category. Finally, we'll know what to do with all the raw meat left over from that infamous dress Gaga wore to the 2010 MTV Music Awards.
Can a Gaga cookbook be far behind? Now that she and Tony Bennett are BFFs, it's probably only a matter of time before she goes full-on Barefoot Contessa — but surely her recipes will be more avant garde than Ina Garten's.
• Lady Gaga and Her Dad Are Releasing a Cookbook, Apparently [V Magazine]
• All Cookbook Coverage [E]