Trisha Yearwood Opens up About Her Two Passions, Singing and Cooking — “I’m Lucky I Don’t Have to Choose”

In an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, Trisha Yearwood admits that she is lucky she doesn’t have to choose between her two passions: cooking and singing.

“Cooking relaxes me. I don’t stress when I cook,” the busy mom and performer tells Closer.

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Trisha in 2014.

“When you sing, you hear the applause, and when people can’t speak because a meal you cooked tastes so good, that’s kind of like getting applause, too,” the host of Food Network’s Trisha’s Southern Kitchen tells Closer. “I’m just lucky I don’t have to make a choice between the two!”

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Trisha is thankful that her husband, Garth Brooks, is a big part of both her worlds. “If you need something chopped, he’s your guy,” she boasts of his help in the kitchen.

Family is everything to Trisha, who wrote her first of three best-selling cookbooks in 2008 with mom Gwen and sister Beth. She also recently launched a Williams Sonoma and Trisha’s Kitchen food line that celebrates five of her family’s cherished recipes. Both of her parents, now deceased, were great cooks. She and her sister, Beth, revel in sharing their favorite dishes on TV.

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“When we make their recipes and tell their stories, we get a chance to keep them alive,” Trisha tells Closer. “I get so excited when I hear, ‘I made your mom’s potato salad!’ It’s such a cool feeling!”

For the full interview, including how she feels about being with Garth Brooks for 12 years, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!

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