Rhythm-and-blues legend Johnny Otis — whose music career spans more than fifty years — has long delighted in cooking and cuisine. For several years he owned a deli and market, where his band played on weekends. The 108 recipes in Red Beans & Rice and Other Rock 'n' Roll Recipes draw on diverse culinary traditions. Johnny himself offers more than twenty delectable dishes — from Red Beans and Rice and Chicken Gumbo to Senegalese Couscous and Curried Sweet Potatoes — and then presents equally tasty recipes from forty-five friends and relatives. Also included are Johnny's anecdotes about his friends as well as these cooks' own stories about the dishes they present. What emerges is an engaging and mouth-watering experience of community, food, and cooking.