Taylor Hicks Sings the Song of Southern Cooking

Taylor Hicks Sings the Song of Southern Cooking
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American Idol winner Taylor Hicks isn't just a sensation on stage, he's also a star in the kitchen. The Alabama native owns Saw's Juke Joint in Birmingham, Alabama and recently became part of Taste of Home's new cookbook, Recipes Across America.

The Southern cook submitted his recipes to be considered for the cookbook like all other entrants and two were selected, Taylor's jalapeno poppers and baked oysters with tasso cream.

"I'm pretty honored," says Hicks. "My recipes were tested in the kitchen just like everyone else's and both passed the test." The recipes came from his Birmingham eatery and Hicks admits that they are "pretty famous around this part."

Check out the slideshow above to find out the connection between music and food and what Hicks loves about Southern cooking.