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Mariah Carey Cooks for Three Days Straight Over the Christmas Holiday, Wants to Release a Cookbook

Mariah Carey Cooks for Three Days Straight Every December
Mariah Carey at ‘Variety’s Power of Women’ event on October 11, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

All she wants for Christmas is to … cook up a storm! Mariah Carey chatted about her holiday essentials in a video interview with GQ published on Monday, December 2, and it turns out the “We Belong Together” songstress loves to spend plenty of time in the kitchen each December.

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“I like to cook every year. I cook on the 23rd, 24th and 25th — all different menus,” the 49-year-old explained.

Seemingly speaking of a specific dish, Carey added: “One of them is one of my father’s recipes. Before he passed away, he left me this recipe that I like to make every year on Christmas Eve.”

When it comes to Christmas dinner, however, the Grammy winner takes a more “traditional” approach that includes poultry. “It took me a while to learn how to do the turkey,” she admitted. “You have to know what you’re doing to make a turkey. You can’t poison people.”

Though the New York native refused to reveal the “very specific” menus she follows at her numerous holiday feasts, she did share her No. 1 secret ingredient. “Love, darling. Love,” she said without missing a beat. “You gotta cook with love. If you don’t cook with love, it’s not going to taste good.”

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Mariah Carey Cooks for Three Days Straight Every December
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And as it turns out, Carey is keeping those holiday meal details under wraps for a good reason, “One day I’m going to put out a Christmas cookbook,” she declared.

Though the Glitter actress confessed to typically enlisting a professional sous chef to help with her holiday gatherings, Carey maintained that she does do plenty of the meal prep on her own. “People don’t believe that I cook, by the way. They think that I’m lying,” she explained. “But the truth is that I do, and I actually love cooking.”

Added the musician: “I don’t usually cook during the year until Christmas time, but I’ve been cooking a little bit more recently because my kids kind of like it when I cook.” The “Obsessed” singer shares 8-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with ex-husband Nick Cannon.

For Carey, cooking often acts as a welcome reprieve from her packed schedule. “Even though it takes up a lot of time, it’s relaxing for me because I’m not thinking about business,” she noted. “I’m not thinking about anything else, I’m just down there in the kitchen cooking.”

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Addressing those who believe she can’t cook, Carey concluded: “They’d be surprised if they came over for dinner!”

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