A Dollywood-Inspired Cookbook Is About to Hit Shelves (and We Can’t *Wait* to Eat Like Dolly Parton)

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Dolly Parton is a national treasure. She sings, she acts, she’s a dedicated philanthropist and a whip-smart businesswoman. But did you know she’s also the owner of Dollywood, a theme park located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, minutes from where she grew up? Not only does the park have rides, water slides, shows and all the trimmings, but now, it also has an unofficial guide to all its iconic recipes. Behold: The Unofficial Dollywood Cookbook by Erin Browne.

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The cookbook contains 100 Dollywood-inspired recipes for everything from mains to drinks to desserts, including Frannie’s Famous Fried Chicken Sandwiches from Grandstand Café and Meatloaf Stackers from Granny Ogle’s Ham ‘n’ Beans (they’re topped with mashed potatoes and gravy, people).

The most popular treat of them all is the Grist Mill Cinnamon Bread; in an average season, Dollywood produces about 212,250 loaves of the stuff. Better yet, the mill is actually operational, grinding 10,000 pounds of grains each season with the help of its powerful water wheel.

We’re particularly psyched to try the Orange Cream Milkshake, which hails from Red’s Drive-In at Jukebox Junction. The moment you walk in, you’re transported to the 1950s—think poodle skirts, greased hair and all the chrome accents. We’re anticipating the same time warp when we sip on the six-ingredient masterpiece at home.

In case you want to make it too, here’s the full recipe for one:

Dollywood-Style Orange Cream Milkshake Recipe


  • ½ cup (heaping) vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup (heaping) orange sherbet
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon pure orange extract
  • ⅓ cup whipped cream
  • 1 orange slice, for garnish


Step 1: In a high-powered blender, add the ice cream, sherbet, milk and orange extract. Blend just until smooth. If too thick, drizzle in extra milk, 2 teaspoons at a time.

Step 2: Pour into a tall glass, top with whipped cream and garnish with orange slice.

Want more? The cookbook hits digital shelves on April 4, but you can preorder it now.

Excerpted from The Unofficial Dollywood Cookbook by Erin Browne. Copyright © 2023 by Erin K. Browne. Photos by Harper Point Photography. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...