The Cookbook

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
The Cookbook Music Poster Image
One spicy dish after another best for older teens.

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Terrific, empowering feminist message, using racist words...

Violence

A few violent images.

Sex

Lots of gleefully explicit sexuality.

Language

She's not shy...

Consumerism

Some brand names mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of drug and alcohol references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's some sexual content and strong language on this excellent album. Families listening together can go for the edited version (better than most).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydorotoliv April 9, 2008

SHE DID IT AGAIN!

MISSY ELLIOT IS A WONDERFUL ARTIST. SHE IS CONSTANTLY BRINGING OUT FRESH NEW MUSIC FOR HIP HOP LISTENERS. MISSY HAS A WILD BUT MANNERABLE WAY OF EXPRESSING HER... Continue reading
Adult Written byStephy April 9, 2008

OK for kids over 11

It shouldn't get that rating because its not THAT BAD. You can't understand half of what she's saying any way.
Kid, 11 years old November 12, 2011

it may be called the cookbook, but its recipes are anti-kid-oriented

The sexual happy-go-fun-land-time in the music world, full of gleefully salty language, endless product placement, several drug references, you name it! Maybe n... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCole and Chloe January 18, 2010

OK GET THE CLEAN ONE

Lose Control Is A Positive Dancing Song Get The Clean Version

What's the story?

On her sixth album, Missy Elliott is really flying solo for the first time; only a few of the tracks are produced by her former collaborator, rapper/producer Timbaland. Parental mileage will vary on the sprinkling of four-letter words, but Missy's irrepressible spirit is infectious. She is fully, energetically present on every track. Irresistible lyrics include "Hold up, I see a lot of folks in here sittin' round like your shoes too tight/If you wear a size 10, don't cram...in a size 6 ladies/be proud of your big...feet/We came to party up..." Cameo providers include Mike Jones, Slick Rick, Ciara and Fat Man Scoop, Mary J. Blige and Grand Puba, American Idol star Fantasia, Vybez Cartel, and M.I.A. Highlight tracks "Remember When" and "Teary Eyed" prove without a doubt that Missy Elliott is growing as a singer, as well as an artist and innovator.

Is it any good?

Missy Elliott has a reputation for being a hip-hop innovator. Although it becomes increasingly difficult for any artist to break new ground on CD after CD, THE COOKBOOK sparkles with Missy's signature attitude and humor. With star-studded cameos and female-empowering lyrics, track after glossy track delivers delightful and interesting musical surprises.

The album artwork is presented as though it were a cookbook, with sections described as Starters and Sides, Main Course, Desserts, and Liquid Refreshers -- and album credits appear under the heading "Nutritious Facts." This conceit somehow works; it ends up looking more classy than cutesy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this CD compares with previous CDs on which producer Timbaland had a heavier hand.

Music details

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate