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Ja Rule's Microwave Cookbook Inspired By Prison Stint

Ja Rule at BET 106 & Park in New York City on September 27, 2007. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
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Ja Rule is now a regular ol' Julia Childs. The 37-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, is working on a cookbook that will instruct folks on how to whip up delectable meals—out of the microwave. (We imagine his target audience will be starving college kids who want to edge away from instant ramen.)

He recently made a surprise appearance on George Zakarian's SiriusXM show, "Food Talk" when the host was interviewing guests at the New York City Wine & Food Festival and discussed his microwave-centric cookbook plan, according to Page Six.

Ja Rule finished serving his two-year sentence in prison in May 2013 for illegal gun possession and tax evasion. Looking rather beefed up, he admitted to TMZ that he rarely went to the messhall with the other inmates because he was cooking with his buddies in their cells instead. How did he do it? By getting packages sent to him in prison.

"In jail you get pretty crafty,' he stold TMZ. "We made lasagna, cheesecakes, a whole lot of stuff."

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He's joining the ranks of other hip-hop artists who are putting their chef's apron on, including 2 Chainz, whose digital cookbook #MealTime, taught us neat cooking tips like "put your Versace apron on."