Trisha Yearwood knows how to mix ingredients in the kitchen, but when she's talking food and the two cookbooks she's written, don't expect her to break into song.

The Georgia-born singer/author/actress and food enthusiast took part in the New York Wine and Food Festival this past weekend, signing copies of her cookbooks and talking about her down-home southern recipes. But one thing she didn't do during the event, reports the Wall Street Journal, was break into one of her familiar country hits.

"I'm not the singing cookbook lady," Trisha told the crowd during a Q&A session when someone requested a musical number. She opted instead to talk about her simple approach to cooking ("I'm the KitchenAid diva," she said, proclaiming her fondness for culinary gadgets), and the singers she's listening to currently ("I really like Miranda Lambert. She has a great voice," she said.)

Trisha added that she's influenced by the music her stepdaughters like and even took in a Beyonce concert. She also revealed that she has been known to copy Beyonce's dance moves. "Only at home," she hastened to add.

Her secret to making a can't-miss carrot cake, by the way, is to thoroughly puree the carrots. "You don't want to taste the chunks," she said, adding that it doesn't hurt to add more sugar and to not worry about the calories -- until later, that is.

"You should eat this cake and have a grape the next day," Trisha said.

Trisha's latest cookbook, 'Home Cooking With Trisha Yearwood' is available now.