Have you ever picked up a cookbook written by a celebrity? I’ll tell you what, they’re fascinating! Not only do you get to find out what they actually eat, but you also get to read stories of their childhood and learn about the people who shaped their love of food. You get to see photos of their homes, their children and their families. It’s a beautiful insight into a part of their lives we don’t usually get to see. And the bit I love most? While flipping through the pages, you totally forget that they’re these international superstars. You realise, they’re just people, like you and me, who love a good meal and telling their friends about it.
Here are my top 5 cookbooks by celebrities for 2018:
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After her first cookbook was such a huge success, it’s no surprise the sequel (can I call it that?) is just as finger lickin’ good. Honestly, if you’ve ever wondered why Chrissy and hubby John Legend are soaring through life, I think this may explain it.
The food they eat is next level. You don’t just get any cheese toastie recipe here my friends. It’s a jalapeño, parmesan-crusted one! You don’t just get another tasty broccoli dish, it’s kung pao and roasted! You don’t get a standard barbecued steak dish, it’s seared with spicy garlic-miso butter! The recipes are pure joy (and from the 3 I’ve tested, PACKED with flavour).
From start to finish the book is hilariously full of Chrissy’s honesty, charm and wit. It’s like she’s sitting right there beside you, excitedly telling you how “fresh coriander, garlic and shallots…go together like Sonny and Cher and two other people that also go together to make that analogy work.” And you don’t just get pictures of the food, no no no. You see Chrissy biting into that fried thai-glazed chicken wing like it’s the last fried thai-glazed chicken wing on earth. It’s good stuff.
She had me at “breakfast nachos.” Yes people, Kelly Kapowski wrote a cookbook, and it’s SO. GOOD.
If you aren’t already in love with Tiffani Thiessen from her Saved By The Bell days and you aren’t already following her Dinner At Tiffani’s show on the Cooking Channel, then get set to be seriously impressed.
Tiffani shares 125 hearty, family recipes with Southern Cali and Texan influences: short-rib enchiladas, citrus chicken with sweet barbecue sauce and vanilla pudding with bourbon-caramel sauce, just to name a few. I mean, really, how could you not pull up a chair!
She’s thought of everything. There are recipes especially for the kids (ok, adults will dig into those raspberry pop tarts too), themed menus and about a third of the book is dedicated to all things sweet – cakes, donuts, pies – which is always a winner in my eyes! Tiffani’s even prepared a party-planning checklist so you can sit back and relax when your guests arrive.
Reading through, you get a real sense of how important family is to to Tiffani. Her own mum, a huge part of her culinary journey and now her kids who are helping create Tiffani’s path. Beautifully photographed and will without a doubt, make you excited about your next meal.
I’m not going to lie. This is one of my favourite cookbooks, possibly ever. Just pick a page, any page, and you are guaranteed to be making something so simple, so ridiculously tasty and so impressive-looking that no one will believe you actually made it yourself.
Maybe it’s the guacamole made of edamame! Maybe, the carrot cake that puts ALL other carrot cakes to shame! Or maybe it’s the milky, caramel pecan slice that will send you to a foodgasm stratosphere you never knew existed. This is the book for non-cooks, the time-poor, the uni students and the parents juggling it all. Or just anyone who doesn’t have any more f***s to give.
Like it says on the cover, the aim here is to put the least amount of effort in and still come up with quality food. And with so few ingredients in each recipe as well as tips and tricks on how to take short cuts – without compromising on taste – even those who claim they don’t know how to cook can entertain family, friends and randoms who drop by unexpectedly. (Seriously, thanks Yumi!)
FYI, Yumi has just released a second cookbook too: Zero Fucks Endless Summer. You can find it HERE.
This is so much more than a cookbook you guys. This is a life manual, Reese-style. It’s 300 or so pages of immaculately presented content featuring southern recipes, stories about her upbringing, family traditions, how-to’s and how not-to’s.
Reese shares with us some of her favourite recipes from grandma Dorothea – one of the many important women in her life. There’s Dorothea’s perfect sun tea, her southern corn salad, her cayenne fried okra and yes, of course there’s fried chicken! (Brined, battered and served with creamy gravy y’all!) There are biscuits and more biscuits. And tips on everything from putting your hair up in rollers to nailing your next dinner party.
This book may not be everyone’s cup of tea (ha!) but if you grew up watching Reese or you’re just curious about southern living, you’ll want to have this one on your book shelf. It’s just as I imagine Reese to be in real life – warm and welcoming. And y’all be talkin’ with a southern accent by the end of it too!
5. Together: Our Community Cookbook from Meghan Markle, HRH The Duchess of Sussex by The Hubb Community Kitchen
Meghan Markle describes it perfectly when she says this book is “a passport on a plate.” Featuring a colourful selection of dishes from the Middle East, Africa and beyond, it’s a cookbook that will take you to places you’ve never been!
The recipes are all from the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen in Al-Manaar who were using the space to cook meals for their families after losing their homes in the Grenfell Tower tragedy. When HRH the Duchess of Sussex paid them a visit earlier this year, she was so taken by their strength and desire to help one another that she wanted to do something to help out too. And so began this special collection of recipes with all profits going to benefit the kitchen.
Inside you’ll find a wonderland of exotic meals – shakshouka, Persian chicken with barberry rice and Russian semolina cake just to name a few. And to top it off, there are so many beautiful photos of the women in action – hugging each other, laughing together, preparing meals together. You can feel the love as you turn each page.
This is a great cookbook for anyone interested in Middle Eastern cuisine, or anyone who simply wants to support a book with a purpose.
What do you think of our list? Do you have any books to add? Let us know in the comments below: