Top celebrity cookbooks perfect for Thanksgiving
Have you always wondered what Chrissy Teigen’s kitchen smells like during the holidays? Do you dream not in color, but in scents? Have you always wanted Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop lifestyle, but can’t afford it? Here’s a simple solution: Take a peek at one of these celebrity’s cookbooks the next time you sign yourself up to bring a pie to the potluck. (Pro tip: You don’t even have to buy it; just check it out at the library)
People love emulating the lives of their favorite celebrities. With the holiday season creeping up faster than you can say “turkey,” take a chance on a new recipe, concocted just for you from the kitchens of your favorite millionaires. Besides Teigen and Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eva Longoria, and Alicia Silverstone have all penned their own cookbooks. Heck, if none of those names stand out to you, maybe you’d prefer Snoop Dogg or Regis Philbin. But really, who wouldn’t want to mimic the diet of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
Paltrow’s cookbook, The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal, was published in 2018 and includes recipes for all sorts of dishes you’d expect the actress to approve of. When you’re designing Thanksgiving dinner, consider experimenting with Paltrow’s recipe for a Slavic favorite, latke pie. Latke pie tastes a lot like hashbrowns since its main ingredient is potatoes, but if you want more of a fall flavor, swap the regular russet potatoes for sweet potatoes.
The title of Oprah’s cookbook published in 2017, Food, Health, and Happiness, pretty much spells out what our top priorities in life should be. Note that food is first. If you’re trying to bring the calming zen presence of Oprah to your in-laws’ place for the holidays, give her recipe for basic tomato soup a try. As Oprah writes in her cookbook, “I’ve never met a tomato soup I didn’t like.” Even if you came home from the white elephant without the gift you wanted, or you somehow missed the showing of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” for the third year in a row, at least you know that Oprah’s tomato soup is there for you. Take it to your friend, cook it for your grandma, give some to your cranky neighbor, as long as you don’t keep it to yourself. What would Oprah do?
Clad in a wifebeater top and a do-rag, white suburban moms would never trust Snoop Dogg with a whisk. But put your prejudices aside and let Snoop preheat the oven and cook up some cinnamon rolls on a chilly winter morning. His 2018 cookbook, From Crook to Cook, walks you through all the steps in his recipe called “Cinnamon Rollin’.” He starts off by writing, “Morning scrubs!” and gets straight into the process for mixing the dough, the cinnamon filling, and the bourbon glaze on top. Snoop writes, “don’t trip on the bourbon,” it’s just there for a little extra pizzazz.