Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat
with Adeena Sussman, Photographs by Aubrie Pick
There should probably be a sub-sub-title after “recipes for all the food you want to eat” that says “but you probably shouldn’t eat, at least not very often.” Most of the criticism leveled at Teigen about this book is that there is no way she can eat food like this all the time, and she admits she does not – but it is the food she likes. So take it from there.
In her introduction, Teigen addresses the issue:
“I don’t want to seem like one of those annoying ‘I can eat anything I want anytime’ chicks. It’s just that I wanted to be honest in this book about the kinds of food I love, the kinds of food I crave.“
So in case you’re even more out of touch than I am, Chrissy Teigen is a mega-celebrity supermodel, Lip Sync Battle TV host, and is married to John Legend. If you are a Teigen fan, or one of her 1.3 million Twitter followers, or one of her 5.5 million Instagram followers, then you probably already bought this book that debuted in the number one spot on the coveted NY Times bestseller list. If you are not familiar with her, you can take a look at her food blog, So Delushious, or her Instagram before deciding to buy – her voice is so unique and I am happy to say, is heard loud and clear throughout. It’s like she’s sitting there with you, making you laugh. While you cook. What could be bad about that?!
The book is divvied up into Breakfast All Day, Soupmaster, Salads (For When You Need Them), Noodles and Carbs, Thai Mom, Party Time, Sh*t on Toast, Vegetable Things, Things That Intimidate People but Shouldn’t, and Supper. There are lots and lots of pictures, and Chrissy and hubby John are in many of them.
Teigen instagrammed that the Lemon Arugula Cacio e Pepe is one of the top five recipes in the book, so it seemed a good place to start, especially since I just got a big bag of baby arugula from the farm. This recipe is simple and really delicious. Teigen’s mom is Thai, and the Thai recipes are explained so well that she makes it all look very approachable and doable. Shades of Christina Tosi emerged with the French Toast Casserole topped with salted Frosted Flakes, and that is very fine company to be in. And her soups – she is the self proclaimed “soupmaster” – are to die for, so I will happily concede her the title.
The book is edited by a food celebrity, former Top Chef Masters judge and award winning food writer Francis Lam, and apparently he was the one who put the idea of a cookbook in her head. So thanks, Francis!
This has to be one of the most charming and fun-to-read cookbooks out there, and the recipes are terrific, too. Add this one to your bookshelf.
3/16 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
CRAVINGS by Chrissy Teigen. Clarkson Potter (February 23, 2016). ISBN 978-1101903919. 240p.