7 celebrity cookbooks that deserve a spot on your bookshelf

If you’re anything like us — the urge to know what your favourite celeb cooks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is as exciting as asking your mum “what’s for dinner?”

When a bunch of star-studded celebrities gear themselves towards the art of cooking, making their blue apron game strong and releasing a cornucopia of cookbooks, we know all fans will go nuts as we do for a peek into the collection of their dear recipes.

What distinguishes these celebrity cookbooks from typical food recipe-laden ones is actually the style of the book itself: a part memoir and part literal lifestyle of the celebrity read. It’s an interesting and frankly smart way to sell their stories — since TV screens only showcase a small fraction of their lives.

And truth be told, food is one of the best tools to connect with both people and places. And while the recipes are great, the main reason why we part with our money is that these celebrity stories give us a glimpse into their lifestyle and reflect their unique tastes, not just in fashion, but of their fine palate.

And let’s be honest, there’s something particularly alluring about switching from chowing down our usual meals to trying the same garlic-soy ribs Chrissy Teigen serves her daughter. So without further ado, we’ve curated a list of celebrity cookbooks that are as cool to look at as they are to cook from.

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It’s All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow

In her most recent cookbook It’s All Easy, Gwyneth Paltrow — Academy-Award winning actress, health fanatic, and bestselling cookbook author — will have you invested in cooking seasonal and super-healthy recipes ranging from soft polenta with cherry tomatoes, Mexican-inspired chicken enchiladas, pita bread pizzas and so much more. Brimming with Gwyneth-approved superfood fare, the plant-powered actress will manifest how you can quickly prep wholesome meals and indulge in food guiltlessly.

Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen

For Chrissy Teigen, cooking and beauty are like two peas in a pod. After creating a cooking frenzy on Instagram, the Thai-American model has become known as a cooking connoisseur. Being a mother of two babies, her cookbook is, to no surprise, dotted with mum-friendly recipes with some dishes only calling for three to five ingredients top. Her cookbook also features the story of how cooking helped her recover from postpartum depression she had after giving birth to her newborn baby, Luna. Her food and personal photos from dinnertime with hubby John Legend will reflect the signature fun-filled and charming personality Chrissy is known for. So ladies, don’t miss this book if you hope to gain insights into the world of Chrissy.

Food, Health, and Happiness by Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey’s cookbook is both inspiring and attainable. For those who have an ongoing struggle with eating and weight disorders, the media giant slash philanthropist will share with you all her personal essays and memories along with hearty and healthy recipes that have played a major part in her love-and-hate relationship with food. Sprinkled with the candid and behind-the-scenes life of Oprah Winfrey, the cookbook yields profound stories that offer far more than just pleasurable fare. It truly reflects her view on food as “a taste of happiness: a ritual to be shared, a toast to life.”

In the Kitchen with Kris by Kris Jenner

In her follow-up to New York Times’s bestselling memoir Kris Jenner … And All Things Kardashian, Kris now shares her tips and family favourite recipes in her new cookbook In the Kitchen with Kris. The book features her take on the meals that have become the centrepiece of the Kardashian-Jenner dining table and also her entertainment guide that will transform you into a good dinner party host in no time.

The Seasoned Life by Ayesha Curry

When you look over to the food world instead of a sports field, what’s more interesting than renowned basketball player Stephen Curry? The answer would be his wife, Ayesha Curry. Having debuted her cookbook, The Seasoned Life, the Canadian-American celebrity cook and TV personality reveals all her family recipes that are high on flavours but low on fuzzy ingredients and techniques. The food is down-to-earth and most importantly, they are California-inspired – which means one thing only – they are meant to be cooked with seasonal produces. Home chefs looking for a family-centric cookbook, this is the one for you.

Whisky in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

Following her grandma’s saying, “a combination of beauty and strength made Southern women ‘whiskey in a teacup’,” Reese shares with us her joys of southern living which involved barn-style parties and plenty of fried chicken. The book is packed with her grandmother’s well-guarded recipes, beauty tips, the Southern heritage she loves, and of course, whisky-spiked drinks.

Candyman by Phol Tuntasatien

Who would have thought Phol Tuntasatien was a gourmand. The former Thai-TV star and stage play actor has turned into a celebrity chef and is now committed to cooking and whipping up gourmet meals over reciting and memorising movie scripts. Phol is also a Brand Ambassador for Le Cordon Bleu Dusit and a columnist for magazines like Praew and Foodstylist. And to follow the success of his three previous cookbooks, Phol debuted his new sugar-coated cookbook Candyman, which is dusted with dozens of sweet-laden recipes — think homemade ice cream, pretzels and sweet crumble fruitcake. All recipes are for the summer, perfect for the city of Bangkok where heat waves unceasingly hit us all year round.