Besides acting, singing, or doing some other high-profile job, few celebs are also quite talented in the kitchen and sometimes they share their culinary skills with the rest of the world by writing cookbooks. There they reveal their favorite recipes and their relationship with food. Here are some of the best-rated celebrity cookbooks.
Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes by Sophie Dahl
Sophie Dahl, an author and former fashion model, wrote Very Fond of Food with health-conscious eaters in mind. Her recipes are mostly based on vegetarian diet, with just few meat dishes. Sophie provides healthy choices like favoring natural sweeteners. She divides her 100 recipes seasonally and according to meal time. The cookbook also features beautiful food photography.
It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth’s book is full of dishes she personally created, but all the recipes are healthy, delicious, and filling. The book isn’t centered on dieting, but more on eating in a really clean, healthy way. Low-carb, gluten-free, and dairy-free recipes are catered to the whole family while keeping taste and quality in mind. Sample recipes include salmon with Sriracha sauce, lime, turkey meatballs, and flourless fruit crumble. “I decided that we needed to create this book, not only for my family, but also for anyone out there who struggles with finding truly delicious food to feed their family when health issues need to be addressed,” the actress said of her cookbook.
Recipes for the Good Life by Patti Labelle
Better known for her music, Patti Labelle, a two-time Grammy Award-winning singer, also writes best-selling cookbooks. This one includes recipes for extraordinary dishes ranging from the whimsical Over the Top, Top, Top Macaroni and Cheese, to Fried Apple Pie.
The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet by Alicia Silverstone
Alicia is well-known for her environmentalist and healthy mentality. Her involvement with PETA and environmentalism makes her a perfect candidate to write an eco-friendly diet book. Silverstone’s vegan cookbook, The Kind Diet, opens with an introduction by Dr. Neal Barnard, who explains the benefits of veganism. He argues that eating a plant-based diet will greatly improve your life as a whole, promising benefits like beautifying your skin and significantly decreasing your risk of cancer.
The G Free Diet by Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Even if you’re not gluten-intolerant or not concerned with gluten intake, this book is a wonderful cookbook to own, full of amazing recipes. Hasselbeck discovered she had a gluten allergy and had to change her diet, thus she created this book filled with her own recipes. The book also contains a guide to living gluten-free, and it defines what gluten actually is and how to find it in any food. The book has a gluten free shopping list and gluten-free restaurant guide for all major cities. If that’s not enough, the book also comes with a free app download to aid in eating out on a gluten-free diet.
If It Makes You Healthy by Sheryl Crow
The singer/activist is known for being physical fit, and she came out with a cookbook in 2011. This recipe book includes quite a few gluten-free options for those who are concerned about their input. After her 2006 breast cancer diagnosis, Crow increased her awareness of healthy foods, and has made a conscious decision to maintain her health through healthy eating.
The Tucci Cookbook by Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci grew up in an Italian household that treated food as another member of the clan. The Tucci Cookbook was born out of his commitment to keep his family’s recipes alive. While Tucci shares recipes from his family’s Southern Italian heritage, he also shares meals that he has learned to make from Northern Italian chef Gianni Scappin. The classic Italian recipes stay close to their roots, and Tucci delivers the variety that’s paramount to a successful cookbook. Recipes include marinated olives, bruschetta, and grilled mozzarella cheese. “You don’t have to be a chef; you don’t have to be a great cook to use this book. You have to be somebody who really loves food and somebody who, like you say, wants to go out and get the best ingredients and make a good meal. You need to spend some time, but there are meals in there that you can make in 20 minutes, but the most important thing are those ingredients,” Stanley said about his cookbook.
Eva’s Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends by Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria’s interest in food began to flourish as she grew up on a ranch in her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas. She brings to the table a cookbook that has recipes from her childhood, and ones that have been adapted based on her international travels. The food she introduces in these pages all share one quality: something meant to be shared with friends and family. She includes anecdotes from her own family, making these dishes even more interesting. Eva cites her biggest cooking inspiration as her Aunt Elsa — the cookbook includes her personal recipe for biscuits, as well as tips that Longoria learned in the kitchen with her.