Celebrity cookbooks might elicit a lot of eyebrow-raising and eye-rolling, but it has proven that we could actually learn a lot out of them. Besides, they’re a great diversion from the humdrumness of our daily reads. Let’s take a quick peek at five of them:
Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Father’s Daughter
Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, is dedicated to her late father, famous producer and director Bruce Paltrow. Despite some unpromising reviews, the book has been generally accepted with praise. The cookbook is said to reflect the way most people like to cook: simple, healthy and comforting dishes that are made with unprocessed ingredients. Critics say that it “has culinary merit,” a cookbook that is seasonally-minded, unintentionally funny, offers dinner party ideas and features working-parent dinners—and despite doubts on Gwyneth’s actual prowess in the kitchen, the cookbook was found to be something that was indeed designed by someone who really does love food and cooking.
Dolly Parton’s Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s
The heart of Dolly Parton’s Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s is the cookbook’s focus on the way Dolly cooks: fun, easy recipes for cooking with children in kids’ aprons; one-dish suppers for parties and special holiday dishes. It features more than 150 familiar southern food, including several of Parton’s personal recipe collection as a family woman (her popular banana pudding), as a business owner (Dollywood Adventure Park’s Noodlin’s Ned’s Catfish), a restaurateur (Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show’s exceptional cream of vegetable soup) and an international restaurant diner.
Terence Stamp’s Stamp Collection Cookbook
Multi-awarded English actor Terence Stamp (think General Sod in Superman and Superman II, Supreme Chancellor Valorum in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, and Master Stick in Elektra, among a host of many others) has suffered from allergies to dairy products, wheat and sugar for years, making him lead a wheat-and-dairy-free diet for more than 30 years now. In all those years he was able to develop his own collection of recipes, thus the making of the Stamp Collection Cookbook in 1997. The cookbook includes 100 easy, delicious wheat, salt, dairy and sugar-free recipes that would appeal to people who value a pure, additive-free diet as a way to improve health.
Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford’s Cooking with Regis a006Ed Kathie Lee
Cooking with Regis and Kathie Lee is a compilation of recipes from celebrities and celebrity chefs who have been guests in the cooking segment of the two’s popular morning show Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. Critics say that far from the expected disappointment that’s often associated with television-inspired cookbooks, Cooking with Regis and Kathie Lee was able to deliver what it promises: easy, quick recipes that are simple to understand and follow, including substitutions for unusual ingredients – all coming from celebrities like Olympic wrestler Rocky Aoki, Oscar-winning movie producer Ismail Merchant, and famous restaurant critic Craig Claiborne, among others.
Eva Langoria’s Eva’s Kitchen
Eva Langoria’s Eva’s Kitchen might just be a personal cookbook that is meant for her fans to savor, but the reviews also proved to be excellent—most of the 100 dishes she featured as her favorites were said to be exciting and far from boring, easy to follow and full of Eva’s personal touches. A great amount of effort was placed into the cookbook’s layout, the photography and the quality of paper, binding and overall appearance, but when opened, the book also has a lot to offer—varied food styles; highlights of Texas and Mexican cooking which she learned when she was young, wearing her stylish kids’ aprons; distinct techniques in preparing the world’s best tamales, Spanish rice, homemade tortillas and Pan de Polvo, along with a lot of other recipes.