Cooking with the Stars!

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It’s always exciting to hear about the secret talents of your favorite celebrities, especially when those talents include making delicious meals. Whether it’s Chrissy Teigen‘s home-style recipe for banana bread or Patti Labelle’s mouthwatering desserts, we can’t get enough of celebrity cookbooks these days. Sprinkled with intimate stories and culinary adventures, these cookbooks are a great way to learn more about your favorite stars, and to get some awesome new ideas for the kitchen. Here are 6 of our favorites:

Cooking with Zac, Zac Posen (Rodale Books, October 10, 2017)

It turns out Posen isn’t just a designer of clothes, he also knows how to make it work in the kitchen. Cooking with Zac combines sophisticated recipes with more homey fare, offering a little something for everyone. Using fresh ingredients and catering his meals around the seasons, Posen proves that his impeccable taste goes far beyond fashion.

Jennifer Way’s Kitchen, Jennifer Esposito (September 26, 2017)

With a laundry list of credits to her name, Esposito’s acting career has spanned over 20 years. But that’s not all she’s known for. As the owner of the successful Jennifer’s Way Bakery, Esposito has also been baking delicious treats for years. This cookbook combines her most popular recipes, including pizza crusts and chocolate mousse. The catch? Everything she makes is gluten free, allergy free and anti-inflammatory. If you suffer from allergies or celiac disease (as Esposito herself does), then this cookbook is for you.

Desserts LaBelle, Patti LaBelle ( April 25, 2017)

Often referred to as the “Godmother of Soul,” iconic singer LaBelle has been putting out cookbooks and recipes in her later years, and even has a line of food products – including a pretty delicious looking Sweet Potato Pie that’s available through Walmart! Her latest cookbook is all about desserts, featuring cakes, puddings, cookies and more. Interweaving her recipes with personal stories and memories, Desserts LaBelle is a must-have for any sweet (or music!) lover.

Whole New You, Tia Mowry, with Jessica Porter (Ballantine Books, March 14, 2017)

As one half of the Sister, Sister twins, Mowry is no stranger to fame, and apparently her love of cooking started on the iconic ‘90s set. But when Mowry was diagnosed with endometriosis, she decided to drastically change her eating habits. That journey and more is explored in Whole New You, which is part cookbook, part memoir and all inspirational. With wholesome recipes that contain no dairy, refined sugar or processed foods, these are the kind of meals that will instantly make you feel better about your body and your soul. (Bonus news: it looks like there might be a Sister, Sister reboot coming soon!!!)


Cravings, Chrissy Teigen, with Adeena Sussman (February 23, 2016)

Teigen seems like the kind of funny, quick-witted celebrity you’d want to get a beer with – or maybe just spend a few hours stalking on Twitter. We thought she couldn’t get any cooler, until she put out a cookbook that’s just as authentic as she is. Sprinkling each page with her signature snarky humor, Teigen also delivers on the delicious, with meals that reflect her past and her present. From soups to Thai food to the fried chicken recipe that his her husband (and Golden Globe winner) John Legends favorite, Cravings is filled with accessible recipes that you’ll be dying to try out.

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Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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