What’s great bout this book: In Teigen’s first cookbook, Cravings, readers are shown a myriad of recipes with one central theme- food with uber simple prep. From the first chapter, we are made aware that Teigen reads cookbooks like comics, and wants us to know that she truly loves food. This isn’t just a cookbook with her name pasted on the cover, it’s a passion.
In full disclosure, I was a little more than skeptical, I mean when I think supermodel, foodie isn’t the first thought that comes to mind, but Teigen’s hundred-recipe text is filled with dish after dish of succulent fusion options. Beyond this, the author is funny, very funny. Her comic wit and cultural background is infused in every dish in this recipe collection. From one of the simplest and best Drunken Noodles recipes I’ve seen to date, to Dutch Baby Pancakes anyone can make like a pro. I even had quite the chuckle with Teigen’s nostalgic views on ditching expensive, organic maple syrup for Mrs. Buttersworth’s syrup. It’s a must read.
What I loved: I adored the recipes inspired by Pepper, Teigen’s live-in mother, whose Thai origins helped Teigen produce several Thai recipes better than any continental fare I’ve seen in some time including Thai Beef Salad, Pepper’s Pork Stuffed Cucumber Soup, and Pounded Thai Papaya and Green Bean Salad.
I also loved the salad chapter, and am eager to try the Il Buco-Style Kale Salad, a modern twist on the Caesar salad, and the Chinese Chicken Salad with Crispy Wontons. Also worth noting, a few of her husband John Legend’s dishes are tossed in as well—such as his Chili, Crispy Chicken Wings with Hot Honey Butter Sauce, and Crispy Roast Potatoes. Better still, Teigen worked with Adeena Sussman, a well-respected food writer and chef.
What inspired me: The photography. The mouth-watering photographs in Cravings made us want to get into the kitchen and start cooking supper. There’s a great mix of healthy and girls night in recipes. Cravings is filled with recipes I wanted to make.
What needed work: Nothing. Nothing except maybe my dietary plan, as I plan to try her recipes for Fried Garlic Slices, King’s Hawaiian BLPTS (Bacon, Lettuce, Pineapple, and Tomato Sandwiches), and Glazed Buttery Green Bean Appetizers.
While many foodies insinuate that the influx of celebrity are not qualified to author cookbooks, I feel that Teigen’s passion for fusion and down home humor is okay by me. Cravings was true to its namesake—I am are actually craving the food lovingly shared in its pages.
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