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Best Overall: Cravings by Chrissy Teigen at Amazon
"Funny, authentic, and delicious."
Best for Beginners: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Norsat at Amazon
"Learn the fundamentals of cooking from your favorite Netflix food personality."
Best Healthy: It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow at Amazon
"These recipes manage to be simple and delicious, despite their healthy bent."
Best Vegetarian: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone at Amazon
"This takes plant-based to the next level."
Best for Baking: Baking with Mary Berry at Amazon
"Some 'scrummy' recipes from Mary Berry, Britain’s Queen of Baking."
Best for Sunday Dinner: The Tucci Table by Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt at Amazon
"Prepare to meet your new favorite pasta recipe."
Best for Entertaining: Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon at Amazon
"Tasty recipes and Southern tradition come together in this charming volume."
Best for the Munchies: From Crook to Cook, Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen by Snoop Dogg at Amazon
"Delightful, one-of-a-kind recipes that are a ton of fun to read."
If you’ve been disappointed by a celebrity memoir, wine, or beauty product, you may not trust celebrity cookbooks either. But celebrities are people, too, and it turns out that the love of good food is universal. Here are our favorite cookbooks authored by celebrities, from Chrissy Teigen to Snoop Dogg.
Best Overall: Cravings by Chrissy Teigen
You may know Chrissy Teigen as “the model married to John Legend” or “the funniest person on Twitter.” But if you’re not already familiar with her cookbook, you’re missing out. Cravings, a collaboration between Teigen and food writer Adeena Sussman, has been called “a perfect cookbook” by Jezebel and “maybe the best celebrity cookbook of all time" by Self.
Why all the accolades? First and foremost, everything is delicious. Think lemony arugula spaghetti cacio e pepe, cheesy jalapeno bacon cornbread, and crab cakes benedict with avocado. The writing is funny and personality-filled (“Some say love conquers all, but I say cacio e pepe does,” to borrow one line). The recipes are varied and easy to execute. This isn’t just a great celebrity cookbook, it’s a great cookbook. And if you love the first one, there's a sequel: Cravings: Hungry for More (view on Amazon).
Best for Beginners: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Norsat
American chef and TV host Samin Norsat shines on her Netflix show Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. She’s passionate, curious, and genuine. Now dig into the book that started it all. It’s a cookbook, yes, but it’s much more. In fact, it was named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and more.
What Nosrat has done is not just provide some delicious recipes, but also broken down the basics of cooking and building flavor. The beautiful illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton only add to the education, there are colorful, full-page spreads on the differences between chopping and mincing, on flavor bases like mirepoix, and on different kinds of salt. Home cooks will get a wave of new insights after reading, and true beginners will finally start to feel comfortable in the kitchen.
Best Healthy: It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow
Years ago, Gwyneth Paltrow went to her doctor feeling tired and stressed. They ran some tests and found that she was anemic, low on vitamin D, and her stress hormones were off the charts. He suggested an elimination diet. She agreed, but immediately approached chef and author Julia Turshen to put together some delicious recipes within the constraints of her new diet.
Paltrow felt better, loved the recipes, and worked with Turshen to write It’s All Good. Recipes include hits like huevos rancheros, hummus tartine with scallion-mint pesto, salmon burgers with pickled ginger, and “power brownies.” If you’re cutting gluten, red meat, eggs, refined sugar, or processed foods out of your diet, this is the book for you.
Best Vegetarian: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
This book is vegetarian, but more than that, it champions nourishing plant-based food. The Clueless star herself has been vegan for years and breaks her cookbook into several stages that someone going plant-based might follow: flirting (so, including a few animal products), going vegan, and “becoming a superhero” (which is more macrobiotic-based).
Silverstone also lays out the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, so if you’re a vegetarian who sometimes slips, you may find yourself recommitted to the cause. Recipes include plenty of comfort food, including guacamole bean dip and mixed berry cheesecake. It’s not the only vegetarian cookbook you’ll ever need, but it will probably teach you some new tricks and give you some helpful recipes.
Best for Baking: Baking with Mary Berry, Cakes, Cookies, Pies, and Pastries from the British Queen of Baking by Mary Berry
We all fell in love with judge Mary Berry on The Great British Baking Show. What you may not know, though, is that she’s been baking for more than six decades and has published more than 80 (!!!) cookbooks. Her best, we think, is Baking with Mary Berry, with recipes like best-ever brownies, zucchini loaf, magic lemon pudding, and rich fruit Christmas cake.
The recipes are delicious and easy to execute—one reviewer said of them, "if you can read, you can cook." Great for both new bakers and experienced ones, this book is charming and no-fuss, just like Berry herself.
Best for Sunday Dinner: The Tucci Table by Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt
Stanley Tucci has starred in some of America’s favorite food movies, including Julie and Julia and Big Night. You may have seen his charming Negroni-making video that’s swept the internet. But far before he was a star, he was cooking and eating Italian food around the table with his family, a tradition and priority that started in his childhood.
He and wife Felicity Blunt authored The Tucci Table to share their favorite recipes to share with their family, including treasures like Tuscan tomato soup, risotto cakes, gnocchi with sage butter, and vegetable parmigiana. You’ll likely find your new favorite pasta recipe and definitely wish that you were invited over to dinner with the Tucci-Blunts.
Best for Entertaining: Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon
Whiskey in a Teacup is a charming guide to Southern living from actress and producer Reese Witherspoon. There are killer recipes like pecan-crusted chicken skewers, BBQ ribs, biscuits, summer squash casserole, and mud pie trifle, but also some charming meditations on throwing dinner parties and the importance of female friendship.
There’s a Southern "pronunciation key," a guide to catching a frog with your bare hands, and even Reese’s hot rollers technique. The writing is sunny and friendly, and after reading, you’ll most certainly be equipped to throw the best backyard dinner party your friends have ever attended.
Best for the Munchies: From Crook to Cook, Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen by Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg is somewhat of a renaissance man. He’s a rapper, singer, producer, actor, and, it turns out, a great cook. Martha Stewart wrote the “opening words” to this cookbook (the two co-star in VH1's Emmy-nominated Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party). Snoop offers some lifestyle tips, like to always keep Moët and mustard in the fridge, and shares recipes like “Not Ya Mamma’s Corn Muffins,” “Billionaire’s Bacon,” “The King Caesar Salad,” “Baby Got Back Ribs” and “Go Shorty, It’s Your Birthday Cake.” The introduction to his “Smoovie” recipe says “I don’t just be smokin’ green, I drink my greens too!” It’s a great read with surprisingly great recipes.