Celebrity Cookbooks, do you own any?
This article is about why celebrities write cookbooks and why publishers publish them.
It made me wonder: do you own any celebrity cookbooks? Are any of them (surprisingly) good?
I confess, I don't own any and I wouldn't buy one either...but am I being a foodie snob?
......."but am I being a foodie snob?"
I own two Rachel Ray "quick" style cookbooks. I bought one and one was a gift. They have been great. They serve their purpose.........which is fast, tasty, weekday meals that are healthy and easily "tweak-able". I just made her Sardinian Style Fish Chowder from Thursdays "leftover" cod (it was really good with saffron and tumeric) last Friday night. I made her Shrimp with Tarragon Tomato Sauce- with garlic bread and Spring greens salad the Wednesday before. I typically cook one or two recipes (or get ideas) from her books each week.
We usually have a "bistro-style" soup, salad or sandwich style meal twice per week on our "late work nights" so I really like RR for those nights. I have not bought anyone else's cookbooks but I use many different online recipes from many celeb chefs.
I don't care who's name is on a recipe- I care if it meets my needs and tastes good.
I wouldn't consider Rachel Ray a celebrity with a cookbook. She is cooking personality first and foremost, not an actor/actress who puts out a cookbook with no chef credentials. I'm talking about Sophia Loren or Gwyneth Paltrow and the like.
I found a tread on this from 2007:
I tried to find out who the celebrity the article is referring to is, but can't seem to find a name.
That being said, the current issue of Food & Wine has a decent sized piece on Gwyneth Paltrow along with some of her recipes. They do reinforce that she isn't some scrub, and actually has a passion for food and spends a lot of time doing the world food tour as well as cooking.
Obviously publishers like the celebrity name for publicity/interest, but I wouldn't rule out the book as being a money grab by association. Just because someone isn't a professionally trained chef or haven't had any restaurant experience doesn't mean the information or recipes they have isn't worthwhile. Just look at the number of food bloggers out there that do it as a hobby that have a lot of good information to share. They may not be actors or famous celebrities but the content will determine if what they have to offer is worthwhile.
I don't own any celebrity cookbooks, do own a few cookbooks by celebrity chefs, and wouldn't rule out a "celebrity cookbook" just because of the name attached to it. That being said I would never buy a book like that blind, without first reading some reviews on it, or at least spending some time looking through it at a local bookstore.
That being said, the current issue of Food & Wine has a decent sized piece on Gwyneth Paltrow along with some of her recipes. They do reinforce that she isn't some scrub...
interesting - i had a totally different reaction to it. i'd be pretty pissed if i bought a cookbook and there were recipes like the one for turkey burgers...season ground turkey with salt, pepper & jarred BBQ sauce, grill, and serve on buns. seriously??? and i've seen asparagus with parmesan & poached eggs a hundred times before.
oh, and i assume the author of the HuffPo piece is talking about Eva Longoria.
I have (from years ago), Christina Ferrare's Cookbook. She was a model first I believe.
People rave about her Baked Beans from that cookbook. I haven't made anything from it though. Don't like baked beans.
I have "A Treasury of Great Recipes" by Vincent & Mary Price. Haven't had it out in quite a while but it's very interesting.
I also have "Dining with the Duchess" by Sarah Ferguson around here somewhere. It's been so long since I've seen it that I can't tell you much about it, just fessin' up. :)