Review: Cravings by Chrissy Teigen

Cravings: Recipes for What You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen
Release Date:  February 23, 2016
Publisher:  Clarkson Potter
Pages:  240
Source: book provided by Blogging For Books for review



Maybe she’s on a photo shoot in Zanzibar. Maybe she’s making people laugh on TV. But all Chrissy Teigen really wants to do is talk about dinner. Or breakfast. Lunch gets some love, too.

For years, she’s been collecting, cooking, and Instagramming her favorite recipes, and here they are: from breakfast all day to John’s famous fried chicken with spicy honey butter to her mom’s Thai classics.

Salty, spicy, saucy, and fun as sin (that’s the food, but that’s Chrissy, too), these dishes are for family, for date night at home, for party time, and for a few life-sucks moments (salads). You’ll learn the importance of chili peppers, the secret to cheesy-cheeseless eggs, and life tips like how to use bacon as a home fragrance, the single best way to wake up in the morning, and how not to overthink men or Brussels sprouts. Because for Chrissy Teigen, cooking, eating, life, and love are one and the same.


Review:  I’m fascinated by cookbooks.  It’s really odd since I don’t enjoy cooking and am a pretty picky eater.  That said, I’m a pretty good cook when I find a recipe I’m willing to try or can modify to my standards.  So, when I was looking for a new book to review, I came across this one and had to pick it up.

First thing, Chrissy Teigen is funny.  From the forward to the little antidotes that go with each recipe, even if you don’t cook a darn thing in this cookbook, it was a fun read.  It also gave me some insight to the lady who has been on TV a lot over the last year or so from Lip Sync Battle to Fab Life to even Hollywood Game Night, but started out as a model.  It was refreshing to see that someone who created a career out of being thin actually has Cravings and will eat “normal” foods from time to time.

There is a wide variety of recipes featured in Cravings.  But each has a story and a fabulous photo.  She covers everything from breakfast to dinner to a chapter called “Things That Intimidate People But Shouldn’t”.  I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but there is one for a Biscuits and Gravy that has piqued my interest and the picture of it makes me drool.

I found that I’ll probably never make about half of the recipes in this book.  But more adventurous eaters and cooks will find many gems to feast upon.  And the stories to go with the recipes are just the icing on top.  Give this cookbook a try.