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The Best and Worst Celebrity Cookbooks

Gangster rapper Coolio produces one of the more unlikely celebrity cookbooks.
Gangster rapper Coolio produces one of the more unlikely celebrity cookbooks.
  •  Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends. The Desperate Housewives' star grew up on a ranch so this cookbook is full of home-style cooking from her childhood, as well as a few fancy dishes she picked up along the way. For us Aussies who may not be familiar with anything more Mexican than tacos or nachos, Eva's recipes and family stories are a great insight into the cuisine of her heritage. And the personal stories that go with many of the recipes are fantastic as well. Definitely makes our best list.
  • This might even be our number one, best celeb cookbook. Fancy feasting on Frank Sinatra's Barbecued Lamb? Or diving into a plate of Joan Crawford's Poached Salmon? How about a serve of Rock Hudson's cannoli? Then The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes by 150 Stars of Stage and Screen is for you. Frank DeCaro, best known as the movie critic on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, has collected hundreds of recipes passed on from legendary stars of stage and screen, proving that before there were celebrity chefs, there were celebrities who fancied themselves chefs. Their all-but-forgotten recipes-rescued from out-of-print cookbooks, musty biographies, vintage magazines, and dusty pamphlets include Elizabeth Taylor's Chicken with Avocado and Mushrooms, Liberace's Sticky Buns, Bette Davis's Red Flannel Hash, Andy Warhol's Ghoulish Goulash, Johnny Cash's Old Iron Pot Family-Style Chilli and many, many more.
  • And the worst? Well there's plenty choose from but Alicia Silverstone's humbly named The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet is perfect for anyone who likes their recipes with a dash of self-righteousness and a smidge of stating-the-bleeding- obvious. Here, Alicia shares her insights on cooking rice: "Wash rice. Soak rice. Put rice in pot. Add water. Boil on high heat. Cover. Turn the heat down. Simmer, remove and serve warm." Ground-breaking stuff. Still, we shouldn't scoff, because according to Silverstone, "by following the Kind Diet, you will become more sensitive to all the important things in life - like love, nature, and your deepest, truest self." And you'll know how to cook rice.
  • Hells yeah he did! Cookin' with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price has us so confused; we don't know if it's the top of our best list or the bottom of our worst. Who knew a gangsta's paradise could be the kitchen? In this kooky little cookbook (with the cheesiest of cheesy covers) Coolio puts the G back in gourmet with this collection of cost-conscious meals. With chapters such as "How to Become a Kitchen Pimp", "Chillin' and Grillin" and "Pasta Like a Rasta", and dishes like Cold Shrimpin', Banana Ba-Ba-Ba-Bread, and, our favourite, Bro-Ghetti, what's not to love? Fo shizzle.

All books available at amazon.com

Topics:  celebrity, cook, cookbook


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