Hollywood Chef: Reviewing 6 Celebrity Cookbooks

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A number of Hollywood celebrities double as home chefs and have even written cookbooks to prove it. Unsurprisingly, a handful of these cooking and baking how-to’s have made best-seller lists, thanks to hungry consumers’ convictions that they hold the keys to Hollywood bodies and good food, too, but some books are still better than others, and that’s what we’re highlighting today.

Readers tend to pick up a celebrity’s cookbook for one of three reasons: They love the celebrity behind it; they want to learn how to make new dishes; or they want to try a new lifestyle diet. Do you fall into one of those camps? If so, before you shell out the cash for one of these celebrity cookbooks, read up on which ones are best, and which authors should stick to acting or song-writing. We won’t deny that these cooks know what they’re talking about, but let’s just say, some seem to know more than others.

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1. Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good

The first cookbook on our list is Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest, It’s All Good – arguably the most successful recipe book by a Hollywood actress currently out there on the lot. Paltrow is definitely the “it” celebrity slash cook of our time, and deservedly so, considering she has now published two cookbooks and has even been featured on the cover of Bon Appetit.

Paltrow undeniably knows food, but still, before you buy her book, bear in mind that her idea of food might be a little different than yours. She sticks to an extremely clean and strict diet, and her book focuses on elimination-diet friendly recipes. Low-carb, gluten-free, and dairy-free recipes are the name of the game in It’s All Good, but Paltrow never said following her diet regime was going to be easy. With the help of Julia Turshen, Paltrow’s book is a collection of 185 easy recipes that follows her doctor’s guidelines of no coffee, no alcohol, no dairy, no eggs, no sugar, no shellfish, no deep-water fish, no wheat, no meat, no soy, and nothing processed at all.

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