The must-have celebrity accessories change as frequently as the daily fro-yo flavors. Move over small dogs, adopted children, and Birkin bags, this is the age of celebrity cookbooks. Eva Longoria, G Pal, Sheryl Crow (author of If It Makes You Healthy), and of course Bon Appetit coverwoman Gwyneth, all released cookbooks in recent months, making SFoodie curious to count down the 10 Most Awesomely Bad Celebrity Cookbooks.
10. Cookin’ with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price
Who knew a gangsta’s paradise could be the kitchen? Coolio puts the G in gourmet with this collection of cost-conscious meals. With dishes like Cold Shrimpin’, Bro-Ghetti, and Chicken Lettuce Blunts, you simply can’t lose.
9. Mr. Sunday’s Soups by Lorraine and Chris Wallace
Shadowed by his famous father Mike, Chris Wallace had to pave his own way in the dirty weekend news business. He and his wife have shared their soup recipes with the world. We don’t think we’ll ever be comfortable calling him Mr. Sunday, he’ll always be Mr. Soupy to us.
8. Quarterback Killer’s Cookbook by Jared Allen
The title made us think we’d found the mythical O.J. Simpson cookbook we’d heard about/possible dreamed up. What we did find was a Viking of a man named Jared Allen. His cookbook features braised bear and elk Wellington. We love the amazing tagline, “No one serves up wild game — both on the field and off – like Jared Allen.”
7. Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes by Maya Angelou
We all know that Maya Angelou writes and speaks with such cadence, but we didn’t know that she cooked. She authored her first cookbook in her late 70s and her second in her early 80s. Our favorite moment: her first night after moving to Sonoma, when she invited M.F.K. Fisher over for cassoulet.
6. Hot Italian Dish: A Cookbook by Victoria Gotti
Everyone’s favorite Italian-American princess is more than a hot dish – not only can can she dish the dirt at Star Magazine, she can also cook a hot dish. Her book focuses on bringing families together for everything from Sunday dinners to big meals after public court cases involving FBI agents.
5. George Foreman’s Indoor Grilling Made Easy: More Than 100 Simple, Healthy Ways to Feed Family and Friends
For a guy who’s gone from boxer to meat machine pitch man (and with the audacity to name all five of his sons George), it should come as no surprise that he has authored more than three cookbooks on grilling. If there is a food product, George’s name is all over it.
4. Skinny Cooks Can’t Be Trusted: In the Kitchen with Mo’Nique
Mo’Nique has a unique name, a funny stand-up act, and yet we always thought that her unshaven legs was the most interesting thing about her. The mother of all things Precious actually has a way in the kitchen, whipping up themed meals like “Fight Party at Mo’s” and “The Morning-After Breakfast.” Plus, we trust she knows what she’s doing because she ain’t no skinny chef.
3. Don’t Fill Up on the Antipasto: Tony Danza’s Father-Son Cookbook
Tony Danza went from boss to teacher, and in between dabbled in father-son cooking. “Don’t fill up on the antipasto” is an order — you’ll learn more about the Danza family than you ever wanted to know. From uncle John’s pasta to mother’s lasagna, the book weaves a family stories into each of the recipes.
2. Wise Guy Cookbook: My Favorite Recipes from My Life as a Goodfella to Cooking on the Run by Henry Hill
Cooking and the witness protection program don’t seem to go hand in hand, but for Henry Hill they did. This wiseguy on the run had to keep up his Italian roots even when hiding in places with no proscuitto (gasp). Hill shows that when life hands you rotten tomatoes, you make ziti and write a book. Plus who doesn’t love a good mob cookbook?
1. Joy of Liberace: Retro Recipes from America’s Kitschiest Kitchen
Think glittery frosted balls and recipes that include “Chicken a La King of Bling!”, “Flamboyant Flambe of Sirloin”, and, our favorite, “Fruit, Fruitier, Fruitiest Salad.” The recipes in this book play second piano to the pictures of his over-the-top kitchen.
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