With the launch of her cookbook, Cravings, Chrissy Teigen has officially launched herself into the world of food professionals. She’s made herself vulnerable to be brutally judged against chefs, cooks, and other food-loving celebrities. But with her book, her blog, and her food obsession, Teigen shouldn’t just bewritten off as just another celebrity trying to fight her way into this tasty world. Her culinary knowledge and skills make her stand out from the crowd: Teigen really is a true, authentic cook and food-lover. Yes, she is a model, and she does have to diet before most photo shoots, but the rest of the time, her energy and passion is focused on the kitchen, and her cookbook proves this.
You can generally tell how cooking-obsessed people are by their cookbook collection. Besides her own book, you’ll find David Chang’s Momofuku, and Ina Garten’s How Easy is That? on Teigen’s shelves.This range of books, cuisines, and difficulty level proves that this model takes her food very seriously.
Chrissy Teigen didn’t outsource the entire cookbook writing project to a ghost writer, as many other celebrities have done with their culinary efforts. She took the process incredibly seriously, and even had her co-author move in with her so that they could spend as much time together as possible perfecting the recipes.
Teigen won’t share a recipe until it’s perfect. Her Instagram shot of a stunning Dutch Baby pancake demonstrates how much effort she puts in to her baking, and how happy it makes her when everything turns out right: The sign of a truly dedicated cook.
If you ask any non-food-obsessive what his or her favorite meal is, that person will probably hesitate, change his or her mind several times, and finally admit that to just not knowing how to answer. This is not the case for Teigen who, if asked, will immediately provide you with an exact response: in America, Frank Restaurant’s lasagna verde wins, but if she gets to choose from the whole world, she would go for steak at Trattoria Pandemonio in Florence.
Chrissy Teigen isn’t one to shy away from a cooking challenge — consider her homemade gnocchi as proof. Her new cookbook includes a recipe for sweet potato gnocchi with sage brown butter, which is all made from scratch: no cheating or shortcuts are being taken in this celebrity’s kitchen.
Chrissy Teigen’s mom is Thai, and Chrissy has, sensibly, learnt all her most important cooking tips, tricks, and recipes, from her. Teigen’s cooking wouldn’t be the same if she didn’t incorporate so much of her Thai heritage into the kitchen.
One of Chrissy’s most used pieces of kitchen equipment isn’t a faddish spiralizer or a cold-press juicer, but a sturdy mortar and pestle. You can tell she’s a serious cook simply from the fact that she owns and uses this professional-approved piece of kitchen kit.
The key reason why the food world has fallen in love with Chrissy Teigen is because of her down-to-earth attitude about body image, food, and eating. She doesn’t pretend to be the girl who can eat anything and still be super slim, nor does she claim to subsist on endless sticks of celery. She loves food, she loves cooking: She’s not here to talk about dieting tips or tricks, but rather about home-cooked food that tastes amazing.
You won’t be welcomed in to the food world if your condiment of choice is ketchup or mayonnaise. Teigen passes this test by being a hot sauce addict: She hoards mini take-out portions of sriracha, and tops her favorite dishes with this spicy condiment.
Chrissy understands that the key to a successful day is to start it with a substantial breakfast. Her go-to breakfast is avocado with turkey bacon and two eggs over easy. Any girl who religiously starts her day with this fabulous-sounding meal gets all our food-expert approval.