Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cookbook Review: Cravings by Chrissy Teigen

We get a LOT of cookbook recommendations.

And have what some might consider an excessive amount of cookbooks. 

But every once in awhile, someone we really trust about food makes a recommendation for a great new cookbook and we have to get it, even though our shelves are already overflowing creatively arranged.

Our friend Ashley loves food and wine just as much as we do, so when she raved over Chrissy Teigan's cookbook Cravings, we knew we had to get it. 

Chrissy Teigan is, for anyone who doesn't know, a supermodel. A hilarious, married to John Legend, social media loving, outspoken supermodel who loves to cook and eat and say bad words. 

Cravings is a gorgeous - and hilarious - book, but also, the food is incredible. Gimmicky cookbooks, or cookbooks with funny stories, are great, but if the food isn't up to par, we're not interested. Teigan manages to combine wit, humor, storytelling, and appearances from her family and dogs with some seriously good food. 

We've tried several dishes from this book, but two real standouts that we've made over and over are the Spicy Italian Sausage Meatloaf and Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe.

Sloan loves meatloaf, and we both love spicy things, so this definitely fit the bill. Mushrooms, hot Italian sausage, and a super spicy/sweet ketchup on top make this so tasty - the easy prep and clear instructions make it a repeat meal in our house. 

We also love the Cacio e Pepe - out of all the pasta dishes we make, this one is probably the easiest and fastest, plus most delicious. We try to use homemade pasta (which Aiya is in charge of) but this isn't one of those "find organically grown artisan angel wings, but if you can't, store bought will do" types of recipes. 

We've thrown this together with homemade pasta, with spinach instead of arugula, with mozzarella instead of Parmesan and whatever, it's still amazing. 

You're basically making a bacon sauce, so it's hard to screw that up.

You can tell how well we love a recipe by how disgusting the cookbook pages are. 

This pasta was even good with zoodles instead of spaghetti! That's the true test - can we sub out delicious delicious pasta and still not hate our lives? 

Yes. Yes we can. 

Teigan's book is filled with recipes, like Spicy Tomato Skillet Eggs with Prosciutto, that I know we'll be trying for years to come. She's got breakfast, sides, pasta, toast, Thai, and so much more all crammed into a really accessible and beautiful book - we definitely recommend!

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