Celebs, ever obsessed with staying fit and healthy-looking, seem to be taking on the cookbook genre in droves lately (Gwyneth, anyone?). Adding to the bumper crop of cookbook titles arriving this spring, here are a few standout titles from folks in the public eye. Invite them off the screen and into your kitchen today.
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On the heels of his well-received diet manual Extra Lean, Saved by the Bell alum Mario Lopez returns with Extra Lean Family: Get Lean and Achieve Your Family’s Best Health Ever (Celebra, May). The co-host of the nightly entertainment news magazine Extra, Lopez understands how often life can get in the way of our best intentions. His easy-to-follow meal plans, weekly grocery lists and useful diet tips combine to help parents transform the quality and nutritional value of the food they feed their families—all without breaking the bank or stealing away hours of precious free time. In our review, we found that Lopez “demonstrates how parents can effectively coach their children about healthy snacks, vitamins and how to ‘dejunk’ life.”
Cancer survivor. Outspoken environmentalist. Mother. Rock star. Add chef to the list with the release of Sheryl Crow’s guide to healthy eating, If It Makes You Healthy: More than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Seasons (St. Martin’s Press, April). Here the singer teams up for a duet with her personal chef Chuck White to present seasonal, vitamin-packed essentials for any diet. Fret not: there’s more than just greens and Omega-3s here, as Crow writes in the introduction: “Regardless of how dedicated I am to eating healthfully, I’m also a believer in the 10 percent cheat zone.” Be sure to sample her sinfully delicious Banana Bread Pudding after a hearty meal of Pecan-Crusted Trout and Curried Cauliflower.
Baseball’s heavy hitters bat it out of the park with a collection of recipes assembled by Julie Lora in Diamond Dishes: From the Kitchens of Baseball’s Biggest Stars (Lyons Press, April). Combining her lifelong passion for both baseball and cooking, Lora presents an all-star selection of more than 60 simple recipes from 20 of the game’s finest—with a scoop of baseball trivia on the side. Don’t miss Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard’s Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s Grilled T-Bone Steaks with Balsamic Onion Confit or Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez’s Triple Chocolate Brownies. Jam-packed with full-page photos of your favorite ballers in the kitchen, Lora’s collection is nothing short of a grand slam.
Academy Award-winning actress, goop.com goddess and Glee guest star Gwyneth Paltrow learned her way around the kitchen at a young age under the apt tutelage of her gourmand father, the late director Bruce Paltrow. Her first book, My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family Togetherness (Grand Central Life & Style, April), pays homage to his legacy. His motto: “A meal made for your family is an expression of love, a source of pleasure.” Paltrow’s taken his words to heart, evidenced by the glossy shots of the author in the kitchen with her two children Apple and Moses, and there’s no shortage of simple, delicious and seasonal recipes to feed and nurture your family’s soul. Also includes a section on pantry essentials and suggested online resources for the plugged-in cook.
Real Housewife of New Jersey Teresa Giudice brings the Old World Italian flavors of the Jersey Shore to the reader’s table with the release of Fabulicious! Teresa’s Italian Family Cookbook (Running Press, May). The Bravo reality favorite reteams with co-author Heather Maclean to follow up the success of her debut cookbook, Skinny Italian, with 60 more recipes straight from the heart of her ancestral Salerno. Secret family recipes for her mother’s meatballs and mother-in-law’s tiramisu are woven together with anecdotes from Guidice’s own kitchen, making for a heartfelt and chatty guide to feeding your family delicious—and yes, fabulicious—meals. A surprisingly sophisticated take on healthy, homestyle Italian cuisine.