Spring/summer 2016 marks the release of a delectable batch of new cookbooks, and there are a lot of big names hitting the shelves: a new cult favorite from Gwyneth Paltrow, a debut cookbook from Chrissy Teigen, and another surefire hit from Ina Garten, to name a few.
Inside the pages of these beautiful cookbooks are hundreds of Pinterest-worthy recipes to get you excited for summer nights cooking for family and friends.
There’s truly something for everyone in this mix, but the common theme is ease. This year, cookbooks are trending toward the everyday cook — recipes that don’t take hours on hours to make with endless lists of ingredients. You’ll find plenty of recipes for easy, 30-minute dinners; snacks; packable lunches and recipes with 10 ingredients or less.
These are the hottest new celebrity cookbooks that have everyone talking. Let’s get cooking!
If you follow Chrissy Teigen on Instagram, you know that her love for food is no joke. The Sports Illustrated cover model released her first cookbook this spring, and whether you want to spend nearly five hours cooking Pineapple-Grilled Short Ribs or 45 minutes whipping up the five-ingredient Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage, there’s a recipe for everything you could ever want to make. We’re partial to the Cobb Salad with Honey-Mustard Ranch Dressing — get the recipe here!
Following up her uber-popular “It’s All Good,” health-foodie Gwyneth Paltrow is back with a cookbook that brings delicious, healthy dishes with little or no sugar, fat or gluten to the everyday home cook. But healthy doesn’t equal boring. The Moroccan Chicken Salad Wrap, Thai Curry Noodle Pot, Cauliflower Tabbouleh and Chocolate Banana Milk Shake recipes are calling your name. “That’s the idea here: Approach the kitchen with an air of easiness,” Gwyneth writes in the intro. “Because even if life isn’t all easy — far from it — sitting down and enjoying a good meal with people you really like can be. It should be.”
While not technically a cookbook, Kristin’s debut lifestyle book has an entire section dedicated to healthy recipes. Her favorite from the book? The Peanut Butter Chicken. “My mom made it for me — my brother and I — growing up, and it was one of my absolute favorites,” she says. “Now I make it for dinner all the time, and it’s my boys’ absolute favorite meal.” Kristin hopes to release a full cookbook as a follow-up.
“E! News” host and health nut Maria Menounos released her first cookbook this spring, a collection of 150 easy-to-make recipes to help you live your healthiest lifestyle — without sacrificing good food. “My goal is to teach you how to cook unique and delicious recipes that, for the most part, are fast, healthy, simple, and uncomplicated,” she writes. Try the Caramelized Veggie Flatbreads, Summertime Watermelon-Feta Salad and Spicy Avocado Toasts. Healthy eating has never been so good.
Ina is back with her most personal cookbook yet: a collection of recipes that are beloved by her husband, Jeffrey, and their friends, along with stories from their 48(!) years of marriage. Among Jeffrey’s favorites: Roasted Salmon Tacos, Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschettas, and Apple Pie Bars. These recipes are perfect for either an at-home date night or a dinner party for eight. No matter whom you’re cooking for, Ina’s latest cookbook does not disappoint.
Giada De Laurentiis
Food Network star and celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis is back with yet another cookbook, this one filled with almost 200 recipes to help you live a happy and healthy lifestyle through all four seasons. From lunch recipes to pack for work to homemade Christmas gifts and even a New Year’s cleanse, “Happy Cooking” will take you through 12 months of happy, healthy eating.
Food blogger, best-selling author and Instagram celebrity Ella Woodward’s debut cookbook, “Deliciously Ella,” was an instant hit. This time around, she’s sharing recipes for stress-free weekday dinners, salads, packed lunches, and snacks on the go. After being diagnosed with a rare illness in 2011, Ella gave up meat, gluten, dairy, sugar and processed foods and saw an immediate and dramatic difference in her health. In “Deliciously Ella Every Day” she’s proving that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to take a lot of time, money or effort.
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Words I didn’t think I’d ever write: ’90s heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr. has written a cookbook! Freddie’s Puerto Rican heritage and New Mexican roots inspired his collection of 75 “real recipes” with a southwestern twist. You’ll find flavorful takes on tacos, enchiladas and eggs, along with twists on the classics, like his Southern California Guacamole and Mom’s “The Best” Tomato Soup. The book is also filled with beautiful photos that give readers an inside look at Freddie’s life with Sarah Michelle Gellar and their two kids, Charlotte and Rocky.
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