Celebrity Nosh and Slosh
Celebrities have a storied and long love affair for sharing their epicurean penchants and culinary creations via cookbooks, while others have taken their passion for the grape into the realms of public consciousness with their own brands of vino.
For every Julia Child or Francis Ford Coppola-like success in these ventures, there are bound to be a few missteps along the way. Take for example, Carnie Wilson’s "Diet Staples Cookbook" that chronicled her meal choices, post-gastric bypass surgery - postage stamp-sized Cornish game hens, anyone? Why not wash it down with Lindsay Lohan’s Swill? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Still, they sold better than Judy Garland’s "Pills For Every Meal" cookbook from back in the day.
But fear not, there are some new offerings on the immediate horizon and are currently on the shelves to whet your appetite and quench your palette.
Everyone’s favorite macrobiotic woman, Gwyneth Paltrow, is back on the food scene with "It’s All Good" after unleashing the previous how-to-cook efforts "My Father’s Daughter" and "Notes From My Kitchen Table," as well as the healthy lifestyle website goop.com.
In her newest tome, Paltrow lets us in on her elimination diet, though it does not consist of eating roughage only. Rather, it’s a way to treat what may ail you by eliminating the following: "[N]o coffee, no alcohol, no dairy, no eggs, no sugar, no shellfish, no deepwater fish, no potatoes, no tomatoes, no bell pepper, no eggplant, no corn, no wheat, no meat, no soy, nothing processed at all." If that’s her equation for things being not-so-good, I shudder to think of what she would term as all-bad.
For an actor who made a big gay splash with his role in "The Devil Wears Prada," it’s surprising that Stanley Tucci has the rather pedestrianly-titled "The Tucci Cookbook." I mean, would "The Devil Eats Pasta" really have been that big of a stretch? He starred in some foodie flicks, like "Julie & Julia" and "Big Night," so I guess that gives him some sort of kitchen/street-cred.
His Italian heritage is the true star of this show, with Tucci’s book highlighting that "most of the world eats to live, but Italians live to eat." Hopefully, if he ever cooks any of the Italian recipes for Prada co-star Meryl Streep, compiled from both sides of his familial lineage, he’ll make sure to serve it at a non-glacial pace, lest she go all Miranda Priestly on his you-know-what.
The term celebrity sometimes gets applied to folks who, let’s face it, really aren’t. Here are two such examples of "reality stars who perhaps should have dairy-centric cookbooks called Milkin’ It."
First up is Kate Gosselin, now divested of both husband Jon Gosselin and their reality TV show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8." Her cookbook, "Love Is in the Mix," is a collection of everyday and entertaining recipes catering to her large brood, be they appetizers or decadent desserts. Ironically, there isn’t one in the book called "Failed Marriage," which could consists of a d-bag husband, baked a la mode, with Ed Hardy T-shirts and a sprinkle of regret.
Controversial "Real Housewives of New Jersey" lightning-rod Teresa Giudice is a three-times-over New York Times best seller listee for her cookbooks, all of which manage to throw a variation of the word "fabulous" into their titles. So, you could have knocked me over with a flipped table, err, I mean feather, when her newest incarnation arrived with the title "Fabulicious!"