Chrissy Teigen. She is funny and annoying and unabashedly herself and it’s awesome. She reminds me of myself and one of my original PICs. The first few times someone would call us annoying, it was annoying. After that, it kind of became a badge of honor. Sorry for not changing my behavior because you are irritated by it, like everyone else would. It’s kind of empowering to be annoying really. Chrissy is complex though too, like a human being should be. So many people (not just celebrities, but people I know IRL)’s entire vocabulary of actions and moods lives on such a narrow portion of the spectrum of all possible human behavior. I guess it’s possible they’re just really, REALLY happy in their niche, but to me it is baffling. In the scope of a week (or even a day) my opinions about just about anything (least of all myself) can change. Not because I’m fickle, but because I’m complicated and stuff is complicated and I’d rather change my mind a million times than stick to an opinion which has since been realized as wrong, just to seem decisive and whatever positive connotation some people think accompanies that quality in that context.

And Chrissy is viewed as being similarly complex. Which I think is weird. I don’t think her range of moods should be seen as an exception to the rule. I think it’s weird that Gwyneth Paltrow is always wearing that beautiful, closemouthed smile……. eerie.

That is not to say I worship Chrissy Teigen. I don’t agree with her on everything and she definitely has that LA voice which is… unique. BUT. Her cookbook. Is delicious.

CRAVINGS is everything I want in a cookbook:

  • Portions which are often for two.
  • Recipes which are guilty pleasure and sometimes figure conscious (most of them are only guilty pleasure, but that’s ok too).
  • A whole section on Thai food.

While it isn’t the healthiest cookbook of all time, I just sub milk or milk + lemon juice if her recipes call for heavy cream, and usually lighten up on the cheese and/or butter. And what it lacks in “health points” it makes up for with bomb comfort food, and it’s my go-to if I want to make something that I know Hank and I will both love. In fact, I have so much faith in CT’s crowd-pleasing recipes that I broke a rule and made her scalloped potatoes for the first time for our Friendsgiving last year, (they were a hit).

At this point, I’ve made a decent percentage of the recipes and my favorites are:

  • Il Buco-style kale salad
  • Roasted cauliflower, feta, and orzo salad
  • Chicken pot pie soup
  • Sweet and salty coconut rice (!!!!!)
  • Lemony arugula cacio y pepe
  • Risotto with porcini mushrooms and peas
  • Sweet potato gnocchi with brown butter and sage

The kale salad is now my go-to kale salad (in a world bursting at the seams with kale salads, this is high praise) and I once repurposed the coconut rice (the literal only time we’ve ever had leftovers of it) and added it to a black bean soup which was my most successful culinary invention to date. I’ll post that recipe here next time I make it… I’m thinking that will be sooner rather than later.

So to summarize, despite Epicurious’s less-than-glowing review, I like many of the recipes in this cookbook. I usually edit the amount of fat included which I know Chrissy would call bs on, but summer is only 3 months away, so maybe she’d understand. Otherwise, I think the recipes have good flavor, especially for someone who is still a novice at parsing different flavor notes as opposed to just shoveling whatever’s on my plate straight down my gullet.

And I think I’m happy having the review end with the word gullet, so I’m gonna call it.