Rumors to the contrary, celebrities do in fact eat, and many of them also cook. The women featured here share a zeal for food, an ethos that requires organic, sustainable foods and a love of family.
1 If It Makes You Healthy: More Than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Seasons (St. Martin’s, $29.99), by Sheryl Crow and Chuck White. The Grammy Award-winning singer is up-front about her lack of culinary skills and, until recently, her unhealthy diet. A breast cancer diagnosis in 2006 compelled her to forgo quick bites and learn as much as she could about healthy eating and its role in combating illness. She had the good fortune to meet Nashville chef Chuck White, who now cooks for her full-time. Together they have assembled a collection of recipes that offers healthier versions of traditional dishes (don’t miss the chocolate mousse stiffened with avocado).
2 Eva’s Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family & Friends (Clarkson Potter, $29.99), by Eva Longoria. If you’re shocked that the lovely actress is publishing a cookbook, you’re clearly confusing her with cooking-impaired Gabrielle Solis, the character she portrays on “Desperate Housewives.” The 100 recipes arrayed here reflect the influence of Longoria’s Southwestern heritage as well as her unique take on favorite cuisines from her red carpet jaunts around the globe (try the Turkey Shepherd’s Pie).
3 My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness (Grand Central Life & Style, $30), by Gwyneth Paltrow. A scion of thespian aristocracy, a talented actress (with an Oscar to prove it) and singer, Paltrow has much to be grateful for. She credits her father (who died in 2002) for instilling in her a love of cooking, and his throat-cancer diagnosis for leading her to eliminate processed foods from her diet, in favor of organic, macrobiotic ones. This catalog of recipes ranges from corn fritters to duck ragu.