I take Mindy Kaling鈥榮 advice very seriously (because even her 鈥淒on鈥檛 do this thing I鈥檇 do鈥 advice is pretty damn fun). Recently on Instagram, Mindy gave a major shout-out to model/TV host/mom/cookbook author Chrissy Teigen. Along with an image of Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat ($18), Chrissy鈥檚 best-selling ode to grub, Mindy wrote, 鈥淗ands down my favorite cookbook鈥 get this book and do a full Julie and Julia with it like I鈥檓 doing.鈥 I鈥檓 on it, Mindy.


But it wasn鈥檛 just Mindy givin鈥 Cravings mad love. Chrissy鈥檚 cookbook was routinely popping up on my Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat accounts. It was like she and her delicious recipes were stalking me. I tend to avoid cookbooks penned by celebs. I figure that odds are they should stick with acting, modeling, singing or reality TV gigs and not attempt to wear another (chef) hat. But something about Chrissy鈥檚 cookbook and all the positive reviews had me way intrigued. I was in. Hello, Amazon Prime and a week of cooking like Chrissy.


First, it has to be noted that even though Chrissy is a model (famous for her Sports Illustrated swimsuit pics), Cravings is not 鈥 I repeat NOT 鈥 a diet cookbook. Butter, bacon, more butter, beef, potatoes and even more butter are go-to ingredients. My fam (hubby and kid) tackled a mix of breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes using Chrissy鈥檚 recipes and tips.

chicken wrap

One of the best things about Cravings is that all the recipes are easy to make, relatively quick and are firmly placed in the comfort food realm (AKA *perfect* for fall and winter meals). 鈥淢aybe you鈥檝e never cooked a meal in your life or maybe you are Chef Chefly McCheffinton,鈥 she writes, giving Cravings a 鈥渢his cookbook is for everyone鈥 vibe, which makes the recipes extra fun to follow. These are dishes that are palate pleasers for the whole crew, except little ones. They might not be too keen on the spiciness of some of the dishes (for example, Spicy Tomato Skillet Eggs With Prosciutto, Pepper鈥檚 Spicy Clams and Pasta, Secretly Spicy Deviled Eggs and Spicy Cajun Sausage, Peppers and Cabbage). The girl likes it spicy. My kid? Not so much.


Our family鈥檚 faves (that the crew is already begging for again) include the Prosciutto-Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breasts, BTI (Better Than Ina鈥檚) Roast Chicken and Vegetables and Cheesy Cheeseless Scrambled Eggs. There were also a couple that will be one time deals for us, like the Spicy Italian Sausage Meatloaf (it gave me wicked heartburn) and the Hasselback Potatoes (they looked super cool, but I just didn鈥檛 think the work made them taste that much better than regular spuds).


Hilarious tidbits about Chrissy鈥檚 pre-kid life (baby Luna wasn鈥檛 in the picture when she penned the book) are sprinkled throughout Cravings. Chrissy is F-U-N-N-Y! Like, she should have her own sitcom funny. With most recipe books, I鈥檇 just go immediately to the meat of the matter (the whats and hows), but with Cravings, I鈥檇 read all the intros and her asides, often reading them to my man (with him chuckling alongside me).


Along with the mouth-watering photos of food, there are slice-of-life photos of Chrissy, John Legend, Chrissy鈥檚 parents and her adorable pups throughout the book. This is not like my life. I don鈥檛 have a pool to lay beside while chowing down on chicken wings. Her kitchen is way cleaner than mine. And I really, really don鈥檛 look as good in a halter and short shorts as she does. It also made me totally jelly for her marble kitchen counters, cute dogs and family bonding while cooking (she and her mom are adorable).

Besides all the recipes, I realized something. I want to be BFFs with Chrissy. We could braid each other鈥檚 hair, John would serenade us with sweet, sweet songs and we鈥檇 laugh so hard that our bellies would hurt. And then we鈥檇 fill those bellies with ALL THE FOODS. Could I cook with Cravings every day or every week? I don鈥檛 think so. But I鈥檒l proudly put it on my cookbook shelf along with my other faves, because Chrissy is now part of the family.

Have you tried Cravings? If so, what鈥檚 your fave recipe? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know.

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