I gave Chrissy Teigen’s latest cookbook, Cravings: Hungry for More, a try. Here’s what I thought!
Cravings – Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen has been on my list since it came out. But I almost always test drive cookbooks by borrowing them from the library before I decide to purchase. There was a long list of holds on the library book, so I had to wait a while to try it.
(This post is not sponsored in any way, and these opinions are completely my own.)
I’m not one to follow a lot of celebrities. But I do love Chrissy Teigen. She has such a fun sense of humor and doesn’t hesitate to laugh at herself. And she loves good-bad food. You know – the kind that is soooo good but not great for you? Like cheesy, carby, greasy goodness. This isn’t a healthy-eating cookbook by any stretch. But that’s cool – it’s what I like about it!
What I love:
I love that Chrissy’s recipes are often a twist on an old favorite. This is such a fun way to add a little adventure to your dinner plan without having to go to an all new dish your family has never tried. My family loves beef stew. So giving her Sleepytime Stew and Cream Cheese Smashed Potatoes was an easy new dish that my kids weren’t wary of.
I also love the conversational style of the book. It’s clear that she wrote it because it’s written very much how she talks. I can hear Chrissy Teigen herself speaking these words as I read them. And if she didn’t actually write it herself – she found a great ghost writer to capture her voice! Ha!
Every single recipe has a little intro. Not just a sentence or two describing the recipe. But an actual intro where Chrissy talks about the inspiration behind the recipe and why she loves it.
And Chrissy does not skimp on the good stuff, like salt, cheese, bacon, and oils. This is a cookbook focused on flavor!
What I Don’t Love:
Two things, and they both have to do with my old-lady eyes. The print is pretty small, and the instructions are broken into longish paragraphs.
I like to have my cookbook propped up in my cookbook stand while I’m cooking and be able to glance over to read the next step. With this one, I really have to lean over and read through to figure out where I’m at.
This is definitely not a deal breaker though. But if I’m giving you my complete and honest thoughts, that’s one of them.
Recipes I tried:
Sleepytime Stew & Cream Cheese Smashed Potatoes
Spice-Rubbed Parmesan Chicken Breasts
Salted Maple Granola
Cheesy Spicy Breakfast Hash (no pics – sorry ’bout that!)
Other recipes that caught my eye:
- Blueberry Cream Cheese Pancakes
- Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Breakfast Bake
- Lazy Shrimp & Pork “Wonton” Soup
- Chicken Teriyaki Burgers
- Grilled Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches
- Crispy Bacon & Sweet Pickle Patty Melts
- Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Clusters (using the Salted Maple Granola!!)
- Pepper’s Grilled Eggplant
- Thai Soy-Garlic Fried Ribs
- Garlic-Honey Shrimp
- Sweet Miso-Butter Cod
- Instant Mango Sorbet
All in all, Cravings: Hungry for More is a cookbook I enjoy! There are lots of great looking recipes I think I’d make on a regular basis. This is a great cookbook for adding a little interest to your weekly meal plan. And many of the recipes take ~35 minutes or less.
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