It’s hard being a celebrity these days. It’s not enough to just act or sing — one often needs to also have various other brand extensions to stay in the limelight. So what’s an obvious field? Why, food, of course. Check out these 15 celebrities that are food experts (or at least claim to be).
If you have a show devoted to food and wine, you know you’ve made it in the food world. In addition to acting in food-focused movies including “Big Night” and “Julie & Julia,” Tucci also has a cookbook featuring a foreword by Mario Batali. Food Authority Grade: A.
Because Stanley Tucci can do no wrong, even if we sometimes confuse him with his “Big Night” character. We want him at our dinner table.
Jerry Seinfeld’s wife is the author of two cookbooks, one for novice chefs and one for parents who want to sneak more vegetables into their kids’ food. Food Authority Grade: A-.
We wish that Seinfeld would treat vegetables as something that don’t need to be hidden away, but we get that kids can be kids sometimes.
In 2008, Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio debuted Estefan Kitchen, a collection of Cuban recipes. The couple has owns Bongos, a Cuban restaurant in Miami, among others. Food Authority Grade: B+.
Estefan’s Cuban roots are well-documented and while her restaurants may get lukewarm reviews, she’s proven through her multiple businesses that food is an important part of her life.
Gwyneth is probably the first person many people think of when they hear the words “food” and “celebrity.” She published two cookbooks and has graced the cover of Bon Appetit. Food Authority Grade: B+, with hesitation.
We know that her diet suggestions can be ridiculous and unrealistic. But even if you disagree with her, she actually backs up what she’s talking about.
Like Sheryl Crow, Eva Longoria’s interest in food goes beyond recipes. She was the Executive Producer for several films about farm workers’ rights. But yes, the “Desperate Housewives” star also does have a cookbook. Food Authority Grade: B+.
We’ll give Longoria credit for working with films that have an important story to be told. And her recipes aren’t bad, either… just not ground-breaking.
From country start to Food Network star! Trisha Yearwood has two cookbooks under her belt and a cable show called “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen“ to boot. Food Authority Grade: B+.
Having a Food Network show doesn’t guarantee that you’re a bonafide food expert, but it does mean that the recipes are reliable.
The “Entourage” star co-founded SHFT, an online platform that encourages a more sustainable lifestyle. The website discusses a range of contemporary food issues such as GMOs.
Food Authority Grade: B. Grenier knows his way around important food issues and uses his fame to draw attention to important causes.
Ali Larter, perhaps best known for that scene in “Varsity Blues,” has traded whipped cream for sea salt. Her first cookbook debuted this past September. Food Authority Grade: B.
Larter’s recipes are healthy and approachable. But they are also relatively simple and would she have a cookbook if not for her celeb status? No.
Obviously, Sheryl Crow titled her cookbook “If It Makes You Healthy.” After her battle with breast cancer, Crow was inspired to eat healthy and in-season. Food Authority Grade: B.
In addition to her cookbook, Crow is also an anti-hunger advocate and does a lot of work with the World Food Program.
Zac Posen may be a force to reckon with in the fashion world, but it turns out he’s quite the home cook as well. Food Authority Grade: B.
Based on his photos, we’d love to attend a dinner party at Zac’s house.
Actress Valerie Bertinelli has a cookbook and cookware line. Food Authority Grade: B. She knows what she’s doing, but we don’t really need yet another healthy eating guru.
Lauren Conrad’s lifestyle website features a “dine” section with recipes such as chicken soup and spiked cider. Food Authority Grade: B-. Conrad’s blog is one of the nicer-looking celeb lifestyle blogs out there.
Haylie Duff also has a cookbook out named after her blog, Real Girl’s Kitchen. Food Authority Grade: C. Getting a cookbook deal counts for something but Duff’s blog is all over the place.
The “Clueless” star has been an outspoken vegan for many years. Silverstone also has a cookbook out devoted to losing weight and saving the planet. Food Authority Grade: C+. If you’re a vegan or interested in vegan food, Silverstone offers useful tips and lifestyle advice.
Celebrities – Teresa Guidice, Lisa Vanderpump, Kathy Wakile, Bethenny Frankel. Food Authority Grade: C-. Just because the ones that don’t have any business claiming they know about food bring down the ones that do.
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