Monday, April 11, 2011

Eva Longoria Releases Cookbook: "Eva's Kitchen"

Eva Longoria recently released a cookbook.  I didn’t see that one coming.  What’s next, Jenn Sterger’s book on gardening? I hate to make fun, but stick to what you are good at.  She identifies herself as a “natural cooker”.  “Cooker?”  I thought she was an “actorer”.
The cookbook is titled "Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends."
Eva claims that the book was hard to write because she felt bossy telling readers how much cheese or salt to use.  Really?  Isn’t that the idea of a cookbook?  Most “cookers” using a recipe expect to be told exactly how much of what to use – that’s what a recipe is for – that’s the definition of a recipe.  Jeesh.
Nevertheless, she seems like a genuinely nice person, so I hate to make fun.  In her defense, she is no stranger to culinary pursuits.  She is the owner of two very successful, upscale restaurants:  Beso, Hollywood, and Beso, Las Vegas.
Her recipes do in fact look very approachable for the average cook. They incorporate easy-to-find, fresh, quality food options. 
Here are some examples:
Grilled Shrimp on Arugula
Asparagus with Grey Moss Inn White French Dressing
Enchilada Rojas
 Flank Steak with Lime Marinade
Chunky Guacamole with Serrano Peppers
Aunt Elsa's Devil's Food Cake
Mint Lemonade

Eva Longoria is not the pioneer of the celebrity cookbook genre.  In recent weeks, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Silverstein, Tricia Yearwood and Sheryl Crow all have transcribed their culinary skills onto paper to share their recipes with the masses.  What’s next on the shared-skills list of celebrity publishing?  Knitting?


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