Lifestyles of the rich, famous, and breakfast-loving
You could stalk their Instagram accounts or read the tabloids, but if you're really interested in learning what celebrities eat for breakfast, try picking up a celebrity cookbook. If I've learned anything about famous people and food, it's that celebrities love breakfast, so more often than not, the breakfast recipes from celebrity cookbooks are the most interesting to make and most fun to eat. And the chances are good that your favorite celebrity has a cookbook, because it seems like everyone and their mom has a cookbook these days. Many of them are maligned, turned into a punchline—and to a certain extent, I get the hate. Winning an Academy Award or playing the piano in fabulous, bedazzled jackets requires a lot of skill, but being famous doesn't inherently qualify you to tell someone else how to make the perfect omelet.
But you don't pick up a celebrity cookbook to learn the proper technique to poach an egg. You read a celebrity cookbook because you want to learn more about that famous person's life, their likes and dislikes, what they eat when they wake up in the morning. The goal is to feel a new sort of kinship with them, and maybe, just maybe, by cooking the same things that they do and following the same morning routine, you can feel famous for a little bit, too. So take a quick peek into the lifestyles of the rich, famous, and breakfast-loving with these breakfast recipes from nine celebrity cookbooks.
As the blog Mr. Breakfast points out, the recipe for Liberace’s Special 15 Minute Eggs from his cookbook Liberace Cooks! Recipes from His Seven Dining Rooms only needs seven to eight minutes to fully cook.
Sure, Kelis’s milkshake might’ve brought all the boys to the yard, but the offerings in her cookbook My Life on a Plate: Recipes from Around the World are probably healthier and more filling for breakfast, like her recipe for oatmeal whole wheat pancakes with black cherries.
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Lots of famous friends seem to join Freddie Prinze Jr. for breakfast in his cookbook Back to the Kitchen: 75 Delicious, Real Recipes (& True Stories) from a Food-Obsessed Actor, and they seem to like pancakes. There are recipes for Parker Posey’s Pancakes, the Rock’s Cinnamon Pancakes, plus plenty of egg recipes, from the “Diner Special (AKA Bacon & Eggs over Easy with Whole Wheat Toast)” to something called My Morning Omelet.
At this point, Gwyneth Paltrow is as much known being a cookbook author as she is for being an Academy Award-winning actress. Her 2013 cookbook It’s All Good, however, got flak for being too fussy, and with breakfast recipes like an Actually Good Egg White Omelet, Two Ways, and “Buttermilk” Waffles with the quotation marks included in the title of the recipe, it’s easy to see how it earned that reputation.
Featuring almond pancakes with berries and yogurt, steamed egg custard with shiitake mushrooms and plain yogurt, and a whole section of smoothies, Olivia Newton-John’s cookbook Livwise: Easy Recipes for a Healthy, Happy Life definitely features a sizable collection of some delicious, and seemingly healthy, recipes.
Kris Jenner’s cookbook In the Kitchen with Kris: A Kollection of Kardashian-Jenner Family Favorites weirdly has a lot of takes on Mexican food, like a chicken nachos recipe from Nicole Brown Simpson. (Yes, that Nicole Brown Simpson.) Its breakfast recipes are limited, but the Cranberry Orange Relish with Maple Syrup and Grand Marnier sounds like it would be pretty good on waffles.
American singer and actress Dinah Shore’s very cleverly named cookbook Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah: Dinah Shore’s Personal Cookbook contained over 200 recipes, including her signature corned beef hash. This hash doesn’t have a ton of ingredients, but needs to sit overnight and is best served with a “hot, buttered rye or pumpernickel toast accompanied by whipped cream cheese and a little Bar-le-Duc or any tart jelly.”
Eva Longoria wrote and published her cookbook Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends in 2011, just as her eight-year stint on Desperate Housewives was starting to come to a close. The book contained recipes for Aunt Elsa’s Buttermilk Biscuits and something called No-Bake Peanut Balls, which could be good for a grab-and-go breakfast.
Coolio is a very good rapper and a very good chef, so he took combined his penchant for wordplay with his love of food to write Cookin’ with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price, which includes sections like “It’s Hard Out Here for a Shrimp” and “Vegetarians? Okay, Whatever!” The breakfast pickings are admittedly slim—save for a recipe called Strawberry Fields Banana Forever Muffins—but look at me in the eyes and tell me you don’t want to also try Coolio’s I’m-Gonna-Slap-You-With-My-Whisk Tomato Bisque.