Many of the best cookbooks of 2018 are coming from surprising sources: TV actors, athletes, and even royalty (it seems Meghan Markle can do literally everything). So we've rounded up 10 of the best celebrity cookbooks published this year to inspire your holiday gifting, wish lists, and beyond!
To sweeten the deal, each of our best cookbook picks are less than $25 each and can be delivered to your doorstep in 48 hours or less.
The recipes in Chrissy Teigen's cookbook feel effortless but look amazing, just like the model/TV host/mom-of-2's stylish wardrobe. In addition to modern twists on comfort food classics, Cravings: Hungry for More offers an unfiltered look at her love story with musician John Legend, battling postpartum depression, and dealing with online critics. Oh yes, and crazy-cozy recipe ideas such as Crispy Parmesan Breakfast Sandwich and a Two-Faced Cobbler—to start and end your day on a snug note.
The Fixer Upper star is talented at more than, well, fixing things up. Turns out, Joanna Gaines is a pro in the kitchen, too. Right around the time she and husband Chip opened Magnolia Table restaurant, the Joanna Gaines cookbook hit store shelves.
Mixed in with seasonal produce creations and kid-pleasing recipes like Chicken Pot Pie and Mac and Cheese, you'll find stories about family traditions and candid photos of life in the Gaines home.
The Food Network Star (and Food Network Star co-host) invites us along as she tours her native Rome—and along the way teaches how to live "the good life." Rewinding it back to the beginning of the chef/restaurateur's career, the culinary tour in this best celebrity cookbook spotlights the origins of her lighter twists on Italian classics like spaghetti, bruschetta, and affogato.
While this isn't the first Kristin Cavallari cookbook, it's the newest and the most accommodating to dietary restrictions of all kinds (including Celiac disease, lactose intolerance, etc.). The fashion designer and TV personality originally got her break on MTV's Laguna Beach and now spends a lot of time experimenting around her oven to develop dishes that fit her "toxin-free" meal plan. That means:
Cavallari is on a mission to prove that real ingredients and nutritious food need not be bland "diet food."
Actor, producer, entrepreneur, author, mom, wife...now add cookbook author and Southern etiquette expert to Reese Witherspoon's extensive resume! From a how-to for hot-rolling hair to a foolproof Mint Julep recipe, this uber-personal memoir cookbook takes you along as she preps for a chic tea party. Dorothea, Witherspoon's grandma, thought the delicate-outside, fiery-inside of Southern women made them like "Whiskey in a Teacup" (hence the tome's title).
Stepping outside of Beverly Hills 90210 and the Saved by the Bell classroom, the actor and Cooking Channel host offers her fresh take on hospitality in this best cookbook of 2018. She's a mom, too, so in addition to the party-ready recipes, Thiessen shares close-to-home concepts like Brady's Favorite Short Rib Enchiladas (named after her husband) and Mom's Cream Cheese Pie. For casual entertaining events, follow her game plan for a PJ party, or spice up your tailgate with a bowl of vegetarian chili.
First Top Chef, then The Chew, now the world! November 2018 Better Homes & Gardens contributor Carla Hall is on a quest to change the definition of "soul food" from an instant association with fried food to what it truly is: classic cuisine with African, Caribbean, and American South roots and fresh, healthy ingredients. While you wait for your order to arrive, try these three recipes from Hall's brand-new cookbook now.
No boxing gloves are required to join Laila Ali in her new ring (the kitchen). The former athlete says that "nutrition is king, but flavor is queen" in her first cookbook that would surely make dad Muhammad proud. Focusing on an even mix of hearty and healthy, the competitors vying for your allegiance in this best celebrity cookbook contender include Chicken and Egg Breakfast Tacos, Oven-Fried Chicken, and a Cheesy Quinoa and Rice Bake. It's all proof that fueling foods don't have to come in chalky powder or brick-like bar form.
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is busy nesting for baby #1. But somehow, she was still able to carve out time to write the foreword for this international cookbook that highlights the power of cooking to bring people together. After a large fire in London, a group of local women came together at the Hubb Community Kitchen to prepare fresh meals for their community. They ended up sharing more than food, however; they shared stories, hope, and homes. The globe-spanning recipes give a nod to the diversity of the group and a portion of the proceeds support Hubb Community Kitchen's growth.
The Master Chef co-host and mastermind behind David Chang's Momofuku Milk Bar dessert domination spills her best baking brilliance in this best new cookbook. It includes her greatest hits (birthday sheet cakes, cake truffles) as well as trendy sweets (microwave cakes, naked cakes in your tricked-out in your favorite flavor combo). The aptly-titled All About Cake is constructed to be useful for everyone from stand mixer rookies to bakery pros.