I think everybody is thinking of this cookbook as Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings 2 (I was), but it’s really got its own name: Cravings: Hungry for More. I’ve been hungry for more of these recipes since I got the last book.
Want to Love Cooking? Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings 2 Will Help.
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Boom. Done. End of post. Okay, not really.
But sort of. Because honestly, as much as I do love the idea of being like a modern day 1950s housewife at least part-time and getting great joy out of cooking all the nutrient-dense family meals and then delivering them to the table with a sparkling, red-lipped smile and perfect hair, that’s just not me. I don’t love cooking. At least not most of the time. I screwed up oatmeal last weekend, which I thought was impossible.
Give me step-by-step instructions for a dish that looks like a masterpiece in the photographs, though, and I can rock it. Bonus if it inspires me because it’s a little weird or unexpected. Most of the time, though? I’d rather sit at my desk and work than cook.
How Chrissy Teigen Can Improve Your Marriage (LOL)
Chrissy Teigen could probably singlehandedly improve my marriage if she came out with a new cookbook every six months or so–and my marriage is pretty darn happy anyway–because I’d always feel inspired to make these creative meals. Cravings: Hungry for More (Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings 2) is inspiring me just like the original Cravings cookbook did.
The humor she inserts throughout her cookbooks makes me feel like I can’t screw up. The commentary is one of my favorite parts in both books. It keeps the mood light and the anxiety down, even when you’re knee-deep in biscuit dough and frantically looking around for the help that will never come because you got up at 6 AM on a Saturday to surprise your family. (The biscuits turned out fabulous, almost like I knew what I was doing the whole time.)
So far, the recipes I’ve made from Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings 2 have been easy, even for me. They haven’t required a ton of time or attention, either. That’s great because October has been a whirlwind/nightmare and I just didn’t have any more attention to give. I hate when a meal is like a toddler tugging at your pants for an hour or two. “Mom! Mom! Mommy! Mama! Mom!” (Anybody else read that in Stewie Griffin’s voice?) Some recipes list the active time as 45 minutes or so, but sometimes steps can be done ahead of time (like the pickles in the Grilled Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches with Quick Pickles on page 77). Most of them are around 20-30 minutes active time, though.
Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings 2 recipes I can’t wait to make (that I didn’t already mention):
- Onion Dip & Oven-Baked Potato Chips
- King’s Hawaiian Pull-Apart Bacon Grilled Cheese
- Golden Onion Rice Pilaf
- Pad Thai Carbonara (Bacon & Egg Pad Thai Spaghetti)
- Red Chicken Curry
- Sleepytime Stew & Cream Cheese Smashed Potatoes
…And Help You Impress Your Mom
I made the Creamy Tomato Soup with Peppery Parmesan Crisps (pages 45-56) for my mom and stepdad. They were conveniently here to visit my daughter after her hospital stay when the eye of Hurricane Michael swept through their town (they didn’t know that was going to happen, for sure–they live just south of what I’d consider central Georgia). It was such a hit, my mom had to get the recipe. She’ll probably be getting a copy of the whole book for her birthday.
I kind of just want to work my way through the whole book. I meant to make the Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Breakfast Bake immediately, but life got out of control. Maybe November will be a fresh start. Oh, and the Fluffy Popovers with Melted Brie and Blackberry Jam are right up my alley. Adding those to November’s list of breakfasts, too.
The Everything Low-Carb Meal Prep Cookbook
I also want to show you another cookbook that’s going to be saving me this winter, The Everything Low-Carb Meal Prep Cookbook by Lindsay Boyers. This one was sent to me free for review, and I’m excited to have a book full of recipes that are both low-carb and easy to prep in advance. I stay on track with my nutrition so much more easily when I can have most things prepped on Sunday afternoon.
Brief recap: Delicious food. The original Cravings is more YOLO (I’ve talked about it before) and the Cravings: Hungry for More (AKA Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings 2) seems to be a little more health-conscious but I wouldn’t categorize it as “healthy eating” (I mean, the Tom Yum Noodles recipe calls for ramen noodles, so…). You won’t be totally breaking the chains of a healthy diet if you make these recipes several times per week, though.
The Everything Low-Carb Meal Prep Cookbook has all kinds of make-ahead recipes that go in mason jars, the freezer, etc. They’re great for low-carb dieters or people who just want to clean up their diet without spending hours in the kitchen every day or sacrificing flavor/variety. The only criticism I have of it is the lack of pictures (I love looking at pictures of food, which probably tells you why I spend so much time on Pinterest and Instagram…).
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