Finding recipes you and your kids both want to make can be tough, but Nick Katsoris's new book, Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook, can help. The book contains the favorite recipes of more than 50 celebrities, including Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift, and Justin Timberlake, to name just a few.
Want your kids to try asparagus? Try making the recipe for asparagus rollups from their favorite Disney channel star, Baille Madison. Or maybe they'd prefer cooking up greens and beans, coutesy of Dylan and Cole Sprouse, from The Suite Life on Deck. The book has enough recipes that everyone in your family will inevitably find one to agree on.
Not only does Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook have great celeb recipes, but it also supports two worthy causes. A minimum of $2 from the sale of each book will be donated to Chefs for Humanity and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Chefs for Humanity, founded by celebrity chef Cat Cora, is committed to "promoting nutrition education, hunger relief, and emergency and humanitarian aid to reduce hunger worldwide." St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's mission is "to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment." In 2009, Parents named St. Jude the top pediatric cancer care hospital in the country.
Cat Cora, founder and president of Chefs for Humanity, makes a special appearance in Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook -- but you might not recognize her.
In the book, the character based on Cora is Fistiki the cat's Aunt Cat Cora, who teaches Fistiki and her friends -- Loukami the lamb, Dean the dog, and Marika the monkey -- how to make her favorite childhood dish. Aunt Cat Cora also shares child-friendly kitchen safety tips.
Neil Patrick Harris, once known for his role as the smart and sweet teenage doctor on Doogie Howser, M.D., now plays the womanizing Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. The two-time Emmy winner is the father of 1-year-old twins, Gideon and Harper, with fiance David Burtka. The recipe Harris chose to include in the cookbook comes from Burtka, a chef:
"Since I'm not a cook myself, and my better half David is a chef with his own catering company (Gourmet, M.D.), I asked him to give up his recipe for my very favorite meal -- pasta Bolognese. It's the best -- hearty and full of flavor. And the fresh pasta really makes a difference. I could eat it for every meal." -- Neil Patrick Harris
Bailee Madison may be only 12 years old, but she's already established herself in Hollywood; she has appeared in the movies Bridge to Terabithia, Brothers, and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. When Madison isn't playing Maxine Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place, she might be busy making asparagus rollups:
"When people take their first bite, their eyes get huge and they all say, 'Mmm, what are these?' I love knowing they enjoy them." -- Bailee Madison
David Henrie, another Disney channel star, plays Justin Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place. He has also appeared on That's So Raven and as Ted Mosby's future son on How I Met Your Mother. Henrie's favorite recipe comes from his grandmother:
"Christmas is not Christmas without my Nonna's cookies." -- David Henrie
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