Thanksgiving is just one day away, which means there are only a few hours left to plan the perfect holiday dinner. You could spend that time scouring recipes and hitting the grocery store, or you could imagine yourself being surrounded by your favorite celebrities who also happen to know a think or two about basting a bird.
In addition to being beautiful, wealthy and well-connected, these stars have a knack for slow-cooking and can snag a table at the most exclusive restaurants. In short, if you were able to pick your own celebrity BFF, these are the five you’d choose from. Don’t be jealous of their great fortune, just simply wish you’ll be able to eat in their kitchen one day.
Known to cook in Louboutins in or “really cute aprons,” Lively is that rare Hollywood type that actually gets use out of her oven. (And unlike Carrie Bradshaw, it’s not for storage.) These days, the Gossip Girl star is spending less time on screen and more time in the kitchen. Her 2012 wedding to Ryan Reynolds was profiled by Martha Stewart Weddings–yet another successful venture from the lifestyle icon Lively is now fortunate enough to call her neighbor. In addition to sharing her favorite recipe for sausage and brie puff pastry with Vogue, Elle Decor chronicled Lively’s quest to create the perfect kitchen in her Bedford, New York home. She doesn’t use recipes (just like she’s known for not having a stylist) and she was lucky enough to make butterscotch at New York’s legendary Per Se. Did we mention she’s married to Ryan Reynolds?!
Check out the video above to see how convincingly Lively can pronounce “confit” and “compote.” We know she’s an actress, but…wow.
While his Parks and Recreation alter ego can’t breathe without technology, you could say Ansari’s biggest passion is food. It’s part of his standup act, his Twitter account, and his everyday life. He’s accumulated high-profile culinary friends like chef and restauranteur David Chang, and participated in a panel with OG restaurant critic Ruth Reichl at last year’s Googa Mooga festival in New York. Instagram is where he goes to chronicle his latest snack expedition and his tweets about brunch deserve to be made into a short story.
I snack on vermont cheddar and crackers a lot and I just want to say adding quince jam into the mix has CHANGED THE GAME.
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 21, 2013
Do you any of you guys cook? I made this today, was dope. Shoutout to monkfish: http://t.co/GOsmBo3uAL
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) March 7, 2013
I also made this Marc Vetri Braised Monkfish recipe recently that was amazing. Really going niche here with these tweets. Sorry.
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) March 7, 2013
If you need someone to recommend five things you should eat before you die, look no further than Aziz.
Lots of hip-hop stars rap about food, but not all of them are published authors. 2 Chainz released his first cookbook, #Meal Time, in conjunction with his 2013 album B.O.A.T.S. 2 #Metime. Because after making Instagram followers drool with post after post of appealing food, he’s an expert in what tastes good? “For me it’s just another angle to show who I am, and try not to get typecast,” Chainz told Sway in the Morning.
If recipes for dishes like crab cakes with mango salsa and shrimp scampi aren’t enjoyable enough, it’s the lifestyle lessons he provides that are most helpful, including: “Put on your Versace apron,” “Drape yourself in an Adidas sweatsuit, chainz n thangs” and “If wearing a four-finger ring, carefully place it on a side table before starting to cook.” Watch out, Gwyneth.
The former Desperate Housewives star may be a spokeswoman for Lay’s potato chips, but her culinary preferences extend much further than simple party snacks. The author of Eva’s Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends, her 2011 cookbook highlights family-friendly recipes she grew up on, with an emphasis on Texas and Mexican cuisine. She paired up with chef Todd English to open Beso in Hollywood, and has worked with Michael Symon on promotional campaigns for Lay’s. “I love to be in the kitchen. I find it very therapeutic and relaxing,” Longoria told MSN. ” I just think cooking is a very personal thing. You share dinner with people and it’s a beautiful way to show love, and that’s why I love doing it for family and friends.”
Perhaps the most divisive among the celebrity foodie crowd, Paltrow also has the most experience. She toured culinary offerings of Spain with Mario Batali, New York Times critic Mark Bittman and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols in 2008 as part of PBS series Spain.. on the Road Again and has authored three cookbooks: My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness, Notes From the Kitchen Table and It’s All Good: Delicious Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. While the former is where she provides self-proclaimed easing offerings, her notorious newsletter GOOP is where she can flip the switch with gluten-free fish fingers, and recommend very expensive, monogrammed cocktail napkins. No one said foodies had to have a budget!