July 24, 2017
| June 22, 2016 | Food & Drink
In Hollywood, stars escape to the kitchen...and restaurateurs go for the limelight.
Grilled turmeric calamari from An: To Eat.
Hungry for some sizzling summer reading? Then chow down on two oh-so-LA cookbooks. Actor-turned-chef Freddie Prinze Jr. debuts his first cookbook, Back to the Kitchen (June 7, Rodale), which features 75 recipes that pay homage to the star’s Puerto Rican and New Mexican roots. “I didn’t want to just write a book of recipes— that’s boring,” says Prinze, who attended culinary school following his mother’s insistence that, “If acting doesn’t work out, you’ll never go hungry!” The “retired” actor-cum-heartthrob dishes on his favorite pastime: cooking alongside his wife, Sarah Michelle Geller, and their two children, and antes up some choice anecdotes: “I share a lot of stories—like the time I made a dish [linguine with a sausage and mushroom tomato sauce] that provoked an actress I worked with to actually stalk me!” Prinze Jr. says of his aptly named “Stalker Pasta.” And while Hollywood is escaping to the kitchen, LA’s top toques are stealing the spotlight with the release of their own books. The An family, famous for Vietnamese staple Crustacean Beverly Hills, launches its first cookbook, An: To Eat (Running Press), this summer. Coauthored by formidable matriarch Helene An, the book highlights some of the resto’s most popular dishes— as well as previously “secret” recipes, such as Mama’s Beef Pho and Drunken Crab. “This book chronicles my mother’s transformation from aristocrat to refugee to restaurateur,” says Jacqueline An, one of Helene’s five daughters. In LA, of course, the real main course is the Hollywood-ready stories...