Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends

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Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends

Whenever I hear about a celebrity cookbook I tend to brush it off as some sort of narcissism, believing that it's impossible for someone like Eva Longoria to be that talented of an actor, that traditionally beautiful and be that adept in the kitchen. Last winter, I stumbled across Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends in the Information Services Division, I picked it up with a raised brow, prepared to scoff at the recipes, which I was sure would be trendy, unfilling and obnoxiously nutritious. I was surprised to find photos of hearty meals that made my mouth water just thinking about them (granted it was just before lunch), and I checked the book out immediately.  
Eva's Kitchen
The following weekend, I made Longoria's crock-pot cuban ropa vieja.  Made with both red and green peppers as well as cilantro, the recipe is a great alternative to the traditional Sunday pot roast. It serves 8-10 people, but if there are only a few people, leftovers can be eaten all week.
crock-pot ropa vieja
For Easter dinner, I made Longoria's beer-braised brisket, a total success with my family. The chili sauce and brown sugar give the brisket a perfect tangy and sweet taste. Both of these main dishes require minimal preparation and you can go about your day while they cook.

On the lighter side, Longoria has recipes for fresh guacamole, ceviche, lemon orzo soup, salads and more. Check out Eva's Kitchen and other celebrity cookbooks at your neighborhood library.
--R. Martin

Celebrity Cookbook Titles

Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends by Eva Longoria. Call number: 641.L856

If It Makes you Healthy: More Than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Seasons by Sheryl Crow. Call number: 641.5973 C953

LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing Sbout by Patti LaBelle. Call number: 641.5973 L116

Cookin' with Coolio by Coolio. call number: 641.555 C774

Morgan Freeman and Friends: Caribbean Cooking for a Cause by Morgan Freeman. Call number 641.5972 W687