Chrissy Teigen may have once said, “I don’t need to pretend that I have taste,” but that’s precisely why we’re obsessed with trying every single one of Teigen recipes — both on her website, Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, and from her cookbooks, Cravings (2016) and Cravings: Hungry for More (2018) — and why we get weirdly excited whenever we get a peek at her pantry. The more we learn about what Teigen eats and the recipes she makes at home, the more we realize just how much we have in common with the mom, model, actress, and chef.
Teigen’s never been shy to share what she’s been eating, from her go-to nighttime noshes, including her pre-bedtime sandwiches, to her ever-changing go-to snacks. (Remember when she raved about fried pork rinds in February of last year? And then proceeded to bond with Elizabeth Banks about their mutual love for the snack?) But it isn’t just her love for fast food (we’re looking at you, Taco Bell and McDonald’s) or her love for pork rinds (it’s low-carb, people!) that make her an approachable foodie (are we still using that word?). It’s Teigen’s Thai heritage and how she embraces her Thai mother’s family recipes and makes them approachable for those who didn’t grow up with an Asian mother who would regularly stink up the house with that godawful fish sauce stench (hi, mom, I love you, and I’m sorry, but it’s true). As a fellow Asian American, I love to see that Teigen has a variety of soy sauces and sweet chili sauces sitting next to economy-size bottles of Hidden Valley ranch and Tabasco sauce (because I do, too).
“I know how I like my food. I like it spicy, salty, sticky, crunchy, juicy, oozy — basically any dish you know and love, jacked up to a bordering-on-socially unacceptable amount of flavor,” she wrote in Cravings. And the foods found in Teigen’s pantry and fridge reflect just that.
To be like Chrissy, you must eat like Chrissy — and if the following list of her favorite foods is any indication, she has great taste.
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