Cookbook Writers

A cookbook writer is someone who writes books on recipes. A cookbook writer may be a chef, a food expert, a food blogger or a food connoisseur. A number of cookbooks have been written throughout the course of human history and their authors became really famous. Walking you through some of the most famous cookbook writers.

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 1 Mary Berry

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Famous As: Food Writer, TV Presenter
Birthdate: March 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bath, Somerset

Author of over 75 cookbooks, Mary Berry has also hosted several culinary shows, such as Mary Berry Cooks. The Guardian ranked her the second-best-dressed person over 50. A CBE and DBE recipient, she has also received the Guild of Food Writers Lifetime Achievement Award and an honorary degree.

 2 Paul Hollywood

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: March 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wallasey, England

Paul Hollywood is an English television presenter and celebrity chef. Since 2010, he has been appearing as a judge on the popular television baking competition, The Great British Bake Off. Paul Hollywood is also a motor racer. He has competed in several tournaments, such as GT Cup. In 2017, he took part in a race at Circuit of the Americas.

 3 Ayesha Curry

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Famous As: Actress, Cookbook Author
Birthdate: March 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Ayesha Curry initially played guest roles in various series and films. She later gained fame with the Food Network culinary show Ayesha's Homemade and her YouTube channel, Little Lights of Mine. She has authored a cookbook and owns an olive oil brand. She is married to NBA star Stephen Curry. 
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 4 Dom DeLuise

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 4, 2009
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 5 Debi Mazar

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jamaica, New York, United States
Debi Mazar is known for films such as Goodfellas and Little Man Tate and series such as L.A. Law and Civil Wars. She has also appeared in several videos by Madonna. She is married to Italian celebrity chef Gabriele Corcos and co-hosts the show Extra Virgin with him.

 6 Jessica Seinfeld

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Famous As: Cookbook Author, Wife of Jerry Seinfeld
Birthdate: September 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oyster Bay, New York

Jessica Seinfeld, wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, is best known for her first cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, which became a New York Times bestseller. She also owns the charity GOOD+ Foundation, which helps the needy in New York, and the culinary website Do it Delicious, which teaches cooking to beginners.

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 7 Donna Douglas

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pride, Louisiana, United States
Died: January 1, 2015
Donna Douglas is best known as Elly May Clampett from the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. After retiring from acting, she juggled with a number of careers, becoming a real-estate agent, a motivational speaker, and a gospel singer. She has also written a Bible-themed children’s book and a cookbook.
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 8 Guy Fieri

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Famous As: Restaurateur, Cookbook Author
Birthdate: January 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Primarily a restaurateur, Guy Fieri is a testimony to the fact that any professional can become famous if they are passionate enough in doing what they do best. From being a restaurateur, he went on to become a TV personality, hosting shows for Food Network channel. By mid-2010, he had become the face of the network.

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 9 Nadiya Hussain

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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, UK

Nadiya Hussain is a British TV chef, television presenter, and author. She is best known for winning the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off. Over the years Nadiya Hussain has become a household name in the UK by hosting shows like Nadiya's Family Favourites. In 2017, she was mentioned in Debrett's' 500 most influential people in the UK list.

 10 Prue Leith

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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: February 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: South Africa

British-South African chef and culinary expert Prue Leith had begun her career with a lunch-supplying business. She later launched her Michelin-starred restaurant Leith's in Notting Hill and a culinary school. Best known as a judge on The Great British Menu, she is also associated with various charitable initiatives.

 11 Christina Tosi

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ohio, United States

 12 Mario Batali

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: September 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Mario Batali is an American chef, restaurateur, writer, and media personality. He started hogging the limelight after appearing on some of Food Network's shows, such as Iron Chef America and Molto Mario. Also a well-known philanthropist and social activist, Batali established the Mario Batali Foundation in 2008, which funds pediatric disease research and various children's educational programs.

 13 Ina Garten

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Ina Garten is an American author and TV host best known for hosting Food Network's cooking show, Barefoot Contessa. Over the years, Garten has released several best-selling cookbooks, including The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home.

 14 Mo'Nique

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Woodlawn, Maryland, United States
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 15 Rachel Khoo

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Famous As: Cook
Birthdate: August 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Croydon, United Kingdom

Renowned British cook Rachel Khoo was born to a Malaysian Chinese father and an Austrian mother. Trained at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, she started her own restaurant at her small Belleville apartment. She later gained fame for her cookbook and her BBC series named The Little Paris Kitchen.

 16 Marcela Valladolid

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: July 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

Chef Marcela Valladolid was the host of the Food Network television series Mexican Made Easy. A graduate of the Los Angeles Culinary Institute, she is also a classically trained pastry chef. She started her own catering company and soon began hosting cookery shows on TV. She has also authored several cookbooks.

 17 Emeril Lagasse

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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: October 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Celebrity chef Emeril Lagassé is known for his signature New New Orleans style of cooking and his catchphrases such as “Bam!” He owns several restaurants, has written many cookbooks, owns a non-profit for underprivileged children, and has also hosted Food Network shows such as Essence of Emeril and Emeril Live.

 18 Ann B. Davis

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: June 1, 2014

 19 Jane Asher

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Willesden, London
Jane Asher gained fame as a child actor and later worked in movies such as Alfie and Deep End. She has also appeared in series such as Wish Me Luck and Holby City. She supports autism-related charities, has authored three novels, and owns a cake-making company and a kitchenware brand.

 20 Alexandra Wentworth

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

 21 Gregg Wallace

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Famous As: TV Presenters
Birthdate: October 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peckham, London, England, UK

Celebrity chef Gregg Wallace is now better known as a MasterChef judge. Interestingly, he had begun his career as a greengrocer in Covert Garden and had then launched George Allan's Greengrocers. Wallace met his wife on Twitter, when she asked him a cooking-related question. He also owns a fitness brand.

 22 Molly Yeh

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Famous As: Host of the Food Network cooking show Girl Meets Farm
Birthdate: May 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Glenview, Illinois, United States

 23 Gary Rhodes

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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: April 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 26, 2019

Best known for his appearances on shows such as MasterChef and Hell's Kitchen, Gary Rhodes later also launched his own series, Rhodes Around Britain. He owned several restaurants in the UK and the Middle East. The celebrity chef shocked everyone with his untimely death at age 59 due to brain hemorrhage.

 24 Michael Symon

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 25 Aarón Sanchez

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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: February 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chihuahua, Mexico

Aarón Sanchez is a Mexican restaurateur, celebrity chef, and television personality. He co-owns the New Orleans-based restaurant, Johnny Sánchez. Apart from hosting the Emmy-nominated show Taco Trip, Sanchez has also appeared on other popular cooking shows like Iron Chef America. He is also credited with founding the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund which aims at empowering chefs from the Latin community.

 26 Christine Ha

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Famous As: First blind contestant of MasterChef and the winner of its third season in 2012
Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States

 27 Eric Ripert

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: March 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Antibes, France

 28 Lorraine Pascale

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Famous As: Television cook
Birthdate: November 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England, UK
British chef Lorraine Pascale has her TV shows in 70 countries worldwide and has sold one million books in UK. A highly successful fashion model in 1990s, Pascale is also the United Kingdom government Fostering and Adoption Ambassador. She was the first British Black model on the cover of American Elle and fronted campaigns for brands like Versace and Gap.

 29 Auguste Escoffier

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: October 28, 1846
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Villeneuve-Loubet, France
Died: February 12, 1935

 30 Massimo Bottura

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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: September 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Modena, Italy

 31 Joël Robuchon

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: April 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Poitiers, Vienne, France
Died: August 6, 2018

 32 Antonio Carluccio

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: April 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vietri sul Mare, Salerno, Campania, Italy
Died: November 18, 2017

 33 Tracy Griffith

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 34 Ferran Adria

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: May 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Ferran Adria is a Spanish chef counted among the best chefs in the world. He was the head chef of the elBulli restaurant in Roses. He began his career as a dishwasher at the Hotel Playafels and worked his way up to become the head chef at elBulli within a few years. He also runs a product line called Texturas. 

 35 Ann Romney

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Famous As: Equestrian
Birthdate: April 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: nowrap Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

 36 Silvia Colloca

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Silvia Colloca is an Italian-Australian actress, cookbook author, opera singer, and TV cookery show personality.  An opera-trained mezzo-soprano, she worked in musical theater before becoming an actress. She later created her own TV cookery shows that earned her much international prominence. She also runs a successful YouTube channel in collaboration with Marion Grasby.  

 37 Shannon Bennett

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria

Shannon Bennett is an Australian chef and author. He is the head chef of restaurant Vue de monde at Melbourne's Rialto Tower and also owns and operates several other hospitality venues in Melbourne. On several occasions, he has appeared as a guest judge on the popular cooking show MasterChef Australia. He is the author of several books as well. 

 38 Len Deighton

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 18, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England

Len Deighton is an author whose works have inspired several movies and TV shows. Many of his novels, such as Funeral in Berlin, The Ipcress File, Spy Story, and Billion Dollar Brain, have been adapted into films. His works have influenced other popular personalities like Aung San Suu Kyi. Anthony Burgess mentioned Deighton's novel Bomber in his work Ninety-nine Novels.

 39 Tamra Davis

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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 40 Gail Simmons

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 41 Catherine Scorsese

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Famous As: Actress, Writer
Birthdate: April 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: January 6, 1997

 42 Anna Olson

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Famous As: Television show host, cookbook author, and pastry chef
Birthdate: May 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 43 Euell Gibbons

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Famous As: Outdoorsman
Birthdate: September 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarksville, Texas, United States
Died: December 29, 1975

 44 Jennifer Paterson

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Famous As: Cook
Birthdate: April 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: August 10, 1999

Jennifer Paterson was a British celebrity cook, television personality, actress, and author. She is best remembered for hosting the popular TV show Two Fat Ladies along with Clarissa Dickson Wright. She also contributed as a columnist for magazines like The Oldie and The Spectator.

 45 Jeff Smith

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: January 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States
Died: July 7, 2004

 46 Leah Chase

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: January 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: June 1, 2019

 47 Clodagh McKenna

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: May 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Blackrock, Ireland

 48 Sanjeev Kapoor

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: April 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ambala, Haryana, India

 49 Marion Grasby

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Famous As: Television presenter, Cookbook author and Food journalist
Birthdate: September 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Darwin, Australia

 50 Jean-Georges Vongerichten

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: March 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Alsace, France
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