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16 Most Expensive Celebrity's Kid Birthday Parties

16 Most Expensive Celebrity's Kid Birthday Parties

Birthday parties will always have those moments we remember, good or bad. Like that terrifying clown at your backyard birthday shindig, or that soggy pizza from Chuck-E-Cheese, or the bratty kid that always cries to steal the show. But then there’s that yummy princess cake or those Spiderman decorations your mom and dad blew the budget on — just to see you smile.

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Don’t worry, we didn’t forget the goodie bags. With sugary treats like Pixy Stix and wrapped chewy things, the cheapie plastic toys that hold your attention for about four seconds, and stickers with (or not) the party’s theme, the goodie bags are usually one of the highlights of almost every birthday party.

Some parents just can’t stop at a Carvel ice cream cake and a few pizza pies. There’s always room to be bigger and better when it comes to their children’s birthday parties. If your friends were “fancy,” a trip to the movie theater with buttered popcorn and Milk Duds was in store. If they were “super fancy,” you might even find yourself and a few of your buds at Six Flags for a day of fast rides.

Think that’s extravagant? Celebrity parents dish out thousands of dollars to throw their kid’s birthday parties, scratch that, celebrations, fiestas, events. Pin the Tail on the Donkey and piñatas do not cut it for the children of the famous. Spare no expense — the bigger, the grander, the more over-the-top, the better.

Imagine being little fashionable Suri Cruise celebrating with actors dressed up as favorite characters and frolicking with animals for a cool $200,000, or Pax Jolie-Pitt sailing the river Seine with the fambam for his seventh birthday. Sounds like the life — petting zoos and carnival treats are just the beginning for celebrity kid birthday extravaganzas. Sure beats the Ronald McDonald play area.

Suri Cruises’ $100,000 Second Birthday Party

Most of us can’t even remember our second birthday and Suri, now 7, probably didn’t either, but Katie Holmes and then hubby, Tom Cruise spent $100,000 for hers. The couple dished out $17,000 on fresh flowers, $45,000 on catering from Wolfgang Puck, and filled the room with 1,000 butterflies. The cake alone cost a whopping $5,000 and they spent $230 at Little Sprinkles bakery in Los Angeles just on cupcakes. Suri Cruise had another over-the-top bash for her fifth birthday party with a budget of over $20,000! This girl seriously gets it all. Pre-split, TomKat hired professional actors to dress up as favorite children’s characters, and had a load of animals, including giraffes and elephants to entertain her guests. Who needs a stuffed animal as a birthday gift when you can play with the real thing at your birthday party?!

Taylor Armstrong’s $60,000 Tea Party

Taylor Armstrong of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills went all out for her daughter’s fourth birthday party. The $60,000 party, planned by Dana Wilkey, known for her lavish celebrity-driven events, was held at the Houdini mansion in the Laurel Canyon area. It was a tea party fit for a queen complete with floating teapots holding flowers, a ridiculous teacake and cupcakes on amazing china.


75+ Holiday Recipes from Our Favorite Celebrity Chefs

Choose from over 75 of the most celebrated chefs' recipes for Thanksgiving, Feast of the Seven Fishes, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's Eve, and, lest we forget, New Year's Day brunch! Try your hand at any of these sublime holiday dishes (or tipples) and your guests will surely believe that you, too, are worthy of the celebrity chef moniker.

What we love about Mario Batali &mdash aside from his orange clogs &mdash is, he's a regular guy. Case in point: We once spotted him doing some last-minute shopping at the supermarket Thanksgiving morning. We assumed he either got a call that more guests were joining (and who wouldn't accept an invite to the Italian master's table) or he forgot a key ingredient for his menu. Either way, here's an inside taste of what might be happening on the Batali family table.

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We're a sucker for anything that Giada de Laurentiis prepares. Her cute smile and Italian flare wins hearts and stomachs. Try your hand at her prime rib, which would make the perfect centerpiece for an elegant holiday dinner.

Giada de Laurentiis's Holiday Recipe:

The Top Chef judge with the sexiest French accent turns simple food into elegant dishes. He even elevates the most basic of holiday appetizers into a sophisticated bite.


2. And when this little girl had a CVS-themed birthday party.

In 2015, Iris from Arkansas requested a CVS-themed party for her fourth birthday because she loved it so much. "Ultimately she loves CVS because she knows it to be a dreamland of snacks, chocolate milks, and toys," her mom told BuzzFeed.


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The series had two spin-offs, Exiled and The Real Deal, which have both ended their run by 2010. The show has also covered a number of celebrity coming of age parties. Bow Wow, Sean Kingston, Aly & AJ, Chris Brown, Soulja Boy Tell Em and Teyana Taylor have all had their parties featured on the show. [1] A United Kingdom version of the program was also produced, and also a Spanish version entitled "Quiero mis quinces" or "Super Dulces 16" produced by MTV.

In 2008, MTV launched a spinoff titled Exiled. On the show, a number of parents of participants on My Super Sweet 16 banish their teens to remote countries in order to see if their "sweet sixteener" will survive the harsh conditions. [2] In 2009, MTV announced their newest addition to the franchise, My Super Psycho Sweet 16, a horror movie based on the concept of the show, which was aired on October 23, 2009 and followed by two sequels: Part 2 (2010) and Part 3 (2012).

In March 2010, MTV International commissioned Maverick TV in the UK to make a new, international version of the Super Sweet franchise. Casting has begun globally on a series of 10 episodes, and interested parties are encouraged to go to the casting website. [3] The brand has been extended to include people having birthdays aged 13–24. The series has also ended its run.

In retrospect, Bustle identified "the main 14 elements [or tropes] which happened in most episodes which made it the supernova of a show that it truly is", including: [4]

  • "birthday tantrum[s]" ("the birthday boy or girl would be crying, screaming, stomping, or complaining about the fact that it's their birthday and they'll do what they want")
  • the birthday boy or girl's "constant belligerence" against their parents in demanding more money
  • "excessively decadent outfits"
  • the party planner who is "tasked with organizing these unachievable birthday parties"
  • overrunning the party budget
  • "the obligatory party fight" when uninvited guests turn up
  • large, expensive cars as birthday gifts
  • a musical celebrity guest performing at the party

Bobcat Goldthwait noted that watching the My Super Sweet 16 marathon inspired him to write his controversial film God Bless America. [5] Prior to attaining stardom in film, Jennifer Lawrence made her on-screen acting debut in an advertisement for the series depicting a fictional scenario (she never appeared in the series proper). [6]

Criticism Edit

English satirist Charlie Brooker gave a light-hearted criticism of the show on BBC4's Screenwipe, calling it "a stonehearted exposé of everything that's wrong with our faltering so-called civilization." He describes the protagonists by saying that "Each episode follows an unbelievably spoiled rich and tiny sod as they prepare to throw a despicably opulent coming of age party for themselves and their squealing shitcake friends." He said the show "might be an Al-Qaeda recruitment film." However, he added that "that's exactly how the show wants you to feel - it's even more efficient at creating instant hate figures than Big Brother, and that's saying something." [7]

One teenager (Audrey Reyes) is seen screaming at her mother and saying she "hates" her after having received a new Lexus SC430, costing US$67,000, that was not on the day of the party. [7] [8] [9] [10] However, after the episode aired, she apologized for the tantrum. [10]

    artist Common made reference to the show as well as Exiled in a line from his single "The Game", 'Watching Sweet Sixteen, Bitchin-ass rich kids Who don't know in life you gotta go the distance'.
  • In the film Bratz, a character named Meredith throws a Super Sweet 16 Party, and has MTV film it. [11]
  • The show was parodied on an episode of Comedy Central's South Park ("Hell on Earth 2006"), broadcast on October 25, 2006. Satan was intent on throwing an over-the-top Halloween bash. His behavior reflected that of the sweet 16ers preparing for their coming-of-age birthdays. In the end, when Satan realizes his folly, the audience considers the sweet 16ers to be "worse than Satan." [12] This is a reflection of the creators' disdain for the show, which they claim is just as offensive as South Park except that, where South Park satirizes offensive behavior, My Super Sweet 16 celebrates it, stating, "that is probably the most disgusting, foul show ever made." He went on to say that "where we would be ripping on the people acting like that, on My Super Sweet 16 the girls act that horrible and they're celebrated for it at the end, teaching little girls around the country that that's how you should act." Trey Parker further commented, "I can say. every single girl that has been on that show, My Super Sweet 16, is evil. Is an evil horrible person. It's just that simple." [13]
  • In 2016, on the occasion of his 60th birthday, US actor Bryan Cranston (known for his role as Walter White in Breaking Bad) featured in a parody titled "My Super Sweet 60" for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show, with Kimmel as party planner and various guest stars including musician Sisqo. [4]
  • The show was parodied in the fourth season of Robot Chicken in a sketch titled "Annie's Super Sweet 16". The segment follows the format of the show with the episode featuring Annie Warbucks from the Little Orphan Annie comic strip.
  • On the sister channel Tr3s, the show Quiero Mis Quinces showcases the Latin American traditions of planning a quinceañera. [14]

In June 2018, it was announced that the series will stream on Hulu. [15] It also currently airs on MTV Teen on the Pluto TV service. TeenNick also began airing the series in July 2019.


Television creator Ryan Murphy sold the home he bought from actress Diane Keaton for $10 million — but it took a while. The seven-bedroom Beverly Hills mansion was on the market for a year and a half (and Murphy dropped his asking price from $18 million). Murphy and his partner, photographer David Miller, moved their family to a bigger place in Brentwood.


Sweet Sixteen Party Game Ideas

games using balloons, and a fun game that also becomes something the birthday girl can keep forever. Choose one or more of the following sweet sixteen party game ideas.

Musical Games

  • Karaoke
    Rent a karaoke machine or use software on a game console. Choose songs most of the teens know already or choose some that fit your theme. You can have a contest with your guests indicating their favorite performer(s) on slips of paper. Have a small prize for the winner.
  • Musical Chairs
    Although one thinks of this game as a kids’ game, your teens will have fun seeing who is missing a seat. Start the music, using some of the celebrant’s favorites. Have the guests dance their way around a circle of chairs, with one chair less than the number of players. Keep removing chairs when the music stops until only one is left. The last person left wins the game.
  • Dance Contest
    Dancing may be part of your planned sixteenth birthday party. A dance contest is always fun and helps to pass the time. Have inexpensive prizes for winners in various categories such as funniest couple, most unusual dancing, largest variety of dance moves, etc.

Balloon Games

  • Truth or Dare Balloon Pop
    Before the party, write out truth or dare questions on small slips of paper, enough for each guest to have one. Place the slips of paper inside blown up balloons. Each guest pops a balloon and either completes a dare or answers a question. Choose some crazy questions and dares for added fun.
  • Balloon Volleyball
    Divide your guests into two equal teams for this fun volleyball game with balloons. Blow up two an equal number of two different colors of balloons. Use tape to outline a court on the grass or carpet. The goal is to get all of your team’s balloons onto your side of the court. The first team to do so wins the game.

Keepsake or Memory Book
Create a lasting and extremely personal gift with pictures and captions in a book. You can ask friends and family members to contribute pictures with personalized captions. Alternatively, have a banner or poster board for friends to write messages and/or things they like about the celebrating teen. You can also purchase a large framed mat and have the guests sign their names with greetings, and then cover it with glass to preserve the signatures.


31 Amazing Images of Birthday Cakes

1. Strawberries and Berries Images of Birthday Cakes

Instead of having fondant designs, the baker has added fresh fruits around each cake layer.

2. Princess Crown Images of Birthday Cakes

A crown was placed on top of the cake – certainly perfect for your pretty princesses.

3. Mermaid and Seahorse Cake

If you are having an underwater theme, this cake that has a mermaid and seahorse will surely compliment your entire design.

4. Colorful Birthday Cake with Pink Heart and Ribbon

Second and top layer has diagonal surface that adds character to its colorful design.

5. Anchor with Flowers – Ideal for a Seaman’s Wife!

If you have a husband or a dad who happens to be a seaman, this navy cake will definitely make your party amazing!

6. M&M Chocolate Candies

The Red and Yellow M&Ms, who happen to be part of the company’s “spokescandies” are spilling candies on one side of the cake.

7. Flowers and Golds

This stylish cake has 3 layers designed differently, wherein flowers and gold prints have efficiently accentuated the overall look.

8. Melting Ice Cream on Top of Cake

A melting ice cream, made of fondant, has been placed on top of the cake. Perfect for people who love sweets, especially ice creams!

9. Colorful Icing with tiny Blue Candies Images for Birthday Cakes

Here’s another fondant cake with real tiny and huge candies. Be careful in giving it to your child, especially those big candies as it can cause choking.

10. Gorgeous Birthday Cake Images

This cake basically looks like a bark of a tree, improved by changing the color to white and adding edible flowers to make it elegant and beautiful.

11. Gold Stars with Pink Fondant for First Birthday

Let your little star shine on her first birthday by having this cake with gold glitters!

12. Gold Monogram Image of Birthday Cakes

Have your child’s initial in gold monogram with flowers around, like what the baker has done on this amazing cake design.

13. Gold, Black and White Sparkling Heart Images of Birthday Cakes

This elegant cake is too beautiful to slice, ugh! It has fondant icing with glitters around, making it look too expensive to ruin. Haha!

14. French Macaroons with Marshmallows

Who doesn’t love macaroons and marshmallows? Just be careful in eating this yummy cake as your glucose level might heighten.

15. Elephants with Banners

Elephants are definitely among the most popular birthday cake images. Perfect for your child’s first birthday, isn’t it?

16. Pretty and Elegant Paris-themed Cake

Paris should definitely be on your list of places to visit. If you have been there, I am sure you have loved the sceneries and amazing towers, like the Eiffel.

17. Elegant Mini Birthday Cake Images with Flower and Gold Designs

This beautiful cake has small gold embellishments, topped with different flower designs. You can place an edible or a plastic, depending on your preferences.

18. Gold Crown with Pink Royalty Designs for Birthday Cake

This breathtakingly beautiful cake looks so elegant, not only because of the gold crown on top but also because of its intrinsic design.

19. Elegant Gold and Spring Images of Birthday Cakes

Celebrating your birthday this spring? This birthday cake is perfect for you!

20. Doilies and Flowers

Most of the birthday cake images that you have found on the list are made of fondant because of it holds the design longer. For this one, doilies and edible flowers have improved the simple fondant cake, making it one of the best cakes on the list.

21. Elegant Black Cake with Gold Designs

This black cake gets all dolled up with gold designs from the ancient Greek era.

22. Doc McStuffins and Friends

Doc McStuffins is a renowned Disney Junior character, well loved by kids these days.

23. Candy Sprinkles Around the Birthday Cake

This simple cake has candy sprinkle around. It may be an easy, simple method, but it definitely improved the overall look of the cake because of the tiny colors.

24. Cinderella’s Carriage

Cinderella is a renowned Disney Princess and a lot of kids adore her beauty.

25. Chocolate Cake made of Wafers and Candies

What’s nicer than having all your favorites on a single cake. This design has been renowned because of its design variations. Chocolates and candies surely compliment the entire cake.

26. Elegant White and Black Cake

This elegant black and white cake perfectly gives sophistication to any party.

27. Batman, Robin, Superman and Spiderman

Superheroes are here! This amazing cake has all the most popular superheroes your child will surely love.

28. Violet Barbie Fairy

The skirt of the Barbie fairy is made of cakes and cupcakes.

29. Avengers Birthday Cake Images

An enticing Avengers cake that will surely amaze your little boy on his birthday!

30. Anti-gravity Birthday Cake

This flirty treat was made through an anti-gravity method whereas a container of candy sprinklers was placed on top, providing a magnificent illusion!

31. Birds and Flowers

This scrumptious blend of cake flavors was improved with fondant icings and edible flowers and birds.


The 16 Most Fun Things You Can Do With Your Family

Silly, serious, and no-stress ways to be one of those families that seems to get togetherness exactly right.

Here you go: 16 silly, serious, and no-stress ways to be one of those families that seems to get togetherness exactly right. Grab your kids and your parents, your siblings and your cousins, and start bonding.

"I asked my daughters to tell me one thing&mdashwithin reason and house rules!&mdashI could do differently that would make me a better mom," says Amy Robach, news anchor on GoodMorning America. "I was surprised when what they wanted was for me to come to their gymnastics practices. It's hours in a hot, sweaty gym, but I promise you, there is nothing like seeing them work on a skill, then turn to find me in the stands and break into the world's biggest grin."

Start sending a card, craft, hand-me-down book, or dollar-store gag gift to a family member in another city once a month. Including your kids is a great way to have grandparents, a godmother, or their second cousins feel more real to them. These acts of I'm-thinking-of-you kindness will make you all feel like a billion bucks&mdashand there's a good chance you'll get actual mail in the actual mailbox in return.

"It's so simple and old-fashioned, but we love game night in my family. It's a great way to take a break from all of the screens in our lives. After all, it's hard to check Facebook during a full-contact game of charades! This is a way to experience the kind of authentic intimacy that humans need in order to thrive," says Mehmet Oz, M.D., host of The Dr. Oz Show .

Maybe you find all the local carousels and ride them, or taste-test every single cup of hot cocoa or slice of pizza in your neighborhood. Keep track of your progress on Instagram or just in a notebook (but make your kids write down their opinions themselves&mdashthat commentary will be gold when they're grown).

With your parents and sibs, start a conversation about a big event in your family history&mdashlike a trip to Disneyland or that crazy reunion&mdashand ask everyone to fill in details. Not all in one place? Start an email chain, says Shelley Prevost, a former psychologist in Chattanooga, TN. Rope in the kids, too: When children share stories with their families, they get a chance to think about something bigger than themselves. "This alone can give deeper meaning and purpose to their lives," Prevost says.

"We designated a totally random day&mdashthe first Saturday of August&mdashthat we committed to making Petrosky Day, our very own holiday. This is just for our immediate family: my hubs and my twin boys. We all signed an agreement that every year, no matter where we are in the world, we will observe this holiday and connect, whether in person or over the phone," says Maureen Petrosky, author of The Cocktail Club: A Year of Recipes and Tips for Spirited Tasting Parties and a contributor to the Today show.

Take your kid out of school just once, maybe on his birthday or around another big milestone, and do something special for only the two of you, like catching a matinee of a new movie (you'll love how empty the theater will be on a weekday!) or going for a hike. Worried it's setting a bad example? "There will always be school and workdays," reminds Alyson Lanier, a psychotherapist and life coach in Wilmington, NC. She says just don't do this on a regular basis or&mdashclearly&mdashon a day when there's a test or event at school. Pick an ordinary Tuesday and turn it into one that'll make you both say, "Remember that day we&hellip?"

"When we're on vacation with our extended family, we have gallery shows where the kids create work and tape it to the walls of our rental house. After everyone's perused the art, we hold an auction, bid on all of the paintings, fork over real money, and then donate it to a charity that the kids choose," says Liz Gumbinner, editor-in-chief and publisher of coolmompicks.com .

"The brain is hardwired to bond during activities involving food," explains Shimi Kang, M.D., a Harvard-trained child psychiatrist and author of The Self-Motivated Kid: How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children Who Know What They Want and Go After It (Without Being Told) . So swap your next family potluck for a cook-off. Ask relatives to bring their best casserole, chili, or insert-your-theme-here. After you eat, have everyone cast votes for awards like "Most likely to be served at a restaurant," "Most creative," or "Most likely to be devoured by the pickiest eater." It's truly one of those cases where everybody wins.

Once or twice a year, hunt down every piece of spare change you can find in your home. "A scavenger hunt is a fun way to bond because you're working toward a common purpose," says Nicole Beurkens, Ph.D., a psychologist in Caledonia, MI. Then decide as a family how to spend it: to shop for a food bank, perhaps, or take it together to an animal shelter.

Ask your parents, aunts, and uncles to dust off the photo albums and send you pics. Create a private Facebook group for your extended family so you (and others) can post photos, says Amy Morin, a psychotherapist in Bangor, ME, and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do . You know those super-embarrassing shots of your cousin Margaret? This is their moment.

Spend an hour with your oldest relative in the morning (or whenever she's at her best) and ask her to tell you about things like the happiest day of her life, the scariest thing that ever happened, what school was like, how she got her first job&mdashwhatever might get her chatting. It's not only a way to show her she's important to you you may get insight into where you come from and who you are. And&mdashnot to be alarmist&mdashyou never know when it might be your last chance to hear the amazing stuff she has to tell.

Instead of giving your brothers and sisters holiday gifts, toss a certain amount into a pot and go on a mad dash around Toys"R"Us together, spending your share of the cash on one another as if you were all 5 or 6. Admire your choices, then donate your loot to a local women's shelter or children's charity. And if you all scream for ice cream afterward, well, you're grown-ups now, and you can have it whenever you want.

"I don't understand why we save big meaningful toasts for special occasions. Do it on a regular basis! Once a week or so, give every family member a turn to raise a glass and come up with a reason to say 'cheers,'" says Lanier. "Toasts prompt us to talk about people we love in a way that really shows how we are impacted by them. Sharing how you're grateful or moved is a guaranteed way to know that the person will truly take in the compliment."

"Since the kids were little, on the first big snowfall of every year, we'd run barefoot from the front door to the end of the driveway and back. It's a little thing, but it's the little things that make the sweetest memories," says Meredith Vieira, host and executive producer of The Meredith Vieira Show .

Instead of the usual group shots and vacation snaps, get everyone to draw a picture of one another. Paste them into a blank album, or turn them into a book using a service like Plum Print (ship the drawings and they'll design a book) or Snapfish (scan them and do it yourself). Plum Print cofounder Meg Ragland loved this graduation gift idea: "A family had everyone, including the grandparents, color a picture of what they thought the high school graduate would be when he grew up. It was funny and beautiful."


Celebrity cookbooks offer dishing with a dash of fame

Among the recent glut of cookbooks by women who have found fame in fields other than cooking, one or two appear to have a genuine reason to exist, outside the desire to capitalize on celebrity before it fades to black. Rocker Sheryl Crow clearly has a passion to help fellow cancer survivors in “If It Makes You Healthy,” while actress Alicia Silverstone pushes for a vegan lifestyle in “The Kind Diet” to save the planet. Real New Jersey Housewife Teresa Giudice inadvertently makes the case for better cookbook editing in “Fabulicious!”

The celebrity cookbook &mdash as opposed to the celebrity chef cookbook &mdash certainly fares well in the marketplace. As of Friday, Gwyneth Paltrow’s “My Father’s Daughter” was sitting atop Amazon’s best-selling cookbook list. Eva Longoria’s “Eva’s Kitchen” hovered in the No. 29 spot, while Crow’s book checked in at No. 56, outselling some chef-driven cookbooks such as those by Jamie Oliver, Mario Batali and many others.

There are things to admire in these books and things to regret: easy recipes. Healthful recipes. Not particularly original recipes. Downright comical recipes. Vanity, generosity, warmth and an obsessive devotion to offspring.

Eva Longoria

“Eva’s Kitchen: Cooking With Love for Family and Friends,” by Eva Longoria with Marah Stets (Clarkson Potter). Take-away Message: She’s not some starlet who wouldn’t know a gizzard if it fell in her lap. She grew up on a ranch in Texas with real chickens!

Number of Recipe Photos/Number of Author Photos: 5 3/16.

Most irritating author photo(s): Those in which Longoria dresses as if she were ready for an afternoon tea, not an afternoon of chopping vegetables.

Most Ridiculous Recipe: Tie between Ceviche (Page 30 “In the beach towns of Mexico . . . people happily eat raw fish and shellfish. I, however, do not.”) and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie (Page 97 “The key to great shepherd’s pie is the ketchup”).

Ingredients She Demonizes: Trans fats and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.

Vanity Moment: “I cannot count the number of times that I’ve found myself in a Gucci dress and heels &mdash with full hair and makeup, about to run out to an event &mdash pulling a roasted chicken out of the oven in order to make sure that my family is fed before leaving the house to face a hundred photographers on a red carpet.”

She Might Rethink . . .: Calling rhubarb a fruit and including “Parker” in her name on the copyright page.

Gwyneth Paltrow

“My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness,” by Gwyneth Paltrow (Grand Central Publishing).

Take-away Message: Daddy told her she could do whatever she wanted, if she just put her mind (and face) to it.

Number of Recipe Photos/Number of Author Photos: 6 5/26.

Most Irritating Author Photo(s): The one in which she looks as if she just came home from judo class.

Most Ridiculous Recipe: Wood Oven Pizzas, Page 174. “We’ve got a wood-burning pizza oven in the garden &mdash a luxury, I know, but it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made.”

Ingredients She Demonizes: Pork and beef.

Vanity Moment: “I fell in love with tortilla soup (and all things Tex-Mex) when I was doing a movie called ‘Flesh and Bone’ in Austin, Texas, in 1992. (I was nineteen.)”

She Might Rethink . . .: All the Jamie Oliver love. (Her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, could be worried that his wife has that Tony Parker itch.)

Sheryl Crow

“If It Makes You Healthy: More Than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Seasons,” by Sheryl Crow and Chuck White with Mary Goodbody (St. Martin’s Press).

Take-away Message: If Lance Armstrong can beat cancer in style, so can she &mdash and without the doping charges.

Number of Recipe Photos/Number of Author Photos: 3 2/22.

Most Irritating Author Photo(s): None, unless you’re Armstrong, who must be slapping his forehead for letting this Crow fly away.

Most Ridiculous Recipe: Lemon-Vanilla Panna Cotta with Basil-Apricot Compote, Page 122. This Italian “cooked cream” is made with lemon soy yogurt.

Ingredients She Demonizes: Conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.

Vanity Moment: When was the last time a cookbook author admitted to “not being a great cook at home”?

She Might Rethink . . .: The title. The awkward twist on Crow’s 1996 hit “If It Makes You Happy” is cheesy and detracts from an earnest, change-the-way-you-eat cookbook.

Teresa Giudice

“Fabulicious! Teresa’s Italian Family Cookbook,” by Teresa Giudice with Heather Maclean (Running Press, $19, 60 recipes).

Take-away Message: She will make you love her children.

Number of Recipe Photos/Number of Author Photos: 3 1/29.

Most Irritating Author Photo(s): Every single one in which Giudice tilts her head to the camera and beams, as if she were still posing for the high school yearbook.

Most Ridiculous Recipe: Audriana’s Creamy Polenta, Page 47, allegedly the favorite dish of Giudice’s 1-year-old daughter. The headnote is ostensibly written by the author’s 6-year-old daughter: “Hi, it’s me, Gabriella.”

Ingredients She Demonizes: Vegetable oil. (Giudice uses only olive oil.)

Vanity Moment: “As so many of you have written me and attested &mdash I already knew this because I have four kids and don’t work out &mdash if you eat home-cooked, fresh, authentic Italian food, you can have your pasta and your skinny jeans, too.”

She Might Rethink . . .: The title, other fabricated words (“sauce-tacular”?) and the Faulknerian stream- of-consciousness biography attributed to Audriana.

Alicia Silverstone

“The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet,” by Alicia Silverstone (Rodale), a soft-cover edition of her 2009 bestseller.

Take-away Message: She’s cooler and far hotter than you icky meat eaters.

Number of Recipe Photos/Number of Author Photos: 3 2/21.

Most Irritating Author Photo(s): The two in which Silverstone, the home cook, feels the need to lie in a pristine white bed.

Most Ridiculous Recipe: Alicia’s Sexy Inspired Salad, Page 174. A mixed- greens salad that calls for truffle oil, “which, though a bit expensive, is used so sparingly it lasts forever and is really worth the cost.” Except for one problem: Truffle oil has a shelf life of three to six months.

Ingredients She Demonizes: Everything that comes from an animal, plus white sugar and processed foods.

Vanity Moment: “By following the Kind Diet, you will lose weight easily, your skin will absolutely glow, you will have tons of energy, and you will become more sensitive to all the important things in life &mdash like love, nature, and your deepest, truest self.”

She Might Rethink . . .: Blindly parroting a handful of special-interest groups trying to push th+eir agenda via Hollywood fame.

Celebrity recipes:

Aunt Didi’s Carne Guisada

Adapted from Eva Longoria’s “Eva’s Kitchen.” The classic Tex-Mex stew is rich and delicious without the hours of simmering that most stews require. Serve with Mexican rice, refried beans and warm tortillas to soak up every drop of the flavorful sauce. For a thicker gravy, see the VARIATION below. Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds beef sirloin, trimmed of all visible fat, then cut into 1-inch cubes
1 medium white onion, cut in half, then into thin slices
4 medium cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium green bell pepper, seeded and cut into slices
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces canned tomato sauce
1 cup water

Directions
Heat the oil in a large skillet (preferably larger than 12 inches), or wok over medium heat until the oil shimmers swirl to evenly coat. Add the meat and cook for about 6 minutes, turning the pieces as needed, until the meat is browned in spots but still a little red in the middle.

Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper, stirring to combine, then stir in the cumin, salt, pepper, tomato sauce and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low cook for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice. Serve hot.

Variation: For a thicker gravy, after cooking use a slotted spoon to transfer the meat and vegetables to a serving bowl. Combine 1 tablespoon flour with 1/4 cup water and stir until smooth. Whisk this slurry into the gravy and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until thickened. Pour the gravy over the meat and vegetables, and serve.

Per serving: 510 calories, 49g protein, 9g carbohydrates, 29g fat, 11g saturated fat, 95mg cholesterol, 940mg sodium, 2g dietary fiber, 3g sugar

Savory Rice Bowl

Gwyneth Paltrow first had a version of this at a Japanese monastery during a silent retreat. She thought the retreat was an interesting experience but the savory rice bowl was the best part. She came home and re-created it. Adapted from “My Father’s Daughter.” Makes 4.

Ingredients
1 cup short-grain brown rice
6 cups water
Regular or low-sodium soy sauce, for serving
Toasted sesame oil, for serving
Sesame and seaweed rice condiment (available at Asian markets), for serving
Finely chopped scallions, for serving
Finely chopped kimchi, for serving
Finely shredded nori, for serving

Directions
Rinse the brown rice, if desired.

Combine the rice with 5 cups of water in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low stir, cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours. Ideally, the rice should have a porridgelike consistency.

Uncover if you still see a fair amount of liquid in the saucepan, cook for 15 to 30 minutes. Alternatively, if the rice seems dry, add as much of the remaining 1 cup of water as needed cook for 15 to 30 minutes (on low or medium-low heat) to achieve a porridgelike consistency.

To serve, divide the rice among individual bowls. Top with dashes of the soy sauce and toasted sesame oil, and with sprinkles of the sesame-seaweed condiment, scallions, kimchi and nori.

Per serving (with low-sodium soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, kimchi and scallions): 210 calories, 4g protein, 41g carbohydrates, 5g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 280mg sodium, 3g dietary fiber, 1g sugar

Brussels Sprouts Saute

Adapted from “If It Makes You Healthy,” by Sheryl Crow and Chuck White. For best results, use sprouts from the farmers market. With the addition of the cauliflower, Sheryl Crow say this is definitely a “feel good” dish. It takes about 40 minutes, start to finish. Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients
One-quarter head (about 7 1/2 ounces) cauliflower, separated into bite-size florets (1 1/2 cups)
4 teaspoons canola oil, preferably expeller-pressed
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
9 ounces Brussels sprouts (see headnote)
1/3 cup currants or raisins
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (see NOTE)
1/4 cup white wine
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Use nonstick cooking oil spray to lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet.

Place the cauliflower in a mixing bowl sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the oil and with salt and pepper to taste, and toss to coat evenly. Spread the cauliflower on the baking sheet roast for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned and softened.

Rinse the Brussels sprouts, then discard any discolored outer leaves. Detach enough remaining leaves to yield 2 cups.

Heat the remaining 3 teaspoons of oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until the oil shimmers. Add the Brussels sprout leaves, roasted cauliflower, currants or raisins and toasted pine nuts cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes.

Stir in the wine, and cook for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat add the butter and parsley, stirring until the butter melts. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl.

NOTE: Toast the pine nuts in a small, dry skillet over medium or medium-low heat for 3 to 5 minutes, shaking the skillet often until the seeds are fragrant and have darkened. Let cool before using.

Per serving: 180 calories, 5g protein, 12g carbohydrates, 14g fat, 3g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 4g dietary fiber, 3g sugar


1 Kate Middleton - Heidi Agan

Heidi Agan was discovered in 2012 due to her ridiculously realistic rendering of Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Since then, she has been on a whirlwind tour of the world as the top Kate lookalike, flying to locations across China, Australia and the United States.

She's appeared in numerous media events, including television work on the Katie Couric Show and Famous For My Face as well as appearances on BBC, ABC and ITV. This former burger waitress has worked her way up to charging a minimum of £600 per appearance.

Heidi notes that she resembles Kate so strongly that her younger daughter points to magazines featuring snapshots of the royal and says "there you are mummy!".