PEOPLE's 55 Greatest Recipes Ever
November 5, 1974
C.V. Wood Jr.'s World
Would you have guessed that the first recipe to run in PEOPLE would be for chili? C.V. Wood Jr. might not be a name you recognize now, but he was the winner of the International Chili Society's cook-off in 1974.
February 24, 1975
Rocky Aoki's Benihana Steak Recipe
Nothing says "seventies kitsch" like a meal from Benihana. After the hibachi-happy chain celebrated a decade in business, PEOPLE shared the recipe for Japanese steak, which is served with a special mustard sauce.
May 19, 1975
The Queen of Creole Cuisine's Redfish Courtbouillon
Even before they loomed large on channels like the Food Network, famous chefs have always had a home in PEOPLE's pages. Ella Brennan was part of the family that owned Brennan's in New Orleans, and she went on to open the now-legendary Commander's Palace. Redfish courtbouillon is a Louisiana specialty, and Brennan's version is still a classic.
August 25, 1975
Joan "Muffet" Hemingway, granddaughter to Ernest Hemingway, was a 1970s food personality: She studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and wrote a cookbook called The Picnic Gourmet. PEOPLE took Muffet out for a picnic (a "moveable feast," get it?) and she shared her recipe for this four-bean salad, which was adapted from a family friend.
March 29, 1976
Fish in Cream amp Cognac from
While the famed restaurant from Arlo Guthrie's 1967 song had gone through many iterations by the time this recipe ran in PEOPLE, it doesn't take away from just how good the poached fish in cream sauce is.
October 15, 1979
Luciano Pavarotti's Blue Cheese
amp Butter Sauce
As part of a story about celebrities getting back in the kitchen, which included Emmylou Harris, Suzanne Somers and Billy Crystal, among others, PEOPLE published Pavarotti's favorite blue cheese and butter sauce for pasta. Sadly, the famous tenor had given it up in an attempt to be more health-conscious.
May 26, 1980
George Harrison's Lentil Soup
In the early 1980s, the rock-and-roll lifestyle often included good food. PEOPLE ran a profile on Mary Frampton and her cookbook of her musician friends' favorite recipes. Not only did this issue include Harrison's soup recipe, but also one of the Bee Gees's favorite Yorkshire pudding recipes.
October 13, 1980
Cheryl Tiegs's Oriental Pudding
We're betting that if this recipe ran in the pages of PEOPLE today, it would have a slightly different name. However, this trailblazing tofu-based pudding hinted at the health-food craze that would come to characterize the eighties.
August 15, 1983
Fudge from the Brigittine Monastery
A monastery that supports itself by making amazingly delicious fudge: It's a story that's seems tailor-made for PEOPLE's human-interest pages. We can't help but wonder whether it's the rule of silence in the kitchen or the homemade marshmallow cream that made this candy taste so divine.
August 18, 1986
Nora Ephron's Key Lime Pie
Some may remember the unfaithful husband who got a pie to his face in Nora Ephron's movie Heartburn. As a sidebar to an article about marital troubles, the director shared her own recipe for the dessert.
May 16, 1994
Oprah Winfrey's Un-Fried Chicken
When Oprah Winfrey's chef Rosie Daley published a cookbook of the television host's favorite dishes, it became so popular that stores struggled to keep it in stock. This baked chicken recipe comes from her book and uses yogurt in place of oil.
April 21, 1997
Suzanne Somers's Chicken Piccata
Who knew that Suzanne Somers had grown up loving to cook? The actress and fitness guru used to read cookbooks before bed, and started helping out in the kitchen as a young girl. And this chicken piccata recipe is one of her staples.
Jacques Pepin's Buche de Noel
Pepin shared this recipe as part of PEOPLE's first-ever Home Entertaining issue. A traditional Yule log cake might be time consuming to make, but since this one involves a vanilla-bourbon buttercream, we think it's well worth the effort
May 27, 2002
April 28, 2003
George Foreman's Curried Salmon
You might be expecting steak to go with a story about George Foreman and his grilling empire. But this curried salmon is a fitting choice to highlight his commitment to healthy eating.
May 10, 2004
Rachael Ray's Quick Tiramisu
As part of 2004's 50 Most Beautiful People issue, Ray shared this dessert recipe with PEOPLE. It's fast, straightforward and epitomizes the star's unpretentious cooking style.
Maya Angelou's Buttermilk Biscuits
In honor of the holidays, PEOPLE’s Family Celebrations issue shared traditional recipes from several celebrities. These buttermilk biscuits came from Maya Angelou's cookbook Hallelujah! The Welcome Table.
Emeril Lagasse's Applesauce
Though he's usually known for his big flavors and beloved Creole recipes, Lagasse is also a father of four and has published three children's cookbooks. The chef shared a simple, kid-friendly applesauce recipe for a special PEOPLE issue about celebrity babies.
November 21, 2007
Ashley Tisdale's Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
Even celebrities can't resist Christmas cookies. The High School Musical star shared a beloved family recipe for a special section of PEOPLE.
June 23, 2008
Gordon Ramsay's Sticky Lemon Chicken
The best thing about this delicious chicken recipe from the Hell's Kitchen host is that it doesn't require any special gadgets or ingredients. It's an easy-to-make crowd pleaser – a.k.a. the holy grail of dinner.
December 10, 2008
Make Your Own Girl Scout Cookies
As part of a country special issue, PEOPLE shared recipes for make-at-home versions of three popular Girl Scout cookies – Do-Si-Dos, Samoas and Thin Mints. They're perfect for those times when you've depleted your stash for the season, but it's too early to order more.
April 27, 2009
Eva Longoria's Guacamole
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Eva Longoria shared her guacamole recipe from Beso, the now-shuttered restaurant she owned with chef Todd English. Longoria recommends pairing her dip with lime-flavored chips.
May 11, 2009
Tom Colicchio's Meatloaf
Although he's known for his elegant restaurant fare, turns out that Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio is also a master meatloaf maker. He makes this classic even better by adding dijon mustard and fresh oregano.
June 29, 2009
Sean Combs's Chicken with Sweet Hickory Merlot Rosemary BBQ Sauce
Diddy served this sweet-meets-savory chicken at one of his legendary summer parties in the Hamptons where guests were required to wear all white attire. Let's hope he offered plenty of wet wipes on the side.
August 17, 2009
Julia Child's Quiche Au Roquefort
To celebrate the release of Julie amp Julia, Julie Powell, who wrote the book the movie was based on, shared one of Child's most foolproof recipes. This foodie film is worth a rewatch, preferably with a slice of quiche in hand.
November 30, 2009
Elizabeth Hurley's Pork Chops
amp Baked Apples
We’ve always loved finding out which celebs are secret foodies, like the glamorous Hurley, who lives on a farm in the English countryside. She loves to make these pork chops with brown sugar, sage and white wine, and serves them with baked apples for a classic pairing.
December 30, 2009
B. Smith's Biscuit Bread Pudding
What better recipe for a New Year's issue of PEOPLE than this cozy and comforting biscuit bread pudding? Model and restaurateur B. Smith's version includes a wintry mix of cinnamon, raisins and caramel sauce.
February 1, 2010
Robert DeNiro's Marinated
Chicken Alla Griglia
The Oscar-winning actor can’t take “all” the credit for this delicious chicken recipe with rosemary and white wine. He got some help from chef Andrew Carmellini, his co-owner at Locanda Verde restaurant in N.Y.C.
March 8, 2010
June 7, 2010
The Obamas' Favorite
Grilled Chicken Tacos
POTUS and FLOTUS enjoyed this flavorful dish at Frontera Grill, the popular Chicago restaurant run by chef Rick Bayless. It's easy to see why these tacos have earned the presidential seal of approval: They're made with cinnamon and cloves and paired with a zesty tomatillo salsa.
September 20, 2010
Alma Wahlberg's Macaroni Salad
Named for the matriarch of the Wahlberg family, this macaroni salad, which is made with red onion, bell peppers and parsley, is still one of her sons' favorites. Chef Paul Wahlberg, who appears on the Walhburgers series with brothers Mark and Donnie, serves it at his other restaurant, Alma Nove.