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Updated December 03, 2020 02:52 PM

She has a wildly successful modeling career, is co-hosting ABC’s talk show FABLife and Spike’s Lip Sync Battle, but where Chrissy Teigen really belongs is in the kitchen.

“I really feel like this should have been my first calling,” Teigen tells Modern Luxury in their September issue. “I love when people send me photos of the recipes that they’ve made—that makes me very emotional.”

Of her upcoming (and highly anticipated) cookbook, the supermodel says it’s not what you might expect from a star.

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“This isn’t your typical celebrity cookbook,” she says. “I really hate when you can tell somebody who doesn’t have a passion for it is pumping out a book.”

Teigen has already given her followers a glimpse of what’s to come from the book due out next April, from mouth-watering food photos to balancing a plate of chicken wings on her bum.

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And even if developing recipes like her jalapeño chips have caused her to not only “lose my mind” but also fall off a pre-photo shoot diet, her fans make it all worth it.

“I don’t think I would work at all without people that love it,” she says. “The people that you inspire to cook, who have never cooked a day in their lives and are finally cooking their first meal. Or people that feel like they’re comfortable showing their stretch marks because I shared mine. That to me is fantastic. That’s such a good feeling.”

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone