One of the food world’s bright­est stars dishes about cook­ing and fam­ily

WHO - - Story Strap - By Ana Calderone

Chrissy Teigen has never been afraid to speak her mind. When one of her 10 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers “re­spect­fully” asked whether the mum of Luna, 2, and Miles, 4 months, was preg­nant again as she walked the red car­pet at the Emmy Awards on Sept. 17, she im­me­di­ately shot back. “I just had a baby but thank you for be­ing soooo re­spect­ful,” she tweeted.

Not that hav­ing an­other child with her hus­band of five years, Egot-win­ner John Leg­end, is out of the ques­tion. “John wants how­ever many kids I want. That’s the good thing with John – he is down for it,” says Teigen, 32. “Are we ready right now? No! I re­ally love hav­ing two, but I think when I’m 70, I’ll look back and say, ‘Oh, I wish I had more.’ I can’t see my­self re­gret­ting hav­ing a ton of kids.”

Mak­ing her dreams of a big fam­ily a re­al­ity is some­thing that will take plan­ning. Af­ter strug­gling with in­fer­til­ity, Teigen be­came preg­nant with both Luna and Miles via in vitro fertilisation (IVF). “Miles was ac­tu­ally made at the same time as Luna,” she says. “They were shar­ing the same lit­tle petri dish to­gether. It’s crazy.” And with a num­ber of em­bryos left “on ice,” there are more sib­lings-to-be wait­ing when the time is right. If she were to con­ceive nat­u­rally, though, “it’d be awe­some,” she says. “I can’t even fathom it be­cause it’s never hap­pened to me. I’m to­tally fine with it not hap­pen­ing be­cause I’ve been in a po­si­tion where we’ve been able to con­trol it – the tim­ing and sched­ul­ing. It would be chaos oth­er­wise – but I love chaos too.”

For now, she’s happy to have added a sib­ling to her fam­ily of cook­books with the re­lease of Crav­ings: Hun­gry for More. The book was an­other feat that didn’t come eas­ily. When her 2016 New York Times best­seller Crav­ings sold nearly 300,000 copies, her fans couldn’t wait to see what she would cook up next. But as she be­gan de­vel­op­ing recipes for Crav­ings 2 shortly af­ter Luna’s birth, Teigen was di­ag­nosed with post­par­tum de­pres­sion.

“I started look­ing at food and was like, ‘I’m just not in the mood.’ It’s like go­ing to the gro­cery store when you’re full. You just don’t want the same things. Food wasn’t that thrilling for me,” she says. “That was one of the first times I knew some­thing was wrong.”

­­Sim­ple tasks like leav­ing the house were dif­fi­cult. “I’d ask peo­ple who came in­side why they were wet. Was it rain­ing? How would I know – I had ev­ery shade closed,” she wrote in an es­say for Glam­our. “Most days were spent on the ex­act same spot on the couch and rarely would I muster up the en­ergy to make it up­stairs for bed. John would sleep on the couch with me, some­times four nights in a row. There was a lot of spon­ta­neous cry­ing.” But with a di­ag­no­sis came re­lief. She was pre­scribed an an­tide­pres­sant and sought help from a ther­a­pist. (Teigen told CBS Sun­day Morn­ing she be­lieves she avoided PPD the sec­ond time by

eat­ing her pla­centa af­ter giv­ing birth to Miles.) As she re­cov­ered, her en­ergy – and her ap­petite – slowly re­turned to nor­mal.

“When Chrissy is liv­ing her best life, food is a huge part of it,” says Adeena Suss­man, Teigen’s co-au­thor, who moved in with the cou­ple while work­ing on Crav­ings and Crav­ings 2. “It was great to see her pick that love of food back up and just run with it when she was feel­ing bet­ter.”

Teigen also re­sumed en­ter­tain­ing at the Bev­erly Hills house she and Leg­end, 39, bought two years ago, and where the cookbook was pho­tographed. “John and Chrissy both love host­ing,” says celebrity hair­styl­ist Jen Atkin, Teigen’s close friend. “They’re so good at it, and their home is just so cosy. It’s the place ev­ery­one wants to hang out on the week­end.”

The cou­ple’s re­la­tion­ship is equally en­vi­able. “John tells me I’m sexy all the time,” says Teigen. “Hon­estly I fight it be­cause there’s only so much that some­one can say or do be­fore you’re like, ‘I know you’re not telling the truth.’ But he re­ally pushes it and he wants me to know that he loves my new body or he loves the way my skin feels. When I’m feel­ing to­tally filthy, he al­ways lets me know that he is still to­tally turned on by me, which is great.”

Adds Leg­end: “We in­spire each other. She in­spires my songs, she in­spires me to want to be a bet­ter hus­band and a bet­ter fa­ther. We sup­port each other fully in every­thing that we do.”

That in­cludes not only A-list op­por­tu­ni­ties but ev­ery­day rou­tines. Al­though she’s busy de­vel­op­ing recipes, shoot­ing Lip Sync Bat­tle – the TV se­ries that she has hosted since 2015 – and trav­el­ling around the world for Leg­end’s tours, Teigen re­mains grounded.

“Luna’s at this age right now where it’s so cool to be present for ev­ery lit­tle thing she does. Even driv­ing her to school in the morn­ing has brought us so in­cred­i­bly close,” she says. Mother­hood has also in­flu­enced her lat­est cookbook. “I was more ac­cept­ing of cut­ting some cor­ners, and that has to come from hav­ing two kids now. I was want­ing to put to­gether a meal that John and I could eat to­gether but not be ex­hausted from mak­ing it,” she says. “So a lot of the recipes are a bit quicker and have fewer in­gre­di­ents. It’s like, ‘ Wow, you can tell she’s at a dif­fer­ent point in her life when she did this.’ ”

Chris­tine Diane Teigen, cor­rectly pro­nounced Tie-gen, as her so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers re­cently found out (see box), wasn’t al­ways so con­fi­dent be­hind the stove. While tak­ing classes at Or­ange Coast Col­lege in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, she was dis­cov­ered by a mod­el­ling scout at her part-time job at a surf shop.

“I wasn’t en­ter­tain­ing any­body,” says Teigen, who met Leg­end on the set of his mu­sic video “Stereo” in 2006. “Once John and I re­ally found a home – we had a lit­tle place in Stu­dio City, sin­gle storey, huge kitchen, tiny bed­rooms – we loved to en­ter­tain. When I had a space that I was proud of and had all the tools, that’s when

I was like, ‘OK, this is awe­some.’ ” Teigen turned her grow­ing pas­sion for food into a blog, So Delush­ious!, in 2011 and quickly gar­nered a fol­low­ing. “I liked that the food looked re­lat­able,” she says. “I wasn’t a food stylist. I wasn’t us­ing lights, and In­sta­gram wasn’t fil­ter­ing things. It was very raw and cool, and peo­ple felt like they could post any­thing there.”

Her un­fil­tered at­ti­tude to­ward so­cial me­dia ex­tends to her Twit­ter and In­sta­gram ac­counts, where her posts have in­cluded her post-baby stretch marks and a video of Luna proudly ex­plain­ing how she “pushed a boy” dur­ing her first week of preschool.

“There is a lot of re­lata­bil­ity in our lives,” she says. “We’re home­bod­ies. We like to stay in. We get to do over-the-top, awe­some things a lot, but we re­ally love be­ing a fam­ily. We re­ally love be­ing to­gether, and I find more hap­pi­ness in the smaller mo­ments than those huge nights out.”

Teigen says there’s only one as­pect of her life that she’d keep pri­vate. “I would never get into crazy de­tail if John and I were re­ally strug­gling through some­thing on a weird re­la­tion­ship level. I can’t imag­ine what that would be, but I would prob­a­bly avoid it if that hap­pens,” she in­sists. As she says this, she laughs, think­ing of her fans: “Now they’re all go­ing to think that it hap­pened any­way!” The cou­ple’s ar­gu­ments are “over the dumb­est things,” she says. “John loves telling me things when I’m in the midst of some­thing – like when I’m open­ing up the oven and my head is in­side of it and I’m check­ing on a roast, he’s like, ‘Hey, babe, I’m go­ing to China to­mor­row for two days.’ And then I to­tally don’t know that’s hap­pen­ing and I’m won­der­ing ‘ Where’s John?’ for two days.”

Teigen’s re­la­tion­ship rules epit­o­mise #cou­ple­goals: Never re­hash ar­gu­ments (“If we say we’re over some­thing, then we don’t dwell on it”) and never go to bed an­gry – or hun­gry.

“John watches all my TV shows,” she says. “We’re ad­dicted to The Af­fair and Home­land.” Her idea of a per­fect, ro­man­tic date night is as at­tain­able as one of her recipes: “Hand­maid’s Tale and a braised meat.”

“I try to stay in as of­ten as pos­si­ble, but John loves a date night,” says Teigen. “I think that’s why I love cook­ing – it’s to en­tice him to stay home”

Teigen with Leg­end, Luna and Miles on va­ca­tion in Bali on Aug. 11. Steal­ing a mo­ment back­stage at Lip Sync Bat­tle.“I cook be­cause I love food and I love to eat. It makes me happy to serve peo­ple”

“I wanted the food to be lighter and brighter but still nice and hearty,” says Teigen of Crav­ings: Hun­gry For More. ($18, ama­zon.com)

Crav­ings : Hun­gry for More, by Chrissy Teigen pub­lished by Pen­guin Books, RRP $45.

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