Curry cooks up ca­reer with new book

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FOOD - By Mes­fin Fekadu

NEW YORK » Aye­sha Curry re­mem­bers the first meal she cooked for her ul­tra-pop­u­lar NBA player hus­band Stephen Curry: a baked chicken dish. But the meal Stephen whipped up for his chef-wife wasn’t as tasty. Or ed­i­ble. “The one time he cooked for me, it was aw­ful. It was salty, cream of wheat, gush­ers lined up on a plate as gar­nish,” Aye­sha, 27, said in an re­cent in­ter­view. “It was cute, but I couldn’t eat it.”

Aye­sha said the Golden State War­riors point guard loved the first meal she made, which in­cluded “his dad’s fa­mous sea­son­ing.”

“So maybe that’s the rea­son why we’re still mar­ried,” she laughed. “I don’t know. I hope it’s more than that.”

Food has played a large part in the fam­ily’s life — and Aye­sha’s ca­reer. She just launched her first cook­book, “The Sea­soned Life” (Lit­tle, Brown and Co.), and she cooks all the meals for her fam­ily — in­clud­ing daugh­ters Ri­ley, 4, and Ryan, 1 — with­out the help of a chef.

“No dis­credit to the peo­ple that do — I’m al­ways watch­ing and look­ing on so­cial me­dia at the stuff that they make — but at home I think I’m so pride­ful with my food and so I make ev­ery­thing,” she said.

For the book, she also worked in­de­pen­dently: “I food styled and cooked all the food for the pho­tos my­self, so it was just the pho­tog­ra­pher and I.”

Aye­sha says the recipes are quick, easy and ac­ces­si­ble. Some re­flect her mul­ti­cul­tural back­ground — her mother is Ja­maican and Chi­nese and her fa­ther is black and Pol­ish.

“It’s a big part of the way I cook, the way I fla­vor my food, and I think it helped me grow­ing up to be able to play around with my food and ex­per­i­ment,” she said.

Aye­sha said she turned to food pro­fes­sion­ally after start­ing her

cook­ing blog.

Some of the stand­outs in her book in­clude her Mama Alexan­der’s brown sugar chicken, Stephen’s five-in­gre­di­ent pasta (for game days) and her honey-pep­pered cast-iron bis­cuits. She came up with her “pan­crepes” by ac­ci­dent.

“I just threw stuff to­gether, put it in a pan and then re­al­ized I left out the thick­en­ing agent, what was go­ing to fluff that pan­cake up, and it was the con­sis­tency of a crepe, but they were so de­li­cious,” she said. “The whole fam­ily loves them. They’re great. It’s my happy ac­ci­dent.”

She says she en­joys cook­ing with her daugh­ters, and get­ting Ri­ley in­volved has helped ex­pand her pal­ette: “The way that I get her to try stuff is by mak­ing it with me be­cause then she’s

see­ing what’s go­ing into (it) ... and she’s feel­ing like she’s ac­com­plished some­thing.”

Ri­ley’s be­come a so­cial me­dia star, gar­ner­ing at­ten­tion at her fa­ther’s bas­ket­ball games, press con­fer­ences and more. Aye­sha said it’s hard to deal with her daugh­ter’s pop­u­lar­ity.

“It’s a lit­tle bit in­tim­i­dat­ing I think as a mom, a lit­tle bit scary ‘cause the in­ten­tions weren’t there for that to hap­pen, but we’ve kind of taken it on and taken it for what it is be­cause if you have a gift to make peo­ple happy the way that she’s made peo­ple happy, I mean that’s OK,” Aye­sha said. “She puts a smile on peo­ple’s faces so we’re all right with it.”

Fame has also im­pacted Aye­sha, who, while be­ing a fan-fa­vorite, has taken some crit­i­cism. Her an­gry Twit­ter rant ear­lier this year fol­low­ing a War­riors loss dur­ing the fi­nals made her a tar­get (she later apol­o­gized). And her whole­some

im­age, while be­ing lauded by some, has caused others to use her pho­tos as memes with a holier-than-thou im­age.

“I think it’s silly. It’s so funny how your per­son­al­ity and char­ac­ter can be shaped by other peo­ple and not your­self, and I would just like to say no­body’s per­fect. I’m com­pletely nor­mal,” she said.

She’s hop­ing that her new cook­ing show, “Aye­sha’s Home­made,” will help de­liver her true per­son­al­ity. It pre­mieres Oct. 22 on the Food Net­work and was filmed at the Cur­rys’ home in Alamo, Cal­i­for­nia.

“I tend to be su­per­goofy and that will come off on the show,” she said. “I’m just ex­cited for peo­ple to see that I don’t take things so se­ri­ously — life’s too short, so we’ve got to have fun and make things easy.”


In this file photo, NBA bas­ket­ball player Stephen Curry, left, and his wife Aye­sha Curry ar­rive at the Su­per Bowl 50 Rolling Stone Party in San Fran­cisco.

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