Carla Hall Tells Us About Her New Projects and Gives Advice to New Cooks – Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Celebrity chef Carla Hall spoke to Showbiz Cheat Sheet about getting meals ready for the holidays, her new children’s book, and a new partnership. Here’s a peek into our conversation.
Carla Hall’s advice for new home cooks
Carla Hall with Rosie Perez and Daphne Oz on the set of ‘The Chew’ | Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images/Lou Rocco via Getty Images
If you’re new to cooking and you plan to cook a holiday meal for a large group, you’re likely feeling anxious. Hall says the best way to navigate your first meal for a large group is to make meals you’re familiar with. She also advises making fewer dishes and asking others for help.
“Do what you know, first of all,” Hall tells Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “Take the pressure off by not trying to recreate a dinner that your mother did, or your grandparents did, or whoever was cooking.”
Hall explains it’s best not to try to copy the person who did most of the cooking because they likely had more practice than you. Don’t expect to make a meal that tastes exactly like theirs. That person has been whipping up meals for many years, so be patient with yourself.
“What you remember them doing was probably 20 years into the game,” says Hall. “If there’s something you’re not sure of, ask somebody to bring it!”
Carla Hall released a children’s book
Hall released her children’s book, Carla and the Christmas Cornbread, in November. She says Sunday dinner at her grandmother’s house inspired the book. She says her grandmother didn’t make the cornbread ahead of time. Instead, she would wait until everyone arrived. “We had to be on the inside of the door,” says Hall. She says it took about 20 minutes for the cornbread to be ready.
“When you’re a young kid, and you’re like 7, you’re like, ‘Wait, when is the food going to be ready?’” jokes Hall. She initially thought she was going to write a memoir, but decided to pen a children’s book instead, which is something she always wanted to do.
Hall says she loves children’s books and she’s on the board of the Pajama Program, which promotes bedtime routines (such as reading a book before bedtime) and provides information about healthy sleep habits. She also loves the art in children’s books and she did children’s theater, so writing a children’s book was a natural next step for her.