Barrymore recently released a cookbook with her friend and personal chef, Pilar Valdes, called “Rebel Homemaker: Food, Family, Life,” but she didn’t always want to write a cookbook, she told Bon Appétit. When offered the chance to write one in the past, she felt “ill-equipped” and like the experience would give her imposter syndrome. “To me, chefs are very authentic people. I just did not feel I belonged in that world,” she said. After becoming friends with Valdes and spending more time in the kitchen in recent years, however, she felt more like she had “a point of view” to offer readers.
What all changed in these recent years? Barrymore was in the middle of a divorce and going through a career transition to host her talk show, “The Drew Barrymore Show,” when she met Valdes while searching for a personal chef. They were considering more ways to work food into her show when they got the opportunity to write a cookbook. Barrymore had grown quite the cookbook collection and experienced a range of dishes with Valdes by then, which she thought would be “amazing to document.” If you grab a copy for yourself, expect to find recipes that the duo actually makes at home.