Ali Larter Reveals New Cookbook — And Recipe!

05/15/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

Ali Larter Kitchen Revelry Cookbook
Amy Neunsinger

Becoming a mom changes a lot in a woman’s life — your schedule, sleep pattern and more. But it can also awaken your desire to pursue other passions, which was definitely the case for Ali Larter when she welcomed 2-year-old Theodore in 2010.

“After my son was born, I realized how much time I spend on set acting and how much I love that, but when I’m not on set, I’m usually throwing dinner parties or cooking and entertaining in some way,” the actress tells PEOPLE.

“So I thought you know what, maybe I’ll try to put a book together, that sounds like kind of a fun thing to do in my off-time.”

The result of all Larter’s hard work is Kitchen Revelry: A Year of Festive Menus From My Home to Yours, which will hit stores in September.

According to the actress, the entertaining guide/cookbook is for women who are just starting to learn the art of hosting.

“I wish I had [this] when I was 25,” she says. “I threw some really horrible dinner parties when I was younger because I put so much stress and pressure on myself to make things prefect. What I’ve really learned is that no one really cares if things taste perfect. All they care about is having a great time and being together with friends and being invited into your home.”

Luckily, Larter shares several simple dishes that are guaranteed to impress your guests. One of her favorite appetizers: gougères, which are “just a decadent cheese puff.”

And she’s also finally revealing the ingredients of her homemade buttermilk ranch dressing. “It’s pretty incredible, my friends are always trying to get that recipe.”

So does the busy mom have any tips on getting your little ones interested and involved in cooking?

“Start out with things that you love. At this point, I try to feed my son what we eat for dinner and expose him to really interesting, different foods. And if he doesn’t like it, it’s fine, it’s more about trying and thinking of food as a fun adventure.”

For more of Larter’s entertaining tips and recipes, go to her blog Also, the actress exclusively reveals one of the book’s recipes below:

Ali Larter Kitchen Revelry Cookbook Fig Prosciutto Mascarpone Crostini Recipe
Amy Neunsinger

Fig, Prosciutto and Mascarpone Crostini
Serves 12

1 baguette, cut on slight diagonal into 24 slices

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 ripe fresh figs, stemmed, each cut crosswise into 6 slices (Substitute with any seasonal fruit if needed)
8 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
¾ cup mascarpone cheese (about 6 ounces)
Balsamic syrup, for drizzling
Freshly cracked black pepper

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Arrange the baguette slices in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Brush the baguette slices lightly with olive oil. Bake until the slices are lightly golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the crostini cool to room temperature on the baking sheet.

Spread the mascarpone cheese over the crostini, dividing equally. Top each with a lightly folded slice of prosciutto, then a fig slice. Drizzle each generously with balsamic syrup and sprinkle lightly with cracked pepper and serve immediately.

Shanelle Rein-Olowokere with reporting by Kiran Hefa

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Angela on

Sounds yummy! Good for her

Jen on

I really don’t mean this to be a jerk and am going to try to word it in a non-nasty way. But, is this the new trend for actresses who became famous in their 20s because of their looks and not their acting abilities? Once they grow up, have kids, and are not getting roles anymore, they just stay in the public eye and generate extra income by writing a cookbook or “lifestyle guide”?

Pam on

I think she chose to take some time off, she has a 2 year old. Your life and what’s truly important should change when you have a child. I’d rather see a woman like Ali who takes some time off to care for her child than many other celebs who don’t prioritize raising their child.

jay on

Jen, i thought the same thing. For some reason though, actresses like Ali Larter putting out cookbooks dont bother me as much. When a recipe is fun and easy i’ll ty it, i love to cook. But when a book is put out to basically pat themselves on the back for being soooo organic maannnn *ahem gwenyth* and one recipe costs $485, i get stabby.

Jaybee on

Nothing is wrong with a little caution, especially when it comes to food. Ever read about GMOs?

Jen on

I’m not condemning them. If anyone wants to publish a cookbook or lifestyle guide and people are willing to buy it, then that is just free enterprise at work. I just don’t care for the fact that because they are known for their celebrity and then use it to promote their new ventures, that media (especially tabloids) assign them “expert” status in that area.

Jessica Alba, for example, thats fine if she wants to write her book and promote her lifestyle, but that doesn’t make her an expert. Her eco-company is only a year old. If I want an expert’s opinion on how to raise my family in a non-toxic environment, I’m gonna buy the book by the guy she co-founded her company with. He is a big name in kids’ environmental health, went to school for it, and worked years in the field. THAT is an expert. Sorry for the rant.

Michelle on

Oh boy another actress who is “between jobs” yammering on about how they lurve to entertain and how all their friends and family look to them for style advice. Yaddah yaddah yaddah.

jay on

LOL that rant is right though. I agree. I hate the celebs who put out baby books. Um, you are not the only one to have a baby, you are not an expert. Good for you that seaweed wraps at your favorite spa helped your swollen legs. I’ll be thinking of that as im miserable sitting in my work cube working overtime so i can afford my insurance lol. Blah.

Pam on

You people are so bitter!

Sarah on

My only real gripe here is the recipe. Sure it looks delicious, but it is not a recipe! You are slicing up figs, smearing on packaged cheese and using pre-cut meat and putting them all on a piece of toast and that deserves a cookbook? I mean, good for her that she is able to enjoy being a mother and entertaining, but at least have some substance in your cookbook!

Anonymous on

Fig what? Too sophisticated for me.

Ash on

OMG, finally! Her ranch recipe! Now I can die happy!

Wait, what?