We Got an Early Copy of ‘Queer Eye’ Star Antoni Porowski’s Cookbook (and It’s Not What We Expected)

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Our favorite graphic-tee-wearing, guac-loving chef Antoni Porowski is writing a cookbook. Last spring, the Queer Eye star announced his cookbook deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and since then, we’ve been on the edge of our seats, waiting for more info. And friends, the time is now.

Antoni in the Kitchen is set to hit bookshelves (and Amazon) on September 9, containing more than 100 healthy, approachable meals. The self-taught former personal chef is known and loved for his simple approach to classic recipes, like grilled cheese and yes…guac with a dollop of Greek yogurt for extra creaminess. (Guess what, guacamole purists? Meghan Markle puts yogurt in her guac too, so it’s officially two against one). 

Just a few days ago, we got our advance copy of Antoni in the Kitchen and learned more. A lot more. We don’t want totally ruin the surprise, but let’s just say it’s not entirely what we expected.

On Queer Eye, Antoni provides culinary (and often emotional) support for people all over the country. The cookbook, on the other hand, is all about Antoni and his heritage, including a number of recipes inspired by his Polish upbringing. In the book’s introduction, Antoni opens his heart about what it was like to grow up in a Polish family in Canada, as well as his experiences later in life, working long restaurant shifts while hungover. In fact, the book reads like a memoir with recipes. (And we’re definitely not complaining, especially about the old adorable pictures of young Antoni.)

Because he’s the greatest human, he also gives us what we want: tons of warming comfort food recipes and healthy, five-ingredient work-week dishes. We can’t wait to try his hangover cure soup (hint: it’s Polish), make all of his easy chicken recipes and pretend that Antoni’s watching over our shoulder, ready to give us an understanding hug.

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From 2017 to 2019 Heath Goldman held the role of Food Editor covering food, booze and some recipe development, too. Tough job, eh?