When model, author, culinary mogul and recently retired Twitter star Chrissy Teigen was younger, she used to watch her mom, Vilailuck Teigen, cooking in the kitchen. Pepper Teigen, who revealed to WSJ. Magazine she was nicknamed Pepper for her love of spice, stood out from the stereotypical American homemaker.
“She didn’t cook American food until she came here but she did her best to learn so she could make meals that her American family would love,” Chrissy writes in the foreword to Pepper’s forthcoming book, ‘The Pepper Thai Cookbook: Family Recipes From Everyone’s Favorite Thai Mom.’
“After she fed us, she’d cook a separate Thai meal for herself, from scratch, using whatever Asian-ish ingredients she could find at our local grocery store in Utah, Washington, Idaho, Ohio, or wherever we were living at the time.”