Sarah Michelle Gellar chats about her new family-first cookbook 'Stirring Up Fun with Food'

By Chris Daniels

She’ll always be known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Cruel Intentions – among other memorable screen projects. But lately Sarah Michelle Gellar has made a name for herself in food circles. In 2015, she co-founded Foodstirs, a line of organic quick-scratch baking kits. And now the mom of two, 39, has launched her first cookbook, Stirring Up Fun with Food (due April 4). In it, she shares her love of “food crafting” – using mason jars, muffin tins and even toothpicks to serve meals. Hello! caught up with Sarah to talk food, kids and movie nights. – CHRIS DANIELS

When did you get into food crafting?

I grew up in New York City, and even though my mom was a great cook, my experience was limited to making reservations. Regardless of where the food was prepared, I have always been an avid crafter, and after I had kids, I realized that food and crafting were a perfect marriage for me!

Speaking of perfect marriages, you and actor Freddie Prinze Jr. celebrate your 15th wedding anniversary this year and have two beautiful kids. What have Charlotte, 7, and Rocky, 4, taught you in the kitchen?

To embrace the mess. There is so much to be learned from putting away the phone and really getting your hands dirty. These are the family moments that everyone remembers and cherishes. I am always inspired by the fearlessness of kids to try new things.

You clearly love being a mom!

Being a parent is definitely the greatest thing that has happened to me, and I’ve had a lot of great experiences in my life. It’s a love that’s beyond my vocabulary.

Fun with Food includes lots of recipes for special occasions. What do you whip up for a night in?

We love to make cauliflower popcorn and settle in to watch a movie. Instead of absent-mindedly munching popcorn (which has no significant nutritional value), you are getting vegetables!

You also run your own food company. What has that been like?

I love the challenge of being an entrepreneur. It’s an entirely new skill set and is forcing me to flex muscles I didn’t even realize I had. I love the message it sends my kids, too.

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