Former hosts of the wildly popular “Fixer Upper” series, Joanna and Chip Gaines stopped by “Today” this morning to talk about two firsts: her first cookbook, which comes out today, and his first marathon, which will also be Waco’s first marathon, slated for May 6.
Joanna’s book is already a bestseller, and it features dozens of recipes from the family cupboard and some from the couple’s new Magnolia Market restaurant in Waco. “Magnolia Table” feels like a mash-up of Ree Drummond, Deb Perelman and Lisa Fain, featuring the Pioneer Woman’s unapologetic enthusiasm for family cooking and the farm life, the Smitten Kitchen blogger’s mastery of filtered light and elegant food styling and the Homesick Texan’s passion for Lone Star foodways.
Joanna said she wasn’t always an avid cook, but that’s changed as her family has grown. “The kids aren’t wanting to go out to eat these days, so it’s nice that they want to appreciate having us at home,” she said. “I love the idea of cooking. It’s like design, getting to create beautiful memories in your home. I’ve enjoyed creating these moments around the table with our family and friends.”
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Chip’s upcoming race came from a desire to run a marathon, but when they realized Waco didn’t have a marathon, they decided to host one. The Silo District Marathon on May 6 already has 5,000 registrants, he said during the live interview this morning, but when the conversation turned to Joanna’s fifth pregnancy, the beloved “Fixer Upper” star nearly ruined the segment with comments about how he “always dated slightly bigger boned girls” before marrying her. Amid awkward laughter and a “How did we get to this?” comment, the hosts, Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin, changed the subject, but Chip loved the body comparison so much he made it again at the close of the interview.
Fodder for his next book on doing “ stupid stuff.”
You can find the recipes for Joanna’s chicken pot pie, biscuits, scalloped potatoes on the “Today” show’s website.
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