Cesar Casier – Not Just a Pretty Face

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As the average person celebrates the culmination of 2012, they probably already have a list of New Year’s resolutions taped to their fridge door, mirror or laptop (delete where appropriate). Ambitions to spend less, holiday more and shed that annual festive weight (which let’s face it was already there five Christmases before), all set the bar implausibly high for 2013. Well perhaps one of those points may actually get ticked off as 24 year old Belgian model, Cesar Casier, releases his debut cookbook Model Kitchen.

Speaking to Style.com, New York-based Casier said: “I have this great passion for food and for fashion. I left home for modeling and I didn’t want to go to all these fast-food restaurants, so I started to learn to cook. So, I decided to make a cookbook about what models eat.” Filled with 75 recipes that models, including Karlie Kloss, Lindsey Wixson, Lily Donaldson and Milla Jovovich, actually eat – all of whom have contributed to the gastronomic tome – the book marries the content with delectable food and fashion photography by the likes of Steven Klein and styling by Carine Roitfeld.

Casier, whose career has seen him walk for Saint Laurent, Dior and Missoni as well as appear on the pages of Paris Vogue, Elle and L’Officiel to name a few, and most recently become the face of Armani Exchange; has expressed a hidden passion for food via his blog The Cesar Salad. Here he chronicles his adventures with food, writing up recipes and dishes he’s discovered around the world. Not the pastime one would have expected from a globetrotting model – perhaps gymnasium interiors would be more typical? Nonetheless, it is food which floats this particular model’s boat, and apparently a selection of his most stylish friends.

Kloss, Jovovich, Donaldson and Wixson have each contributed recipes for mango salsa, baked salmon and asparagus, kale salad and chocolate chip cookies respectively, with US fashion writer Derek Blasberg penning the forward. Following the launch of Kloss’s gluten-free cookie range Karlie’s Kookies and Jourdan Dunn’s cooking show “Well Dunn with Jourdan Dunn” in 2012, it seems the catwalk crowd are having the last laugh in the size zero debate as they reveal that a diet of coffee and cigarettes is nothing but an urban fashion myth.

Ideal for the average girl or guy looking to employ a healthier eating regime for the New Year, there are no secret get-thin-quick methods to be found just straightforward recipes that combine healthy, affordable ingredients together with Casier’s guide to his favourite restaurants – on the odd occasion when eating out is your preference – located in the world’s major fashion cities. He said: “They aren’t touristy places; they are where I like to go with my model friends for a great cup of coffee or a drink.” The book also features the model’s signature Cesar salad recipe which adds al dente string beans and asparagus to the traditional chicken and lettuce medley, as well as a selection of juice cleanses and Skinny Dips – to be enjoyed with crudités as opposed to chips!

Already released in Casier’s home country of Belgium, Styleite has reported that the book is set to hit Selfridges, Colette, and Net-A-Porter in a few weeks, and Casier is looking to find an American publisher for wider distribution.

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