What’s cooking is communication! After celebrating her fifth wedding anniversary this past summer, Ayesha Curry reveals her relationship advice for couples in an exclusive new interview with The Knot.
The first-time cookbook author, 27, was adorably supported by her NBA superstar husband, Steph Curry, this week at the NYC launch party of her new book, The Seasoned Life. Inside Williams-Sonoma, the guest of honor shared sweet updates about her marriage and recent anniversary vacation along the French Riviera.
“We were fortunate enough to be able to go and experience the South of France: Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and then we drove over to Monaco,” the mom of two tells The Knot. “It was a dream travel experience. We already said we want to go back when we got the chance. It was beautiful. The weather was perfect, the people were nice, the food was incredible!”
Delicious meals have played an important role in the couple’s relationship, ever since they first started dating when she was 19 years old. “I cooked for him often,” she recalls fondly. “He came over to my parent’s house. I would have dinner prepared throughout the summers that we were dating.”
Ayesha says summer is–by far–her favorite time of year to cook. “He’s out of season,” she notes of her NBA MVP husband, who plays for the Golden State Warriors. “We have time to [create meals] and enjoy each other’s company.”
It was a natural transition for Ayesha to assemble a cookbook with her standout recipes. “My whole thing with the book is that I have so many girlfriends and family members who just don’t cook,” she says. “It’s not because they don’t like to cook. It’s because they’re intimidated. So I really wanted to simplify everything and make the cookbook accessible for everybody.”
Within the book’s pages are some of Steph’s favorite meals. “On special occasions, I’ll make him bacon-wrapped scallops and my lamb chops that are in the book,” Ayesha reveals. “He tends to tell people that his favorite is my chicken parm, which is not in the book. But the sauce that is in the ‘Game Day Pasta,’ I use that for the chicken parm.”
Cooking is just one part of the couple’s relationship. After five years of marriage, Ayesha shares some sound advice for couples who look up to the pair.
“Talk it out,” she tells The Knot. “I have a long-term one, which is talking it out. It applies to every year [of marriage]. Just make sure the lines of communication are open. If you have something mean to say, say it. If you have something nice to say, say it. Whatever it is, say it. And don’t hold anything in. Don’t go to bed mad at each other. It’s been our rule.”
She also suggests showing grace when necessary. “I’m a dweller,” she concludes. “And over the years, I’ve learned not to focus on the small things, and to look at the bigger picture. That’s really helped.”
Ayesha Curry’s The Seasoned Life is available in stores now.