Ali Larter has a lot going on: She just released her first book, "Kitchen Revelry," on how to entertain. She has a new show in the works, "Legends," and she's busy taking care of her 2-year-old son, Teddy, with husband Hayes MacArthur. Needless to say, expanding her family isn't her top priority at the moment.
"We're really happy the way it is now," Larter, 37, told ABC News. "We're working, we love Teddy, and our family feels really full and perfect."
The "Resident Evil: Afterlife" actress has temporarily turned her attention from acting to writing -- a shift she said she welcomed.
"I think in the modern world women can wear many hats. You don't have to be one thing," she said. "I love being an actress. I love cooking and entertaining. Creating this book has been one of the most challenging, exciting adventures of my life, but in the spring, I'll be excited to stop cooking, put on makeup and get back in the saddle."
Not so fast. Now Larter's attention is firmly on the book, which was released this week. It includes a number of recipes (including this linguini dish), arranged by month. The idea is to take the stress out of entertaining.
"This is the book I wish I'd had when I was 25," she said. "This is my love letter to those girls who are starting out cooking and want to entertain more. If you're nervous about it, the book wil give you ideas and inspiration to throw a great party."
For Larter, that means eating delicious food. The new author said she tries to cook seasonal dishes at least three nights a week. And now that her son is 2, he can eat what his parents eat.
"Luckily, he's a good eater, like his mom," she said. "I'm surprised he'll eat salmon. He loves salmon. But he eats the way we eat, which is sometimes we're good and sometimes we're decadent. I'll give him a hot dog and a cupcake [sometimes]."
After all, she said, balance is key.
"I'm never eating a bacon cheeseburger and three fries," she said, laughing. "I'm either gorging and crushing it, or I'll be really good and veggie-based."