Gwyneth Paltrow's new cookbook just hit shelves. - Ellen Silverman
But, love her or hate her, Paltrow's new book,My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family &Togetherness isn't bad. In it, the mom of two shares how cookingmakes her feel close to her father, Bruce, who passed away nearly a decade ago,and explains that her whole healthy eating kick stemmed from her search forhealing foods to help him after he was diagnosed with cancer in 1998. Hey, youcan't fault a gal for trying to save her dad's life, whether or not you believein her methods.
Gwyneth and her chef pal Mario Batali. - Kevin Mazur/WireImage
As for recipes, Paltrow manages to keep plenty of thempretty uncomplicated, with basic takes on meal staples like tomato sauce,dressings, pastas, and veggie side dishes involving a reasonable number ofingredients. In other words, you can actually make this stuff, believe it ornot. Warning: Just ignore the book's over-the-top perfect mommy photos. (Sorry,but I don't know many parents who stand around the kitchen all day gazinglovingly at their well-behaved kids). And her occasional high-horse advice(Make treats from scratch! I always use organic vegetable oil!) may get on yournerves. But if you just focus on getting a new batch of recipes for yourweeknight arsenal out of the deal you'll barely notice when she tells you thatlight agave nectar should be a kitchen essential. Trust me.
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Mario Batali