Gwyneth Paltrow's New Cookbook: Likes or Yikes?

Gwyneth Paltrow has been gaining some pretty serious foodie cred in recent years. Eating her way around Spain with Mario Batali in PBS's Spain...On the Road Again as well as co-authoring a companion cookbook. She's also got GOOP, her lifestyle blog and newsletter she uses to share recipes and food tips, as well as other favorites.

Slender and blonde as ever, Paltrow wants to share her love of cooking and eating with all of us in her newly released cookbook, My Father's Daughter. Inspired by her father, who encouraged Paltrow's appetite and comfort in the kitchen throughout the years, My Father's Daughter is filled with recipes that embrace both health and sustainability as well as simple, fresh flavors. There are plenty of ubiquitous glamour shots of Paltrow shelling peas and sniffing tomatoes, but there's also a good amount of useful tips for feeding children and promoting healthy eating habits, as well as ideas for stocking a pantry, lists of essential kitchen tools, and a helpful guide to substitutions for when you don't have oddball Paltrow-approved items like Vegenaise or spelt flour on hand. 

Recipes range from classics (think macaroni and cheese and roast chicken) to highbrow (Indian-spiced tuna steaks and Vietnamese prawn sandwiches). It's an eclectic collection of recipes culled from Paltrow's childhood experiences, weeknight go-tos, and memorable meals. It's a good-looking roundup of dishes, but not entirely without its silliness. Not all of us have to privilege of living the life of a movie star splitting time between New York and London, and we certainly don't have access to a backyard wood-fired oven like Paltrow does.

And predictably, Paltrow can't help but throw in a little bit of food weirdness (no red meat and an obvious fear of sugar). But all in all, it's a solid lineup of recipes for real, healthful and appealing food, making us think that the Paltrow-Martin residence is a pretty great place to eat.

Our chief correspondent Kelly Wallace talks about it here on iVillage 5:


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