April 18, 2011
One of my favorite people in the world, Gwyneth Paltrow, has a brand-new, beautiful and truly easy-to-use cookbook on shelves now called My Father’s Daughter.
Full disclosure: Gwyneth is a friend—I know firsthand how naturally comfortable she is in the kitchen. But somehow reading her book, and then cooking her recipes, gave me even deeper insight into a person whose values I already know to be wholesome and grounded.
From a practical sense, the recipes in her book are accessible, healthy, not-so healthy, simple, fast, flexible and most of all delicious—a must for anyone who loves to prepare delicious, effortless meals. But more than just a collection of recipes, the book has a warm and bright approach to food and families, and a touching spirit, epitomizing her relationship with the true love of her life, her father, the late Bruce Paltrow. And it all comes from the heart and soul of a fabulous cook, an incredible mother/wife, devoted friend, and true world-class lover of fun and food.
In the book’s moving introduction, Gwyneth shares with readers why she wrote this book and makes clear hers and Bruce’s shared ethos about cooking and enjoying meals with loved ones: “Invest in what’s real. Clean as you go. Drink while you cook. Make it fun. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It will be what it will be.” I am adopting this creed. It’s so relaxing, isn’t it?!
She may be a movie star, Glee star (LOVE!) and a country singer with the most incredible voice, but she is a lot more than that to me and her legions of friends—many of whom she has known since elementary school. After watching Gwyneth in our little “interview” together and picking up a copy of My Father’s Daughter, I know you will fall madly in love with her too.
Posted by Jessica Seinfeld
Category: Personal Thoughts, Products We Love