Paltrow's first cookbook a tribute to her father

By Amanda Pitcher
Monday, April 11, 2011
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Gwyneth Paltrow makes her first foray into the cookbook industry this week with a book of apparently family-friendly recipes titled My Father's Daughter: Delicious, easy recipes celebrating family and togetherness.

The recipes combine her super-strict and healthy macrobiotic diet with the foods of her childhood which the Oscar-winning actress said her father — Hollywood producer and director Bruce Paltrow — passed down to her.

Paltrow has often spoken about the impact her father, who died in October 2002 after a long battle with cancer, had on her life, and credits him with instilling in her a passion for food.

"I can still hear him over my shoulder, heckling me, telling me to be careful with my knife, moaning with pleasure over a bite of something in the way only a Jew from Long Island can, his shoulders doing most of the talking," Paltrow wrote in the book.

Paltrow's father had some simple rules for cooking, Paltrow wrote: "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."

The cookbook has drawn some heavy criticism, with many confused by the way it seesaws from being obsessively healthy ("This recipe really utilises the sweetness of the fruit, cutting down on added sugar, always a good thing," Paltrow writes of her seasonal crumble recipe) to somewhat patronising with an I'm-a-working-mum-too tone, talking about one-pan dinners with easy clean-up.

Food news website Eater.com describes it as a "vanity project from a rich person completely unafraid to casually boast about her life of privilege".

Paltrow includes a number of personal anecdotes and tips for healthy living and family life, talking about the importance of family and how she involves her two children — seven-year-old daughter Apple and five-year-old son Moses — in the kitchen.

My Father's Daughter: Delicious, easy recipes celebrating family and togetherness is published in the US on April 13.

 



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