April 11, 2011 — -- You've gotta love Gwyneth Paltrow.
This week, Paltrow -- a mother of two, by the way -- releases her first cookbook, "My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness." In it, she waxes poetic about preparing all-organic dinner parties and noshing with her famous foodie friends. (Among the tablemates she thanks in the book's dedication: the Spielbergs and the Hill-McGraws, aka, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. And her buddy Mario Batali wrote the forward.)
If Rachael Ray championed the 30-minute meal, Paltrow touts the benefits of languid lunches in the English countryside. Her must-have pantry items include bragg liquid aminos, King Arthur bread flour, bomba rice and Vegenaise (more on that later). Her children stuff themselves with vegetables and have never heard of soda. She's removed from reality, and it's delightful.
So, among the recipes for such dishes as blueberry pavlova and whole wheat pasta with purple sprouting broccoli -- which admittedly look very tasty -- there's a lot of unintentional humor. Below, 15 choice lines from Paltrow's cookbook.