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I Don’t Hate Gwyneth Paltrow

Grilled Halibut with Mango-Avocado Salsa, recipe found in June 2011 Bon Appetit

Guys . . . I want to hate her.  I’ve tried.  She’s pretty.  She’s blonde.  She’s wildly successful, and she’s the first non-food-item to appear on the cover of Bon Appetit in recent memory.  Who does she think she is?  She’s utterly hate-able.  I have to tell you, though . . . I kinda like her.

Vietnamese Prawn Sandwiches, recipe found in My Father's Daughter

It began when she appeared on Glee, my favorite television show.  Her character dressed up like Mary Todd Lincoln and professed a love for tacos.  How could you not like that?  It’s charming, as was her rendition of the song “Forget You.”

Then, she decided to write a cookbook, and I was all set to roll my eyes clear back into my head, but then my June Bon Appetit arrived and I actually cooked one of her recipes and I really really liked it.  Then I cooked two more of them, and really liked those as well.  Then I bought her cookbook and officially dubbed this the Week of Paltrow at our house, and every single night has been a hit.  (and then I signed  up for her newsletter, and bought the same apron that she’s wearing in the cookbook, and then my transformation into slobbering fangirl was complete)

Fried Flounder (I used Red Snapper) with Tartar Sauce, recipe found in My Father's Daughter

The thing is, her recipes are great.  At first blush, they seem pretty basic (do I really need another recipe for Salad Niçoise?), but upon further examination, they are revealed to be both creative and thoughtful (Yes, I do!  Because this is some seriously good Salad Niçoise).  She’s clearly someone who has spent some time in the kitchen, and who has lovingly experimented with and improved upon foods she loves.  She advocates using local, fresh ingredients, and she provides tips for involving your kids in cooking.  What’s not to like?  My Father’s Daughter is definitely a cookbook that will get a lot of use in my house.

So, okay.  Count me in.  I’m a member of the Pro-Gwyneth Party.  Yes, the first pre-requisite for making her pizza recipe is to build a wood-burning oven the in backyard of your London townhouse, but most of the time she’s very down-to-earth, and I really must insist that you give her a try.


Turkey Bolognese, recipe found in My Father's Daughter

One Response to I Don’t Hate Gwyneth Paltrow

  1. […] touch.  For this version, I heavily adapted Gwyneth Paltrow’s Blue Cheese dressing (Yup.  I’m still obsessed), replacing the cheese with roasted garlic.  It came out […]

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