I borrowed a copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook “My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness” from the library. I was a bit skeptical, not that I wasn’t a fan, but I just figured it was one more celebrity cook book. And in a way, it is “same ole same ole”, but for a home cook that doesn’t own a lot of basic cookbooks, it could be a good choice.
No, there is nothing earth-shattering new, but there are a lot of great recipes and ideas, especially helpful for someone just beginning to cook from scratch using fresh, healthy, whole ingredients. The only big criticism is that even though Gwyneth rallies against using refined sugar, she is a bit heavy handed with other sweeteners like maple syrup.
Gwyneth used to be a strict macro-biotic vegetarian for many years, but now she enjoys a balance of healthy organic plant based foods with occasional meals featuring poultry, cheese, butter, and eggs. I was surprised to find so many duck recipes in the book!
I found a new respect for Gwyneth after reading this book. She didn’t just throw her name on a cookbook, while allowing another chef ghost write the recipes. You know she is a true home cook. I like that!
From her book’s 150 recipes, these are some I found intriguing and would like to try:
- Maple Dijon roasted winter vegetables – I suggest reducing the maple syrup, mustard, and olive oil to 2 Tbsp each, as per her Goop newsletter version of this recipe.
- Portobello burger – yum
- Corn chowder
- Tuna & ginger burgers
- Lee’s homemade sriracha – this one I will definitely try!
- Roasted peppers
- Slow roasted tomatoes
- White bean soup – my version of this recipe
- Salt scrub for clams – I used this method for the littleneck clams I bought, and it was really helpful! She suggests soaking, then sprinkling with coarse salt, scrubbing clams gently against each other, then rinsing and soaking again.
- Fried rice with kale and scallions
- Kale chips
- Lalo’s Famous Cookies
- Savory & Sweet Rice Bowls
- Fried Rice with Kale & Scallions
- Crispy potato and garlic cake
- Grandad Danner’s favourite peanut butter cookies
My suggestion is borrow the book from the library, read it, then decide if it is a worthy addition to your cookbook collection. Personally, I wouldn’t choose this for my collection, but it’s not because the book isn’t valuable. It’s just that with so many other choices, it wouldn’t be my first pick.
I love reading cookbooks, like some people love reading novels! I am inspired by recipes, and enjoy learning ideas from cookbooks; I like putting my own spin on a recipe rather than exactly following it. Please keep in mind that my opinions might be completely different from the other home cooks.