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Apr 12, 2013 10:29 AM

Have you tried any of the recipes in Gwyneth Paltro's cookbooks?

I try my best to remain open-minded. Have any of you tried recipes from the Gwyneth Paltro cookbooks? If so, how did you like them? Are there any you would highly recommend?

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  1. Being that I like fat, alcohol, red meat and dairy I can't see myself ever reading her newest cookbook. But my (now) vegan co worker loves her spicy sweet potato soup and the chocolate almond cupcakes. She brought in the leftover soup and it did smell amazing but I don't think Gwyn would have approved of her reheating in the microwave inside a plastic container.

    And this article says her spin on "Huevos Rancheros" holds some creative promise. :)

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    1. re: foodieX2

      "Being that I like fat, alcohol, red meat and dairy," I guess I'd rather eat at your house than hers!

    2. I haven't opened the cookbook but during a brief fundraising commitment I did visit her blog several times and the recipe didn't appear to be super complex or necessarily her original composition of a recipe. More like what she enjoyed eating.

      I recall a Chinese chicken salad and some pancakes her father was fond of making. Is the cookbook the same style as her recipe blog?

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      1. re: HillJ

        My understanding is that she spent quite a bit of time with a food chef or coach of some sort who taught her methods to make gluten free or less refined baking moist and appetizing. She uses vegan products, vegenaise instead of mayonaise for example. She gives substitutes for simple sugars that are more on the organic side. I did not find her to be lightweight in her approach, she lives and eats quite healthy. I did learn about different foods and think her first book is quite informative.

        1. re: Ruthie789

          Okay, then you've answered my ?, her cookbook is similar to the food section of her blog which features much of what you've described.

          1. re: Ruthie789

            Depends on how you define healthy. She has osteopenia, which is probably caused by her diet.

            1. re: LMAshton

              She is now a flexatarian and her first book is a reflection of that. I know she was on a rigid diet pre-children perhaps that may be a contributing factor.

              1. re: Ruthie789

                Ruthie, after reading your response I thought about asking the question and then I told myself not to because I would just look like some out of date old person that is not hip to what is going on with the Hollywood types these days.

                But then I thought...why not ask the question and learn something from these hipsters?

                Ok, Ruthie. What is a "flexatarian"?

                1. re: Fowler

                  I think it's a newly coined term for a vegetarian that cheats sometimes. :-)

                  1. re: Fowler

                    It`s ok Fowler I didn`t know the term either. She eats numerous vegetarian meals a week but does allow herself to have fish, chicken and eggs sometimes. Previously my understanding was that she was on some kind of very restrictive macrobiotic diet and did not eat any meat and dairy at all.

          2. The WaPo had a good article on her newest book last week. It's a funny read.
            "It’s only noon, and I’m almost done cooking my first meal of the day."
            I recall the author made muffins that were a major fail, but other recipes were OK.
            The author tells of spending $80 for ONE days' worth of food. Seriously?


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            1. re: monavano

              I could see that groceries would be expensive Gwyneth style, she seems to use the best, and unrefined and some unusual ingredients that you have to buy at a health food store,it all adds up.

            2. Yes I made the muffins from Gwyneth Paltrow's first book. I think what is good about the first book is she introduces you to different types of flours for baking and non dairy mixtures (soy instead of milk). She uses maple syrup as a source of sugar in some recipes. I have made the spiced apple crumb muffins and got many compliments on them. I think she has researched her baking and has done some testing on it and for those who want to get away from refined foods this cookbook is a must. Or at least go the library and check it out.

              1. I'm with the fat, dairy and red meat group. I have enough trouble finding time to read the dozens of cookbooks written by chefs and cooks, much less a Hollywood celeb.

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                1. re: ItalianNana

                  I love celebrity cookbooks - especially the oddball ones. I think Gwyneth's cookbook is a sincere effort and judging by other posts, many of the recipes are good.

                  I used to have Vincent and Mary Price's A Treasury of Great Recipes - which it was, but not very vegetarian friendly so it made it's way to Half Price Books. I still have Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah - Dinah Shore's cookbook, and I had to keep Dom Deluise's Eat This...It'll Make You Feel Better! because it makes me smile.

                  If I come across used celebrity cookbooks I usually buy them - just because. That's not to say they won't wind up back at Half Price Books. They can be fun to read.

                  I realize hers are not cookbooks you find interesting. That's cool. To each their own.

                  1. re: MplsM ary

                    I've read great things about Vincent Price's cooking. And I've also heard raves about a cookbook Sophia Loren put out years ago.

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      Vincent Price was quite the cook. He was also rather imposing in terms of his view on food. He would not eat food that was not up to his standards and would not hesitate to say if the food was bad. I was a fan of his, and saw him talk about his food perspective on a talk show.