Gwyneth Paltrow Talks to Vogue’s Jeffrey Steingarten About Her New Cookbook

12Jul10

The first thing I noticed as I entered Gwyneth Paltrow’s apartment in downtown Manhattan was…But wait, let me begin at the beginning.

One day a few months ago, I was told that Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow had written a cookbook, and I was asked if I would like to write about it. After all, food is my field. Eating is my business. The idea was that I would spend some time cooking with Paltrow. As you might imagine, this could be a perilous assignment. If I discovered that Paltrow’s cooking was all pretense or, even worse, not very good to eat, I’d be trapped. She was scheduled for the August cover. Nobody would care to read a story disclosing that Gwyneth Paltrow is a bad cook. I would need to lie. But in sharp contrast to my everyday behavior, I never lie in my writing, and I certainly wouldn’t want to start now. The whole idea was impossibly risky.

And yet, ignoring the alarms that clanged within my skull, I said yes. I jumped at it. I have had a hopeless crush on Paltrow since her earliest movies, and her amazing performance in Shakespeare in Love sealed the deal. Paltrow lives in London with her husband, the British rock star Chris Martin, and their two children. Communicating through several intermediaries, we chose May 1 as the day we’d cook together in Manhattan, when she’d be passing through from California. Then, in April, Paltrow’s culinary assistant, Julia Turshen, brought me a copy of the cookbook in manuscript form, 85 xeroxed pages of 144 neatly formatted recipes. It is scheduled for publication in April 2011, and its title is My Father’s Daughter.

via Gwyneth Paltrow Talks to Vogue’s Jeffrey Steingarten About Her New Cookbook.

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