Week Sixteen: Cooking with Gwyneth

I admit it: I bought Gwyneth Paltrow’s new book, My Father’s Daughter, sight unseen because I adore her, and after watching On the Road Again, decided she knew a thing or two about cooking. I also knew it would be gorgeously designed, so if nothing else would make a lovely coffee table book. But My Father’s Daughter is an excellent cookbook, too: the recipes are simple (with readily available ingredients), and yes, beautifully photographed (which I need to get inspired). The first recipe I wanted to try was GP’s macaroni and cheese. With soccer and baseball practice always scheduled during the dinner hour, it was nice to be able to assemble it in the morning, refrigerate, and then bake off later. And for the ultimate test? My husband declared it the best mac and cheese he’s ever had, and the leftovers didn’t last very long. Next up? Blythe Danner’s blueberry muffins.  Update: since writing this post, I have made the chicken milanese (with tomatoes and arugula), and the berries with caramelized cream. The recipes were straightforward; the results were excellent. Still haven’t gotten around to the blueberry muffins. Soon!

contents page

the recipe (complete with enticing photo)

ready for the refrigerator

right out of the oven


for an excerpt from my father’s daughter, click here

and to see jessica seinfeld’s interview with gwyneth, click here

and p.s. happy anniversary to my sweet husband! you’re an amazing father, husband, and part-time macaroni and cheese taster! i love you. here’s to 20 years (yes, i’m/we’re “old”) and many more ….


  1. April 27, 2011 / Permalink

    oh, that looks good! Happy Anniversary….have a wonderful day!

  2. April 27, 2011 / Permalink

    After I saw her on The Ellen Show last week, I was tempted to buy the book because the design and photography looked beautiful! I’m glad to know the recipes are good too! That mac and cheese looks deeeelish!

    It’s definitely going on my wish list :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. jackie rice
    April 27, 2011 / Permalink

    i flipped through this at the bookstore and it does look like more than just a coffee table book. i could actually see myself making some of it. plus i love a cookbook with stories. thanks for sharing a peek inside.

    and happy anniversary, 20 years is awesome. celebrate!!

  4. betsy
    April 27, 2011 / Permalink

    thank you for the review, i’ll give it a look at the bookstore!

  5. April 27, 2011 / Permalink

    Thanks for the lovely review, Jane! I still need to order the book but I totally trust your judgment! :)

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you + your sweet husband!! Wishing you many more wonderful years together!!


  6. April 27, 2011 / Permalink

    Happy Anniversary Jane:).

  7. April 27, 2011 / Permalink

    i was wondering when this post was going up ;) happy anniversary to you + d!!! lots of love jane.

  8. April 27, 2011 / Permalink

    good to know! I knew I’d like the overall design but wondered if I’d use it as a go-to cookbook. hoping to grab a copy and get some new food inspiration.

    ps. happy anniversary!

  9. April 27, 2011 / Permalink

    Awwww happy anniversary :)

    I can’t help but love/hate Gwyneth P. will probably have to pick it up when i get back to the states though… you made me wanna buy it now.

  10. April 27, 2011 / Permalink

    I’m so happy you posted about this because I was wondering if it was good. I adore her, too, and would like to buy the book…but only if it was worth it. Now I will proceed to checkout! Thank you. xo

  11. Anonymous
    April 28, 2011 / Permalink

    Happy anniversary! Wishing you many more wonderful years together!!

  12. April 28, 2011 / Permalink

    You convinced me! i just bought the book.

  13. May 7, 2011 / Permalink

    I love this foray into food, Jane! Not that you didn’t cook great family meals before, but I just appreciate that it;s now on the blog :-)

  14. June 3, 2011 / Permalink

    Happy Anniversary! I bought her book too but haven’t made anything yet. I get my farm box next week and then my kitchen hopefully will explode with yummy goodness.

    Love your photos, looks super good!