Celebrities Try Their Hand at Writing Cookbooks. Gwyneth Paltrow’s is Terrific.

By on October 24, 2011

Gwyneth Paltrow has written a new cookbook with Mario Batali. My Father’s Daughter, and follows a trend of celebrities cashing in on America’s food-obsessed culture. Paltrow, Eva Longoria,  Sheryl Crow and Debi Mazar, are just some of the celebrities getting in the food game.

Her food obsession is for real. In 2008 Paltrow was featured on a PBS food show with Chef Mario Batali and Mark Bittman eating their way through Spain. Read more about Paltrow’s obsession with food at her blog, GOOP.

Read what one buyer at Amazon had to say about Paltrow’s book.

“While I usually enjoy looking at cookbooks more than I actually wind up using them, I was enticed by the low number of ingredients listed in several recipes from Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog GOOP, and every one that I tried was a hit with family and friends. When I read Jeffrey Steingarten’s Vogue feature on Gwyneth and her forthcoming cookbook a few months back, I eagerly anticipated the arrival of this book, and it doesn’t disappoint. First of all, do yourself a favor and incorporate her “Standby Vinaigrette” into your salad recipes; it is featured on page 69. The maple syrup-tinged Dijon dressing was featured with minced shallots on her GOOP site awhile back, and even my 3-year old loves this dressing which is simple to whip up in a few minutes; when I don’t have time to make a more elaborate salad, I simply toss the dressing with some butter lettuce and serve with her roast chicken (I wish the recipe featured on GOOP was incorporated in the cookbook!). ”

What do you think? Are you going to run out and buy your favorite celeb’s cookbook?


About Linda Eckhardt

Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”