In a totally non-nutrition related confession, I love all things Gwyneth Paltrow. Not in the creepy I want to name my children after her, but more in the fascination of a life that is led with incredible privilege. However, when her latest cookbook came out I didn’t have much interest simple because I deemed it unrealistic, mostly based on the pre-release reviews. However, one day while walking through the bookstore I happened to come upon the book. Curious more about the pictures of the blonde haired beauty rather than the recipes, I began to comb through the book. To my surprise the first few pages presented recipes that were really intriguing. I made a spontaneous decision to purchase the book and since we were visiting family I had a few spare moments to actually read through the pages. Now I agree with many reviews that some of the ingredients may be hard to obtain and can be quite expensive. But once I was done reading this book I had a few takeaways
- Her health/elimination recommendations should not be taken literally, meaning this is just one persons personal experience of how to live healthier
- Many recipes call for sheep or goats milk yogurt which can be replaced with the easy to obtain Greek yogurt
- I have no issue with gluten/wheat so I have no problem using regular whole grain bread in place of her recommended “gluten free” bread
- This book is a guide, not gospel. Though I cook often, I have new ideas for easily incorporating quinoa into my everyday diet and some great dressing ideas (again they can be easily modified)
For a more animated review of GP’s latest venture into clean eating see the quite comical review from the Washington Post.