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It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,810 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Gwyneth Paltrow, Academy-Award winning actress and bestselling cookbook author, returns with recipes for the foods she eats when she wants to lose weight, look good, and feel more energetic.

Last spring, after a particularly grueling schedule and lapse of overindulgence, Gwyneth Paltrow was feeling fatigued and faint. A visit to her doctor revealed that she was anemic, vita
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Grand Central Life & Style (first published April 1st 2013)
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Kathleen
"A year ago Paltrow nearly passed out from too much work, too much stress, and maybe a bit too much over-indulging," reads the cover flap for "It's All Good."

Please.

Once you look beyond the cringe-inducing copy (such as above and: "Gwyneth eats zero red meat and Julia eats a tiny bit here and there, but we both often make it for other people in our lives (mostly men)" and "I don't eat red meat, but sometimes a man needs a steak.") and the photos (Gwyneth pretending to ride a scooter in flip-flop
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Elizabeth Periale
I'm not sure why there is still such vitriol surrounding "alternative" recipes. Many people, myself included, are finding that the food we eat, that we have always eaten, may no longer agree with us. In some cases it even causes pain. I have had to find a whole new way of thinking about and preparing food. I don't have celiac disease, but I am finding that gluten can cause stomach distress on occasion. Dairy products and other refined and processed foods are also more difficult to digest. So a c ...more
Becki Iverson
Gwenyth Paltrow catches a lot of flack for her uber-disciplined, uber-public lifestyle. People argue that she's delusional, overly controlling, too expensive, etc etc etc.

I just don't buy it.

I'm an avid Goop reader, and I was very excited when this cookbook was released. It's true that purchasing every single ingredient in this book at once could get expensive, and it's true that some items (particularly something like making one's own salad dressing) is time consuming enough to be impractical
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Penny McGill
This cookbook is fine. It isn't necessary to criticize good old Gwynneth for her beauty or the reams of personal chefs and shoppers she likely has to help her create this book because it does stand on it's own as a good cookbook. Some of the ingredients might be expensive and some of the actual recipes might take a long time to create but that is perfectly okay because she didn't promise anything else. Take off your critical hat and see that this is a beautifully photographed and well-researched ...more
Cori
I really love this book... Recently we gave up prosessed food and started to eat very clean. In addition to losing lots of pounds, we feel really good. Learning to eat so differently comes with challenges. This book simplifies some of the intimidating aspects of this new type of cooking, shopping, stocking and thinking. This isn't just a cookbook, it's a very helpful tool for a new way of life. What's that saying? " let food be thy medicine" .... It's true. It's All Good Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow ...more
Kellie
Jun 16, 2013 Kellie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
At our house we avoid processed foods, most nuts, wheat, soy, gluten, dairy, and corn. Over the last year I've become fairly adept at modifying recipes but have been frustrated by the lack of "clean" eating cookbooks that don't rely heavily on soy, nuts, and dairy. I've based our snacks and dinners for next week entirely on this cook book and there are only a handful of items I wouldn't normally buy. I don't dispute that my grocery bill is high- it is- but the difference I see in my daughter's a ...more
Wendell
As celebrity cookbooks go, this one is less annoying than many, and there are quite a few interesting recipes here that reward the effort of trying them out. That said, there are perhaps just as many that are pointless: either they contain small amounts of exotic, expensive ingredients you’ll never use again, or they are simply failures. (Paltrow’s Risotto with Peas and Greens, e.g., is an abomination and doesn’t deserve to be called risotto; in fact, nothing that contains lemon juice deserves t ...more
Amanda
I was given this book as a gift and carried it around with me for weeks, I liked reading about the recipes and so many of them looked so good. I would have never bought this book for myself and feel like a weird groupie when I tell people I am making something out of Gwynnie's cookbook, but it IS "all good" I made the "Mexican Chopped Salad", "Mexican Green Goddess Dressing" and the "Green Goddess Dressing" those first few weeks, and they were so flavorful and delicious. I became addicted to the ...more
Meagan
I'll admit, I got this book on a whim. And I was skeptical. It's an actress's cookbook. How good can it possibly be? Is it just another Hollywood blonde's foray into the next great venture, where the only reason it's selling is her name/face?

But it was at Costco (automatic win), and I had to remind myself that Paltrow already started to prove herself as a "foodie" when she did "Spain: A Culinary Road Trip" with my favorite chef EVER, Mario Batali.

So surely it couldn't be ALL bad.

And let me tell
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Sara
Dec 04, 2013 Sara rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like tofu
Shelves: 2013
I loved the "My Father's Daughter Cookbook" and since I have some food allergies that restrict my diet, I was excited to try Gwyneth Paltrow's new cookbook. I can't eat dairy, don't eat a lot of red meat—the cookbook sounded perfect for me.

It wasn't.

It's a lot of the same recipes from "My Father's Daughter." I flipped through the book and saw very few new recipes that caught my eye. I think I bookmarked four recipes in the 302-page book.

And on the rare occasion, a recipe looked appealing, it con
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Melanie
This cookbook almost feels like a friend as I try to revamp my eating lifestyle in response to health challenges. I find the menus in the back to be really helpful guidelines for the kinds of foods I should be trying to eat each day and the variety I should try to attain within the week. This falls into the middleground between a beginner's cookbook and a gourmet french technical cooking textbook, and it is a great resource for people trying to be healthy while enjoying the process of cooking an ...more
Heidi
I am not usually a fan of "celebrity" cookbooks but the is by far one of the best cookbooks out there for gluten and dairy free eating. The food philosophy from a combination of Gwyneth, her doctor, and food writer friend just makes sense. The photos are beautiful, the food is delicious, and she includes various 7 day eating plans in the back of the book if you are interested in detoxing, muscle building, going vegan, or just feeding your family. This book is quickly becoming the stained and bat ...more
Tara Broeckel-ooten
Regardless of your like or dislike for Gwyneth Paltrow as an actress, this is a great book with so many healthy (EASY) recipes. There is a great section in the back of the book where she provides suggestions for a week of dining whether you're detoxing, going vegan, or cooking for a family. I particularly like the quick how-to on pickled jalapeños and bread and butter pickles. Many of the recipes are vegenaise-centric, so if you love this product, there are certainly some creative uses for it he ...more
Brenda Cregor
I have been eating "clean" for two weeks.
Zero hunger pains.
Zero food-fantasies.
More energy.
Less allergy symptoms.
100% satisfied.
This cookbook "keeps it real". The recipes are not beyond
the capabilities of the average household chef.
Gwyneth graciously shares the experiences which led her to change her diet. I needed to hear it to get my act together...again.
There are well-marked recipes for three kinds of diets:
*Protein
*Vegan
*Elimination

Love.
LoVe.
LOVE IT!
Kristy
Ok, this is my new favorite cookbook. Yes, Gwyneth can be a little kooky and the pictures DO kind of look like a J Crew catalog, but these recipes are so yummy. Not for everyone or for everyday (just like she says in the intro)--they're vegan, elimination-diet, detox kind of stuff, but so far I've tried half-a-dozen and they're super tasty and healthy. I'm kind of addicted.
Bobbie Greene
My best friend gave me this book for my birthday and it was perfect for me for two reasons: I've adored Gwyneth Paltrow since I was a teenager (I'm 32 now), and I prioritize fresh, healthful food for myself and my family. I've already made a few of the dishes, or--if I don't make these recipes specifically--I've gained inspiration for a few meals and put my own spin on the recipes. I enjoyed the back stories that were written with various recipes, and I appreciate that the ingredients are all ea ...more
Kimberly Lohr
If you can get past the opinion that Gwyneth is "bourgeois" you will find some great recipes here. I have yet to make one bad meal from it, and if you know what a rep I have as a bad cook, that is saying something.

This cookbook helped me find my way to healthier eating because I finally found recipes I could make that actually taste great. Fortunately I have a Whole Foods (I know, I know "Whole Paycheck") and Vitamin Cottage nearby, so finding some of the more obscure ingredients wasn't a big is
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Sarah
My brother and sister in law gave me this book last month, and I've tried several recipes from it-- a couple salads, some veggies, avo soup, a genius frozen dessert made from banana slices. They are all tasty, and if you didn't say anything, no one at your table would realize they're chowing down on clean-eating recipes. The story of the "co-chef," Julia Turshen, is actually pretty inspirational. Drawbacks: way too many annoying pix of GP running through windswept wheat fields, CSA box in tow. A ...more
Tracy
I enjoyed her first cookbook, which was wrapped up with stories of her family and had normal recipes for things like pancakes. I had heard this cookbook was more healthful. Some of the recipes looked good and the photography was normal, but the recipes all read like something I would not make in a million years. They just seemed full of things like millet and vegennaise (a substitute for mayonnaise, I presume).

On the upside, I should add a half a star for how healthy and normal looking (read: n
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Jill
I like the premise that this book was given to me. My husband says people hate Gwyneth Paltrow because she is seemingly perfect and excels at everything. So he thought this book would be the perfect compliment to his already perfect wife, mother and homecook. Pretty creative birthday present, I think!
UPDATE: 6/6/14 After cooking some of these recipes, I actually agree that these are fresh dishes easily prepared with minimal fuss. I great addition to my cookbook shelf indeed. I have cooked the wh
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Stella
Beautiful guide to clean and healthy cooking! The recipes are not insanely difficult to create and Paltrow has included a simple list of staple pantry items. Each recipe is labeled as Vegan, Protein-Packed, or Elimination Diet. (the latter being the brainchild of Dr. Alejandro Junger and is a 21 day cleanse - which is not required in any way when using the cookbook - it's just great that if one did want to do the cleanse, they would already have tons of great recipes that work for it!)

It's orga
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Lee
I was a bit skeptical of this book at first - but the more I read, the more I liked it. There's an interesting blend of information and recipes, with enjoyable personal vignettes and comments - in short, it has all the elements of my favorite cookbooks. It's useful, but also relatable - like I'm having a conversation with a good friend.

In fact, as much as I like Alicia Silverstone's "The Kind Diet," I can see myself using this one more. The vegan approach in "The Kind Diet" makes use of many ing
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Jo Hogarth
this book surprised me. I am not a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow and to be honest I find all the seemingly perfectness or living on $1000 per day kind of annoying. However, that being said I am big into food and have a degree in holistic nutrition as well as some food allergies. This cook is really good. I've tried a number of the recipes and really like them all. The taste is good, it's easy to avoid wheat, gluten and eggs and dairy - all things I can't eat.

So this book actually rocks. Great recipes f
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Denise
Thumbed through this at the library waiting for the kids to make up their minds. Ms. Paltrow seems like good people (though not a person I'd take food or medical advice from) and the biographical elements might not tie in with my life experiences, but hell I'm not sure why I should expect any author to have stories I can relate to. Gwyneth, bet you've never been serenaded while trying to fix up a beat up VWBeetle, by a guy up a tree high on shrooms. It was a Super Beetle and the back seat tended ...more
Debra Daniels-zeller
I'd been curious about this book ever since it came out, so I finally requested it from the library. The book's subtile says: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make you Look Good and Feel Great. I hadn't really considered what that meant, but food that makes you look good--what does that mean exactly? I had more questions all the way through this book than I expected. What exactly is the elimination diet? It was never clearly explained in this book, yet some of the recipes were labeled "eliminat ...more
Deb
(Not a complete vegetarian/vegan cookbook but recipes are veggie-focused and quite a few are vegan.)

I was attracted to this book because I had seen a couple of the recipes online and thought they looked good and I am always looking for healthy, flavorful recipes that are a little different. The book came about as a result of an elimination diet Gwyneth Paltrow went on to restore her health (no coffee, alcohol, dairy, sugar, shellfish, gluten or soy, no processed foods and only only organic meats
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Sher
Seems all my 30s something female friends and relatives have this book. Beautifully illustrated - the recipes combine standards with a modern twist - such as the Vegan Shepherd's Pie, which is made in ramekins - a lentil based bottom topped with pureed parsnips and cauliflower. Or the vegan Cheesecake, which is made with tofu and almond flour for the crust. We had that recipe on C Eve, and it was wonderful-- not too sweet and gluten free too. The recipes are the creation of Gwyneth and her food ...more
Kayla Cagan
A lot of people bust Gwyneth Paltrow's balls, and you may dislike her as a person or an actress, but her cookbook isn't awful. In fact, it's pretty straightforward, if not a tiny bit boring - meaning that it's not super sexy or glamorous or catchy. It's just about food and eating better, and I think that's surprising. There's no big tie-in to a cooking show or anything else.

Paltrow wrote it with a cookbook author and friend of hers, so it's not solely her POV. She also relies heavily on the che
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Jan
I vacillate between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. I admit that I will probably NOT cook any of the meals that Ms. P laid-out, but I do like her ghost-writer's look and said story of weight loss and increased body-love-acceptance. Also, Ms. P recommends a book by Habib Sadeghi called 'Within: A Spiritual Awakening to Love & Weight Loss ' that is about self-love, and looks promising...

Initially, I jotted down a lot of different flavor enhancers that I will probably have to go to Whole Foods o
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Jodie
I genuinely like Gwyneth Paltrow. I enjoyed her last cookbook and this one was pretty interesting. I personally find her to be fairly down to earth. I had heard some negative early reviews about her newest cookbook, but after watching her on Rachael Ray cooking some of the recipes, I simply couldn't resist. I found the recipes in the book to be interesting and pretty easy to do.
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Gwyneth Kate Paltrow is an American actress.

The daughter of Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner, Paltrow dropped out of her university to follow an acting career. She began her career in theatre in 1990, and made her film debut the following year. Her early films include such successes as Se7en (1995), Emma (1996), in which she played the title role, and Sliding Doors (1998). Her performance in Shakes
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