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My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  2,884 ratings  ·  191 reviews
The Academy-Award winning actress and avid foodie shares a sumptuous collection of recipes and gorgeous photographs celebrating the joy of preparing food for loved ones, a passion she learned from her beloved father.

As an actress, author, trendsetter, creator of, and host of the popular PBS series, Spain: On the Road Again, Gwyneth Paltrow is an icon of style and
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 13th 2011 by Grand Central Life & Style
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Laura Dugovic
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Stacy Killpack {Inadvertently}
Ooooooh I loved this book.
{Yes, I read cook books, and THIS LIL BEAUTY is a perfect example why!}

This book is:

1. Charming. I loved immersing myself in it and feeling the feelings of familial love and nurturing.

2. Beautifully shot. Gwyneth is kind of ridiculously lovely. Her kids are too cute. The food looks gorge. It made me want to serve a summer meal in my garden...immediately.

3. Inspiring. I feel ready to take on the home-making world again. It reminded me of how fulfilling it is to create b
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
This is more than just a cookbook. Certainly, it is a cookbook, with many simple healthy recipes designed for creation in the context of family meals. Gwyneth Paltrow suggests opportunities for children, even very small children, to help with food preparation, and she is refreshing when she shares "I'm a real person" anecdotes like having to tackle the issue of her kids wanting french fries all the time (I'm impressed that her solution involves providing healthy alternatives like sweet potato fr ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
So utterly bizarre - with a foreword by Mario Batali - that I can't resist reviewing this. I expect this to profoundly shape my opinions of both Paltrow and Batali and possibly scores of others.



So it's a little pretentious. Duh.

I loved this book. I love almost everything about it.

Shocker #1: Gwyneth apparently likes lots of the same foods I do. Miso, cilantro (in everything), panzanella, po boys. What a strange and wonderful mix of healthy and delicious foods.

Shocker #2: It sort of almost
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Okay, okay, Gwyneth Paltrow is insufferable. She just can't see why everyone can't buy organic kamut flour and have their own wood fired ovens. But, you know, this is a great book. She's got some awesome recipes and, while out of touch with a middle-income majority, at the very heart and soul of this book is a well-intentioned woman and a great message: eat with your family. Involve your kids in the process- the picking out of vegetables, the cooking. Sit down to dinner. And it IS important. If ...more
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am a paradox. I LOVE to buy cookbooks… but I hate to cook. I mean I really, really hate it. The chopping, the cleaning, more chopping… It’s unbearable.

So why do I keep buying these things? I guess I fall for the delicious, glossy images and the idea that I, master chef, will be able impress family and friends by whipping up an amazing creation following a simple recipe. I work myself up into a frenzy of inspiration every time I buy one, promising my husband that - THIS TIME - I am going to ma
Beth Bonini
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I looked at this book for ages before buying it; finding it for a bargain price at TK Maxx finally encouraged me to close the deal. And I don't regret it, because this book has a lot of simple, healthy recipes that I can make for dinner (as long as my oldest daughter is not dining with us). There are a few recipes that I would quibble with -- only because they are SO basic. (Come on, do we need someone to tell us to add some parmesan cheese and butter to spaghetti?) BUT I came away from this boo ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
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Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook-club
So, I secretly like Gwyneth Paltrow. I know it's not popular to like her, but I do. I think she's a better actress than people give her credit for ("Shakespeare in Love" is a particular favorite), and while she's clearly lived a life of privilege and isn't 100% in touch with the everyday person's lifestyle, does that really surprise anyone? Her website gives you a peek into the rarified world of the international elite, and I totally love checking it out. So what if I can't spend $100 on a t-shi ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was disappointed by this cookbook. I try to eat healthy food and am always interested in new recipes- but this book has only 2 types of recipes:

1- unnecessarily overly complex, with difficult to find ingredients (ie- a recipe for cooking a chicken for 10 hours! or recipes requiring ingredients that can only be found online) or
2- overly simple "recipes" that aren't really recipes at all- like pasta with parmesan cheese and pepper, or "garden salad", or a romaine salad that is literally just a
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it
The most important thing I learned while reviewing this book for my site,, was that people hate Gwyneth Paltrow. Way out of proportion, if you ask me. They find it to be highly insulting that someone from a priveledged background, who, they believe, has led a completely charmed life, would have the audacity to say anything about cooking.

All of that somehow made me more determined to find out if her recipes worked and her book was worth buying (or at least checking out of th
Abby Lyn
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I have a bit of a fetish for beautifully photographed cookbooks, and Gwyneth Paltrow (she of Shakespeare, Coldplay and Glee fame) has created one of the loveliest I have seen: clean, crisp and inspiring. Despite my embarrassment about ordering a celebrity cookbook, I have to admit I have really enjoyed this one, and it will maintain a spot on my kitchen shelf. Given how many cookbooks have come and gone through my home, that is no small statement! I've particularly enjoyed the breakfast recipes ...more
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, reference
I had no intention of checking this book out from the library, until I saw Gwyneth on the Graham Norton show (which I was watching mostly for Lady Gaga, secondarily for Geoffrey Rush). After she brought forth her vegetarian paella and gushed about brussel sprouts, I figured I'd give it a shot, even if cooking was a just a side project to being famous. My husband laughed and decided I must be "weird" when he realized I was reading this cookbook cover-to-cover. I started making a list of recipes I ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
OK, so I was extremely skeptical before checking out this book. Gwyneth P induces eyerolls in me on a regular basis and while that patronizing attitude is definitely here, the recipes are excellent, photography is beautiful, and the stories and anecdotes she provides are quite charming.

The recipes are actually fairly basic, things you can make at home on a daily basis, excited to try more of them out. One of the best cookbooks I've read this year.
Apr 16, 2011 marked it as to-read
I don't really plan to read this. I just want to note two things:
-Molly Wizenberg must be so pleased to know that Gwyneth Paltrow (clearly) read her book.
-You should watch this.
martha Boyle
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Katie gave me this for Mother's Day--you might think that a "celebrity" cookbook isn't a serious cookbook, but this one is. Austin leafed through it and immediately found several recipes for us to try--the narrative is interesting, the pictures are gorgeous and the recipes are homey and delicious.
Kristen Buskirk
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the stories she shared for each recipe. I have never "read" a cookbook from cover to cover before this one, and I honestly enjoyed it!
Quince Winstyn
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Except for the confusing 'vegan' symbol beside my copy's blue cheese dressing recipe, all went well.
Kevin Wilkinson
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because, one, I am a huge fan of Gwyneth Paltrow and, two, I also happen to love eating delicious food. The introduction is a touching dedication to her father, Bruce Paltrow, who instilled in her a love for good food...not just gourmet or health food but food that tastes good. Bruce was also a great cook who developed his style and knowledge of food throughout his life. Food also took on a secondary meaning for Gwyneth because it was something that bonded and solidified he ...more
I am writing this review as I eat the 'Duck broth with soba' from this book. Gwyneth Paltrow's stated intentions on the cover of this book, which are to provide '' delicious, easy recipes celebrating family and togetherness'' were almost met. The recipes are the standard fare for foodies. There wasn't much that was original, but I give her points because of how she put the book together. She gives tips on how to get young children interested in cooking through participation. I live with a 3 year ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is what it is and much more than I expected.

Admittedly, I initially opened with much trepidation. I mean, it's Gwyneth Paltrow. Insufferable, sure. I mean, read her dedication where she references all the famous ppl she knows, at least the ones you'll know. YOU may be cooking for your friends and family, but SHE's cooking for Beyoncé and Robert Downey Jr. If nothing else, read it for the dedication. However, the flip side her being about the image is that I knew she would not lose face by put
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook
I related with Gwyneth right away when I read about her great passion for food despite her skinny physique come to realize we have those things in common. I think everything is better with food too. I loved how she had comments of how her kids liked certain dishes. She also had stories to go along with the food which made it seem like a good friend was giving me her recipes. I was surprised by some of the simple family recipes in this book. She has practical recipes for stocks and sauces that ca ...more
Elizabeth Periale
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
After her father died in 2002 Paltrow wanted to pull together a lot of the recipes that they cooked together or were his favorites. It's a sweet book, filled with her memories of him and his love of food, which she inherited. It's also quite interesting, in view of her new cookbook, as she has completely changed her way of eating in just a few years. Paltrow still always leans toward making comfort food and food that children will enjoy eating.

Some of her recipes in My Father's Daughter include
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I ended up buying this book, at a Williams Sonoma in Short Hills, as the kids and I got a chance to meet her and get an autographed copy. It was a fun experience (the only surprising part was how much makeup she had on for the event- it was a lot, and she always strikes me as seeming to natural and not made-up; I get it for a movie premier, but for a cookbook signing?), and the boys liked telling her that they loved her as Pepper Potts in Iron Man, loved her in Glee and that their dad has a Cold ...more
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I got this from the library because I have enjoyed her website and was intrigued to find out what she could have to say about food. I so rarely buy cookbooks these days, looking instead to the internet and my Cooking Light and Food & Wine magazines; however, I am thinking I will buy this one. I found myself completely immersed and read it cover to cover last night. It turns out she has a very strong point of view and one that is very similar to my own, serving her kids a large varie ...more
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This was decent. A lot of people seem to have strong feelings about this woman that influenced their opinion of the recipes. Me, I just like good food. And while not the best cook book I've come across, it was pretty good.

The lady really loves anchovies and duck, two things I don't ever cook with. So excluding those recipes, there were a number of pretty good recipes. There is a fried rice (uses brown rice) with kale dish that was surprisingly pretty incredible. I think it could become a staple
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
When I first picked this book up I thought, "Gwyneth Paltrow, what do YOU know about food and cooking?" But I took it home from the library and flipped through it, and I have to admit, there are some really nice and also unique recipes in here.
I liked that she had recipes for kitchen staples like roasted tomatoes, sriracha, and stocks (stocks are a kitchen NECESSITY according to the cooking instruction I've read of Escoffier - so seeing that she had her own recipes for them in here added to my
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excited to have won this book.

What a wonderful and warm cookbook. It's full of stories, beautiful pictures and a variety of healthy and easy to follow recipes. It's perfectly laid out and organized. Many pages offer additional tips that I found very helpful. Gwyenth adds a little personal note at the beginning of each recipe that were just a delight to read. Being a new mom myself, I enjoyed reading about how she introduced food to her children and taught them the importance of health. I immedi
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
The photographs in this book are beautiful. I saw this in a bookstore and flipped through it just admiring the photos. I have to admit that I haven't cooked many of the recipes, yet. But I am in love with her peanut butter cookie recipe. I have made them several times and they always turn out amazing. I also really liked her tomato sauce (with fresh basil). It was a very simple recipe but turned out very tasty. She has some other pasta recipes in here that I will be trying out eventually. Not ev ...more
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: other-food
I got this from the library because it seemed amusing and I wanted to check if any of the vegan recipes were good, but 50 pages in I'm appalled a. by all the product placement and b. that her "best miso soup" recipe, containing bonito flakes, is labeled with both the vegetarian and vegan symbols, with no mention of alternatives or them being optional (yet she totally seems to get that honey isn't vegan?). Having skimmed the whole book now, its vegan recipes are generally not that inspired and ar ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an amazing cookbook! Its focus is whole-type foods with practical and easy-to-find ingredients. The dishes are also simple to prepare at a pretty minimal price. The recipes range from basic (vegetable stock, tomato sauce, chive viniagrette), to more elaborate (lots of duck dishes). You can sense in its pages that Gwyneth "gets it"; she understands that while many moms are trying to prepare healthier foods for our families, sometimes it's just not entirely possible. So she includes kid-fr ...more
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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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