Earlier this week I received Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great, in the mail. As you may recall, I am a fan of My Father’s Daughter and did a whole cooking series from the book right here on Babble. What I loved about Gwyneth’s first book is that it didn’t reach too far. Most of the recipes were solid beginner/intermediate recipes for likeable family dishes. Several of them have made their way into our regular rotation and my family is always happy to see them grace our table. In her new book Gwyneth focuses on super-healthy food based on her new diet restrictions. Most of her do’s and don’ts sound self-imposed, she does not suffer from life-threatening food allergies, and designed to help her maintain top physical and mental health.
I am certainly not opposed to the idea that food makes you feel better. Given that I am concentrating on losing the baby weight I appreciate her commitment to lower fat foods that gravitate toward health and wellness. I’ll admit, however, when I cracked the book I was initially worried that there might be a lot of hocus-pocus language and bizarre ingredients. Thankfully, I was happily surprised. Most of the these recipes are completely free of dairy and sugars and yet sound extremely appetizing. The lightened up Crazy Good Fish Tacos, Spring Vegetable Soup, Posole, and Tandoori Turkey Kebobs are on my immediate list of to-makes. Her introduction about a near-death panic attack seems a tad dramatic, but her message that eating well can help heal your body and mind is convincing and not unreasonable. I also like how she reminds us that these healthy recipes are folded in to the more normal dishes she eats regularly. While it takes discipline to eat this way for three straight weeks, she isn’t trying to eat like this full time. Gwyneth likes her Pasta Puttanesca and red wine just as much as I do! As with any special diet, balance is the name of the game.
It is impossible for me to reach a thorough conclusion about any book until I have cooked at least a dozen recipes from it so that is what I am going to do. I’ve already tabbed several pages and am honestly looking forward to seeing what my family and I enjoy. Several of Gwyneth’s recipe from her first book are still favorites to this day so I am hoping that I can find at least a few goodies in here to add to my repertoire. It is perfect timing for me to be doing this since I am especially committed to healthful eating with a new baby in the house. So, without further ado, stayed tuned for my first recipe in my new Gwyneth Paltrow cooking series later this month. Hopefully after a few dishes into the book I’ll be enjoying the product as much as I enjoy reading it!
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