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Review of Gwyneth Paltrow’s New Cookbook 'It’s All Good'

Let me start by saying that I am not the easiest eater. I have been gluten free for 8 years. I generally don’t have any interest in cheese or milk. I don’t eat red meat and hardly ever eat potatoes. (I had enough as a kid). I buy mostly organic and enjoy drinking green juices. I bake with agave nectar and coconut oil. So because I am the one that does the grocery shopping and the cooking in my house my family ends up eating similarly. Do they eat regular pizza, cookies, and French fries when the opportunity presents itself? Obviously. Do the kids drink milk? Will I have a complete meltdown if they want to eat string cheese? I am not some maniac, people.

So Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook “It’s All Good” is kind of in my wheelhouse. Her book does not include recipes that have coffee, alcohol, dairy, chicken eggs, sugar, shellfish, deepwater fish, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, corn, wheat, meat, soy and all processed foods. Most of that is no sweat off my back, so I was intrigued and bought myself a copy. This way I could also report back to you.

Last night I had her recipe for turkey meatballs, which are basically ground turkey, 5 different fresh herbs, and arugula filled. I served them with some marinara and some quinoa penne (Ancient Harvest is the best brand) and broccoli. They were delicious. My kids ate them fine. My husband didn’t complain. For me that’s a win-win, mostly since my other half is quick to point out that he thinks my food is often “too healthy.” (Sorry, man, for trying to keep you alive).

Recipes I probably won’t ever make include Beet, Fennel & Apple Soup, Buckwheat Soba noodles with ginger-scallion broth, and savory broiled tofu. But I will definitely look into the salmon and the Thai chicken burgers, her herbed roast chicken, and the chicken soup with kale & carrots.

Now, we all know Paltrow. She’s pretty clueless when it comes to reality for most people. So the biggest problem with the cookbook is that most of the recipes are pretty expensive to make. You can’t just head off to the Safeway and expect to find yourself some gochugaru (course Korean red chili flakes), dried bonito flakes, or some duck eggs.

Because only Paltrow would eat omelets made with duck eggs, cremini mushrooms grown in Steven Spielberg’s backyard, and course sea salt flown in on a private jet.

Here is a run down of what it would cost to make two recipes. (Courtesy of Yahoo’s  Shine Blog):

Spanish Chopped Salad with Tuna and Piquillos with Spanish Salad Dressing:

Chickpeas         $3

Olive oil         $15

Sweet pimenton     $10

Coarse sea salt     $10

Butter lettuce     $4

Scallions         $1.49

Roasted piquillo peppers $13.50

8 oz oil-packed tuna $18.40

Italian parsley     $2


Manuka honey     $25

Sherry vinegar     $8

Oil from anchovies     $8.99

Total:            $119.38


Best Gluten-Free Fish fingers, Mustard + Old Bay Style

Vegenaise         $5

Coarse seeded mustard $5

Dijon mustard     $3.50

Gluten-free breadcrumbs $6

Old Bay         $3

Fine sea salt         $4

4 sole fillets         $45

Total:             $71.50

I would give it a thumbs up if you already happen to have a lot of the gluten free flour and you have your own herb garden. Also helpful if you have a bottomless checking account. Otherwise you are spending a good penny just to try a recipe that maybe only one person in your family finds tasty. Or you could just pick up Boston Market. Your call.

-Kate Casey

Kate Casey is a Pop Culture Lover. PR Pro. Soon-to-be New mom again. Comedy nerd. Celebrity gossip fan. Follow her on Twitter @KateCasey


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