My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 chefs and nutritionists who have prepared food for her to share their alterations and/or insights.
Some of the recipes don't appeal to me, but many do. And you can find many of the ingredients in inexpensive grocery stores. Some people assume that because GP is on the cover the recipes are going to cost an arm and a leg and that the average cook will have to shop at Whole Foods. Not true. One just has to plan accordingly and shop wisely.
One of my favorite aspects of the book is that it breaks down if the recipe is appropriate for an elimination diet, a vegan diet, a protein diet, etc... If you have allergies or intolerances to certain foods, the guide gives you a heads up.
Also, the photographs are lovely and aspirational if you are trying to wean yourself off of processed foods. I liked it.
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