Spotlight: Gwyneth Paltrow

The 38-year-old actress, singer and blogger takes on a new role -- cookbook author.
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My cookbook is . . . .
A way for me to honor my dad [director Bruce Paltrow, who died in 2002]. I called it My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness because we learned how to cook together. But it's strange. The other day I was thinking, Why did I write a cookbook? And, Why did I say yes to singing at the Country Music Awards? I'll look back at a lot of things I've done and say, "How did I have the guts to do that?"

When it comes to food . . . .
I'm the classic Jewish mother. I'm always making way too much, and I'm preoccupied with whether people have had enough to eat. When someone walks into my house, the first thing I do is make sure they're fed.

The biggest misconception about me . . . .
That I'm uptight. There's nothing uptight about me! I've got this ice-blonde reputation and that's just not me. I do silly things in public all the time, like hosting Saturday Night Live, or I'll go out with friends and have a good time. I try to live my life to the fullest even if it means making a fool of myself.

I always avoid . . . .
Junk food. But if someone gave me a basket filled with stinky, stinky cheese I'd be very, very happy.

On overeating . . . .
There's the me that will have a salad, a bowl of pasta and a glass of wine, and then there's the other me that will have four glasses of wine, fried zucchini, pasta, chicken parmigiana and dessert. I try not to do that other version too much. I was at a party having dinner next to Mario Batali and he was like, "You're the only person I know who eats more than me."

My life motto . . .
Try your hand at whatever you're passionate about. I've taken whatever little bit of talent I was born with and worked it to death.


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