Its All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook by Gwyneth PaltrowThis book was received through the generosity of a Goodreads Giveaways, in exchange for this honest review.
I can semi-understand the negative backlash against Paltrow, since she seemingly has it all - but thats no need to hate on her cookbook! The book is beautifully designed, with copious (maybe even TOO many) full color photos - lots of the yummy looking food, but just as many arty scenic pictures, and even more of Paltrow and her children. But I suppose if you are buying a celebrity cookbook, that is what you want. As the title implies, most of the recipes are fairly simple and quick to prepare, although some have a few exotic ingredients most folk wont have readily to hand. All of the recipes are health minded, and mainly are vegetarian and gluten free. My main complaint is that a lot of the recipes are TOO simplistic, and pretty much no-brainers. Do we really need Paltrow to teach us how to make grilled cheese (with two ingredients - cheese and bread!) or Ginger Lemon tea (ginger, lemon, honey and hot water!)? For $35, I am not so sure anyone NEEDS this - but it isnt the most egregious example of branding Ive seen.
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It's All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook
Skip navigation! I mean, remember all the flack she got for her last cookbook? It was even hard to read! I really hoped not. But my competitive side also saw the seed of a challenge being planted and I love a challenge.
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In Gwyneth Paltrow's case, here's what it doesn't mean: It doesn't mean cheap. And it doesn't mean quick necessarily. And it rarely means made with gluten, or refined sugars, or anything that's not organic. You could say It's All Easy is out of touch, that the book is too name-droppy, that the ingredients are too expensive, and that no one really eats like this. And it would be more or less true. But consider for a second that this is Paltrow's first attempt at a cookbook for real human beings. People who aren't ascribing to a rigid Hollywood diet and don't have a pizza oven in their backyard.
Gwyneth Paltrow isn't exactly relatable. She's a near-constant target of grief and ridicule because, well, she's undeniably rich, thin, and completely out of touch. She uses phrases—she coins phrases—like "consciously uncoupling. It's easy, then, to roll your eyes at the title of It's All Easy. I am not new to Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook trickery. And let me tell you something: In neither of those cookbooks is "it all easy. The catch?
This book feels like a departure from her first foodie-centric cookbook, My Father's Daughter , and her second, the highly criticized It's All Good. This one feels like it's more attainable, offering a range of recipes and simple, assembled dishes to satisfy you on the days you're craving something hefty like a baguette sandwich or wishing to eat a little lighter like a grilled shrimp chopped salad. Not quite convinced yet? Here's why you should be stoked:. In the intro to the cookbook, Gwyneth manages to conjure home cooking as exotic and adventurous amid a jam-packed schedule: "This book is meant to be a road map: a self-help book for the chronically busy cook.