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My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness    by Gwyneth Paltrow order for
My Father's Daughter
by Gwyneth Paltrow
Order:  USA  Can
Grand Central, 2011 (2011)

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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The fruit hasn't fallen too far from the tree here as you'll see as you peruse the 150 recipes this Academy-Award winning actress shares in her cookbook.

Paltrow began cooking with her father when she was 18 years old. 'We decided to make a meal, and from there we got kind of obsessed,' she explains. Speaking of her father's love of cooking she continues, 'The most striking aspect of his cooking was how much joy he derived from feeding people that he loved.'

This compilation of favorite recipes covers a variety of soups, salads, pastas, and sandwiches, but it also suggests ideas for more formal occasions where a special main course, side dish or dessert would be appropriate.

Most of the recipes are accompanied by a full page color photo. For easy use in the kitchen, the ingredients and instructions are limited to a single page with preparation times listed at the bottom of the page.

Some of the more unusual dishes that you might wish to try include Fried Zucchini Spaghetti, Chicken Milanese, Crab Cake Burgers with Spicy Remoulade, a Vegetable Paella, or Salmon with Ginger Preserves & Thyme.

Paltrow also shares quite a few personal stories and anecdotes about herself and her family but, honestly, the appeal this book has is really the recipes. The rest is just frosting on the cake!

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