What a great way to wrap up Summer: Gwyneth Paltrow, one of our favorite cookbook authors — what, she's an actress, too?! — took BookHampton by storm on Friday afternoon, August 26.
We've had many great guests, but Gwyneth, whose graciousness is only hinted at in her mega-watt smile, bowled us all over. This special end-of-summer event in East Hampton introduced her great new cookbook, My Father's Daughter, and introduced the audience to The East Hampton Food Pantry. BookHampton decided to match every copy sold with a donation to the food pantry of the full purchase price.
Ready to take questions from the packed-to-the-rafters audience, Gwyneth jumped right in: She wrote the book as a way of remembering her dad, producer Bruce Paltrow. They used to cook together, and hanging out in the kitchen was always their thing. It took three years to write, because she is a perfectionist and the recipes she included had to exactly match the “taste.” A good friend saved the day by measuring out each single ingredient as Gwyneth tried and tested her way through the book.
The recipes, by anyone's measure, are really delicious. One of my personal favorites are the Veggie Burgers, and Gwyneth told us that they’re one of her daughter's favorites as well. Her own kids? Well, she said, they love pasta, so the book is filled with great pasta ideas!
My Father's Daughter, filled with delicious and easy to prepare recipes created with Master Chef Mario Batali, is a wonderful homage to Gwyneth's father and an invitation to all of us to get in the kitchen with our own kids and start cooking up a storm.
There were many, many young fans in our audience, all of whom know Gwyneth from her recent appearance on TV's "Glee." She told them that of all her different roles, it's possible that “Glee” was her favorite. "I got to sing and dance, things that for me are usually reserved for the shower! It was really the most fun!" ("Glee" folks, are you listening?)
When the questions were over, it was time for the book signing and Gwyneth, showing the stamina that comes from healthy eating and a truly kind heart, personalized every autograph and posed for over 100 photographs with the BookHampton crowd.
Many thanks to the incomparable Gwyneth Paltrow, actress and author, for this very special afternoon. Signed copies of My Father's Daughter are available at bookhampton.com.
— Charline Spektor