Can I say I was pleasantly surprised?
I am not a fan of Gwyneth (still not, honestly) but the cookbook was much better than I expected. Yes, there were many, many pictures of a makeup-less Gwyneth, trying to act like a normal person. She gets a decent amount of bad press for being out of touch with the average human. Her recent list of Spring Must Haves topped out at over $450,000. Oddly, that is only 449,950 more than I had budgeted.
Either way, this was a hard book to get from the library – it has been out routinely for months. So, imagine my surprise when the book was available! WOO HOO! I could finally see what all the hoopla was all about.
I honestly skimmed through the introductions – I was really interested in the recipes. Her “elimination diet” includes no coffee, alcohol, sugar, shellfish, potatoes, gluten , soy or processed foods (sounds like Craig Diet). There is also minimal diary, so it is fairly strict. I found it intriguing. I mean, I have trouble going half a day without chocolate.
In the end, I found way more appetizing recipes to try (I think a total of eight, which is a lot for a picky girl like me). Actually, my inspiration for the Avocado Toast was based on something her she had in her book (although it included gluten free bread, sliced avocado and vegenaise.)
That being said, my biggest gripe (besides the excessive photos of Gwyneth without food or her name dropping of some of the biggest names in the business) was some of the ingredients she was calling for – vegenaise, to me, was the most normal. What is xylitol? Apparently, it is a sweetener, but she used it pretty often…I’ll pass, thank you. . Pimenton? Probably not… Gochujang? God Bless You (wasn’t that a sneeze? – no it’s actually Korean red pepper flakes.) What can I say, I am not THAT much of a foodie.
Thanks to Eater.com, you can click here for some of the ‘best’ quotes of the book (note that best is in quotation marks… you know what that means, right?)
In the end, this is really why I love taking books out of the library. I made some photocopies of recipes to try and back the book went!