Cookbook Review: My Father's Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow

Celebrities are getting into the kitchen! Long relegated to intense diets, many actors and actresses are now advocating getting into the kitchen, and while they're at it, doing it well. My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness by Gwyneth Paltrow is the latest installment of celebrity cookbooks, offering recipes from her dad, her childhood, and what she's learned as a mother. It seems a lot of criticism is out there because this Oscar-winning actress is suggesting that people eat less red meat, choose agave, and buy quality ingredients and tools for your kitchen.

However, someone has to say it. We need to eat better, and if a celebrity says it, then maybe people will start listening. People roll their eyes when the "health fanatic" preaches against factory-farmed beef or tells you that sugar is potentially lethal. Maybe people will listen to Ms. Paltrow, and try those fudgy brownies that taste just as chocolaty as the ones you grew up with, but are made with healthy items like brown rice syrup.

The food styling is beautiful, each dish is enticing, but the photos don't do justice to her individual message. Her point of view is present in the introduction, head notes, and sidebars, yet the photos look like almost every female-authored cookbook in 2011. That's not to say there aren't great recipes and content within. Especially for busy parents, there are great suggestions from including ways to get your kids in the kitchen, and which tasks to give to them. Ms. Paltrow encourages you to educate your children about food and start a food garden.

A celebrity talking about things like eating locally, seasonally, organic, is a good thing. My Father's Daughter could potentially inspire Gwyneth-lovers to become organic-eaters. And that is not bad at all.

Packed with enticing recipes like Cheesy Stuffed Turkey Burgers or the "perfect family meal" of fish tacos. The recipes are accessible and fresh. Many even come from family members, like her father's dip recipe or Blythe's Blueberry Muffins.

Have you looked at My Father's Daughter yet? Share your thoughts in the comments.