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My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness Unknown Binding – 2010

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (2010)
  • ASIN: B005C1H81G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,225,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I had read negative reviews on different blogs about the book. They were annoyed by her seemingly arrogant suggestion that we should all get wood burning ovens built in our backyards to make home made pizza. They laughed at her ingredients insinuating that no one could possibly buy those fancy ingredients at a normal grocery store. They also complained that unless you are an intermediate or advanced cook - you can't use this book. So when I read the book myself - I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I really liked the recipes and I found that I could relate to her as a mother and as a daughter from her anecdotes. I didn't find her ingredients to be so fancy that I couldn't find them at my local farmers market or the grocery store. Most grocery stores have "HEALTH" sections now. I also know a family that are not rich at all - and they have a wood burning oven in their backyard because they saved up and wanted one. It would be the same thing if a family wanted to go to Disney World for vacation - they save up and go. You don't necessarily have to be rich or famous. I have been cooking for a few years and I do find it easier to whip up a dinner from a recipe more so than when I was a beginner - but the book was not that complicated. I'm just a home cook - not a chef - and I could figure it all out. I made her veggie burgers the other day. It was simple and the kids gobbled them up. I made extra to freeze. I have a food saver that vacuum seals my leftovers for the freezer - and I'm not rich or famous - can you believe it? I didn't want to like this book for some stupid reason. Gwyneth just seems so perfect with her fame and wealth and beauty and blah blah blah. But then I came to my senses. She's great and there's nothing wrong with that. It's a good book.
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While I usually enjoy looking at cookbooks more than I actually wind up using them, I was enticed by the low number of ingredients listed in several recipes from Gwyneth Paltrow's blog GOOP, and every one that I tried was a hit with family and friends. When I read Jeffrey Steingarten's Vogue feature on Gwyneth and her forthcoming cookbook a few months back, I eagerly anticipated the arrival of this book, and it doesn't disappoint. First of all, do yourself a favor and incorporate her "Standby Vinaigrette" into your salad recipes; it is featured on page 69. The maple syrup-tinged Dijon dressing was featured with minced shallots on her GOOP site awhile back, and even my 3-year old loves this dressing which is simple to whip up in a few minutes; when I don't have time to make a more elaborate salad, I simply toss the dressing with some butter lettuce and serve with her roast chicken (I wish the recipe featured on GOOP was incorporated in the cookbook!). Everyone who has tasted the dressing has asked me for the recipe. I just tried her balsamic lime vinaigrette recipe last evening sans lime since I didn't have any, tossed with arugula, and it was delicious. The honey toned down the acidity of the vinegar perfectly. Her dressing recipes are unbelievably easy (4-5 standard kitchen ingredients) and have turned me off bottled dressings forever.

Her simple recipe for slow-roasted tomatoes was a revelation; slice a batch of vine-ripened tomatoes horizontally in half (cut into thirds to cut down on cooking time), place seed side up in the oven on a baking sheet, add a bit of olive oil and a tiny pinch of salt on each slice, stick it in the oven at 275 degrees for 3-5 hours, and voila--the most flavorful roasted tomatoes that beat jarred sun-dried tomatoes any day.
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Not ready to crowd my shelves with a rarely used cookbook, I checked this out from the library. First, the cookbook is beautiful and her stories and tips are endearing. However, the recipes are not reliable or amazing. The corn fritter recipe for example, calls for 1 egg when it most definitely needs a minimum of 2 in order to create any kind of batter (this may be a simple typo). The best stir-fried chicken was alright, not incredible. I'm going to try making this again with added veggies. It's a very plain stir fry with only chicken and scallions. This recipe has a clock by it to indicate that it's "quick". I may not be the fastest person with a knife, but it takes me more than 4 1/2 minutes to cube 4 chicken breasts, mince 1/2 cup of scallions and mince 1/4 cup of garlic! I never put much stock in the times included in recipes, but this one is way off. The roasted sweet potatoes with spices was tasty and I've made that one twice. Also, the prep time of 10 minutes is not overly exaggerated. The seasonal crumble which I made with fresh picked blueberries was also delicious. I made the oatmeal raisin cookies and they are extremely healthy tasting, if you know what I mean. I used honey/water (following her suggested substitution guide) instead of maple syrup and after the 1st batch came out like cardboard, I cooked the second batch for a couple minutes less than the recommended time and that seemed to make a slight difference in taste. I made a couple other recipes and found that the time or ingredient quantity seemed to be wrong. My advice, if you buy it, think for yourself when making the recipes. They may have been tested numerous times and it's just simple typos in the cookbook, but some of the recipes will not turn out well if you follow them verbatim. Engage your mind and happy cooking!
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