Gwyneth Paltrow just released her third cookbook, It's All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes For the Super-Busy Home Cook ($35). This book feels like a departure from her first foodie-centric cookbook, My Father's Daughter, and her second, the highly criticized It's All Good. This one feels like it's more attainable, offering a range of recipes and simple, assembled dishes to satisfy you on the days you're craving something hefty (like a baguette sandwich) or wishing to eat a little lighter (like a grilled shrimp chopped salad). Not quite convinced yet? Here's why you should be stoked:
1. It's built for busy people.
In the intro to the cookbook, Gwyneth manages to conjure home cooking as exotic and adventurous amid a jam-packed schedule: "This book is meant to be a road map: a self-help book for the chronically busy cook." If, like me, you are always on the search to not eat complete sh*t when you are ridiculously busy and simultaneously are a sucker for self-help books that can offer realistic guidance, this is the cookbook for you. The coauthor of the book (and food editor of Goop), Thea Baumann, explains, "With a name like It's All Easy, you might expect this to be full of recipes with five ingredients that can be made in under 20 minutes. It's not. What it is, however, is a book thoughtfully developed by two busy women who understand the importance of a good, simple meal."
2. The recipes are relevant to today's food scene and feature buzzy ingredients.
No, the cookbook isn't full of recipes like "how to hard-boil an egg." Instead, the pages contain unique riffs on foods that bloggers and trendy restaurants have been serving up over the last few years: acai bowls, ginger chia pudding, tortilla soup noodle pot (with zucchini noodles, of course), beet chips, even homemade coconut milk for no other than a coconut milk au lait. Gwyneth admits in the intro that there is even "some cheese" and "regular flour" in the recipes. She even assures you it's OK to "sneak in a glass of wine." Cue the excitement! But don't worry, there's also a gluten-free, dairy-free dessert section.
2. The images will transport you.
The book's aesthetic is like a grown-up's fantasy of an idyllic, urban life. The photos capture "busy-ness" like you're residing in the center of Paris, where you ride your granny bike to the flower mart in between meetings and pop by the Seine to picnic on bibimbap for lunch. It's simultaneously dreamy and completely unrealistic, but it's what we aim our busy lives to appear like, isn't it? And at the end of the day, that's why we love Goop.