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Paltrow brings new skill to table

SURELY Gwyneth Paltrow can't do everything well: She's yet to enter the field of medicine or play professional sports, for example.

But the list of things the Oscar-winning actress, mother, lifestyle guru and singer can't do seems to be dwindling. At a recent dinner party, she proved herself a master at yet another role - domestic goddess.

"I am just exploding with joy for her because this is something that gives her tremendous satisfaction," said Paltrow's mother, actress Blythe Danner, as she watched her daughter playing host to a crowd that included A-list celebrity friends such as Jay-Z, Cameron Diaz and Paltrow's husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay.

It was a dinner party in celebration of her new cookbook, "My Father's Daughter." The book is filled with family recipes and pays tribute to Paltrow's dad Bruce, who passed away in 2002. She credits him with teaching her how to cook while cultivating her love for food.

Q: This book pays tribute to your father. What are some of your fondest memories of cooking with him?

A: Sort of just the togetherness of being next to him. We didn't talk a lot when we were cooking. We were very concentrated. It was that proximity. Sometimes he would make a joke or just throw out some hilarious criticism but in a sweet way. It was just being next to each other.

Q: What are some of your favorite cooking traditions that you shared with your father that you now enjoy with your own children?

A: I think the importance of eating together as a family and making homemade food that is nourishing and good for you. It is such a nice time because my dad used to really talk to us when we ate dinner and see what we thought about things and now I use that opportunity to do the same thing with my kids as well.

Q: This has been a transformative year for you - singing on big platforms such as the Grammys and the Oscars, and now releasing this cookbook. Is it only about acting anymore?

A: It has been a surprise for me as well. I have just had a great time. I feel very lucky that I am being able to try these other things. The cookbook isn't a career change for me. I am just a working mom and this is how I do it, so I made the collection of recipes for anyone who was interested to see just me as one example of a working mother kind of a thing.


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