Between her Oscar win for Shakespeare in Love, her marriage to Chris Martin and her stellar personal style, food might not be among the first things that fans associate with Gwyneth Paltrow.
But the actress is elbowing in on Nigella territory with a new cookbook, Notes from my Kitchen, and earlier this week, she spoke with Jonathan Ross about her life in food for a studio session as part of the iTunes Festival.
At times, it felt like a first-date Q&A: Biggest food weakness? Anything fried. Favourite secret ingredient? Anchoviesthey just add a nice umami thing. Do you drink wine while you cook? 'Constantly.' Have you ever tried canned cheese? I would rather smoke crack.
Paltrow, garbed in red skinny jeans and a tartan blazer, relaxed as she read excerpts from her book. Its as much a memoir as a cookery guide, containing recipes inspired by her relationship with late father Bruce Paltrow. So a root-beer float from a California drive-in appears as an organic adaptation, and a recipe for pasta with duck ragout comes with a poignant story about enjoying the dish on a father-daughter road trip in Umbria.
As the banter picked up momentum, Paltrow called her guest-starring stint as a singing substitute Spanish teacher on Glee honestly the best job Ive ever had and denied rumours of plans to record a solo album. People very kindly asked me to do [an album], but I still cant get my head around... doing it by myself. If Im playing a character Im down with it, but... not now.
And for those more interested in how Paltrow maintains her looks than how she cooks: sorry, no secrets, no tips, no shortcuts. You cant be past 18 years old and eat a ton of food and not gain weight if you dont exercise. Its a trade-off, she said.
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