So by now it’s old news that Gwyneth Paltrow wrote a cookbook and “graced” the cover of Bon Appetit. I have to admit that at first, I couldn’t wrap my head around all it. I mean, of all the celebs, I didn’t think that I could respect Paltrow as a foodie.
Whether we like it or not, celebrities (not to be confused with celebrity chefs) are infiltrating the food industry. They have always been there. But food is hot right now. So they are using cookbooks as their new status symbol. And since Paltrow is a super famous celeb after all I couldn’t say no when I was offered a copy of the book My Father’s Daughter.
I’m glad I stopped rolling my eyes after flipping through the book’s first few pages. I mean don’t get me wrong – there is nothing earth shattering about it. You won’t hear the angels calling or have some sort of foodie epiphany from it. Many people have bought and will continue to buy the book simply because it’s Paltrow’s. But once you get passed that, you will be left with a great collection of solid go-to recipes that are healthy without being too preachy.
One of the things that defines lots of us foodies is the pleasure we get from thinking, making and sharing food with those we love – which is the overall message of Paltrow’s book.
All in all – Paltrow is advocating family togetherness and good, healthy food. And you can’t knock a girl for that.
And you gotta love her for sharing the recipe for her mom’s blueberry muffins. They could not be easier to prepare and are LOADED with blueberries. Perfectly sweet, perfectly moist, perfectly tart and of course, perfectly delicious.
So now on to the giveaway. I’ve got a copy of Paltrow’s cookbook My Father’s Daughter to giveaway to one of you. To enter simply leave a comment on this post with your thoughts on this book’s message of family togetherness over food by Thursday, July 28th 11pm Eastern. For an extra entry, “Like” A Chica Bakes on Facebook (and then leave me another comment letting me know you did so. If you already do, leave a comment letting me know.) The winner will be announced on Friday, July 29th.
Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 eggs (preferably organic)
1/2 cup whole milk
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup plus 1 tsp sugar, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
Preheat oven to 375°. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
Whisk butter, eggs and milk in a bowl and set aside. Combine flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt in another bowl. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients and then fold in blueberries. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp sugar.
Bake until muffins are golden brown and a knife/cake tester comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm.