Saturday, June 4, 2016

Cooking: Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘It’s All Easy,’ and More

  - The New York Times

Credit Ping Zhu       
If dusting off the grill, dining al fresco and finally scoring a pint of tiny, jewel-like strawberries hasn’t gotten you pumped enough for warm-weather eating, this season’s cookbook lineup should seal the deal. Chefs, celebrities and the usual crop of vegetable evangelists weigh in with ideas for optimizing our spring awakenings, whether your idea of home cooking is preparing simple, fresh meals inspired by the local farmers’ market or experimenting with the regional cuisines of faraway kitchens. (P.S. Wherever you end up, be sure to get some cabbage. There will be kimchi.)

Anyone in need of a crash course on food that is Very Right Now will find it in IT’S ALL EASY: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook (Goop Press /Grand Central, $35), by Gwyneth Paltrow with Thea Baumann. All the Instagram superstars are here — socca pizzas, açai bowls, avocado toasts, spiralized zucchini, ramen, cauliflower and kimchi “fried rice” — and they’re enlisted to help address the age-old dilemma: How do we find the time to prepare healthy, wholesome food for our families?
This is Paltrow’s third cookbook, but the first to be published by Goop, her lifestyle-website-turned-empire, where Baumann is the food editor. Unlike Paltrow’s last book, “It’s All Good,” which asked us to eschew all sorts of allergens and dietary evils (including tomatoes and yogurt), this one is grounded back on planet Earth. A good percentage of the recipes deliver on the fast part of the fast-and-fresh promise, and what makes them so appealing is the way Paltrow and Baumann elevate a simple dish without scaring anyone off.   MORE

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