After a couple of years of happy hard work, I am totally over the moon to present It's All Good, a big collection of delicious, easy recipes I did with my pal Julia Turshen. The recipes contained within its pages are just right for the way we are meant to be eating these days - cleaner and healthier, without sacrificing any flavor or satisfaction. From salmon burgers to fish fingers to chocolate cake without any of the bad stuff, ladies and gentlemen- it's all good.
This week’s goop collaboration
It’s All Good:
Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen
To be released April 2nd 2013
Q&A with GP
We knew our Editor-in-Chief was hard at work with her second book and seeing it now, we are pretty blown away. Here's what we wanted to ask the author/our founder.
Q:The photos are stunning, and more than just recipes, they emanate this clean and healthy (yet intensely interested in beauty and taste) lifestyle. Has this book of recipes that both taste good and make you feel good affected the way you approach cooking and ingredients?
A:My philosophy is: eat good, fresh food that is totally delicious. It has to taste great and be fulfilling to all of the senses. We know so much now about how inextricably linked our food is to our overall health. The bottom line is, our bodies have a hard time with anything processed. That doesn't only mean kool-aid and goldfish. White flour, white rice and soy milk are all heavily processed as well. I know from my own research that the more whole the diet, the better I feel. I wanted to do this book so I would have a mini encyclopedia of truly delicious recipes that were healthful and nourishing, and above all easy (I am an insanely busy working mother!).
Q:Wanting to spend more time with family rather than in the kitchen is sometimes stated as a reason people don't cook as often as they like. Your kids are prominent in this book – it's clear that cooking for you is a family affair. How has it happened this way?
A:I’ve included my kids in the kitchen from almost the time they were born. They were always strapped to my back when I was cooking or nearby in a highchair watching and banging spoons. From very early on, I encouraged them to participate and let them do 'dangerous' tasks such as cracking an egg or stirring something carefully over heat, and they always felt proud. Later we started doing math with measuring cups and ounces. I was always looking for ways to show the kitchen as a place to acquire vast practical knowledge. My son, in particular, is extremely into it.
Q:Your kids are such good eaters and seem to like all the right foods – in a world where kids menus and snacks are dominated by high sugars and fats, how can we steer our kids in the right direction?
Who doesn’t love fish fingers? But as they’re always dipped in a glutinous batter of some sort and deep fried, we had to think outside the box. Use packaged gluten-free bread crumbs or make your own. A good family dinner option is to serve these with a veggie of your choice and a delish salad.
This recipe started off as a millet salad with tomatoes and scallions, but it turned into something much more interesting when we decided the salad needed a little more texture. We formed the millet into crunchy little "falafel" and mixed the tomatoes with avocado for a bright relish. Make the relish while the millet is cooking so it has a little time to settle. These are also nice with a bit of Yogurt-Tahini Dressing...
I have a hard time not gobbling these up when they’re being served to the kids. They’re so good! Very simple to prepare, and served with Lee’s Hoisin Sauce (click for full recipe). Moses and his friends murder a big plate of these after kickboxing class. Turn these into a whole meal by serving them alongside cut-up vegetables to dip into Carrot-Ginger Dressing.
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