In my first installment of "why didn't I think of that," I've found a glorious video on YouTube that makes me chuckle, and inexplicably hungry for organic salad nicoise. By now we're all familiar with the story of the girl who grows up with famous parents, turns into famous actress, wins Oscar, doesn't get a good movie role after that, turns to cooking and raw foods to channel energy, works out a lot, and looks really good. It's a classic Hollywood to London tale of perseverance and healthiness.
Gwyneth Paltrow is our heroine in this story, and her latest project, the cookbook called My Father's Daughter, is a hit. And by "hit" I mean that some people like it. But only a cookbook it is not ... it is much, much more. There are anecdotes! And cozy tales of family, food, and fabulous fun.
And some creative people have chosen to demonstrate all My Father's Daughter has to offer in a dramatic reading, fit with candles, a beret, and a glass of Merlot. Why didn't I think of that?
The performance highlights some of the Gwyneth-isms so, so, so very well. Read these with a terrible Spanish/French/Greek accent:
"I'm not sure how healthy bacon is, but I know it is incredibly delicious."
"Could I use butter and cheese and eggs in my cooking without going down some kind of hippie shame spiral? ... Yes. Of course I could."
"I love anything that comes in a hot dog bun. Except hot dogs."
OK I'll stop there because the quotes themselves are not nearly as funny when they're not set to dramatic music and whispered in the dark by a guy with a terrible accent and comedic timing.
The video is funny, and even if you like Gwyneth, you'll laugh. I don't really have strong feelings about her either way, but still feel generally confused when her name is associated with "celebrity chef." But hey, you tell me: is her cookbook good? Are there good recipes? All I know now is that I want gazpacho and my need for a cigarette just kicked in.
Did you watch the video?
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