I know Gwyneth Paltrow has come in for a lot of stick lately because of her strict diet, “blow-the-budget” ingredients, and some controversial comments on a number of subjects, but MoKL is all about supporting other women in their endeavours, whatever they may be. I was on one of my recent health kicks when I saw this book and imagined us a healthier, happier family as a result. Well, it turns out, It’s All Good isn’t half bad.
Yes, there are a hundred recipes that I haven’t had time to make and maybe never will get around to. I love the idea of making my own sauces and dips and cooking everything from scratch, but the reality is I’ve got other things to do – so pass the ketchup bottle. However, It’s All Good has some definite winners. And if you have children who have allergies and are on restricted diets, or you are yourself, then this book really will give you some inspiration.
Our favourite ever recipe from this book, one that the children and adults love alike, is the Super Crispy Roast Chicken. If I dropped this book, it would automatically fall open on this page, we’ve had this dish so often. I thought I knew how to roast a chicken, but Gwyneth’s method really does do something else. Caution though: every time I cook this, I need to do a thorough clean of the oven afterwards! Likewise, Grilled Duck with Hoisin Sauce – stick your fan on high. I used the shop-bought sauce as a cheat but felt quite proud of myself for cooking duck for the first time. My kids really did love this one.
There’s a considerable kids section in this book. Turkey bacon – yes, a hit, though I never seem to get turkey bacon as crispy as the “real” kind. Surprisingly, Roasted Carrots with Honey & Soy Sauce, also went down well with my fussy two and is at least something else to do with a carrot.
My kids also liked the Kale Chips, jumping on the health bandwagon of all things Kale. Another note of caution: roasting Kale really stinks up the joint!
Along with the recipes, there are some helpful tips on how to change up chicken nuggets – using crushed pretzels, wasabi peas or crackers instead of breadcrumbs for example.
And yes, there is a Dessert section. The Banana Ice Cream with Sweet-and-Salty Roasted Almonds is really yummy and simple to make.
The negatives: aside from the cost of some of the harder-to-find ingredients, is that other ingredients are nigh on impossible to find. UK stores don’t tend to stock the egg-free Vegenaise, Gochujang or preserved lemons for example, whatever they may be. No doubt you can find these in speciality stores like Whole Foods or on Amazon but if you’re relying on your local supermarket, prepare to be frustrated.
It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow is published by Sphere, 2013 and is available in all good book shops 🙂 RRP: £20.00