Surely Gwyneth Paltrow can't do everything well: She's yet to enter the field of medicine or play professional sports, for example.
But the list of things the Oscar-winning actress, mother, lifestyle guru, and newly minted singer can't do seems to be dwindling. At a recent dinner party, she proved herself a master at yet another role — domestic goddess.
"I am just exploding with joy for her because this is something that gives her tremendous satisfaction," said Paltrow's mother, actress Blythe Danner, as she watched her daughter move about in an apron, playing host to a crowd that included A-list celebrity friends like Jay-Z, Jerry Seinfeld, Cameron Diaz and beau Alex Rodriguez, Martha Stewart and Paltrow's husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay.
It was a dinner party Monday in celebration of her new cookbook, "My Father's Daughter," sponsored by One Kings Lane. The book is filled with family recipes and pays tribute to Paltrow's dad Bruce, who passed away in 2002. She credits him with teaching her how to cook while cultivating her love for food.
Paltrow took a break from her hostess duties at the event to talk with The Associated Press about her culinary endeavor.
AP: This book pays tribute to your father. What are some of your fondest memories of cooking with him?
Paltrow: Sort of just the togetherness of being next to him. We didn't talk a lot when we were cooking. We were very concentrated. It was that proximity. Sometimes he would make a joke or just throw out some hilarious criticism but in a sweet way. It was just being next to each other.
AP: What are some of your favorite cooking traditions that you shared with your father that you now enjoy with your own children?