It’s All Good: The FFFY Review

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So, you might have noticed that we’ve not been posting many recipes lately. There are a couple of good reasons for that. 1) We’re both really busy at work. When the evening comes round, it’s hard to find the energy for work on FFFY. But we do talk about it a lot… 2) I bought the Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook, It’s All Good.

Fans of FFFY might remember our previous reviews of cookery books. We like to do it properly. For example, when we reviewed the last Jamie Oliver book, we didn’t just cast an eye over the pictures and look at the list of recipes, we actually spent a whole weekend cooking only from the book, to see if it stands up to proper kitchen use. We’re fans of an intense test – a cookbook that costs £20 needs a thorough review.

This book has had an even more serious trial, in that we’ve been using it for weeks. So you know when you read this review, that we’ve tried and tested it thoroughly.

What do we think? It’s been nothing short of a revolution. I love this book so much that I have not been making up recipes in the kitchen, I’ve just been following these. And that’s it – for three weeks. GP’s recipes are largely fish and vegetable based – there is a small sweets chapter and a great healthy kids section too – and taste so fresh and light yet still filling that I can’t go back to the way I used to cook. There are incredible salads – I love the Green Goddess avocado-based salad dressing and the cauliflower and roast chickpea dish. The fish – including homemade fish fingers – is fresh and delicious. Everything is lightly underprocessed – there’s enough seasoning to do it justice, but not so much that the natural flavours are obscured. I even love the pictures of GP herself – look, you’re either a lover or a hater – and would love to look as fresh-faced and glowing as her.

Any misses? Well, we tried the Korean chicken tacos on a cook-in night with our friends, and they kind of misfired. I think that’s partly because we couldn’t get the right Korean ingredients in our local supermarket, and also because Korean is not a food type that we usually eat, so we didn’t know if we had the seasoning right. Also I made a green kale and apple drink and can only conclude that this kind of LA actress juice tastes better in the sunshine over the pond. It was like, er, medicine. My mum will testify that you need to follow the recipe for the salt baked fish dish – and not use fish fillets like we did as they do get over salty. But these are not significant problems.

I would quite happily chuck away all our cookery books – apart from Scandilicious – and just cook from this book for the rest of the year, I like it so much. But I’ll confess – I don’t cook gluten and dairy free all the time: I usually substitute the more hard-to-find items in the ingredients list (gluten-free flour, manuka honey) for normal flour and honey. Has anyone else tried it and fallen in love? We’d love to hear what you think.

You can currently buy It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow on Amazon for £9. And you’ll need these lovely measuring cups too as it’s all in American measurements.

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