Gwyneth launches tribute cook book
Gwyneth Paltrow has paid tribute to her late father in the form of a cook book, which she launched at a dinner party for her A-list friends.
Jay-Z, Jerry Seinfeld, Cameron Diaz and beau Alex Rodriguez, Martha Stewart and Gwyn's husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, attended the dinner party, where the Country Strong actress donned a pinny to cook up recipes from the book.
At the launch, Gwyneth said that some of her fondest memories of her dad Bruce, who died from cancer in 2002, were from their times cooking together.
She said: "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."
She added that her father had instilled in her lots of good values about eating.
She said: "[He taught me] the importance of eating together as a family and making homemade food that is nourishing and good for you. It is such a nice time because my dad used to really talk to us when we ate dinner and see what we thought about things and now I use that opportunity to do the same thing with my kids as well."
But she denied that she would give up acting for a cookery career.
She said: "The cook book isn't a career change for me. I am just a working mom and this is how I do it, so I made the collection of recipes for anyone who was interested to see just me as one example of a working mother kind of a thing."