Gwyneth Paltrow has released a cookbook, "My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness" and says her father inspired her to care about food.
"We learned how to cook together and we were super into food and cooking and we would watch the Food Network when it was really instructional," Paltrow told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a satellite interview. "We would eat out and get really excited about food and it was just something that we always did together and we loved the whole process of it."
But according to the actress, the way her father taught her to share the meals was more important than the food itself.
"Not only did he teach me a love of food," Paltrow continued, "he really taught me the importance of eating it with people that you love and just sitting down and having a nice meal, a glass of wine and hearing what your kid thinks about something, no TV on, and just investing in those moments and relationships and he taught me that that's really the high point of life."
The actress' father, Bruce Paltrow, a director and television writer, died in 2002 at age 58. The two were very close.
The actress is known for her love for organic food and once underwent a strict macrobiotic diet. Paltrow's book contains some 150 recipes for things like blueberry muffins, cheese-stuffed burgers and maple-Dijon roasted winter vegetables.
Paltrow has a lot on her plate with film roles, TV guest-spots, raising two children and regularly updating her personal lifestyle blog, but the actress insists that her recipes are easy enough for the "working person."
"It's great working person food because most of it is quick and easy, lots of things you can prepare ahead and on the weekend. I'm just sort of showing people how I do it in the kitchen," Paltrow said. "There's super easy comfort food that's quick and honestly easy to make. For me, the hardest thing is always making sure that I have the ingredients in the house. I always recommend that people, if they get a box of vegetables from a farm delivered once a week or if they use an online grocery store to get things delivered, just so that they can have stuff in the pantry and they can quickly throw things together."
The actress insisted on "Good Morning America" that she had no intention of becoming the next Martha Stewart, but she naturally found herself offering cooking advice to her friends.
"I've loved food for a long time and I've been cooking for 20 years and I was always kind of the cook for my friends, before we all had kids and got married, so my friends would always ask me, 'how should I do this or that and I've got a date coming, what should I make?'" Paltrow told OnTheRedCarpet.com and other media outlets. "So I started to kind of keep track of what I was doing."
Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin, singer of the British rock band Coldplay, are parents to daughter Apple, 6, and son Moses, 5.
Meanwhile, the actress is also keeping busy with her acting career. Paltrow appeared in the musical film "Country Strong" earlier this year and can be seen reprising her role as bubbly teacher Holly Holiday on the FOX musical comedy series "Glee" when it returns from its second season hiatus on April 19.