The Danny/Gwyneth Project is one man’s attempt to complete every recipe in Gwyneth Paltrow’s “My Father’s Daughter” cookbook within nine months. He may need to rob a bank to afford everything, but he is determined to succeed.
The rules are simple:
- I must complete every recipe in “My Father’s Daughter” within nine months from the starting point. (Julie Powell, of course, did “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in a year, and she had over 500 recipes to complete. I have a mere 150, some of which contain only two ingredients. But I’m lazy, so I’m giving myself a more leisurely pace, at one recipe every two days. Plus, nine months is such a concise, motherly period of time, of which I think Gwynnie would approve.)
- Recipes do not have to be completed in order. Otherwise I will be eating straight-up vegetable and chicken stock for the first week.
- I must strive to stay as close to the original recipe as possible. Forgoing imported Spanish olive oil with flakes of gold in it will be allowed, but only after I put in a respectable effort to purloin said olive oil with flakes of gold. (Disclaimer: To the best of my knowledge, Gwyneth does not include any recipes that call for olive oil with flakes of gold. Yet.) However, cheaply and lazily buying Safeway-brand bacon in lieu of ordering D’Artagnan duck bacon (it’s “out of this world,” as Gwyneth says) will not be allowed.
WARNING: Do not try this at home. Unless you live in a British castle and both your parents were famous and your husband is a world-famous rock star.