New Rules, Circa 2016:
The Danny/Gwyneth Project is one man’s attempt to complete every recipe in Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook trilogy (“My Father’s Daughter,” “It’s All Good,” and “It’s All Easy”) before he dies or the sun swallows the earth, whichever happens first.
Original Rules, Circa 2011:
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.