About the Project

New Rules, Circa 2017:

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.

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6 responses to “About the Project

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  2. Doug Loftus

    I’d rather see you on the cover of Bon Apetit than GP

  3. Nikki

    Oh my lord, this blog is f-ing hilarious. I am actually unabashedly in love with GP but I think your commentary is hilarious and on point – your take on Moses and the miso dressing = priceless. I laughed out loud more than a few times.

    I am impressed that you tried the Sriracha – even though it didn’t work so well. I haven’t tried that one yet.

    I have cooked MANY of the recipes in the book – but now I am challenged to cook EVERYTHING, like you.

    I suggest Bruce’s pancakes – they are SO good.

    I am glad you pointed out how much damn time the duck cassoulet took – mine was not so yummy but I cut some corners; nevertheless, I will never make it again.

    Love the fried zucchini pasta, but I can’t get her technique quite right with the pasta water and cheese (same one in the lemon pasta). I make her roasted tomatoes all the time and lots of the dressings, chili is superb (as you noted), tortilla soup is good – just made that one, broccoli soup is good too.

    Love the fish tacos, and the ginger salmon – serve that one to people because it is so good; and go to World Market for the ginger jam, its cheap and I feel like a moron for ordering it online.

    I look forward to you making the chicken and dumplings and the roast duck!! especially the roast duck – I want to do that one but I gotta find a well-priced duck first. I hated! the sweet potatoes- the spices were weird and got all gooey. Oatmeal raisin cookies – YUM; Brownies – ok to good.

    Think I have spouted enough… Oh, the 10-hour roast chicken is impossible to flip so when you give it a try I will be interested to see the result. Lobster rolls are a solid choice. Bruce’s dip is good too.

    Can’t wait to read more!

  4. Nina K

    I love the name of your dog.

  5. Kyle Knoke

    Hey, Danny. Met your Mom and Dad at Charity Ball in Neenah this past December. They tipped me off to your “Gwyneth” project. Fun! Understand you’re working for O&M. I’m in the biz and from time to need could use the help of a good freelance copy writer. Also, recently moved to NYC. Might be interesting to connect sometime. Give a shout if it suits you. Cheers!

  6. I’m glad someone liked her book since I really didn’t. I prefer Nigella.

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