Gwyneth Paltrow just revealed her latest project: playing Gabrielle Hamilton in the film adaptation of biography Blood, Bones & Butter. The actress is keeping busy, from Glee spots showing off her vocal pipes to work on the latest Iron Man movie with Robert Downey Jr. She’s also proving herself to be a lady of many talents; her new cookbook, My Father’s Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow, is a personal recipe list full of tips for cooking at home. She’ll use her skills in the kitchen in her new movie, which tells the story of a woman becoming a chef in New York city in the ’80s. The book is about family, struggling to make it, and most of all, food.
Foodie movies have taken a rise in popularity recently. Hollywood is capitalizing on the fascination with indie restaurants and the success of Bravo and Food Network classics like Top Chef and Barefoot Contessa, which combine food with relatable personalities that get you hooked and hungry for more. No word on whether there is a sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated foodie flick Julie and Julia in the works — the follow-up book takes on darker themes of affairs, kinky sex, and life in a butcher shop. All in all, it’s bloodier than Nora Ephron’s light-hearted take on Julie Powell’s first foray into the kitchen. The world recently lost Nora — her talents in screenwriting and directing will be sorely missed. She was able to make a floundering cook funny, and ultimately optimistic. Even if she was around to do it, I doubt she’d want to take on “Cleaving” as a project. Nora found the humor in crushing situations, and insight in drama. “Cleaving” just seems to find blatant parallels in sketchy situations. Let’s hope that Gwyneth is leading the way to a smarter, sexier foodie film trend.