"I cook all the meals for my house," says the Oscar-winner, who happily whips up pizza and pancakes

By Paul Chi
September 22, 2008 09:40 AM
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Kiss the cook!

She may be one of Hollyood’s most glamorous leading ladies, but Gwyneth Paltrow is most at home in the kitchen – not on the red carpet.

In fact, the self-proclaimed foodie – and mother-of-two with husband Chris Martin – says she doesn’t have a personal chef.

“I cook all the meals for my house,” Paltrow told PEOPLE in New York Sunday at the launch party of her new PBS food show, Spain … On The Road Again, with her best pal Mario Batali. “I really love to cook.”

So what’s on the menu for Paltrow and her two children, Apple, 4, and Moses, 2?

“Breads and pizzas is what I’m cooking and we all love it,” she said. “We have a wood burning pizza oven in our garden. Right now the weather is nice in London, so I’m using that oven a lot. You can cook anything in there. It’s amazing.”

And the Oscar winner – who says she inherited her love of food from her late father, Bruce Paltrow – is now working on perfecting one of her dad’s trademark recipes.

“My dad was a famous pancake maker and I’m working on [adapting his] recipe right now,” she said. “I’m making mine slightly healthier.”

According to Paltrow’s mother Blythe Danner, her daughter is quite the professional chef in the kitchen. “She never gets flustered,” said Danner. “She made duck for my birthday last year and she does it all perfectly.”

It seems Danner is no slacker in the kitchen, either.

“My mother made breaded flounder,” Gwyneth said, recalling her favorite childhood meal. “We would have it with macaroni and cheese on the side. She hasn’t made it in a long time. I got to get her back in the kitchen!”

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