Kirstin: This should be interesting, she’s got a new co-author chef to do it with [Thea Baumann]. Her first two books were written with the same chef [Julia Turshen], but she didn’t do this one. It’s someone new. It’s also set in Europe, as far as I can tell.
Maureen: Well, there’s a lot of pictures of her in Paris, anyway…
Kirstin: …And London, there’s some pictures in Hampstead.
Maureen: Let’s be honest. There’s a lot of pictures of Gwyneth, full stop.
Kirstin: What I like about is that it’s not all the healthy eating, it’s more approachable.
Maureen: I think it would be fair to say I’m not as excited about this as you are.
Kirstin: That’s Ok. Why?
Maureen: Where do I start? First of all, there’s so many pictures of her in the book, it’s distracting. I don’t need to see pictures of Gwyneth pushing her bike along the Seine in Paris when I’m trying to figure out what to make for dinner. Also, I think she’s trying to sell a lifestyle here…
Kirstin: Sure. That’s what she’s all about.
Maureen: But that’s unattainable to most of us because we’re not multi-millionaires and Oscar winners, like she is. But you loved her second book.
Kirstin: I still love her second book and I use it every week. This book cannot be as good as the second book. The second book was a masterpiece.
Maureen: To be fair, I do make her fish covered in breadcrumbs recipe fairly regularly. But the book isn’t on my high-rotation bookshelf.
Kirstin: There are so many things that I make all the time from the second book. She’s got loads of good fish recipes, I make her flattened chicken all the time when we have guests for dinner, and we love her turkey burgers. That’s my No. 1 book on my shelf.
Maureen: And you’re looking forward to this one.
Kirstin: It’s going to be good.
Maureen: I’m not so sure. We’ll see.