July 9th, 2010
03:51 PM ET
Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow is adding another title to her resume: cookbook author.
In May, the A-list actress will release "My Fathers Daughter," a collection of her favorite recipes as a sort of tribute to her late father, director Bruce Paltrow.
"I always feel closest to my father, who was the love of my life until his death in 2002, when I am in the kitchen," she said in the August issue of Vogue. "I can still hear him over my shoulder, heckling me, telling me to be careful with my knife, moaning with pleasure over a bite of something."
The GOOP queen, who is particularly fond of French fries and pizza, said that besides giving menu options, the book will impart lessons she learned from her dad. Among them: "Invest in what's real. Clean as you go. Drink while you cook. Make it fun. It doesn't have to be complicated," she says in a behind-the-scenes video from her Vogue shoot. "It will be what it will be."
Thirty-seven-year-old Paltrow, who has two children with Coldplay singer Chris Martin, 33, admits that she finds more fulfillment in puttering around the kitchen than working on a film set.
"I took a lot of time off to have children," she said in the behind-the-scenes clip, "and I really discovered another side to myself during those years when I was home with the kids and being very, very domestic, and it was a very important time for me and it really rounded me out as a human being."
In fact, the "Iron Man 2" star said she is much more comfortable place now than she's ever been. "My twenties were a great time in my life; I wouldn't change them for anything," Paltrow explained in the video.
"But in my thirties I feel like I really know who I am," she went on. "I feel like I've made huge mistakes, I've learned from them, I've had children, and I feel much more comfortable in my skin now at this age than I did in my twenties. They were fun, but I wouldn't go back there for anything."
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