Gwyneth Paltrow is allegedly preparing to channel her inner Julia Child by starring in the big-screen adaptation of Gabrielle Hamilton’s foodie memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter. Hamilton’s bestselling 2011 book chronicles her unconventional journey through the many kitchens that eventually lead her to become the owner and and chef at New York City’s wildly popular Prune restaurant. Rodrigo Teixeira of RT Features (who is currently working on the adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein), has been tapped to produce. A screenwriter has yet to be identified for this project.
Paltrow has been making a concerted effort over the past few years to establish herself as a culinary influencer, evident from her 2011 cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, as well as her recipe-centric website, GOOP. While it may be fun to watch her exercise her culinary muscles on the big screen, what we’re really looking forward to seeing realized are the various trials and tribulations Hamilton went through on her path to the current day. The first scene that comes to mind? Hamilton’s father’s lesson on how to kill a chicken — and the author’s gone-awry experience with doing so. And though Paltrow may not have been the actor who first came to mind when we imagined a movie adaptation of Blood, Bones & Butter, it will be interesting to see how she interprets the character of Gabrielle.
Do you think Gwyneth Paltrow has the right ingredients to make “Blood, Bones & Butter” as successful as “Julie and Julia?”