updated 04/12/2011 AT 11:45 AM ET
•originally published 04/14/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
It’s not every star who caters her own book party – and for 60 guests. But that’s what Gwyneth Paltrow did this week, to mark the publication of her first solo cookbook, My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness.
The volume honors the Oscar winner’s late father, the producer-director Bruce Paltrow, and its launch brought out such close Paltow pals as Cameron Diaz, Martha Stewart, Jay-Z, Jerry Seinfeld and his foodie wife Jessica, fitness guru Tracy Anderson, celebrated chef Mario Batali, and Christy Turlington and husband Ed Burns, among others, not to mention Paltrow’s rocker husband, Chris Martin, and her mother, Blythe Danner.
In a West Village apartment with sweeping views of downtown Manhattan, the tirelessly multi-tasking actress, singer and chef personally attended to every detail of the party – from the Arugula Salad with Smoked Mozzarella Slow-Roasted Tomato Crostini starter dish to the pink and white peonies lining the linen table runner. Replicas of the tableware will be sold on Thursday at One Kings Lane.