The 37-year-old actress, who is releasing her first cookbook, "My Father's Daughter," in April 2011, steps away from the stove for the cover of Vogue's annual 'Age Issue', wearing an electric blue Burberry frock with a plunging v-neckline.
Inside the magazine, Paltrow is photographed by Mario Testino in a high-low mix of Prada and Dries Van Noten dresses, distressed American Eagle Outfitters jeans, and airy pajama tops while preparing food in her enviable New York City kitchen.
For the accompanying article Vogue's resident food writer, Jeffrey Steingarten, cooks with Paltrow on multiple occasions, going from the aforementioned apartment in Manhattan to her sprawling London abode, which boasts an outdoor pizza oven.
Yes, that's right, the notoriously svelte actress, whose been on the cover of Vogue three times before, loves pizza.
Of course, since the actress and mother of two was fronting the "Age Issue," the inevitable twenties vs. thirties topic of conversation came up, and it seems Paltrow prefers the latter.
"My twenties were a great time in my life, I wouldn't change them for anything, but in my thirties I feel like I really know who I am," Paltrow says in this behind-the-scenes video clip.
"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 than I did in my twenties. They were fun, but I wouldn't go back there for anything."
To read Steingarten's profile, see more images from Paltrow's photo shoot, and check out the behind-the-scenes clip in which she discusses how motherhood has shaped her life, head over to vogue.com.
Speaking of motherhood, see how the star completely transformed a Nashville home in just 10 days so her family could live with her while she's filming.
And check out this blonde beauty who opens up about aging in another August issue.