Paltrow discreetly thanks her famous friends in her new cookbook, 'My Father's Daughter.' We make some educated guesses as to who's who

By Adam Markovitz
Updated April 15, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

On the dedication page of her mouthwatering cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow gives thanks to some of her closest pals, discreetly using only last names or fanciful nicknames. So who gets a seat at Paltrow’s table? Her camp didn’t respond to a request for comment. Here are some educated guesses.

The Wigmore Reynolds: Probably artist (and GOOP contributor) Mary Wigmore Reynolds.

The Van Nices: This must be publicist Julia Van Nice, who reps Paltrow’s trainer Tracy Anderson.

The Carters: Maybe pals Jay-Z (né Shawn Carter) and his wife, Beyoncé?

The Turly-Burnses: This one’s easy: Ed Burns and wife Christy Turlington.

The Harveys: Showbiz mogul Harvey Weinstein gave Paltrow her big break in 1998’s Shakespeare in Love. Could this be her nickname for his clan?

The Downeys: Gotta be Iron Man bud Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan Levin.

The McCartney-Willises: Stella McCartney and her husband, Alasdhair Willis.

The Spielbergs: Has to be Steven Spielberg (Paltrow calls him ”Uncle Morty”) and his wife, Kate Capshaw.

The Nadal-Saxe-Coburgs: Paltrow’s good friend Rosario Saxe-Coburg is married to a Bulgarian prince.

The Hill-McGraws: Country Strong costar Tim McGraw and wife Faith Hill.