In between all the hypnotic colon cell cleanses and spiritual past-life facials, it can sometimes be overlooked that Gwyneth Paltrow is a cookbook author. She’s written four cookbooks so far – 2011’s My Father’s Daughter, 2013’s It’s All Good, 2016’s It’s All Easy, and most recently, The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal.
But there are some people out there who think that just because Gwyneth has slapped her name on a cookbook doesn’t necessarily mean she’s actually stood in a kitchen, sweating over a pot of steamed celery leaves. People says that someone recently called her out, and she hissed back that yes, she does know her ass from a spatula.
Gwyneth was conducting an Instagram Live session over the weekend and answered questions. At one point, Gwyneth was asked to confirm if she really cooks, and she answered, “Do I actually cook? Yes I fucking cook! Goddamn, you think I would write – you think I would pretend to write cookbooks if I didn’t cook? Thank you for defending me, and fuck that person.”
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It sounds like the person who asked Gwyneth if she cooks had gotten into some kind of debate with another person who believed Gwyneth only poses for the cover and stamps her name on it. And you might be able to understand why. It’s All Good was co-written with cookbook author Julia Turshen, and It’s All Easy was co-written with Goop food editor Thea Baumann. Also, Gwyneth has a tendency to take credit for things we know she didn’t create. But this isn’t the first time Gwyneth has defended her cookbook writing skills against the haters. After My Father’s Daughter was published, The New York Times swore it was ghostwritten by Julia Turshen. Gwyneth shot back saying that every word was written by herself.
I own two of Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbooks, which is insane, because my diet is 98% grilled cheese sandwiches. But I will say that all the recipes sound like they were written by Gwyneth, and I don’t think there’s a writer alive who can perfectly copy Gwyneth’s snobby essence. Especially in It’s All Good, where many of the recipes read like this:
Take one head of organic farmer’s market cauliflower, trim stems with a hand-forged Japanese steel paring knife. Brush each floret with cold-pressed California oil of olive using a handmade boar’s hair basting brush. While that’s roasting, pulse hand-picked cashew buds, soaked for exactly 139 minutes in Maldon-salted water. For optimal results, lean in close to the nut paste and whisper as much conversational Italian as you remember from your semester abroad in Varese.
Of course, there’s a very simple way to see if Gwyneth really is telling the truth about whether or not she cooks, but it involves the cooperation of Brad Falchuk. Gwyneth recently confessed to InStyle that she and Brad were finally moving in together after 11 months of marriage. Brad can easily test to see if Gwyneth actually does cook. All he has to do is ask her if she’d show him how to make freekeh for dinner. The proof will be if instead of pulling out a pot and a jar of grains, she replies: “Freaky? I’d love to! But do you want to Postmates some food first or what?”