Fact or fiction? Gwyneth Paltrow visited the Rachael Ray show (airing today) to dish out the facts on the stirring-up-trouble New York Times article, “I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter.” The temptest-in-a-cookpot focuses on whether Gwyneth actually authored her healthy lifestyles cookbook: My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness.
Gwyneth is known for her dedication to the slender side of food choices, but her cookbook is filled with choices that aren’t exactly diet-friendly. That may be one reason the claims that someone else authored her book (which isn’t a claim I’d want to make, since the cookbook’s “awful” quality was singled out by GQ) seem to be plausible in many readers’ eyes.
On the show, Gwyneth had just put the kids to bed and was enjoying a glass of red wine when she Skyped into Rachael’s kitchen from her London home. Gwyneth said to Rachael, “I’m writing more cookbooks. And I feel like it’s important for the people who have responded so positively and interacted with me about my book, that they know that this is my book and I wrote my book and it’s all mine.”
Rachael told Gwyneth supportively: “I so strongly agree, this is how I spend the little time at home I have with my family, I spend in front of these little notebooks, in front of the computer. It sort of takes away from all of that to not be able to call that writing, of course that’s writing. It doesn’t mean you don’t value the people who write the glossary or that help organize the pantry or that work on a project, but a writer is still a writer.”