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Foodie Pseudery (42)

Some of the battiest lines in Gwyneth Paltrow’s new recipe book:

You’ll also see striped bass called for in a lot of the fish recipes — that’s because it swims in the waters close to Gwyneth’s summer home [in Martha’s Vineyard], where we do a lot of cooking.

My old assistant, Cleo, insisted we include her secret afternoon shake.

Our dear friend Cameron [Diaz] is a master popcorn maker — and this is one of the many reasons she is Apple and Mosey’s favorite house guest.

I once overnighted a batch [of almond butter cookies] from London to my manager in Los Angeles who was doing the clean program and was dying for a cookie! They did not disappoint.

I know that Paltrow is – like Ruth Reichl, I suppose – an easy target. But a lot of what this recipe book of hers recommends, is dangerous nonsense. I want to draw attention to the fact that Paltrow is not a nutritionist. She’s an actress. With a deeply odd relationship with food.

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  1. Sheila Dillon #

    Worrying about her ‘dangerous nonsense’ gives her too much credit. If any of the crackpots who buy her book give up everything but quinoa and lettuce for a week it can do them nothing but good. Very like Ruth Reichl in her deliciously total self-absorbtion. One more golden listing in the Foodie-Pseudery role of honour

    June 6, 2013
    • Yes – that is true.

      And thank you! Alas, the food writers of the world have been suspiciously well behaved recently. I have, though, come across a discussion between M Pollan and Ruth Reichl, for which I have high hopes…

      June 6, 2013

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