Gwyneth Paltrow Wants You to Know She Wrote That Cookbook All By Herself

gwyneth paltrowA controversy has been brewing in the celebrity chef world -- a little tempest in a stock pot, if you will. Last week a New York Times tell-all from a former cookbook ghostwriter implied that megawat foodie stars like Rachael Ray and Gwyneth Paltrow hire people to help them write their cookbooks.

Scandalous! Or not. I mean, we all kind of assumed that anyway, right? WRONG. Rachael and Gwyneth took to Twitter to defend their respective honors. And honestly, I kind of think it matters more to them than it matters to us. Anyone with me on that?


Rachael Ray said last week via Twitter, "My friend Wes (my longtime food stylist) does get me, but he does not ghost me. Proud of Wes and proud to be the author of all my cookbooks." Gwyneth tweeted, "Love @nytimes dining section but this weeks facts need checking. No ghost writer on my cookbook. I wrote every word myself." And then the Times responded to say, er, well, guess there's sort of a difference between a ghostwriter and a ghost-cooker -- since everyone mentioned did at least have some sort assistant-type person helping them.

Whatever. I think the biggest shocker is that not being the sole author of all your cookbook's recipes is shameful. As someone who actually knows recipe writers, I know the story of every recipe is way more complicated than that. Every recipe is covered in about 100 fingerprints, not all from the same person.

As for us regular folks, the people who buy and use the cookbooks -- frankly my dear, I don't give a damn. I just care that the recipe is delicious and works. As long as the cookbook delivers what I'm expecting from it, I don't care whose brain it came from.

Do you care if celebrity cookbook writers hire ghost-whatevers to help them?


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