Why Don’t People Like Gwyneth Paltrow’s New Cookbook?

Gwyneth Paltrow tries her hand at another cookbook, and critics are piling on.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, actress-turned-lifestyle guru, has become the target of media criticism for a new gluten-free, sugar-free cookbook, It’s All Good.

The book’s description begins with Paltrow recounting a time when she felt light-headed and feared she was “having a stroke,” according to Business Insider.  The episode, which the New York Post suspected was just a migraine and panic attack, led the actress to start an “elimination diet” at the recommendation of her doctor.

Paltrow cut out coffee, alcohol, dairy, eggs, sugar, shellfish, deep-water fish, wheat, meat, soy and processed foods.  However, the actress was concerned that mealtime would be boring because of so many restrictions, and as a result, together with food writer Julia Turshen, she compiled a collection of 185 recipes that followed her doctor’s guidelines.

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Not everyone has been impressed so far, particularly the New York Post, which described Paltrow’s cookbook as reading “like the manifesto to some sort of creepy healthy-girl sorority with members who use beet juice rather than permanent marker to circle the ‘problem areas’ on each other’s bodies.”

It’s All Good seems to take laughable Hollywood neuroticism about eating to the next level,” the Atlantic Wire noted.

Paltrow, an Academy Award-winning actress, has gotten a lot of flak in recent years for her roles away from the big screen as a foodie and lifestyle guru.  She took a culinary tour of Spain with Mario Batali — where she declined to eat the ham for which the country is famous, according to the New York Post.  She also launched a high-end lifestyle website, Goop, which earned sarcasm over its recommended cleanses and $750 sneakers.

However, Paltrow’s last cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, “wasn’t totally lambasted by the press,” according to the Atlantic Wire.  And NPR said: “Gwyneth Paltrow may be an unlikely domestic goddess, but her cookbook mostly delivers on the promise of its subtitle: delicious, easy recipes celebrating family and togetherness.” Business Insider pointed out that it was “a critical and commercial success.” And as one Guardian food writer noted, maybe the haters are just gonna hate: “Casting Paltrow in the role of the neurotic celeb, selfishly inflicting her own faddy and dangerous eating habits on her poor starved offspring, has undeniable appeal,” Joanna Blythman wrote in defense of the dietary restrictions in It’s All Good. “But Paltrow has a point.”

Maybe it’s just time to decide for yourself. If you’re looking to get your hands on Paltrow’s latest project – and finding out more about the low-carb, gluten-free diet she’s put her two kids on – you’ll have to wait until the book’s April 2 release date.

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11 comments
JennieMarshall
JennieMarshall

I suffer from migraines, it is a chronic medical condition and in the World Health Organisation's top 20 most debilitating conditions. Migraine is a disability, yes you read that correctly! I am also trying an elimination diet as one way to help control the number of attacks I suffer (currently weekly) - this is a very common thing among migraineurs, although generally this will be one of a combination of adjustments that can help (including medication) but this is different for each sufferer.  There is no cure for migraine and whilst there are many common triggers each individual has their own combination.  I cannot tell you what it is like to live with, you can only really understand if you get them yourself or at least have witnessed someone close to you living with them. If you don't know, you can't judge and you are certainly in no place to judge how sufferers treat their condition under the guidance of their GP/neurologist or other specialist.  If Gwyneth is a sufferer or has another condition which she has been able to help with her diet then more power to her, she doesn't deserve any stigmatisation and as a sufferer I'm always grateful to hear and learn from others' experiences.

KristenFitzgerald
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"The episode, which the New York Postsuspected was just a migraine and panic attack, led the actress to start an “elimination diet” at the recommendation of her doctor."

LMAO! Let me call the NY Post before my Dr next time I am having (sometimes quite scary!) migraine symptoms...smh

OlegMedvedkov
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"Just a migraine." People can't relate, can they? What if someone says something like, "Hey, it's just a depression. Here, play with this gun to take your mind off it." Or, "It's just a lung cancer. Should be fine, you have two of them." Wonder what those same people would say to that?

KimLawson
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Before migraines took over my life, I thought they were "just a headache". That was before I had to adjust to hours or days of not being able to speak properly or at all because I had a migraine, or walk because of paralysis caused from hemiplegic migraine on the left side of my body, mimicking a stroke. I've been in that hospital room, wondering if it was a stroke, or wondering if I accidently had a hidden ingredient when I went out to enjoy a meal with my family, no matter how careful I thought I was being; terrified if this was permanent damage, or would be gone in hours, days or weeks. For migraine sufferers, it is NOT JUST A MIGRAINE. EVER.  Think before you speak.

VeronicaLoncar
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This article, like others, help perpetuate the myths about migraines which can be quite debilitating for those of us who suffer from them.  Migraines are not "just a headache", they are a serious health issue.  Mine cause me to have stroke-like symptoms, not sure a headache does that.  There are often food triggers which is why people with migraine often change their diet to eliminate possible triggers.  My type does put me at a greater risk for stokes, so I do need to eat differently.  

These are nothing to joke about or make fun of, they are a disease.  So please do your research before you dismiss it as a simple thing. 

TeriRobert
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"JUST a Migraine and panic attack?" There's no "just" about a panic attack. Migraines can be quite debilitating and harmful. The World Health Organization has stated that a severe Migraine attack is as debilitating as quadriplegia. In severe cases, Migraines can cause strokes. Just having Migraines, particularly women with Migraine with aura, increases the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Hemiplegic Migraine, which can cause many stroke-like symptoms, including motor weakness, and one-sided paralysis, is sometimes to hard to distinguish from a stroke that only a physician can tell the difference and often has to have imaging studies to confirm with it is.

Before so casually dismissing a disease, and Migraine IS a disease, people need to think about it and choose their words more carefully.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Scarecrow writes a cookbook with easy to follow recipes.  Add straw to boiling water, cook for one hour, season with sea Kelp.  Worm Soup!  

JoannTaylor
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I love Gwyn's last book because it contained very easy to follow recipes and I could modify her recipes to fit my own diet which is close to the diet she's following now. (No grains and no mammal meat)  I've pre-ordered this book and I can't wait to look through it. :} 

zetetic25
zetetic25

wow, Gwyneth.  migraine headaches need not derail your enjoyment of all your favorite foods. don't be skeerd, itt'l pass. it may have just been barometric pressure changes! educate yourself on their transient symptoms.


TeriRobert
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@zetetic25 Wow, and it could have been a stroke too. Sometimes, only a doctor can tell the difference.