All-around perfect person and domestic goddess Gwyneth Paltrow is coming out with a new cookbook inspired by her own recent switch to a gluten-free, sugar-free, low-carb diet. A diet that she says makes her family, including husband Chris Martin and children Apple and Moses, hungry. Um?
In It’s All Good, Gwyneth writes:
“Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread or processed grains like white rice, we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs.”
Now, I see nothing particularly wrong with a gluten-free or sugar-free diet. But it’s probably not the best to admit that the diet you’re touting in your cookbook makes the members of your family feel hungry, am I right? Especially your eight and six year old children? I’m sure there’s a better way to phrase it so it doesn’t sound so borderline eating disorder-y.
The recipes in the cookbook are made without dairy, eggs, soy, sugar, coffee, alcohol, shellfish, wheat, meat and processed food. I can certainly get behind that: cooking with whole, real food is great, and something that should be encouraged. But It’s All Good (A strangely blissed-out hippie name for a book coming from such a Type-A person, right? And OMG, Gwyneth, girl, it’s a cookbook. Put some actual food on the cover, not your own face!) is getting widely panned by critics, despite its healthful content.
Hailey Eber of the New York Post writes:
“The book reads 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.”
Poor Gwynnie. She just can’t seem to catch a break in the court of public opinion, can she? I almost feel bad for her, although I think the hoity-toity privileged bullshit she packages and sells to the masses is patently ridiculous and clearly out-of-touch. I mean, yes, gluten-free and sugar-free cooking is on the rise, and something that many women and families might be interested in learning more about. But something about her schtick (and goop, the site where she recommends juice cleanses and sells stuff like $75 one-shouldered yoga tops) just comes off as so incredibly tone-deaf, so far removed from what real people want to hear. It doesn’t sound like this cookbook will be any different.