Food fight! Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and celebrity chef Rachael Ray have joined forces to set the record straight over some salacious dish that claims the ladies employed “ghostwriters” to secretly pen their cookbooks.
It was last week’s New York Times article, “I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter” by Julia Moskin, that stirred the pot and alleged fowl play (okay, no more food puns).
Paltrow appears on Friday’s “The Rachael Ray Show,” via skype from London, to defend herself.
“You know, normally I don’t respond to gossip or anything, but you know this is my professional life and I’m writing more cookbooks,” Paltrow tells Ray, according to USA Today. “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.”
On her own behalf, Ray added: “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.”
Paltrow is clearly targeted in the piece — the cover of her April 2011 release, My Father’s Daughter, is even photographed in the article with a caption that reads “Gwyneth Paltrow’s ghostwriter is Julia Turshen.” But Paltrow and Ray aren’t the only ones name-dropped. It’s inferred in the story that some other famous folks, such as Martha Stewart, Paula Deen and Jamie Oliver, also had some invisible collaborators transfer their kitchen creations to the page.
Over the weekend, Paltrow fired off a message on Facebook: “Love @nytimes dining section but this weeks facts need checking. No ghost writer on my cookbook, I wrote every word myself.” And she also used her latest GOOP newsletter to expand on her denial:
“I don’t normally address false reporting in the media but this week I would like to clarify something. Last week, The New York Times inferred that I used a ghostwriter on my cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, which to me means someone else wrote the recipes and the text. That is not the case. My Father’s Daughter was a three year labor of love, a collection of the food I make and serve loved ones, an ode to my dad. I had lots of tremendous assistance with things like note taking, recipe testing, logistical planning, but the recipes and words are all mine and come from my heart. Now, on to the fun stuff…”
For its part, the Times has issued a statement saying “the article does not merit correction.”
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