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Gwyneth Paltrow denies she used ghostwriter for cookbook

March 18, 2012 | 10:33 pm

Gwyneth Paltrow denies she used a ghostwriter for her cookbook

Gwyneth Patlrow is swatting off reports that she used  a ghostwriter for her popular (and very personal) cookbook "My Father's Daughter."

This weekend, Paltrow took to Twitter to call out the New York Times' dining section for suggesting that the book, inspired by and dedicated to the memory of her late father, Bruce, was largely written by Julia Turshen. 

"Love @nytimes dining section but this weeks facts need checking. No ghost writer on my cookbook, I wrote every word myself," she tweeted on Saturday. 

In a piece from March 13 headlined "I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter," the paper names Turshen as a writer on "Daughter" and says she's currently assigned to a second book with the "Contagion" actress. (Paltrow has confirmed a second cookbook in various interviews but not Turshen's involvement).

Paltrow detractors are pointing to a dedication to Turshen in "Daughter" that says Paltrow could "not have written this book without the tireless, artful assistance of Julia Turshen, who stood over my shoulder at the stove and chopping block for the better part of a year, bringing a method to my freestyling madness."

If you ask the Ministry, this sounds like Turshen assisted heavily in the creation of dishes and their relatability to the reader. Many of the sections (side dishes, entrees, a guide to stocking a pantry) are accompanied with sweeping narratives from Paltrow's own life. Then there's the text on ingredients and how to execute the recipes. Quite frankly, all that gray area crowds our palate. 

Tell us your thoughts on the cooking kerfuffle in comments. Or just stop talking and just cook the food already, like this delicious Baja style family dinner.


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Photo: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the opening of Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs: The Exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris on March 7. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images