Self-appointed lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow is facing criticism that she employed a ghostwriter on her popular 2011 cookbook, My Father’s Daughter. On the heels of a New York Times article last week called “I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter,” Paltrow took to Twitter Saturday to brush off claims she hired Julia Turshen to write My Father’s Daughter and has contracted to write another book. Tweeted Paltrow, “Love @nytimes dining section but this weeks facts need checking. No ghost writer on my cookbook, I wrote every word myself.”
“Gwyneth’s tweet speaks for itself,” Paltrow’s publicist told EW. “Julia is her food assistant and is properly credited and acknowledged in the book. Gwyneth wrote every word and developed every recipe. Julia was not a ghost writer for Gwyneth.”
Paltrow has long been outspoken about her diet and exercise program, posting cleanse regimens, restaurant suggestions, and recipes on her newsletter, GOOP. In fact, via GOOP, it’s clear that there’s a long-standing relationship between Paltrow and the personal chef and food writer, whom Paltrow dubbed “the Turshinator” in a post about Daughter‘s release. Turshen lists Daughter and Spain: A Culinary Road Trip (which Paltrow is credited as co-writing with chef friend Mario Batali) on her personal website, and there was a detailed designation in the print edition of Daughter that Turshen was an essential collaborator.
As of press time, Paltrow has kept the issue from bubbling over entirely. She and Turshen appear to be on good terms (at least on Twitter). Only time will tell if the Turshinator will be back… for another cookbook.
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