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Gwyneth Paltrow has a cookbook

My Father's Daughter cover image book Gwyneth Paltrow

My Father’s Daughter earns Gwyneth Paltrow more ire

Actress and lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook My Father’s Daughter has been published, and it’s adding plenty of fuel to the actress’s critics.

It seems one of the reasons Paltrow elicits such strong negative reactions is the way she is completely oblivious to the extent she’s led a privileged life – to the point of (unconsciously?) flaunting it.

Few would deny that the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and producer George Paltrow has led a charmed life, even counting her marriage to pop star Chris Martin of Coldplay fame. But the cookbook reveals a level of glibness and obliviousness (not to mention name-dropping) that certainly won’t change the minds of her detractors.

Gwyneth Paltrow cooking

Gwyneth Paltrow cooking

If you want to see what we mean, you can check out the website Eater, which has compiled a list of “The Best Lines from Gwyneth Paltrow’s Cookbook“. Among the choice mots:

“When I was twenty-one, a friend gave me a book called Diet for a New America by John Robbins, which exposed the brutal practices of American factory farms. That, coupled with a lecture from Leonardo DiCaprio (when he was nineteen and I was twenty-one) about how such animals are kept and processed, made me lose my desire for factory farm pork and beef right there.”

“I grew up going to the island of Nantucket (off the coast of Massachusetts) at the end of every summer.”

“I first had a version of this at a Japanese monastery during a silent retreat—don’t ask, it’s a long story.”

Gwyneth Paltrow at the gym

Gwyneth Paltrow working out on Oprah.

Some of us – at least, those of us who didn’t summer in Nantucket or haven’t had the opportunity to visit a Japanese monastery for a silent retreat (i.e., those of us who have had to work for a living) – had a few things to say about the cookbook. From Twitter:

@socosoco talk shit about GOOP and all that all you want, but I love it when Gwyneth Paltrow talks about her privilege in such an off-hand way

@chrissyteigen: feeling a little too positive about your life lately? let gwyneth paltrow bring you back down to worthlessness

@willapaskin: “One cold wintry day in London, I was dreaming about salad niçoise” — great opening line to a novel, or what? (what = Gwyneth Paltrow quote)

@EatPizza: I want to find a picture of a cat reading Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook and send it to @Holl_x via the internet.

@RuthBourdain: I just got Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, and I have to say it’s very illuminating. That’s because I set it on fire.

@viceuk: Theory: Gwyneth Paltrow is some sort of negativity demon that becomes stronger the more she is hated.

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