Friday, July 1, 2011

An Open Letter to Gwyneth Paltrow

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 21: Actress Gwyneth ...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeDear Gwyneth,

Imagine my surprise when I received the June issue of Bon Appetit, and instead of a strawberry rhubarb pie or a luscious summer salad, your face was staring back at me, offering me a bite of spaghetti. The magazine called you “food’s newest face” and described you as a cookbook author.

Really?

Gwyneth, I love you, I really do. I see every one of your movies, and thought your performance in Shakespeare in Love, was truly worthy of the Academy Award and Golden Globe that you won.

I didn’t complain when you decided you wanted to be a singer. Many an actress has been known to sing. Did I find it surprising when you sang at the Country Music Awards? Yes, I did. It seemed a bit of a force fit, but I was hanging in there with you, rooting for you. Even when you stole the dream of every girl from fourteen to forty-four by singing with Matthew Morrisson on Glee, I didn’t complain.

I expect to see you looking gorgeous on the cover of In Style or Vogue. I don’t expect to see you sporting a slinky blue knit dress on the cover of Bon Appetit. When I look at the picture of you serving up grilled barbeque chicken, all I see is your perfectly manicured hands and antique engagement ring.

I get it; everyone wants to write a book. But couldn’t you have just written a memoir?

If you want to cook a meal for your family, I’m all for that. But here’s my beef – you are making the rest of us look bad. While most of us women are doing a pretty bang up job of trying to balance career and family, you just keep raising the bar higher.

Go ahead, be gorgeous all the time, have perfect kids, sing like an angel, win awards, but I beg you to stay out of my kitchen.

12 comments:

Carol Kilgore said...

"Never trust a skinny cook." -Anonymous

Colette said...

Ha! how true!

Liza said...

Oh yes! It killed me...I saw her cover and said...Where is the barbeque? Where is the pasta? I don't want celebrities on MY magazine. New editor, new style...I'm still swallowing hard and deciding if it works for me.

Anon_e_mouse said...

Besides which, my spaghetti's better than hers :-)

(And as anyone who has met me can attest, I'm not skinny!)

Colette said...

Anon_e_mouse, I'm sure your spaghetti is better!

Anon_e_mouse said...

Let's hope so, anyway... I've been perfecting my recipe since before she was born :-)

New editors can do more for a magazine than what one might think... sometimes they can rescue it, sometimes they can kill it. Bon Appetit seems to be following the trend of TV's Food Network right now, where the food is incidental to the glitz; we'll have to wait and see how this plays out. I just want to be an even better cook, I don't need some celebrity telling me about all their equally vapid friends.

Steve in POK said...

ANYTHING she does is OK with me - signed, in love w/ GP

Colette said...

Steve in Pok -- lol! Of course you are!

Liz Fichera said...

So I guess Paula Deen wasn't available for the magazine cover?! ;-)

Colette said...

Unfortunately not...

KarenG said...

What irritates me is how publishers will release anything a celebrity wants to put their name on as author. Gah! And after she's had a few kids, she will write a children's book.

Colette said...

KarenG, I think that's why this bugs me so much. When she was singin' and dancin' that was okay, but now she's in my space. I'd rather purchase the cookbook from the author who has been cooking and baking (and writing) her whole life than one that has a celeb author.