Gwyneth Paltrow by Brixton21 (flickr)



Dear Gwyneth

Monday, 13 May 2013

Kristina here. You may not know me but I have been following your career for many years: first as an actress, then blogger, trendsetter, and most recently, chef and cookbook author. But I gotta tell ya Gwynnie, (do you mind if I call you that? I see your face all over the place – it’s on my coffee table right now - and I feel like I kind of know you!) I have a small bone to pick with you.

I really enjoyed your first cookbook, “My Father’s Daughter“.  In fact, Anna (my fellow partner in kitchen crimes) and I liked it so much that we recommended it on our show!! Do you watch Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag?  Try to tune in, it’s a real lesson in what not to do in the kitchen.

Because I liked that book so much, I recently picked up your latest, “It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great“. The recipes here are über healthy, not to mention gluten, dairy, and sugar-free.  

You say everyone in your family has a gluten and dairy intolerance. Yowza! I try to eat gf too, so I know what a pain in the arse it can be.

You say you strive to eat this way because you want to look good and feel great.  Clearly it’s working.  40 and the world’s most beautiful woman! As they say, I’ll have what she’s having.  LOL!  Though I was disheartened to hear that you work out 2 hours a day!! That sounds like too much work. I think I’ll just keep looking like me then.

gwyneth paltrow - it's all good

When I picked up the People magazine, I read that the night before your interview, you had a martini, cheese, and a fresh baguette. Was that a gf baguette? (Ick.) And soy cheese? (Double ick.) I hope you didn’t have a stomach ache!  (Let alone get bloated before the photo shoot – disaster!!)

Or maybe it was one of your “fall off the wagon” days? I’m so reading your mail.  I had a pizza last week and I have to say, it was totally worth it.

Of course, what you eat is none of my business.  But you do like to talk about it, and write about it, and make money off it.  Number one best seller!! So you don’t blame me for scratching my head over this whole baguette thing.  Baguette-gate!!!

But I guess the message is you’re not perfect either?!?

Your fan,



PS.  Keep rocking those mini skirts girl!

PPS. Re. The “It’s all good” recipes I’ve tried so far: the millet fig muffins, not so much.  They wouldn’t hold together and I didn’t really dig the millet crunch.  Gluten-free baking is hard sister, I get it!  Thumbs up on the chicken and white bean chili, that’s a keeper. 

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  • samONT2011

    I read a review of her newest book, and I couldn’t believe the projected cost to feed a family of 4, based on her recipes. Unless you ARE Gwyneth, not many could afford to eat like that.
    S. J. White

  • Ginger

    I love both her cookbooks but the new one is really impressive. Made the turkey chilli but vegan style and loved it, as well as the chick pea cauliflower dish – it was so good I made it again a few days later! I’m going to try the banana date muffins and hope they turn out as good as the muffins from My Fathers Daughter. I’ve learned a lot from her books, and its the easiest and most delish vegan (well mostly vegan) cookbooks out there.

  • Rachel Collins

    But most celebrity chefs are like that though…she isn’t unique. And I own her book and I haven’t spent a ton of’s called the Bulk Barn.

  • kerry macLeod

    i have wondered the same thing after reading about the latest cookbook…great article. I share Goop stuff all the time on my page

  • Anna Wallner

    Dear Kristina…you’re funny! Next to you Gwynnie’s my best mate (even though I’ve never actually met her)