‘It’s All Woo’ cookbook

Somehow, I’m doubtful these gluten-free, sugar-free, fun-free recipes are any “good”.

‘It’s All Good’? Actually, Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook borders on quack science – Science-ish – Macleans.ca.

Today marks the release of Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, It’s All Good. Already, this latest offering from the Oscar-winner has been lambasted south of the border for its gluten- and sugar-free recipes, which offend foodies, and, as one critic put it, “take laughable Hollywood neuroticism about eating to the next level.”

But foodie-ism and the possibility of encouraging eating-disordered behaviour aside, Science-ish was immediately stung by the panorama of pseudoscience premises on which the cookbook rests.

Gwyneth tells about how bad food made her ill and how her kids have food sensitivities. For a while, it sounds like she subsisted on just quinoa and lettuce. Not a good way to live, I’d say. Paltrow is known for her “detox” diets and suggestions. None of the stuff has any basis in good science.

One of the doctors quoted in this piece is concerned that “pseudoscientific claims may keep patients from a true understanding of their condition and/or its treatments, putting them at risk of irreparable harm or even death.” It’s referred to as celebrity medical malpractice.

Do you ask your dentist how to do plumbing because he has a nice sink setup? Do you ask the guy driving a really nice car about financial investments? Then why get health and diet advice from an actress who just looks good on the cover of a book? One has nothing to do with the other.

Tip: David O’Hare

  7 comments for “‘It’s All Woo’ cookbook

  1. April 3, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Just read this a week or so ago. Most ridiculous lines from Paltrows cookbook in one place:


  2. LREKing
    April 3, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Was the book printed on presses that also print fast food wrappers?

    Inquiring minds want to know!

  3. RDW
    April 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Mankind evolved eating a well balanced, diverse diet. Deviation from that practice might be very bad for an individual, depending on that particular person.

  4. Graham
    April 4, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    From the late John Sladek’s ‘The New Apocrypha’, (First edition, 1973) pg 126:

    “No white bread – that’s just waste; no salt – that retains liquids; no white sugar – that’s mainly chemicals.”

    Unidentified TV actress quoted in the TV Times of 8-45 October 1971, 15.

    The more things change the more they stay the same…

  5. April 4, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    I saw an educational film made in the 1970s (I believe) which focused on the differences between a low-calorie diet Vs the Atkins low-carb diet. Twenty some years later, the Atkins diet was a fad again with people just jumping on it without considering the consequences. So, I am not surprised that some celebrity would think they know more about nutrition.

  6. J
    April 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    One more victim of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

    … and some of those quotes are rediculous.

  7. Graham
    April 5, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    Fixing a mistake with the source of that quote.

    Unidentified TV actress quoted in the TV Times of 8-15 October 1971, pg 15

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