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Gwyneth Paltrow named 'most beautiful': Cue cookbook author's haters

April 25, 2013|By Rene Lynch
  • Gwyneth Paltrow has been named the world's most beautiful woman by People magazine.
Gwyneth Paltrow has been named the world's most beautiful woman by… (Associated Press )

Gwyneth Paltrow, you'd better enjoy it while it lasts.

The Oscar-winning actress is having a moment: Her new cookbook, "It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great" is a top seller. She's starring in "Iron Man 3", which is due out May 3 and all but guaranteed to top the box office. And she's been named People magazine's most beautiful woman in the world.

Which means the haters will be coming out of the woodwork in 3, 2 ...

To be sure, this attitude is to be taken with a grain of salt. (Or, coarse sea salt if you are following one of her recipes on her lifestyle website, Goop.)

But her new cookbook hasn't helped matters.  

"It's All Good" has caused an uproar over its assertions about avoiding gluten and dairy, and the dangers of feeding children white flour, ice cream and sugar. The tome has been critiqued by Eater and's Shine and the New York Times for its window into an extravagant life of privilege where precious recipes employ duck eggs for the perfect egg-white omelet, or Thomas Keller's gluten-free flour blend ($20 for a 3-pound bag).

Here are a few more ways in which she's rubbed some people the wrong way over the years: 

-- She employs a "no McDonald's" policy for her kids, and adds: "I'd rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a can." 

-- She hates the way the British say "pass-ta" instead of "pah-sta."

-- “I would rather die than let my kid eat Cup-a-Soup.”

-- Explaining why people come to her lifestyle website "When you go to Paris, and your concierge sends you to some … restaurant because they get a kickback, it’s like, ‘No. Where should I really be? Where is the great bar with organic wine? Where do I get a bikini wax in paris?’ People know that I know that." 

So who's to blame? The media? Paltrow's own mouth? A public that voraciously gobbles it all up? Do you agree with People magazine's assessment?


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