Gwyneth Paltrow stood up for herself against the New York Times and claims she wrote her cookbook on her own.
The trouble started when the New York Times published an article on March 13 titled "I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter," which looked into and featured the food writers behind books allegedly written by celebrity chefs like Rachel Ray and Paula Deen.Towards the end of the article it profiles a writer named Julia Turshen who is identified as "writing a second cookbook with Gwyneth Paltrow after their collaboration on 'My Father's Daughter'..." Paltrow's cookbook cover is also used as artwork for the piece.
Paltrow, 39, addressed the New York Times in a Tweet dated on March 17. "Love @nytimes dining section but this weeks facts need checking," she wrote. "No ghost writer on my cookbook, I wrote every word myself."
Paltrow recently promoted the book during a March 2, 2012 episode of the ABC cooking series "The Chew." The show stars Chef Mario Batali who wrote the forward to "My Father's Daughter." Turshen co-authored Batali and Paltrow's book "Spain: A Culinary Road Trip."
The site CinemaBlend noted that Paltrow does acknowledge Turshen in an author's note written in "My Father's Daughter."
"I literally could not have written this book without the tireless, artful assistance of Julia Turshen, who stood over my shoulder at the stove and chopping block for the better part of a year, bringing a method to my freestyling madness," Paltrow wrote. "She quantified, tested, and retested every recipe, oversaw the production of the photos, helped brainstorm in a crisis, and, above all, was my intellectual and emotional support through the whole process."
Turshen lists "My Father's Daughter" under "work" on her official website, however, she does not specify her role in the book's publishing process. Turshen also contributes to Paltrow's weekly lifestyle newsletter "GOOP."
In her contributor biography on the recipe website Epicurious, Turshen writes that she "assisted Ms. Paltrow on her new book My Father's Daughter, and has written extensively for GOOP.com."
As of March 18, the article in the New York Times has not been amended to indicate an error or a point of clarity for Turshen's contribution to Paltrow's cookbook.