Monday, April 4, 2011

Gwyneth Paltrow Wants to Teach You to Cook

What kind of a world is this where cooking is so cool that someone who already famous for her acting skills feels that she needs to make cooking videos? This makes no sense to me at all.



15 comments:

Jessika said...

THAT'S a VERY good question!
I'm still kind of interested in what prompted them to make a tv-show around Spain featuring a vegetarian (Spain, on the road again). She was very nice but going around Spain WITHOUT eating ham?!

Saffron Paisley said...

Oh for goodness sake! I just recently watched the On the Road through Spain show. Totally unimpressed with all the yuck faces she made at food, especially in front of people serving her. Um, even if the item (jamon or lobster) totally grossed her out, the appropriate response is "no thank you." That's called good acting and good manners. :)

Peter said...

Have you seen her site? She's angling to go all Martha on our asses.

Bob del Grosso said...

Peter,
But we don't want another Martha. We don't even want the first Martha...

Lou said...

Actually, they didn't "make a tv-show around Spain featuring a vegetarian", they made a tv-show around around Spain featuring Batali, Bitman, Paltrow, and Bassols (a Spanish actress): http://www.spainontheroadagain.com/
That doesn't answer the original question, of course. :-)

Mary said...

Wouldn't want to wash that cutting board after cutting the chicken before you cut the greens on it.

Lou said...

I didn't see the switch, but it's clearly a different cutting board.

Cameron Siguenza said...

Is making roast chicken that hard? I consider it one of the easiest dishes around. Get a thermometer with a probe if you are struggling ;)

Jessika said...

she ate GOAT MILK yoghurt in Spain. Do you know how good the yoghurt is in Spain? Like pudding is how it is.

Jessika said...

i,e, skip the goat milk!!

bill said...

SO, what's the problem here. it seems to me that if cooking is so cool that even well-known actresses want to be seen doing it THAT IS A GOOD THING !
isn't that what ruhlman and others have been trying to promote; cooking your own is as easy and convenient as going to KFC.

Bob del Grosso said...

Bill, I don't see any real problem with any of this and of course I know why she is doing cooking demos. She knows that the public is interested in her life and she's capitalizing on that. Really, all I was trying to do in the post was to highlight the fact that the market for cooking culture is so big that it has become okay for people from other fields to represent themselves as cooks. What I don't understand very well at all is why cooking media is so popular. I think it's because people are biologically hard wired to cook but they would rather not actually do it so they satisfy their desire vicariously. But really, i don't know.

Dmarie said...

*chuckle* your hard-wired comment is dead on!!

Auburn Meadow Farm said...

I always wonder why there are so many ads for quick processed foods on the Food Network?

Does watching cooking shows + eating processed convenience foods = home cooking?

And all this time, I've been doing it the old fashioned way. I had no idea, lol.

Robert said...

Auburn Meadow

That's something that happens in almost all sectors of the 'food enthusiast" market. From "Real Simple" to "Cake Boss" there's loads of processed food advertising. I think there are lots of reasons for it.

Advertisers know that people who view food media are worth marketing to because they have already identified themselves as being seriously interested in being concerned about how they eat.

Also they understand that even though someone might be tuning in to learn to how to cook something from scratch, they still might be too insecure or distracted to pull it off and ripe to settle for a quick fix.

There's more to it, of course.