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Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachael Ray: 'We did not use ghostwriters'

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(Read caption) Rachael Ray (l.) says, 'I have not now nor have I ever employed a ghostwriter,' and Gwyneth Paltrow (r.) responded, 'I wrote every word myself' to New York Times claims that the two used ghostwriters on their cookbooks.

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Say it ain’t so!

The March 13 edition of the New York Times dining section included a fascinating story about cookbook ghostwriting, revealing to many foodies that celebrity chefs (and in some cases, plain old celebrities) – like Rachael Ray and Gwyneth Paltrow – don’t actually write their own cookbooks.  The story made waves among the reading public, inspiring crestfallen Facebook posts, suspicious second glances at beloved cookbooks, and misgivings about cookbook authors like Ray and Paltrow.

Well, both Ray and Paltrow say it ain’t so.

 “Many real-world cooks have wondered at the output of authors like Martha Stewart, Paula Deen and Jamie Oliver, who maintain cookbook production  schedules that boggle the mind,” wrote Julia Moskin in The New York Times. “Rachael Ray alone has published thousands of recipes in her cookbooks and magazines since 2005. How, you might ask, do they do it? The answer: they don’t.”


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