Eat Like a Pretentious Celebrity for Only $300 a Day!
With the recent talk of Michelle Obama wearing the same dress multiple times and President Obama giving back 5% of his salary, it seems there's no end to how liberals can relate to the average American during tough economic times.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow's new cookbook is sure to become a favorite of the First Lady. From Yahoo:
The New York Post says “It’s All Good” reads like “the manifesto to some sort of creepy healthy-girl sorority with members who use beet juice rather than permanent marker to circle the ‘problem areas’ on each other’s bodies.” The Atlantic Wire calls it “the bible of laughable Hollywood Neuroticism.” And, according to Eater.com, the book is “drenched in a chatty faux-populism that could only come from a rich person fearlessly boasting about her life of privilege.… Paltrow casually writes that she overnights homemade vegan cookies to her manager and often has a surfeit of apples from the trees on her $5.4M five-bedroom Hamptons summer home.”
The price of ingredients for her egg-white omelet recipe, for example? Assuming you're going to shop for the dish and stock your pantry from scratch in the Paltrow way (as we assumed for all prices here), it’s nearly $30, thanks mainly to her suggestion that you use duck eggs—which can be hard to find, but typically sell for $1 apiece. (Of course you could use standard hen eggs, though we tried to stick to how Paltrow would do it when we made our calculations.)
But what about her muffins? What’s so expensive about a muffin, you ask? Oh, just the gluten-free flour she suggests you buy—not just any gluten-free flour (which is pricey to begin with), but Cup4Cup, a blend made by celebrity chef Thomas Keller and sold at Williams-Sonoma, which costs $20 for a 3-pound bag.
The author of the Yahoo piece plans out a typical day of meals from Paltrow's cookbook. Three meals and a dessert totals $300.65. Granted some of the ingredients can be used again (presumably the $20 bag of flour makes more than one recipe's worth of muffins).
Like the First Couple, it's funny that Paltrow's attempt at relating to America just shows how of touch they all are.