Martha Stewart Living (November 2014)
When Martha Stewart Living's November issue hit newsstands last month, there was Drama with a capital "D" in the online food world.
In the issue, Martha (supposedly, depending on which headlines you read) "mocks," "disses," "takes another dig at," "shades," "attempts to murder" (okay we made that last one up) Gwyneth Paltrow in a feature about Thanksgiving pie. Why all the shade? Because the headline of the feature, which was focuse on pairing different flavors, was "Conscious Coupling," a reference to Gwyneth's announcement earlier this year that she and husband Chris Martin were "consciously uncoupling," AKA getting a divorce.
There are a few ways to look at this:
You might be the sort of person who believes Martha Stewart herself is using Martha Stewart Living as her personal burn book, angrily scratching through the writers' commentary about pie and instead scrawling scathing things about Gwenyth into the margins. ("Drop this nonsense about the virtues of pie -- I WANT GOOP TO FEEL PAIN." ~ MS)
Or you might be the sort who dismisses this whole supposed controversy as a play on words (and a slightly lame one at that), because you can't get over how drop-dead gorgeous all the pies are in the feature, so you sit, paralyzed looking at them, thinking you will never taste pie that beautiful, because no one has ever made pie so stunning.
Or there's the way we wanted to look at it: We just went ahead and made one of Martha's pies.
The entire feature is full of pies we would eat in a heartbeat. After much deliberation, we selected this Chocolate Mousse Pie with Phyllo Crust.