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Celebs put the world to writes on nutrition and cooking

GIRL power hits the book world, writes Anna Coogan, as female stars tell all on their specialist subjects. They say you should write about what you know, and actress Cameron Diaz is putting being one of the most radiantly healthy actresses on screen to use by writing a book about nutrition.

The Charlie's Angels actress is turning her hand to writing a book about the importance of staying healthy and eating right for young girls.

A book deal has yet to be signed, yet Diaz has signed with a literary agent, and the actress is set to visit high schools in the States to discuss food choices with teenagers.

Former model Diaz (39) is the latest celeb to use her fame as a platform to share her life philosophy with us -- she is following in the footsteps of Gwyneth Paltrow who recently published an organic cook book.

The What To Expect When You're Expecting star announced she will be launch her own well-being organisation, focused on health and fitness for women.


A source said too-thin teenagers were her inspiration. She added: "She wants to stop their fixation on being thin, and for teenage girls to understand that being healthy is more important.

"She wants to use her celebrity to make a difference. She knows she is a role model and she really wants to use that position to do good.

"This book is not about weight, it's about making the right choices" Apparently the book will not be about trying to look like Diaz or be solely based on her personal diet plan.

Yet the actress intends to use her contacts and include advice from top nutritionists and her celeb pals including Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Lopez.

Meanwhile Pippa Middleton's eagerly awaited party book is reportedly due to be published in October by Michael Joseph Books in Britain. Interest in Pippa's book on how to throw the best party is stratospheric, much like interest in Pippa (28) herself -- with media heavyweights like Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters said to be in a six-figure bidding war to get Pippa on their chat show.

Having helped plan the biggest wedding of the decade, Pippa has been judged to be supremely qualified to write a party book.


She has a part-time job with an events company, and edits Party Times, the online magazine for her parents' party-planning mail-order business.

The younger sister of the future queen of England, Pippa is thought to have been paid in the region of a €520,000 for the book which will cover both children and adult parties.

It's reported she plans to open each chapter with an amusing anecdote.

Meanwhile, Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook, My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness was published last year -- giving Gwyneth a chance to share her nutritional philosophy and love of organic food.

In the book which became a New York Times bestseller, Paltrow waxes lyrical about preparing all-organic dinner parties and noshing with her famous foodie friends -- Steven Spielberg features among the guests she thanks in her book's dedication.

Actress and mum-of-two Jessica Alba is one of the most popular screen stars in Hollywood, and she also currently penning a how-to parent book based on her experience of raising her two toddler daughters.

The screen star recently announced that the book, called The Honest Life, will guide and encourage parents to create a natural and non-toxic life for their families -- Alba uses all-natural and non-chemical products in her home.

The how-to book will also be comprised of fun DIY projects, homemade beauty treatments, design tips, and several nutritious recipes.

Alba (30) has said, "It will be easy and fun and I want it to be really colourful. I'm a crazy foodie.

"I love doing projects with my kids. Everything in this book will be something meaningful that I've incorporated into our lives."