Pippa Middleton Defends Against Book Critics

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By Emma Koonse , Christian Post Reporter
November 6, 2012|2:58 pm

Pippa Middleton confronted critics of her new book "Celebrate" in an essay published Sunday.

The sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge penned a first-person entry published in The Telegraph defending her guidebook on party planning after critics said her work had failed to impress.

"I'm a real foodie- something, I think, not a lot of people know about me," started the 29-year-old entrepreneur.

For those critics who felt that "Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends" was basic and obvious, Middleton said her intention was to make the book "achievable."

"I could have written a book that showcased the most extravagant or elaborate of occasions- after all, I spent three years working for an events company planning parties- but I wanted to produce something that was achievable; something that people would have on their shelves for years; something that was not too fussy- just simple and comforting," she wrote.

She added that her book, which has seen successful sales, was no easy feat.

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"'Celebrate,' my book on entertaining, has been a labour of love," noted Middleton. "I have put my heart and soul into it, obsessing over every detail."

The party planner concluded the essay with her plans for the holidays.

"I'm not sure what I'll be doing this year," wrote Middleton. "My worry now, having written this book, is that the pressure will really be on. I'll somehow have to produce the party of the century."

While some critics blasted the book, reviews on Amazon.com revealed that many readers were please with "Celebrate."

One user wrote, "I can't believe all the bad reviews this book is getting. I think it's just jealousy. It's a beautiful book with simple, easy to manage ideas."

"Totally worth the price," wrote Sarah. "Not a skimpy book. It is arranged by seasons and holidays… What I loved most was that everything is simple and pretty easy to do… nothing crazy, and it's very detailed."

Middleton is no stranger to public scrutiny. The sibling of royalty admitted that her catapult into fame following her sister's wedding to Prince William was "startling."

"It is a bit startling to achieve global recognition before the age of 30 on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom," Middleton told Mail Online via an excerpt from her book.

"One day I might be able to make sense of this. In the meantime I think it's fair to say that is has its upside and its downside," she continued. "I am by nature an optimist so I tend to concentrate on the advantages."

 

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