In a Gossip Girl reboot world, you may be wondering, “Who started the Socialite craze?” Well, I’m here to tell you, and she’s here to remind you, before Blair Waldorf, before the Kardashians, there was Paris Hilton. Now there’s Cooking With Paris. If you’re anything like me, your introduction to the wild world of the teenage socialite was via The Simple Life; a reality series on FOX that followed the lives of Paris Hilton (heiress to the Hilton Fortune) and Nicole Ritchie (Lionel Ritchie’s daughter). During The Simple Life’s 5 seasons, we watched (and hate-watched) with anticipation; to see what wild shenanigans these two seemingly out-of-touch rich girls could get into next while trying to do the everyday tasks of the layman.
“What is Walmart? Do they, like, sell wall stuff?”
Paris is back and I “loves it.” But this time, Paris is not necessarily teaching us how to cook, but learning new recipes for herself to share with her friends and family while reminding us why we fell in love with her in the first place. Cooking with Paris is very much an anti-cooking show, but everything I wanted and expected it to be, and more. As a viewer, we get to watch her fail and succeed while being not relatable, but wildly relatable at the same time. I honestly don’t understand how or why this series works, but it does and I enjoyed every single episode. She even makes a few recipes that I actually want to try.
What I really enjoyed about the series is getting a glimpse into the real Paris as she reminisces about her party life of the past and shares how she’s ready to be a mom. For so long, Paris has put on a fake persona (which she still does here) in which she puts on the Valley Girl glottal, pretending to be a “dumb blonde” in order to sell her old, hilarious series. From time to time during Cooking with Paris, we get to see the genuine, kind, smart person behind the façade which I would love to see more of if the series is picked up for a season 2.
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