Say this about Pippa Middleton -- at least she knows why she's famous.
"It's a bit startling to achieve global recognition (if that's the right word) before the age of thirty, on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom," Pippa says in her new party planning book, 'Celebrate,' which is being excerpted in You magazine.
Being related to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge apparently has its challenges. The 29-year-old hit the ground running with her form-fitting bridesmaid dress and has played bumper cars with fame ever since. Followed relentlessly by paparazzi, she has had her share of publicity bruises (ie. the fake gun ride in Paris, broken romances), but also kept her silence on family matters while making controlled outings with her sister Kate (ie. Wimbledon).
"One day, I might be able to make sense of this," she writes of her fame. "In the meantime, I think it's fair to say that it has its upside and its downside. I certainly have opportunities many can only dream of, but in most ways I'm a typical girl in her twenties trying to forge a career and represent herself in what can sometimes seem rather strange circumstances.
"I am by nature an optimist, so I tend to concentrate on the advantages. One of the most attractive has been the chance to publish Celebrate."
Publish, yes, but no interviews, please. At least not yet. Despite a reported advance of more than $500,000, Pippa is not launching a book tour even though networks in the U.S. have been aggressively courting for one-on-one's. Her publisher Michael Joseph would dearly like to cash in on the publicity via book sales, but Pippa knows one misspoken word could be embarrassing to Kate and the Royal Family. The topless Kate scandal last month didn't help.
So, with her book launch coming out at the end of the month, she has opted for selling excerpts, the first of which appears in a 24-page pullout in Britain's You magazine on Sunday.
"I know many of you will pick up the book out of nothing more than curiousity," she writes. "I can assure you that it feels even stranger to me than it probably does to you to have seen so much written about me when I have done so little to paint a picture of myself. This is my first chance to do that, and I've enjoyed every minute of it."
In the book, she remains true to the subtitle -- "A Year of British Festivities for Family and Friends" -- by offering recipes and games and a few childhood memories from family holidays. (Bonfire nights and Hallowe'en score big points.) All of it has been gleaned from her long time association with the family business (Party Pieces) and the event planning company Table Talk.
If you want a good recipe for Devil's Food cake, it's here. Just don't expect to find the devil in Pippa.