Jada Pinkett Smith Admits She Can’t Cook — ‘It’s Genetic’

Not everyone can cook. For some it’s a sore spot they’d rather not discuss, and for others it’s merely a fact they have come to accept.

Jada Pinkett Smith has recently revealed that she definitely can’t cook, and it doesn’t bother her in the least. So what does she do instead?

Jada Pinkett Smith has played some iconic characters

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While Pinkett Smith is well known for being married to Will Smith, she’s developed quite the career of her own. Who could ever forget her role as Niobe on the Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions

Pinkett Smith also starred as Fish Mooney on Gotham. Her ability to take a character who was only set up to create the Penguin, and turn Mooney into a beloved character whom fans demanded to come back was something few other actresses could pull off.

She didn’t start out with such iconic roles, however. Pinkett Smith’s career began on the sitcom True Colors. The show didn’t last long, but Pinkett Smith soon found another role on A Different World. She went on to play in movies like The Nutty Professor, Collateral, and Magic Mike XXL.

Like Will Smith, she also performs as a musical artist. Pinkett Smith founded the metal band Wicked Wisdom in 2002, and even went on tour with SevenDust.

Pinkett Smith is currently hosting a round table talk show called Red Table Talk with her mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and her daughter Willow Smith. They not only bring guests on to interview, but the family openly discusses some issues that have hit their family recently. 

Cooking is not one of Jada Pinkett Smith’s many skills

Cooking is overrated. Especially when you come from a long line of talented women who can’t cook either. According to Us Weekly Pinkett Smith reports that neither her grandmother nor her mother could cook, so she considers this to be something genetic. It’s unclear if Willow also can’t cook, as she’s never discussed it.

While others may be bothered by this fact, Pinkett Smith doesn’t seem to care. While it’s true that she can simply hire someone to cook for her and her family, Pinkett Smith has a strict diet that allows her to eat many foods that don’t require cooking. This is because she views food different than others.

Jada Pinkett Smith sees food as fuel

Jada Pinkett Smith
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Pinkett Smith reports that her lack of skills in the kitchen doesn’t bother her in the least. This is because she sees eating as something to fuel her body, not a pleasure to be enjoyed as so many others do.

She is very focused on keeping her body healthy, and chooses not to indulge in unhealthy foods.

For Pinkett Smith, this means eating a strict diet that includes a lot of super foods. She eats things such brown rice, eggs, fruits, nuts, salmon, and vegetables. It may not be the most exciting diet in the world, but it keeps her healthy. 

Pinkett Smith also focuses on exercising every day. She does a lot of HIIT workouts to stay in shape, and mixes things up with yoga and long walks. 

As it turns out, not even Pinkett Smith can say no to pizza, however. She enjoys eating it with fries, but this is a rare indulgence, not something she does every day. When she does give into the undeniable siren call of pizza, Pinkett Smith makes sure to sneak in an extra workout to burn off the calories.