Monday, August 11, 2014

I'll Have What She's Having

They say......A hilarious look at the eating habits of the skinny and famous--from Gwyneth's goji berry and quail egg concoctions to Jackie Kennedy's baked potato and Beluga caviar regimen--Rebecca Harrington leaves no cabbage soup unstirred in her wickedly funny, wildly absurd quest to diet like the stars.
     Elizabeth Taylor mixed cottage cheese and sour cream; Madonna subsisted on "sea vegetables;" and Marilyn Monroe drank raw eggs whipped with warm milk. Where there is a Hollywood starlet offering nutritional advice, there is a diet Rebecca Harrington is willing to try. Facing a harrowing mix of fainting spells, pimples, and salmonella, Harrington tracks down illegal haggis to imitate Pippa Middleton, paces her apartment until the wee hours drinking ten Diet Cokes √† la Karl Lagerfeld, and attempts something forbiddingly known as the "Salt Water Flush" to channel her inner Beyonc√©. Rebecca Harrington risks kitchen fires and mysterious face rashes, all in the name of diet journalism.

I say....this book was hilarious.  I loved reading about all of the different celebrities and what they go through to be thin.  Some of the chapters were about stars that are long gone, Jackie Kennedy, Sophia Loren, Greta Garbo, but there were a lot of current celebs too.  Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce, Cameron Diaz.
I learned quite a few things I didn't know.  Skinny, chic Karl Lagerfield used to be chunky and lost 80# eating quail, along with the fact that he has a cat who has two lady's maids, one for day and one for night.  Lucky cat. 
Cameron Diaz wrote a crazy book that apparently outs her as much more of a hippie than I would have thought.  
Liz Taylor believed in "controlled pig-out", and once ate a whole pizza and a hot fudge sundae - the author looks forward to following this rule for helping you to stay on the diet wagon.
All in all, this was a cute book, and an interesting read.  It makes you happy to NOT be a celebrity. 

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