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I'll Have What She's Having : My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting
by Rebecca Harrington


Overview - A hilarious look at the eating habits of the fit 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A hilarious look at the eating habits of the fit 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 a la Karl Lagerfeld, and attempts something forbiddingly known as the "Salt Water Flush" to channel her inner Beyonce. Rebecca Harrington risks kitchen fires and mysterious face rashes, all in the name of diet journalism. Taking cues from noted beauty icons like Posh Spice (alkaline ), Dolly Parton (Velveeta ), Sophia Loren (pasta ) and Cameron Diaz (savory oatmeal ), I'll Have What She's Havingis completely surprising, occasionally unappetizing, and always outrageously funny."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781101872437
  • ISBN-10: 1101872438
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 176
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds


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Books > Humor > Form - Essays
Books > Health & Fitness > Diet & Nutrition - Diets
Books > Social Science > Popular Culture - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-10-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

Novelist Harrington (Penelope) undertakes a hilariously ill-advised experiment in celebrity diets ranging from Beyoncé’s master cleanse lemonade with cayenne pepper and maple syrup to Karl Lagerfeld’s guzzling reliance on Diet Coke and chronic dieter Greta Garbo’s “absolutely terrifying” celery loaf. The results of the notorious pretentious eating habits of Gwyneth Paltrow are surprisingly positive, despite a high price of groceries, whereas Marilyn Monroe’s breakfast of whipped milk and raw eggs nearly causes a fainting spell. Victoria Beckham’s “Five Hands Diet” is an exercise in despair. Fare from Liz Taylor’s diet book, Elizabeth Takes Off (1987), is also particularly insane, featuring a dip made of steak juice and peanut butter. On the Sophia Loren diet, Harrington is confronted with the devastating reality of the correct serving size for pasta. While the content is mostly lighthearted and humorous, there is a palpable undercurrent of sharp feminist commentary in this endeavor, made plain in Harrington’s closing remarks: “how terribly hard it is to be an ‘ideal’ woman at any time in history.” Illus. Agent: Jane Finigan, Lutyens & Rubinstein. (Jan.)

 
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