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

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A humorous "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 ... quest to diet like the stars" 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 à la Karl Lagerfeld, and attempts something forbiddingly known as the "Salt Water Flush" to channel her inner Beyoncé. 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 Having is completely surprising, occasionally unappetizing, and always outrageously funny.


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Vintage Original
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Rebecca Harrington
Publication Date
January, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.10 x 5.20 x 0.55 Inches

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I didnt enjoy this as...

I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. It is most satirical than I expected, for one thing and the writing is "meh." I hard a hard time finishing, but I did.

Fad Diets are stupid. ...

Fad Diets are stupid. Author Rebecca Harrington is a really smart person who wrote a book about this stupid subject. Celebrities hold limited interest for me, perhaps not so for others. This book was probably a bad match for me. Rebecca Harrington is also rather young and quite thin. She does not need any diet. She certainly does not need Beyoncé's Master Cleanse diet, inspired by Tom Hanks, who lost fifty pounds for his role in "Cast Away." Okay, I realize that authors do stupid things so they can write about them. A.J. Jacobs spent a year living "Biblically," doing what the literal reading of the Bible instructs. Then, he wrote an informative, entertaining book about it. He also read the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica, then wrote "The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World," which was also rather interesting. I guess Harrington's 161 page book on her experience following 14 celebrity diets, in my view, did not provide adequate material for an entire book. It did reveal some of the absolutely bizarre ideas on nutrition of famous people, but it left me hungry (sorry). Note: the pre-publication version that I read did not contain illustrations, so I cannot comment on them. Hilarious? I wasn't laughing. I found it mildly amusing, at best. Yes, I do enjoy humor, but more like that of Laurie Notaro, Bill Bryson or J. Maarten Troost. Maybe I'm just too old for this . . . my days of fad diets are long behind me.

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