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

February 13, 2020 - Comment

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;

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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Anonymous says:

you too can live like a celebrity Rebecca Harrington is a dedicated journalist. She is willing to read celebrity diet books and cookbooks, buy outrageous fitness DVDs, and try to follow the diet and exercise habits of some of her favorite celebrities. This is no small task, folks. She is willing to go where most of us are not. I know that I’m not. But I’m very happy that she has, and that she is willing to take us all along for the ride. In I’ll Have What She’s Having: Adventures in Celebrity Dieting, Harrington…

Anonymous says:

Very Funny Look at Bizarre Celebrity Diets This a fun, fast read – I completed it in one sitting. Mainly because I could not stop laughing and was fascinated by the crazy lengths famous ladies went to lose weight. (Fun fact: Greta Garbo subsisted on three weeks on nothing but spinach after a studio head told her she was too fat for American tastes.)This brave writer actually tried all these diets, in the name of journalism. UGH! The Marilyn Monroe diet alone would have killed me. And Jackie O.’s stringent caviar and baked…

Anonymous says:

Dieting does require a sense of humor This was a very witty book that had me literally laughing out loud in certain places. Some of the celebrities chosen, though, were from so long ago, that their diets were very outdated. I also question why some were chosen, like Prince William’s sister-in-law. Overall, though, I did enjoy reading this. It was a nice, light read, pardon the pun.

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