Happy New Year! Who’s starting 2015 off with a diet? EVERYONE, right? Well, you might want to check out one of these fabulous celebrity diets that Rebecca Harrington serves up in I’LL HAVE WHAT SHE’S HAVING: My Adventures In Celebrity Dieting (VintageAnchor). Rebecca tries out the diets of fourteen celebrities, so you can pick what you think will work best for you. Just so you know, Rebecca is quite the funny one and writes the most clever anecdotes, so this whole thing is lots of fun. You’ll be laughing your head off while you’re starving! Ha, ha!

Her first celeb? Miss Perfect herself, Gwyneth Paltrow! Rebecca buys her cookbooks, workout DVDs and basically finds out its all about expensive foods, kale and heavy on Tracy Anderson “abuse.” By day ten, Rebecca writes “I have consciously uncoupled from the Gwyneth diet and lost four pounds in the process.” The take away: a great way to live if you can afford it.

Next? Elizabeth Taylor who in 1960 was the world’s most beautiful woman. Rebecca tells us she’s a big believer in daily “controlled pig-outs” and totally ambivalent about exercise – standing on your toes will work. That I could do if it didn’t involve so much peanut butter and bacon! Rebecca goes on Liz’s diet for fifteen days, loses six pounds and finds herself hungrier than ever.

We find out Karl Lagerfeld drinks up to 10 diet Cokes a day and still is able to sleep seven hours nightly. Marilyn Monroe loved raw eggs. Cameron Diaz can eat whatever she wants but still wrote “The Body Book.” She’s a huge advocate of drinking water and eating kale! Then there’s Madonna who has been on a very strict macrobiotic diet, basically only sea vegetables forever, and her workout regimen is legendary. Is Madonna’s diet hard? DUH! We can ALL skip that one! All hail M!

The fun doesn’t stop with Madge. Rebecca keeps on her diet-athon making you thrilled you’re not the one doing it, but laughing along the way. Just wondering… Have you tried kale? I have and I don’t like it. I don’t care if it’s IN. I’m not putting it in my mouth – ever again. There are other much more flavorful types of lettuce. That’s my one personal comment for this story.

Thanks to Netgalley http://www.netgalley.com and Vintage Books http://www.knopfdoubleday.com for a kindle copy of I’LL HAVE WHAT SHE’S HAVING for an honest review. You can also read Rebecca’s weekly column, “The Cut” at New York Magazine  on-line at   http://www.nymag.com/thecut/  Go to http://www.cindyroesel.com to read more of my reviews and news about my novel “Viewer Discretion Advised.”

I’LL HAVE WHAT SHE’S HAVING: My Adventures In Celebrity Dieting will be published January 15th so now is the perfect time to pre-order your copy on-line or from your local bookstore.

Wishing all my wonderful readers a happy and healthy 2015!

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