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’The Manhattan Diet - Lose Weight While Living A Fabulous Life’

Originally Posted: April 23, 2012

The author mixes her own experience as a food-obsessed New Yorker married to a chef in 'The Manhattan Diet.' (Courtesy Photo: February Partners)

New York City - Manhattan has more four-star restaurants than any other city on the planet, a donut cart on every corner and woefully crowded gyms. So how is it that women there look so good? In "The Manhattan Diet: Lose Weight While Living a Fabulous Life" (Wiley) we meet ninja mommies, glamazons and the spinning, cleansing, food-purveying gurus that help them keep fit and trim, and learn how the slimmest neighborhoods maintain an obesity rate of just eight percent - the lowest in the country!

Written by Eileen Daspin, a journalist (The Wall Street Journal, W, People) and bona fide foodie (her husband is the celebrated New York chef Cesare Casella), this book is fun, aspirational, and voyeuristic - it offers a window into an unexplored but elemental aspect of Manhattan life and a delicious look at the singular and beguiling species known as the Manhattan woman.

'The Manhattan Diet' combines practical meal plans to get you slim; tips on food psychology, grocery shopping and ordering in restaurants; and success stories of celebrities and other Manhattanites to help women from all over the country get in shape and stay that way.

Daspin mixes her own experience as a food-obsessed New Yorker married to a chef with confessions, advice and observations from a diverse group of over 100 Manhattan women, including actresses like Sarah Jessica Parker, Tina Fey, and Julianne Moore, media personalities like Food & Wine editor Dana Cowin and Marie Claire's Joanna Coles, socially prominent women like Cristina Cuomo, along with regular working women, single ladies, and stay-at-home moms. There are recipes from top New York chefs, advice from crème de la crème Manhattan fitness experts and nutritionists, and inside scoop and top exercise and diet trends from Gotham's ladies in the know.

Eileen Daspin. (Courtesy Photo: February Partners)

Anyone who has ever dieted will relate to stories of real women who monitor their every bite with notebook entries of calories and smiley faces to represent a good day, of attempts to erase carbs completely for years at a time, or of dousing cookies in water to keep from eating them. But lest anyone think that only hard-charging women who live on the tiny isle of Manhattan - with their nutritionistas, locavore food activists, and myriad exercise emporiums - have the drive and resources to follow this diet, they need to know that it can work for anyone, whether they live in Ames, Iowa or Atlanta, Georgia.

About The Author
Eileen Daspin is an award-winning journalist and magazine editor who covers lifestyle subjects and the business of culture. She has worked at W magazine, People, The Wall Street Journal (where she won a Missouri School of Journalism award for feature writing), Conde Nast Portfolio (where the section she edited won a National Magazine Award), the New York Post, and The American Lawyer. She is the co-author of the cookbook, "Diary of a Tuscan Chef" with her husband, the chef Cesare Casella. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, In Style, Food & Wine, Departures, and other publications. She is currently an editor at Thomson Reuters. She lives and eats in Manhattan.

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