Book Review – The Manhattan Diet


by Eileen Daspin (Quercus) ISBN: 9781782061687

Someone once said a woman can never be too rich or too thin. Maybe it was Jackie Onassis. My mother? No, I’m pretty sure it was someone from New York.

The famous city boasts some fabulously svelte icons—from Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, Sex and the City star, Sarah Jessica Parker, and even Kate Holmes when she is hiding from Scientologists, the paparazzi and her former acting career.

Eileen Daspin, an award-winning journalist and magazine editor, has laid bare the secrets of the skinny set on the Big Apple in her new book. To say The Manhattan Diet is not a diet book is like saying a dark chocolate is better for you than cheap corner shop chocolate—it’s only half true. Of course this is a diet book, complete with recipes at the back, but it is also a witty, wonderful guide on how to integrate food into your lifestyle, personality, career—and to show a little class while doing it.

I’m going to be adopting a New York (Food) State of Mind this season.

Faith Parker
3/5