I'll Have What She's Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting by Rebecca Harrington
Rating: 3 Stars
Description: Rebecca Harrington is a dieter enthusiast. She's never met a diet she didn't like or didn't want to try. It started with President Taft's diet and quickly turned into a project involving the diets of celebrities like Gwenyth Paltrow, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and Jackie Kennedy.
Why I Picked This Book: I loved Jennifer, Gwyneth and Me by Rachel Bertsche and the concept sounded similar. Plus I was curious to find out about what Marilyn Monroe ate.
Pro: I got a good feel for what resource materials she used and what foods she actually ate. She talked about the attitude each celebrity approached their diets which was kind of fun as well as the costs associated with each diet. The short chapters would make for good reading while traveling or a good pick up book when you just want to read a few pages.
Con: This book read like a collection of articles stuck together. To me it almost felt like the book proposal instead of the actual book. She was giving a quick overview of what she was planning on doing but the actual chapters didn't feel fleshed out. I didn't really connect with Rebecca with her constant dinner parties and worrying about losing friends.
Overall: This wasn't a bad book but it wasn't a particularly good book either. While the concept is great the execution fell more than a bit flat for me. I don't have a huge list of pros or cons for this one because there wasn't much of either. It was a quick read but nothing that really grabbed me or will stick with me. If you're looking for a humorous a day in the life of a celebrity type book try Rachel Bertsche's Jennifer, Gwyneth and Me.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Probably not another book though I may read her in column form.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Not really. I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record but if this concept appeals to you I'd try Jennifer, Gwyneth and Me.