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

March 2, 2020 - Comment

Rebecca Harrington leaves no cabbage soup unstirred in I’ll Have What She’s Having, 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

Rebecca Harrington leaves no cabbage soup unstirred in I’ll Have What She’s Having, 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!), Sophia Loren (pasta!) and Cameron Diaz (savory oatmeal!), I’ll Have What She’s Having is completely surprising, occasionally unappetising, and always outrageously funny.

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Anonymous says:

Makes a great gift Harrington’s diet stories always have me crying with laughter – the way she throws herself wholeheartedly into the most ridiculous diets. I have enjoyed re-reading these; I had already read most of these in The Cut, which is why I took a star off here (I’d read them free online).The self-deprecating writing and sarcastic insights into celebrity diets are so wonderful that I would still recommend people buy the book. Makes a great gift for someone who hasn’t experienced the hilarity of…

Anonymous says:

A bit disappointed I thought I’d be laughing out loud and also reading this book for much longer. It’s amusing and an easy read, but very short and left me wanting more (sort of like the author on one of her diets)

Anonymous says:

Interesting read Quirky, amusing and a pretty quick read. All in all I found it enjoyable but it also really dawns on you, more so than usual, the immense pressure on women and the lengths they go to to acquire a “perfect” shape.

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