A Diet for Women

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diet handbook

Everywoman’s Diet Handbook
Tiffany
1980

You know it’s for the ladies because the cover is pink. The diet advice is old and probably not recommended by any reasonable nutritionist. Aside from questionable nutritional value, they are probably the most boring menus around. I get the feeling that the next level of dieting for these authors is to simply sniff the food and call it a meal.

Diet books are usually a big deal for any public library. There seems to be a new fad published every day. Initially, most of these books are hot commodities and then fade into the background. Weed these often and without mercy. Before long, another one will appear and dominate the shelf.

Mary

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7 comments

  1. My great aunt used to check out all these books, or get these diets from the women’s magazines back in the seventies and eighties when she felt the need to “reduce”. She’d start with great fanfare on a Monday morning after a huge Sunday dinner and by mid-Wednesday they’d be all but forgotten. She also tried one called the “Marshmallow Diet” that went nowhere.

  2. Anyone who is determined enough, disciplined enough, and has the time to do all that charting probably doesn’t need the damned book in the first place!

    Scratch that. Nobody needs the damned book. We have better things to do than chart and count calories. ICK.

  3. A poor man’s Chinese dinner with a dessert of…one single vanilla wafer. Geez, you’d think they’d keep the theme and have a fortune cookie!

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