A mighty yawn: That's my standard reaction to books about dieting and losing weight, an attitude that may help explain why I'll never again be able to use the trousers with the 28-inch waist that fit me so well when I was a slim young guy.
But today I'm looking with wide-awake attention at a new healthy-weight-loss book that's a hot ticket this holiday season: The Wine Lover's Healthy Weight Loss Plan," by Dr. Tedd Goldfinger and Lynn F. Nicholson, looks like my kind of diet plan. There's no finger-shaking, no didactic tut-tutting here, and no demands that food-loving gastronomes switch over to an abstemious regimen of black bread, water and sawdust.
Goldfinger, a cardiologist in Arizona, and Nicholson, a chef-instructor in Oregon, have teamed up on this intriguing approach to good living and a healthy lifestyle that operates on a few simple premises that I, for one, find appealing. Summing it up in my words, not theirs:
I can't guarantee that I'll go on this plan as a full-time thing, although I probably should. But I'll definitely be trying some of the recipes, and will report them here or on our FoodLovers Discussion Group when I do. A few that look particularly hard to resist: Sauteed duck breast with a mixed wild-mushroom and red-wine reduction sauce; Moroccan game hens with aromatic spices, dates and olives; herbal-scented Greek-style lamb shanks with orzo pasta and feta cheese, and grilled prawns wrapped in pancetta with lime and cilantro. If this is diet food, may I have some more?
You can purchase Dr. Tedd Goldfinger's and Lynn F. Nicholson's "The Wine Lover's Healthy Weight Loss Plan" from Amazon.com in in paperback for $11.53, a 32 percent discount from the $16.95 list price.
Note also that tomorrow, Dec. 15, is the last day for Amazon.com purchases to be delivered by Dec. 22 (the Friday before Chistmas) via free SuperSaver shipping. Purchases sent by two-day shipping must be made by next Wednesday for pre-Christmas delivery.
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