THE DEVIL IS IN THE DIET
“Bread is the Devil” (St. Martin’s Press), by Heather Bauer, a nutritionist, and Kathy Matthews, who together also wrote “The Wall Street Diet,” starts out with a “Devil Detective Quiz” that asks questions like “Have you ever eaten a French fry from your kid’s car seat?” The rest of the book aims to aid weight-loss goals by identifying various “devils” (besides bread, they include binge and boredom eating).
LEAN AND SIMPLE
Kathy Freston, the former model who inspired Oprah Winfrey and her 378 staff members to go vegan for a week, has written “The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss.” The book applies the economics notion of “crowding out” to eating habits. The more one incorporates smart wellness habits into one’s daily life, Ms. Freston theorizes, the less opportunity there will be for poor ones to creep in ($25, Weinstein Books, March).
TAKE THIS, PARIS
Eileen Daspin, a journalist, was inspired to write “The Manhattan Diet” after reading a 2009 article in The New York Times citing the borough as the city’s skinniest. She interviewed many thin friends, and a few well-known New Yorkers, and came up with a formula that included cooking at home, small portions and a lot of walking ($29.95, Wiley, April).