to Fit Into Your Little Black Dress Forever
Melissa Clark and Robin Aronson
Forget body mass index or body fat percentage.
In Melissa Clark and Robin Aronson’s The Skinny,
the little black dress is the benchmark for ideal weight.
Fitting into one’s favorite cocktail get-up represents the apex of what the authors call "Happy
Skinny," balancing the pleasures of eating with a sense
of comfort in one’s own body. In a chatty girlfriend-to-girlfriend
style, Clark and Aronson share their approach, which include
eating what you want, savoring the foods you choose and
controlling your portions—in essence, thinking and
eating like a food writer. Clark, a food writer who is a
size two, maintains her weight even while eating out five
nights a week. Following Clark’s paradigm, Aronson
lost over 20 pounds of post-pregnancy weight and has kept
it off. More than a diet, The Skinny is a way of
thinking about food that dispenses with the notion of taboo
fare and trumpets desire, pleasure and balance.
only the foods you want and avoiding emotional or recreational
eating is a tall order. But Clark and Aronson reason that
if you indulge your cravings and hold out for flavorful
foods, you’ll consume less overall. They also emphasize
tried-and-true diet advice like exercising regularly, thinking
of your meals in relation to one another and eating fruits
and vegetables with every meal. Though there is no meal
plan per se, the book does include a two week menu guide
and an array of recipes to get you into the Skinny
mindset. For breakfast,
there’s ginger-stewed rhubarb with yogurt and an almond
butter and strawberry smoothie. Lunch is all about salads,
with choices like Granny Smith apple salad with cheddar
and citrus salad with fennel,
olives and onions. To curb hunger at snack time, try the
baba ganouj with yogurt. The intense flavors of London
broil with caramelized pineapple
or roasted halibut
with zucchini and mint
pesto are sure to satisfy at dinner.
Just don’t spill any on that little black dress.
by Rachel Levin