As a general rule, we avoid diet books at Bas Bleu. But when we discovered this charming study of "[Jane] Austen's secrets to food, health, and incandescent happiness,"
we made an exception! You see, Miss Austen's novels feature more than just romantic shenanigans, astute observations of human nature, and cutting social commentary; they also chronicle some surprisingly sensible lifestyle choices! With an assist from Austen's famous characters, The Jane Austen Diet
celebrates regular exercise ("everything happens on a walk in Jane's novels"
), encourages positive body image ("your body naturally 'improves upon acquaintance'"
), and even permits the daily consumption of bread, sugar, and wine (albeit in moderation). Along the way you'll get a primer in "Austenland" history and culture and a hefty helping of sparkling wit. Ready to eat better, get fit, and feel good? Hit the books…and let Jane Austen be your health guru! (KG)