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Absolutely delightful from start to finish, Cooking for Harry is a real treat -- smart, engaging, and entirely winning. With the youngest of their four children getting ready to leave to college, middle-aged Harry and Francie are as much in love now as when they first married 25 years ago. When their children were babies, Harry, an ideal husband, took over much of the cooking; and over the years, food has become a shared, intimate luxury -- rich, buttery foods prepared and eaten after the kids were put to bed, lavish family meals, and five-course dinner parties for friends and neighbors. But after years of high living, Harry has ballooned to 269 pounds, and his doctor has put him on a strict high-protein, Atkins-style diet -- a turn of events that completely changes the couple's lifestyle. Francie is especially unprepared for the changes in her formerly rotund husband. As Harry sheds pounds, other women suddenly start to notice him; rejuvenated, he begins to put in longer hours at work. Deprived of rich food and their familiar romantic rituals, they soon find themselves drifting apart. Can this marriage be saved?
Despite its claim to be "A Low-Carbohydrate Novel," this bantamweight book (less than 200 pages) will fill you up with its scrumptious descriptions of food, likable characters, and a heartwarming story leavened with wry humor. The diet industry is lampooned with acerbic wit, as are the day-to-day joys and frustrations of marriage and family.