Cesare Casella’s Wife Advocates Tasting Without Eating

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So The Manhattan Diet means none of Salumeria Rosi's beautiful charcuterie? Photo: Melissa Hom

Being a woman in Manhattan is no fun, at least according to Salumeria Rosi chef Cesare Casella's wife, Eileen Daspin. Not only is dating a statistical nightmare for chicks, but if you are a with-it gal and follow the "Manhattan Diet," (as outlined in Daspin's new book by the same name, out March 27), you'll do things like pour water over leftovers, eat risotto with a teaspoon and salad with chopsticks, dilute your booze, and "taste everything but eat almost nothing," like Daspin does. (We guess that rules out Salumeria's beautiful charcuterie che tristezza!) Should you decide you need to eat something, there's always fennel, pickled ginger, yogurt, and Lean Cuisine frozen pizza. Sounds more like the "sad cat-lady-in-the-making" diet to us; even the swimsuit models we can think of eat better than that.

The Manhattan Diet [NYP]