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The DIET is a novel. It is the story of Cate, slim, successful, with a husband, a family and the owner of The Cookery a successful cooking shop and school. Food had given Cate everything. Success. Family. Fame. Love. And then, one day, food betrayed her. She lost her husband, her family, almost her life. In fact, she lost everything--except her fat. Trapped on a carb-craving merry-go-round Cate ate herself into a lonely prison of fat. And then one desperate night, a miracle happens. Cate discovers the secret of The Diet and the food that sets her free to love and be loved again. She learns that a true diet isn't about failure but success, isn't about denial but about the blessings in food. The Diet novel is the story of a woman who finds not fear or fat in food, but forgiveness, not suffering but love.
Because The DIET novel is a story of love. Love of a mother and daughter. A sister. A friend. A woman and a man. Love of family and faith and the food that binds them all together.
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In her first work of fiction, Edita Kaye is building on her successful career as a writer on health and nutrition. She is also the author of such popular cookbooks as Bone Builders: The Complete Low fat Cookbook Plus Calcium Guide and Cooking Skinny as well as The Fountain of Youth and Skinny Rules. She was the executive producer and host of her own national PBS series, The Fountain of Youth. Edita has appeared on Network and Cable Television programs, as well as being a frequent guest on a wide variety of radio shows. Edita has also appeared in magazines and newspapers including; The Chicago Tribune, Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal and First For Women. The Doubleday Book Club, The Literary Guild, and The Christian Book Club have included some of Edita's books in their selections. She loves to cook, eat and write about food. And when she isn't stirring up something delicious in her kitchen, she loves to talk about food to national and local groups, offering laughter, inspiration, and a little prayer along with her recipes. If you would like Edita Kaye to speak to your group, just send a request to email@example.com.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
"What a blimp."
"We’re goin’ to need another two guys just to lift her up."
"The cop said she’s got a couple of kids. Can you imagine making love to that?"
"Looks like she ate herself to death." "Shut it." The voices, young, male, insensitive, fell silent. The command came from their boss, the chief of the rescue unit. He looked pointedly toward the doorway. There, on the threshold, stood twelve-year old Cate holding her five- year old sister Sam by the hand. They watched as the ambulance men squatted around the body of their mother lying dead on the kitchen linoleum.
"Toss me that blanket," snapped the chief.
"A blanket ain’t goin’ do it. We’re gonna need a parachute," whispered a pimply youth.
"How about a tent?" another shot back under his breath. "I told you to put a lid on it," the chief ordered, his voice like ice. But his eyes, as they met Cate’s large frightened ones, were warm and compassionate.
The snickering stopped. They crowded in, blocking her view. All Cate saw was a dark blue fence of uniforms. All she heard was the crunch of boots on broken cookies and the soft sucking sound when they stepped into the puddle of melting chocolate and marshmallow ice cream.
"Easy," directed the chief. "All together now, on the count of three. One. Two. Three. Lift." A choked-off curse, a last muffled grunt, and they were gone.
Cate looked at what was left of her mother. Just cookie crumbs, ice cream stains, an overturned bowl of cold spaghetti, and hundreds of diet books that had toppled from their shelves as her mother clutched at them to break her fall. But they didn’t save her.
Cate knew deep inside herself that the men spoke the truth. Her mother did eat herself to death. Something in her heart hardened against her mother. Standing there in the mess of junk food her mother couldn’t resist, and the ruined promise of so many diet books, Cate whispered a vow under her breath. "I will never be fat." Sam looked up at her older sister and solemnly repeated Cate’s vow in her small child’s voice.
The promise, I will never be fat, vibrated through every fiber of Cate’s being, even as the lady from children’s services came and took her and Sam away.
Cate hated her body, her fat and herself. "How could I have gained almost ninety pounds in just one year?" she asked her reflection in the darkened window. "How could I have gone from one-hundred-and- fifteen pounds and a size six to two hundred pounds in this plus size?" She looked down at her swollen and shapeless body and remembered another kitchen twenty years before and another body bloated with fat. "How could I have turned into my mother?" But nobody answered. Cate was completely alone. It was almost midnight. An October wind blew the first leaves of fall down the deserted street. The neighborhood was quiet. The houses slept. "I’ve still got you, don’t I?" she asked the fridge. "You won’t leave me, will you?" She opened the freezer compartment and pulled out her second pint of chocolate chip ice cream. She had already finished off half a loaf of white bread and most of a jar of strawberry jam. But it wasn’t enough. She needed more. She had to have more. Because this was the night Cate had decided to finally end it all, and eat herself to death.
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