Audrey Hepburn’s diet and weight loss secrets are revealed in a new book by the screen legend’s son Luca Dotti, entitled, ‘Audrey at Home, Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen.’ These are among the many tidbits that fans and admirers will learn of the ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Hollywood icon who is forever enshrined in our memories.
A new biography of a beloved star is often the fanfare enough. But this is the first time Luca Dotti, one of the sons of Audrey Hepburn, who died an untimely death at age 63 in 1993, has written of his famous mother.
Dotti writes of her secrets for staying so slim in ‘Audrey at Home’ and the book even includes some of her treasured recipes. We remember that indelible image of Audrey Hepburn in the Givenchy LBD in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, arguably one of the more famous wardrobe items in cinematic history alongside the likes of Judy Garland’s ruby red slippers in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’
He describes the book as a “kitchen table biography,” according to The Telegraph. He also explained in the book how growing up with a lack of food during the Nazi occupation in World War II impacted her perception of food for the rest of her life, noting it was why she was did not deprive herself of chocolate and other favorite foods. In particular chocolate cake which she herself baked. As he described it in the book, ‘Mum carried the war with her for her entire life.’
The Telegraph reveals that Dotti says in the book that his mother always ate breakfast, and also engaged in a monthly detox. This, of course, in the days before the current fan among celebrities, proving the icon was far ahead of her time. The newspaper also notes that readers will find the recipes — baked potato with smoked salmon, for instance– easy to prepare.
In the book, he said of his mother, according to The Telegraph, “Mum, like any wise family doctor, believed in the virtues of a good breakfast. She never skipped it, not even on her monthly ‘detox’ day when she ate only plain yogurt and grated apple.”
In an interview with the newspaper, Dotti said of his mother, “In a way, I always have this feeling of my mother as a little like a farmer at heart. She was really happy when she could put her hands in the soil, like when planting a vegetable garden. She really felt those were the real things in life.”
And yet, so many decades later, as a style icon, her impact is unabated. If one has any doubt one need only go to YouTube and see numerous tributes, makeup tutorials and uploads of her movies, television appearances and interviews that number in the tens of thousands.
You can see the full article here and learn more about the book as well as the accompanying exhibition of photographs in the U.K along with the very timely Audrey Hepburn weight loss and dieting secrets.
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