Jill and Jewels Elmore, authors of "The Family Chef," say a hearty breakfast jump-starts the metabolism, and clients such as Jennifer Aniston and Maria Shriver indicate they are right. The Elmore sisters' recipe for a meal of bacon and eggs with baked beans and vegetables is included.
Couscous cooks in about 10 minutes and can be used as the base for salads and stuffing. Five included recipes include three-herb orange couscous salad and the heartier roast lamb stuffed with couscous.
A soup made from stale bread, sausage, ricotta salata, carrots and spinach is much more than the sum of its parts, according to The New York Times' Mark Bittman. Although the ingredients and techniques are not unusual, it is a particularly Italian invention.
The recent popularity of Prosecco has not harmed its quality, which has actually improved in recent years. But beware of imitators, such as the Rich Prosecco being sold in ads featuring an unclad Paris Hilton.
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness offers a Gluten-Free Resource Education Awareness Training program free of charge. Restaurants that complete the training can put a GREAT sticker in the window, indicating that diners with celiac disease will find options there.