Thursday, September 22, 2005

Diet By the Code: New Cookbook Inspired by The Da Vinci Code


Stephen Lanzalotta lost half his Portland, Maine, bakery business to the low-carb diet craze. So he looked to another craze for inspiration.

Next April, Time-Warner books' new health division, Warner Wellness, will publish Lanzalotta's The Diet Code: Revolutionary Weight-Loss Secrets From Da Vinci and The Golden Ratio as one of its first offerings.

The diet is based on the Golden Ratio or phi, a mathematical value that was used to build the pyramids. Da Vinci is said to have used the Golden Ratio to proportion the human figures in his paintings, and that's how it comes to be cited in Dan Brown's popular novel, The Da Vinci Code.

The diet inspired by this mathematical proportion? According to Lanzalotta, it "consists mostly of Mediterranean foods, including bread, fish, cheese, vegetables, meat, nuts and wine."

Lots of bread, is my guess.

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