Edward Giobbi and daughter Eugenia Giobbi Bone's new book, Italian Family Dining, could be subtitled "Why Italians Don't Get Fat." The authors, Americans with roots in Italy, haven't written a diet book per se, but as Eugenia says, if you ate the way Italians do, you'd be healthier and possibly slimmer. The delicious, homey recipes are skewed toward vegetables, whole grains, fish and fruit, and portions are Italian-size—small enough for a leisurely progression of several courses. And wine is essential. Edward, a well-known painter, stocks plenty of wine (he makes his own), because it helps people linger over meals and, as his daughter says, "the Giobbis became a family at the table."
Edward Giobbi's Healthy Attitudes
Exercise routine "I run three miles every morning. I have a track in my yard. I've also practiced karate for 27 years and I have a black belt. Plus, I garden. I grow 125 tomato plants alone, and there's a lot of physical work involved in that."