Allison Adato
SMART CHEFS STAY SLIM: Lessons in Eating and Living from America's Best Chefs, Foreword by Art Smith (coming in April 2012 from NAL/Penguin)

They whip up sumptuous meals from the best-stocked kitchens in the world. Yet how do today’s top chefs maintain a balanced lifestyle?

This is the question many food loving mortals often pose to celebrity chefs. Clearly they indulge their love of food, so how is it that they can enjoy the tantalizing dishes we see them create and still look fit, fabulous and photo-shoot ready?

Their secrets lie right here in Smart Chefs Stay Slim. This book is full of real-world tips, delicious recipes, and an insider’s access to behind-the-scenes healthy eating habits provided by notable chefs such as Eric Ripert, Tom Colicchio, Michelle Bernstein, Nancy Silverton, Marcus Samuelsson, Rick Bayless, and Cat Cora. Readers are given a prized glimpse inside the lives of these chefs, exploring how they eat, how their relationship with food has evolved, how they find balance between pleasure and health, and how they eat on and off the job. The masters share how a healthy diet is not about cutting out food, but being able to incorporate what you most love into your diet. Like so many Americans, celebrity chefs also face the strain of balancing a good diet with a busy lifestyle full of temptation. Now they share their own stories on how you can keep your love for food without sacrificing your health and while indulging your appetite for life.

Allison Adato is an award-winning journalist and Senior Editor at People magazine. She was previously a freelance writer whose work appeared regularly in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and a staff writer at Life magazine. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, a contributing editor at TIME magazine, and their son.