Think you know about Founding Father Benjamin Franklin? Think again. If you asked an assortment of people what they thought of a book called The Benjamin Franklin Diet, chances are someone would say, "Wasn't he fat? Why would I take diet advice from a fat man?" In her genuinely groundbreaking new book on Ben Franklin's superb habits for health and...
Think you know about Founding Father Benjamin Franklin? Think again. If you asked an assortment of people what they thought of a book called The Benjamin Franklin Diet, chances are someone would say, "Wasn't he fat? Why would I take diet advice from a fat man?" In her genuinely groundbreaking new book on Ben Franklin's superb habits for health and longevity, author Kelly Wright points out there's a lot about Franklin you probably don't know, starting with the fact that people's firmly implanted image of him as obese is not at all representative. This misleading picture is primarily due to the famous portrait painted in Franklin's mid-seventies when he was living (and eating rich food) in France. The more accurate portrait of Franklin on the front cover of this book was painted when the remarkably giftedfounding fatherof this country, a publisher, statesman, diplomat, scientist, inventor and all-around original creative thinker, a true "Renaissance man"was forty-five years old and had a tall, lean, muscular physique, the same body he had for most of his life, right into his seventies. Mens sana in corpore sano, "a healthy mind in a healthy body"precisely expresses Franklin's core values regarding his person. He firmly believed in, and practiced, regular exercise (leaping was one of his favorite workouts), and he was rigorously abstemious when it came to food and alcohol. Franklin's long health life was most probably a result of how he chose to live, and a case can even be made that, besides his genes and natural brilliance, Benjamin Franklin was able to do so many things so well because of his exceptional style of living. It didn't weight him down and, unlike many in his century, he wasn't walking around in a stupor from excessively heavy meats and fats, not to mention intemperate alcohol consumption. His eating and exercising habits were light-years ahead of his time, and when he passed away at eighty-four, his lifespan was almost twice that of his contemporaries. Imagine the ripple effect if Franklin hadn't followed a sober diet and had been a drunk or died of disease at age forty-two like the average man of that time. In The Benjamin Franklin Diet, author Kelly Wright details Franklin's lifetime and diet principles. Recipes for his authentic colonial foods are followed by sample meal plans, and the Appendix contains seventy-five additional recipes from Thomas Tryon's 1691 book, reputed to be the first vegetarian cookbook ever written. By adding this unique book to your collection, you'll be doing yourself a genuine favor.