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Richard Burton on “The Drinking Man’s Diet”—and other unsuccessful meal plans of the rich and famous

In this month's "The way we were," Ian Irvine explores diets detailed in memoirs and letters

By Ian Irvine   October 2018

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton filming The Sandpiper (hopefully before lunch)

1864

William Banting, undertaker, publishes his Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public:

“Of all the parasites that affect humanity I do not know of, nor can I imagine, any more distressing than that of Obesity, and, having just emerged from a very long probation in this affliction, I am desirous of circulating my humble knowledge and experience for the benefit of my fellow man.

“For breakfast, I take four or five ounces of beef, mutton, kidneys,…

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