Dana Cowin
Editor-in-Chief, Food & Wine Magazine
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Feast or Famine?

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Sure, it helps to have the right genes, but Dana Cowin says she stays thin through the "camel’s approach" to dining.

Dana Cowin

Dana Cowin is the editor in chief of Food and Wine magazine.  Previously, Ms. Cowin served as the executive editor of Mademoiselle, the managing editor of HG Magazine, and associate editor of Vogue. A recent guest judge on Top Chef, she is a member of the board of directors of City Harvest.  Cowin received her B.A. from Brown University in 1982, and resides in Manhattan with husband Barclay Palmer, who is a producer at CNN

Transcript

Question: How do you do it?

Dana Cowin: I thank my mother for this and my grandmother. I have unbelievable genes. My grandmother was nick named Slivers and my mother could have had that nickname, had someone thought of it. So it’s genetics honestly because otherwise I would have to work out which I really don’t want to do to stay thin and the other thing is that I have a bit of camel’s approach to food. I'll go out for a week and then I tend not to go out for a week and then I will eat less. So I'll eat and eat and eat as long as I am eating, but I try to have balance and so either I balance by the week or if its look like I am not going to be able to balance by the week I balance by the plate and that means that I will have had everything. So back to the kitchen or to my husband he is delighted when works out this way, he gets half of everything that I have and so it’s all about moderation and people say “you have this job” It’s true. I take a bite of something from the test kitchen and if you eat in the test kitchen all day and you are full or I do and I am full, I don’t eat at night. So that’s the other thing knowing when you are full. Very common diet advise if you are full don’t eat.

Recorded on: 3/7/08


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