Review: The Jane Austen Diet

The Jane Austen Diet: Austen's Secrets to Food, Health, and Incandescent Happiness
by Jane Austen,  Bryan Kozlowski
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Turner

My thanks to NetGalley and Turner Publishing for granting me a review copy of this book. I have not been compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.


With a multimillion-fan base, Austen is already a "lifestyle" celebrity: imitating her ideas on love and romance lie at the heart of her fabulous fame. In his newest literary romp author, Bryan Kozlowski offers a new twist on the Austen way of romancing life. The Jane Austen Diet, is the first retrospective look at the healthiest characters in classic literature and what they can teach us today.

My Thoughts

There are two things I want to get out of the way first. 1. Jane Austen did not co-author this book. While the author uses many excerpts and examples from her work, unless she rose from the dead, it is quite impossible for her to contribute to this book. 2. While I enjoyed reading this book, there is nothing groundbreaking as far as diets are concerned.

So what did Jane Austen know about dieting? Did she have secrets to staying healthy? Bryan Kozlowski gives readers an insight to the eating habits during the late 1700's/early 1800's. Did Austen's characters reflect her personal views on food and activity? Did she--gasp--eat carbs? Kozlowski uses excerpts from Austen's novels to make his argument. He covers everything from what they ate and when to happiness and nature.

I was fascinated by the research that went into this book. It helped me understand Austen and her books all the better. As I stated before, I didn't find anything groundbreaking in this book, but Austen's way of dieting is not a bad thing either. Who wouldn't want to take walks like Elizabeth  Bennett? No cardio workouts here. Kozlowski also includes some Regency recipes, which I'm dying to try.

The Jane Austen Diet: Austen's Secrets to Food, Health, and Incandescent Happiness is not a bad way to go as far as diets are concerned. After all, who wouldn't want to live the Austen way?