It’s a been a busy frew years for Lisa Lillien, known as “Hungry Girl.” She has put out four best-selling cookbooks, has about 1, 000,000 subscribers to her aily newsletter and is in the second season of her cooking show, “Hungry Girl,” airing on Food Network.
If you’re not familiar with Hungry Girl, she is a hyperkinetic 43-year-old former TV producer named Lisa Lillien, who once upon a time hated the fact that she couldn’t fit into her skinny jeans. “I was that person who would sit at the computer and eat an entire bag of fat-free pretzels and think I was doing a good thing,” Lillien says. “I wasn’t.”
Lillien grew up on Long Island. She lost 25 pounds several years ago, and in 2003 she started sending her friends low-fat recipes and tips for finding healthful food in mainstream supermarkets. She then turned herself into a cartoon character on the Internet called Hungry Girl. Wow, that’s a diva move!
What we love, love, love about her is that her best-selling cookbooks are for people who don’t really cook! Lillien feels that she (and all of us) can lose weight while still eating her favorite foods — or at least some version of them. Hungry Girl recipes approximate the foods Lillien knows her adherents (mostly women) crave, such as fried calamari, onion rings and that totem of post-feminist gastronomic fetishes: cute cupcakes.
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