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Duchess and dieting: She wrote the book

OK, so Sarah, the Duchess of York, doesn't cook. She readily admits it. But she still has to eat and feed her two daughters, she says.

As a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers, the former wife of Britain's Prince Andrew, who has battled her own weight problems, has come out with a cookbook -- her second -- with recipes and advice on how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

In "Dieting With the Duchess" (Simon & Schuster, 1999), she offers such easy meal suggestions as a PB&J; bagel: Spread 1 small toasted oat bran bagel with 1 1/2 tablespoons strawberry spreadable fruit and 1 tablespoon peanut butter. There also are recipes for family meals, desserts and elegant entrees, such as Wild Mushroom Risotto With Chicken and Pan-Seared Filets Mignons With Shallot- Cognac Sauce.

More sipping coffee

Here's an eye-opener. Our love affair with coffee continues to grow at a rapid rate, especially when it comes to specialty drinks.

Last year, about 108 million Americans downed an espresso, cappuccino, latte or iced coffee, according to the National Coffee Association. That's a 35 percent increase over the year before.

We can thank the Gen Xers for some of the boost. A NCA study found that 51 percent of 20 to 24 year olds and 50 percent of 25 to 29 year olds fueled their days with specialty coffee beverages in 1998.

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