Food: A Feast of Diet Books

You've heard of the South Beach diet. Now get ready for the latest pound-shedding plans from Sonoma County and Park Avenue. Based on each locale's particular tastes, these new regimens aim to make dieting more palatable by mixing snob appeal with an occasional glass of Pinot. Here's a look at the "destination diets" and a few other weight-loss books worth sampling.

WILD WEST No calorie counting. No points. No weighing. No measuring. No obsessing about low-carb or low-fat foods. Just small portions of sun-drenched, California-style cuisine, accompanied by red or white wine. Think gourmet, not gourmand. BUZZWORDS: Waves; Power Foods; Mediterranean...

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