Oprah cooks up a USA TODAY best seller with ‘Food’

Oprah Winfrey is counting numbers these days: pounds (she’s lost more than 40) and SmartPoints (she’s on Weight Watchers).

That’s where the famous dieter’s first-ever cookbook, Food, Health and Happiness, lands this week on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list. (The Mistressby Danielle Steel is No. 1. The full list will be published on Thursday.)

In her new book, Winfrey, a Weight Watchers investor and spokesperson who has been appearing in the program’s commercials, offers “115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life.” Each recipe gives SmartPoints and calories, but it’s not an official Weight Watchers cookbook.

It is, however, the first book under Winfrey’s new imprint for Flatiron Books and it gets the tag “An Oprah Book.”

Though she’s not doing a book tour, Winfrey’s TV appearances last week to launch Food, Health and Happiness included chatting with bestie Gayle King on CBS This Morning and heating up the kitchen during a late-night cooking demo with Stephen Colbert. They whipped up her book’s “Sexy Breakfast,” basically scrambled eggs with salsa (and Winfrey’s obsession, truffle zest). She’s advocating what she calls a “balanced” approach to eating.

Winfrey, of course, has a long history on USA TODAY’s list. At the height of her talk show when she had her original book club, 20 of her selections hit No. 1. In 2016, she helped make Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad and Glennon Doyle Melton’s memoir Love Warrior into top 10 USA TODAY best sellers by choosing them for the 2.0 version of her club.



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