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					         Where are they now: Greta Podleski                                                                                                         with nothing on it. After battling cancer and
                                                                                                                                                    cataracts since her cover appearance 5 years
                                                                                                                                                    ago, Lexi is stronger and healthier than ever.
                                                                                                                                                    I changed her diet radically and it changed
                                                                                                                                                    her life. She has more energy than I do!
                                                                                                                                                    Maybe I should start eating her food…
                                                                                                                                                      Kathy: How are sales going for
                                                                                                                                                    Looneyspoons, Crazy Plates and Eat,
                                                                                                                                                    Shrink & Be Merry? I believe some
                                                                                                                                                    awards have come your way as well?
                                                                                                                                                      Greta: Book sales continue to be strong,
                                                                                                                                                    though we’ve taken Looneyspoons and
                                                                                                                                                    Crazy Plates out of print. We just feel
                                                                                                                                                    they’re too outdated (both written in the
                                                                                                                                                    ’90s!) and though we could probably sell
                                                                                                                                                    tens of thousands more copies, we want
                                                                                                                                                    people to have the best and most current
                                                                                                                                                    nutrition info possible.
                                                                                                                                                      Eat, Shrink & Be Merry is, by far, our                                                                              Photography • Mathew McCarthy
                                                                                                                                                    favourite book of the three we’ve written. It      nutrition education by enrolling in various     we decided not to tape a fourth season,
                                                                                                                                                    was voted (by the Chapters/Indigo online           programs that focus on natural, holistic        though it was one of the best experiences
                                                                                                                                                    community) as one of their top “Can’t Live         principles. She’s one smart cookie (whole-      of our lives! We’d like to focus on a
                                                                                                                                                    Without It!” cookbooks and was selected by         grain, low-sugar, of course!).                  completely different type of show that
                                                                                                                                                    Chapters managers as the “Cookbook of the           I’ve also been working on a book project of    allows us to dish out more recipes and
                                                                                                                                                    Decade” for 2000-2010! I still can’t believe       my own, which has now taken a back seat         more nutritional tidbits.
                                                                                                                                                    we sold more books than Nigella and                to our Looneyspoons Collection work, but          The format of ESBM (our nickname for the
                                                                                                                                                    Rachael Ray. That doesn’t really make sense!       which I would love to complete in 2012. It’s    show) was very limiting because so much
                                                                                                                                                      This coming fall we’ll be publishing a           a cookbook called “From Drab to Fab: Turn       time was spent on the competition aspect of
                                                                                                                 Photography • Mathew McCarthy      “greatest hits” cookbook containing all of our     Ordinary Ingredients into Extraordinary         the program which didn’t allow for a whole
                                                                                                                                                    favourite recipes from the 3 cookbooks             Meals!” If you just bought a three-pack of      lot of cooking time. Viewers said they
GRAND EDITOR KATHY STORRING’S                                                                                                                       (revised and updated when necessary),              pork tenderloin at Costco and don’t know        wanted MORE recipes and MORE tips…so
EMAIL INTERVIEW WITH GRETA PODLESKI                                                                                         NOW &                   recipes from our TV show and magazine              what the heck to do with it…From Drab to        that’s what we hope to give them. I’d have to
                                                                                                                                                    columns we’ve written, plus lots of new            Fab will give you tons of tasty ideas!          say that developing a TV show is much more
The way we were: In Carol Jankowski’s          Hard to believe that the first issue was 5
                                                                                                                            THEN                    stuff. The book is called The Looneyspoons          We continue to sell healthy food products      difficult than writing a cookbook! Our goal
                                                                                                                            Greta Podleski and
article in November 2005, Greta and Janet      years ago. Wow!                                                                                      Collection, but we call it “TLC” for short :) It   through various retailers such as Costco and    is to have a new show on the air in 2012.
                                                                                                                            Lexi are shown on
Podleski had just published Eat, Shrink & Be     To answer your questions:                                                  our first cover (left)   will be a substantial book that’s packed with      Metro stores. Our fully cooked gourmet             Kathy: Any eureka moments to share
Merry, taped a pilot for a cooking show and       Kathy: Does Janet still live in Ottawa?                                   and in the kitchen of   every kind of healthy recipe imaginable, plus      chicken burgers with roasted vegetables are     with fellow foodies or anything else you
launched frozen meal kits and pizzas.            Greta: Janet lives in Toronto with her                                     Greta’s new home in     lots of cutting-edge nutritional tips from         a very popular item.                            simply want to share?
                                               Jack-Russell Terrier, Lacey. She moved                                       Kitchener in January    Janet’s recent studies. And, yes, there will        Since 2005, you may have also seen us in         Greta: Tips for foodies? Try avocado oil in
                                                                                                                            of this year.
  Kathy: Hello, Greta and Janet (although      there in 2010. She is continuing her                                                                 likely be some terribly corny titles, such as      TV commercials for Dempster’s Whole Grain       place of olive oil in your recipes. I love it!
this is mainly intended for Greta...):         studies in holistic nutrition and most of her   a whole “wing” that basically sat empty. A           our new soup chapter: Ladle Gaga. (Groan!)         Breads, a partnership that we’ve enjoyed for    You can buy avocado oil at Vincenzo’s.
  Grand magazine is now five years old         courses are in the Toronto area. She loves      lovely family bought the house and that                Kathy: You and Janet have been very              3 years. Last fall they used Sidney Crosby in     Make 2011 the year you start juicing.
and we’ve decided it would be fun to           her new place but I know she misses her         makes me feel better about leaving it :)             busy since we interviewed you in the fall          the ads instead of us…who could blame           You’re making an investment in your health
catch up with some of the people we            friends in Ottawa!                                Kathy: Is Lexi (our only “cover dog”               of 2005. Can you give us an overview?              them? That was a smart trade on their part!!    by investing in a good-quality vegetable
have featured over the years —                   Kathy: Do you still live in your reno-        until our current issue) still going strong?           Greta: Since 2005, most of our time was          We don’t mind being bumped by Sidney.           juicer. Fresh vegetable juice is like a spark
including you, Greta, our first covergirl!     vated farmhouse?                                  Greta: “Lexi the Wonderdog” is still alive         spent writing, taping and editing our TV            Kathy: Is your television show as much         plug for your cells! I just bought the Omega
  I’m hoping you might have a few                Greta: I sold my 1850s farmhouse last fall    and well! She just turned 12 years old and           show on the Food Network. You wouldn’t             fun as it seems? And what’s next? More          Vert juicer and I’m using it every single day.
moments to answer a couple of ques-            after living in it for 10 years. I absolutely   her birthday was celebrated with our annual          believe how much time and effort goes into         TV? More books?                                 I think I look pretty good for 72! (Wink!)
tions by email.                                loved that house, but it was just too big for   trip through the McDonald’s drive-thru. For          those 22 minutes of television! Janet also          Greta: After taping three seasons of Eat,        Bye for now!
  Greta: Hi Kathy! Thanks for your email.      me. There were rooms that I never used and      her birthday, Lexi gets a small hamburger            spent months and months upgrading her              Shrink & Be Merry on the Food Network,           Greta

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