Article Nov 24, 2016

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Oprah Winfrey: 'My cookbook tells my life story'

Oprah Winfrey's new cookbook is her version of a memoir told through her discoveries with food.

The TV mogul and actress has been documenting her latest slim down on social media after investing in the Weight Watchers diet program last year (15), and becoming the new face of the brand.

She announced plans for her first recipe collection in June (16), and now she has given fans a sneak peek at the book's cover, on which Oprah is pictured laughing as she sits at a table filled with fresh fruit and a green juice drink.

Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life, released on 3 January (17), also features stories about her lifelong struggle to balance her love of food with her health, and the 62-year-old star admits she wanted to share the secrets to her weightloss success to help others seeking similar lifestyle changes.

"As long as I can remember, I've been the kind of person who wants to share the things that make life better," she tells "When I come upon something useful, something that brings me pleasure or comfort or ease, I want everyone else to know about it and benefit from it, too. And that is how this cookbook came to be. It's my life story - the lessons I've learned, the discoveries I've made - told through food."

Oprah recruited some top chefs including her personal cooks Rosie Daley and Art Smith, to contribute their recipes. They offered up dishes like Unfried Chicken and Turkey Chili.

Sticking to a healthy eating plan has helped Oprah feel better than ever, and in January (16), she revealed she had lost 26 pounds in just three months, and she didn't even need to cut out her favorite food.

"This is the joy for me," she told fans in a video posted on social media at the start of the year. "I love bread! I love bread. I now just manage it. I have bread every day. That's the genius of this program! I have lost 26 pounds."

Oprah has yet to reveal her total weightloss to date, but in August (16), she admitted to People magazine her longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham can "pick me up and carry me to the pool".

"I can straddle him without breaking his back," she smiled.