Information Diet: Bethenny Frankel

The star of her self-titled Bravo show banks on her BlackBerry for writing 'New York Times' best-sellers


Age 41

Accomplishments Star of Bravo's Bethenny Ever After; founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails; author of four books, including A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life; her first novel, Skinnydipping, will be released on May 1

Base New York

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?

Whether or not my daughter [Bryn] has a poopy diaper.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?

Either the Dora the Explorer books, Dogs Don’t Do Ballet or The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. My daughter and I do breakfast together.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train or bus?

In the car, I’ll do a little bit of the newspaper, write articles on my BlackBerry, do interviews, write my book and look at Twitter. The New York Post is always in the car, but if I’m at home on the weekends, I’ll read The New York Times.

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?

Neither—somewhere in between. My daughter doesn’t watch any TV, so the TV is off most of the time. But after 8 o’clock, that’ll be a guilty pleasure—getting into bed and watching something mindless.

If you’re a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop or tablet?

I like to watch Californication, Gossip Girl, TMZ, 60 Minutes. I never watch TV on my iPad—I’m not technologically with it at all.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter or fast until morning?

My bedtime routine is I watch TV with my husband and lay and pray for sleep. Right now, I’m reading The Sixes: A Novel and I’m Right. You’re Wrong. Now What? How to Break Through Any Relationship Stalemate, which is a book my therapist wrote.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?

Print. There are fewer distractions. What’s there is there, and there’s no eye candy to take you somewhere else. It takes more discipline to sit and really read the paper.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.

I wouldn’t know how to download an app if you paid me! My assistant Jackie is in charge of the apps. I asked her today to download something called Gina the Giraffe. I saw that someone had that, so I asked Jackie if it could magically appear on my iPad so I could play it with Bryn.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?

I’m on my BlackBerry all the time, but that’s not really an indulgence. I’ve written three New York Times best-sellers on my BlackBerry, so it’s a necessary evil. I do tweet a lot—connecting with fans, wanting to know what people feel and think and are going through.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat? 

It’s mostly bullshit, to be honest, and I know that now. I didn’t realize that a lot of media—and especially gossip—is fiction. You just either have to read it and take it with a grain of salt, or only read sources that you trust.