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Review: TV star Bertinelli pens compelling ‘Enough Already’

- By Mike Householde­r

Valerie Bertinelli has been in the public eye for going on a half-century.

She exploded onto the scene in 1975, delighting television audiences as the bubbly and precocious teenager Barbara Cooper in the pioneering sitcom “One Day at a Time.” In the decades since, Bertinelli has starred in other hit shows (“Hot in Cleveland” and “Touched by an Angel”), hosted an Emmy Award-winning Food Network program and written multiple best-selling books.

Not to mention she was married to the late, great rocker

Eddie Van Halen as part of a match made in pop-culture heaven.

It would seem there’s not much more we can learn about the now-61-year-old entertaine­r and chef that we haven’t read or heard before, right? Wrong.

Bertinelli the author has returned with “Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today,” 200-plus pages that are equal parts self-help, cookbook and tell-all.

“The goal is to live in the moment, not on the scale,” writes the former Jenny Craig spokespers­on and “Valerie’s Home Cooking” host, whose battles of the bulge and love of cooking are well-documented.

But “Enough Already,” which provides constructi­ve advice and sprinkles in the occasional recipe, isn’t just about weight loss and culinary delights.

It’s about acceptance, empowermen­t and overcoming hardships, including the loss of a loved one.

And it’s that last piece where Bertinelli’s book really hits the mark.

She is brutally honest - almost uncomforta­bly so - in describing her relationsh­ip with Van Halen (simply “Ed” to Bertinelli), the famed guitarist who died in 2020 after a lengthy cancer fight, as well as with her late parents.

Bertinelli goes into significan­t detail regarding her ex-husband’s final days, including a particular­ly moving passage in which she and their musician son, Wolfgang Van Halen, each hold one of Eddie’s hands during his final moments.

“I have gone back and forth about whether I am revealing too much and being too open,” Bertinelli wonders in the book’s acknowledg­ment section, coming to the conclusion that “sharing makes us feel less alone during the hardest of times.”

It also makes for a compelling read.

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