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French Women Don’t Get Fat

by Mireille Guiliano

Series: French Women (1)

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A gourmand's guide to the slim life shares the principles of French gastronomy, the art of enjoying all edibles in proportion, arguing that the secret of being thin and happy lies in the ability to appreciate and balance pleasures.

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I liked the general idea of this book - slow down and actually enjoy the food you are eating instead of mindlessly shoving it into your mouth.
It made me look at my own bad habits (eating in front of the TV and not paying attention to what I was eating and actually enjoying it).
I found it worked for me, slowing down and savouring food made me eat less overall and more of the foods I enjoy. When visiting France hubby and I happily indulged in great food and walked everywhere, and at the end of it were slimmer, fitter and happier depsite all the pain au chocolats we had devoured. We also rarely snacked, and if we did, it was on a piece of fruit from a market stall. The French, regarding their view and culture of food, have it right in that respect.

But there were some parts, like the alcohol chapter, that felt outright self-promoting (she works for a champagne company...) ( )
  spiritedstardust | Dec 29, 2022 |
This is a book I periodically re-read, especially when I need to remind myself that pleasure does not need to be followed by pain. Aside from the excellentvadvice on jowca few simple changes can really add up, this book has many tasty recipes that I come back to time and again. ( )
  restimson | Jun 22, 2022 |
This is an interesting comparison of the culture of eating between women in France and America. Giuliano offers the same good advice that my French friend has always followed. It makes sense. ( )
  VivienneR | Jun 17, 2022 |
Finally read this book. Unlike most American women, I have never been on a diet in my life and was pleasantly pleased to find that my eating habits are much like described in this book. Maybe that is why I have been "naturally thin" all my life. I am going to copy some of these recipes down and then share the book with others. ( )
  KyleneJones | Apr 25, 2022 |
I don't know why I read books like this. There is such a small probability that I will enjoy them. This book is for people in love with everything French. ( )
  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
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Guiliano ends the book with a list of more observations about French women. They don't weigh themselves, they don't snack all the time, they eat more fruit but would never give up their bread or other carbs. They dress to take out the garbage, they understand the importance of a good haircut and expensive perfume, they know love is slimming. Part of me wanted to throw the book across the room, while the other part was memorizing the list....At the very least, we would all do ourselves a favor to make like Colette, for whom the table was ''a date with love and friendship '' instead of the root of all evil.

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What is more important than the meal? Doesn't the least observant [wo]man-about-town look upon the implementation and ritual progress of a meal as a liturgical prescription? Isn't all of civilization apparent in these careful preparations, which consecrate the spirit's triumph over a raging appetite? - Valery
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