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Moving her young family to her husband's hometown in northern France, Karen Le Billon is prepared for some cultural adjustment but is surprised by the food education she and her family (at first unwillingly) receive. In contrast to her daughters, French children feed themselves neatly and happily—eating everything from beets to broccoli, salad to spinach, mussels to muesli. The family's food habits soon come under scrutiny, as Karen is lectured for slipping her fussing toddler a snack—"a recipe for obesity!"—and forbidden from packing her older daughter a lunch in lieu of the elaborate school meal.
The family soon begins to see the wisdom in the "food rules" that help the French foster healthy eating habits and good manners—from the rigid "no snacking" rule to commonsense food routines that we used to share but have somehow forgotten. Soon, the family cures picky eating and learns to love trying new foods. But the real challenge comes when they move back to North America—where their commitment to "eating French" is put to the test. The result is a family food revolution with surprising but happy results—which suggest we need to dramatically rethink the way we feed children, at home and at school.
An eye-opening, mind-bending excursion into the world of non-American eating. Not just the kids, but adults, too! I LOVE this book. I wish I'd read it years ago. Read morePublished 1 day ago by BookWoman
I read this book before I had my daughter and I was really intrigued by the author's description of life in France. Read morePublished 8 days ago by J. Donahue
After reading this book, my entire approach to feeding our daughter has changed. She's 3 years old and will try pretty much everything. Read morePublished 11 days ago by krunchymamakris
I picked up this book at the library and finished reading it in 2 days. The author sounded very honest especially when she mentions about the difficulties of being a foreigner. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Melancia
I agree with a lot of the things in this book. I grew up in Europe and learned to eat everything. Now I live in US and my kids don't want to it my country's native food. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Robert Nielsen
I didn't expect this book to be as much of a memoir as it turned out to be. I found it while looking up other books in our library system about getting children to eat (I'm a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Palasik
Really liked this book. Though so many of the observations were accurate about American eating habits. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mariko Scavone
Very informative and interesting book about the French way of eating! Great recipes and summary of the "rules" for eating at the end of the book.Published 1 month ago by Kara Hussmann