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.
Really eye opening book. I started implementing some of the French food rules and after about 3 weeks my kids are already trying more foods than ever before and eating better at... Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Julia L. Izzolo
I really appreciate the thoughts and ideas brought up by this book. I was raised with pretty much the worst eating habits of anyone I know, and really wish I could make my mother... Read morePublished 10 days ago by MI Book Shopper
I found this to be very insightful. Part parenting advice, part travelogue.
She describes the food (and physical) journey of moving to France for the year to her... Read more
This was an entertaining read, with enough anecdotes to keep it engaging and research to suit my need for data. So many great tips to implement - I really recommend this book.Published 27 days ago by Fay Horton
I found this book to be very helpful in teaching strategies for how to get your children to eat more foods. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura Happe