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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.
Really liked this book. Though so many of the observations were accurate about American eating habits. Read morePublished 8 days 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 20 days ago by Kara Hussmann
informative, illustrated how to go about changing your diet and enjoying your food even more. better than the french women don't get fat. it's a lot more specific.Published 28 days ago by Maria Wilcox
Made me not want to go to France- it sounds like they hate kids! I wanted to strangle the author's mother-in-law- it really pissed me off.Published 28 days ago by Patty
Excellent book! One of the only ones i had time to read -- invaluable in teaching my kids to eat.Published 1 month ago by Terry Merrill Wilcox
Yes! If only the USA could grasp this concept. I've told everyone I know with children about this book. Helped to change the way we eat and view food.Published 1 month ago by Michele F.
very educational for all ages who are struggling with North American eating habits. Helps us to choose how and what we eat and helps us to train our kids properly
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love this book, very entertained for a foody person who is very interested in providing a good nutrition basis to his 3 year old childPublished 1 month ago by Anaité Díaz