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.
I loved this book. Firstly, it was fun and readable. I really appreciated Karen's honesty about her own complicity and bad behavior. This book doesn't sanctify France either. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Maire Claremont
Must read! So helpful in setting good habits for my one year old. The French way makes complete sense and the American way pretty ridiculous.Published 1 month ago by Pw
Love Love Love this book...I earmarked nearly every page of tips...I was hoping for more of a step by step what to do with a 4 month old and beyond... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tina M
I hate to leave a poor review when I had such high hopes for this book. Honestly, the book is just not very well written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hall Family_01
I checked out this book from our local library because I wanted to learn more about what 'eating French' meant, as I am traveling to France. I couldn't put it down! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steph
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 1 month 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 2 months ago by MI Book Shopper