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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.
Enjoyable read! Some quirky stuff here and there but as a whole I really enjoyed it.Published 5 days ago by GP22
As the first-time parent of a toddler, I bought this book hoping to find some useful information about instilling healthy eating habits in children. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Alov
I wished I would have had this book 3 years ago. A great read.Published 6 days ago by Connie Shively
After having lived in Europe, I was amazed at how differently a lot of European children eat compared to Americans (not that I didn't see some pretty bad eating habits there as... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Glynda Camp
Thoroughly enjoyed the adventure...now I purchase to give as unique baby gifts to parents of newborns.Published 7 days ago by mariska
A really good book, an enjoyable read that was also educational.
I fully intend in implementing some of the ideas wiyh my son (and myself) in the coming months and years.
Enjoyable read, funny and best part of all I was able to apply some of the rules to my kids and it WORKS !!! Read morePublished 18 days ago by M. Perez
This book is really long winded, but it has incredibly interesting points and brings to attention cultural differences. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dfm24
Totally changed my whole thinking process around food for children and adults. My children are now well into their twenties, and they both love to cook and eat a wide variety of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JG