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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.
Fantastic book! We can learn a lot from the French. I did think the author was a pretty indulgent mom, though. Not sure if she is a good representation of American moms. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved the ideas in this book and bought 4 copies for my daughters and nieces who have babies.Published 27 days ago by J. Castaillac
A fun and well written account of very deeply personal and so familiar to all parents struggles with kids over food. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Julia I. Oden
Loved it! I'm applying most of the things she talks about with my daughter she's eating everythingPublished 1 month ago by Jacqueline Hazbun
Enjoyable read! Some quirky stuff here and there but as a whole I really enjoyed it.Published 2 months 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 2 months ago by Alov
I wished I would have had this book 3 years ago. A great read.Published 2 months ago by Connie Shively