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The French Women's Diet [Kindle Edition]

Susan Kiernan-Lewis
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NEW, UPDATED EDITION! Consistently ranking in the top Amazon diet and cook books, The French Women’s Diet has been totally rewritten and updated. It's the easy way to look great, lose weight, and eat like the French do! That means "Non!" to celery and cottage cheese and "bien sûr!" to cream and butter and profiteroles. Written for today's lifestyle and American culture.

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  • File Size: 666 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F9YFAM
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An honest look at the french diet August 2, 2012
By Jewel
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read a few books about the french diet and while I've understood the basic principles (fresh food, small portions, quality over quantity etc), the books haven't really given me the insight into the reason why the french diet works. I really enjoyed reading this book as I believed it was quite honest about some of the tactics used by french women to maintain their weight. Some of the other books hinted at these but none actually described them in detail. I guess because they're a little controversial (eg, skipping meals - I was horrified at first when I read about this but the author explains it well and it made perfect sense in the right context). I liked the writing style which was to the point and at times very funny. The only downside I thought were the recipes at the end of the book; I thought they were unnecessary and that the book stood well enough on its own without them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Plan for Eating February 10, 2012
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I like this book. I have read a lot of diet books in my life. I own an impressive amount of cookbooks, some of them "diet" ones. Of them all, for me, this one makes the most sense. I am not French nor have I been to France. Given that, I will not comment on whether or not what is said about France or French women is true. I am an American and much of what was said about us, in my opinion, is sadly true. The author gives solid advice that in reality you probably know. She also refers to this in the book. I don't know why but sometimes you just need to be told, or to read it, to get the message. The fact that she writes like a friend talking to you, I think helps you digest the message. It's an easy, fast read. I started it planning to just glance through and read later. I ended up reading it straight through, highlighting and bookmarking as I read. It is a book I would recommend to friends and family. I read it on a KFire. It looked good on it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advice from a girlfriend that works.... August 25, 2012
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I am down 20 pounds so far. The book just takes us back to common sense: real foods, limited amounts, movement. I appreciate that I am not expected to eat 6 times a day because that just keeps my focus on food. I find it an elegant food plan that is simple to remember and follow.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I purchased a few different books on the subject of the French diet, and this was by far the most disappointing of the lot. For starters, the editing was shoddy and there were a number of typos and errors in the Kindle edition (which is the one I got). But putting that aside, the content was just not well presented. The tone was overly familiar and casual, and it made the author sound sort of ditzy and undermined the message she was trying to convey.

More importantly, it seems as if this book is not really true to the French diet/lifestyle. The author still suggests that you start off with some decidedly non-French diets to lose weight and then just use the French "diet" for maintenance. Mais non!

If you are interested in exploring the real French diet/lifestyle, I would recommend Sally Asher's "Losing It In France" and Dr. William Clower's "The French Don't Diet" books much more highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good honest book April 6, 2014
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I like this book as it is honest. It does not promise any miracles. It does tell you that you have to do your homework to train yourself, to train your brain to think, act and behave as a French woman. The idea of loving yourself not your dinner is very wise and deep.
As for weight loss strategies, there are no universal recipes. It is case by case basis. You have to get your doctor’s approval. There should be no harm to your health. Certain medical conditions require small frequent meals, eliminating some food groups and etc… But the common denominator is portion control, clean eating (very important!) and active life style (if you sweat 60 minutes in the gym and spend the rest of your day sitting at your desk, it does not count). Everything starts with mental state. The book is very convincing about it. It makes you feel encouraged to look beautiful, to dress tasteful, feel good about yourself in any environment – at home, at work, with friends. It does not depend where you live (although people in Manhattan or Boston are more tended to look elegant and than in countryside…), you can make it everywhere. It will benefit you and everybody and anything around you: your loved ones, your job situation, your relations with friends and etc…
Throw away your baggy pants and frozen foods from supermarket fridge! Buy something more good looking (it is available for any size and budget!) and start your new life!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The author states things clearly and concisely. If you have this you have a lot books on the same theme in a nutshell. I love it and it is well done for the kindle which isn't always the case, even with kindle versions of far more expensive books. Great book, great price, well written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It April 8, 2013
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I Love Good Food And I have Always Had Trouble With My Weight And This Book helps show if you just Take The Time To Eat Real Food And Enjoy It
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars read Dr. Will Clower January 12, 2012
By medvlit
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Jenna Davis needs to read Dr. William Clower's book, THE FRENCH DON'T DIET PLAN, to see how French people really regard the topics of food and weight. Some of her very American suggestions would set me up for failure. Not impressed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best "diet" book I have read
Probably because it makes sense. It is well written, truthful, and made me smile. It is the only "diet" book I am going to follow. Thanks, Susan, for writing it.
Published 3 days ago by Mg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Need to read again.
Published 1 month ago by Melissa
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK, but not my kind of eating.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars On target!
Good information on eating like a French woman. Even has the latest on fat NOT being a total enemy.
Published 3 months ago by K. Minehart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Healthy Diet
I think it's a great diet and very applicable here in the US. I will definitely try this!
Published 4 months ago by Betsy
3.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't read this word for word from cover to cover.
I thought Michael Pollan's "Food Rules: An Eater's Manual" said it more concisely than Susan did. He explains that in general the French have two food rules:

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Published 4 months ago by Joomi Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A great lesson in French culture
Loved the stories, and the recipes!
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 months ago by Gladys Broadwater
5.0 out of 5 stars French food delight!
Great starter book when French food is the way you want to go. Delicious recipes I can't wait to try.
Published 15 months ago by CookinCrazy
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Like in Paris
I was transported back to Paris reading about how the French women live. It is a way of life that I could really embrace.
Published 20 months ago by Linda S. Mikels
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Best-selling author Susan Kiernan-Lewis has been an equestrienne, copywriter, playwright, and video producer. As a writer, she takes her passions--horses, France, cooking, and travel--and puts them in her novels, which usually involve an adventurous female protagonist faced with the challenge of new and dangerous situations. Her popular fiction series include the Maggie Newberry Mysteries set in France, the dystopian Irish End Games, the Atlanta-based Mia Kazmaroff mysteries, and a historical romance time-travel series. Contact Susan at and visit her website at

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