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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143914897X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439148976
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this, the logical next step for the author of 2004's bestseller French Women Don't Get Fat, Guiliano stretches what amounts to a single weight loss tactic-don't eat so much-into a second book-length weight-loss guide, this time with recipes. Though they're meant to be nourishing and satisfying in small portions, Guiliano's recipes are devoid of nutritional information and, in many cases, descriptions of the finished dishes. Unremarkable but perfectly acceptable recipes abound, including sweet potato french fries, Spaghetti Carbonara, Ratatouille, chocolate mousse, and panna cotta, with occasional standouts like Eric Ripert's luxurious Croque Monsieur, incorporating brioche, caviar, smoked salmon and Jarlsberg cheese. In all, Guiliano seems more concerned with luxe details (tips on opening and preserving champagne, though salient, set the tone), and never misses an opportunity to talk up her jet-setting lifestyle and TV appearances; as such, her self-regarding commentary is as likely to irritate as to inspire. Somewhat ironically, Guiliano's best advice comes in a tacked-on chapter inspired by the frequently asked questions of readers and television hosts, including sound advice on sodium, exercise, and getting families into better eating habits. Fans of the franchise will likely be satisfied, but those unfamiliar with Guiliano's approach will find this volume lacking.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Guiliano’s French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure (2004), a runaway best-seller, prompted a follow-up cookbook, French Women for all Seasons (2006) and a lifestyle Web site, where Guiliano advises Francophile devotees on everything from business strategies to scarf tying. Fans will recognize familiar material in her latest cookbook, which is organized loosely according to meals that all reflect her mantra: cook and eat seasonal, sense-pleasing foods in reasonable quantities; walk often; drink water; enjoy small moments. As usual, Guiliano employs the warm, personal tone that has earned her so many followers, and she frequently shares anecdotes from her own life as she introduces her recipes, which range from simple scrambled eggs (made velvety with a touch of cream) to recipes that incorporate trendier ingredients, such as quinoa. The menus and suggestions for staple ingredients and equipment all support the approachable, delicious dishes, but it’s Guiliano’s final list of reasons to cook (for love, self-expression, pleasure, education, and amusement) that may finally send readers into the kitchen to start following her sensible advice. --Gillian Engberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Mireille Guiliano is the bestselling author of French Women Don't Get Fat and French Women For All Seasons. Born and raised in France, she is married to an American and lives most of the year in New York and Paris. She is the former President and CEO of Clicquot, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Its a good way to eat.
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I've cooked (and eaten) many of the recipes in this book and have been amazed at the delicious results!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mireille Guilian shares stories of her family meals and even her secret family recipe for breakfast that she says will melt pounds away.
The recipes she gives are not that hard, there are good explanations that an organized determined beginning cook could complete. Recipes are different but interesting, for example: endive with green tomato jam, chicken with spinach en papillote, of course crepes, sardines tartines, simple ratatouille.
The sample menus tell the philosophy of how the French eat. There is even a chapter on champagne and cooking with it
The book contains: breakfast and le brunch, lunch, dinner, fish, vegetables, desserts.
This is not a basic cookbook. It is a lesson on a way of life, the more continental, European way of eating. If you want to learn how, this will accomplish that.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The cookbook contains 162 recipes, but unfortunately there are no photos of the food. Some dishes, like Cream of Wheat with Cranberries and Walnuts are profoundly easy, some recipes, like Bouillabaisse Twenty-First Century are more complex. The book is user friendly with recipes clearly printed in black ink - reasonably easy to read, with the only negative being the lack of photos which diminishes an otherwise high quality book. The hardback edition stays open on the counter when turned to most sections of the book, but the paper will absorb spills, so to protect the pages, it would be wise to use a cookbook holder.

The chapters are organized by meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Fish and Vegetables, Sweets, Putting it all together -- planning basic and fancy menus, recipes, food shopping etc., and a chapter devoted to Champagne.

The dishes are generally simple and tasty, not requiring advanced cooking skills. Fat, usually butter or olive oil is kept to a minimum and as always with good cooking, the freshness of the ingredients used in the dishes is crucial. I prepared and enjoyed Tilapia with Cumin and Mushrooms. The Lentil, Fennel and Orange Salad was also delicious.

Interspersed with the recipes, are stories the author shares along with hints and advice about health and life that add a depth to the book that recipes alone wouldn't. Some of the areas she discusses are label reading, walking and water, detoxing, health, dealing with a husband who eats like a pig, eating organic, items she keeps in her kitchen and more.

The book puts the "French Women Don't Get Fat" philosophy into action with some good ideas and solid recipes.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Anderson on May 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As with the other French Women books, this cookbook delivers wonderful recipes to produce foods with clean, simple, beautiful tastes. Wonderful, wonderful cookbook!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Emily J. Fuller on October 21, 2010
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I hate to cook, and I hate to grocery shop and I'm too busy to do either. So in an effort to create a healthier lifestyle for myself I picked up this book at the library. Needless to say, I needed to purchase a copy immediately thereafter. Even for a novice like myself, these recipes are easy to prepare. I've enjoyed all the recipes I've cooked so far and it hasn't taken me nearly HALF the time so many other recipe books promise to save you! A very worthy purchase!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By LoveAmazon on September 19, 2011
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I am a pretty good cook - not a chef, but not a beginner either. I also have several French cookbooks and thought of adding this one to my collection because the other FWDGF books are quite enjoyable. After trying about 4 different recipes from this book, my description of the recipes is "blah". The food is just "blah". It lacks depth and flavor.

I am not one to cook with excessive amounts of fat and I do not eat pre-packaged food - I know the true flavors of foods. But after cooking an entire dish for an extended period of time, I keep finding myself having to return to the kitchen to add ingredients to round the flavors out - to make it taste like something - to make it good.

The written portion of this book is great - similar to the other books, but the recipes are very un-satisfying. I may end up re-selling my copy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By flyfire on June 13, 2010
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Highly delicious food that is simple to prepare. A delight for the palate the book offers a wide variety if dishes using seasonal, fresh ingredients. Guiliano's prose is poetic as well as helpful and she provides constructive advice on how to eat well and revel in food and life.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D.P. on August 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What I like about this book is the simplicity of the recipes. They are all made with just a few ingredients. The style of cooking is easy, and the combinations of ingredients are atypical. I made the pasta with anchovies, spinach and pine nuts. It was fantastic and the entire meal took less than 15 minutes to put together. I'll try the pasta with eggplant and fresh tuna next. These recipes are so delicious that I can invite friends over and cook something so straightforward, perhaps open a bottle of wine, and have a lovely evening together. This is the French way to do things, at least according to her books. Eating for pleasure. I highly recommend this book for its healthy and delicious recipes.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Jackson on June 27, 2010
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This cookbook is a kitchen staple.
I'm a baker by trade, so I'm not too keen on cooking from scratch, but Mireille makes it fun! And easy!
As wonderful as the recipes are, my favorite parts are the stories; she is an amazing storyteller.
I may not use this book every day, but when I have fresh produce from the farmers' market, this is the cookbook I reach for every time. Try also: Fresh from the Farmers' Market (Reissue): Year-Round Recipes for the Pick of the Crop.
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