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French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure Paperback – December 26, 2007
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“The perfect book. . . . A blueprint for building a healthy attitude toward food and exercise.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“A perfect, slim (and slimming) read for dieters and bon vivants alike.” —Marie Claire
“It’s hard not to be enlivened by a [weight-control] book that celebrates both chocolate and bread, and espouses such wisdom as ‘Life without pasta? Perish the thought.’” —The Washington Post Book World
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Stylish, convincing, wise, funny-and just in time: the ultimate "non-diet book, which could radically change the way you think and live.
French women don't get fat, but they do eat bread and pastry, drink wine, and regularly enjoy three-course meals. In her delightful tale, Mireille Guiliano unlocks the simple secrets of this "French paradox"-how to enjoy food and stay slim and healthy. Hers is a charming, sensible, and powerfully life-affirming view of health and eating for our times.
As a typically slender French girl, Mireille (Meer-"ray) went to America as an exchange student and came back fat. That shock sent her into an adolescent tailspin, until her kindly family physician, "Dr. Miracle," came to the rescue. Reintroducing her to classic principles of French gastronomy plus time-honored secrets of the local women, he helped her restore her shape and gave her a whole new understanding of food, drink, and life. The key? Not guilt or deprivation but learning to get the most from the things you most enjoy. Following her own version of this traditional wisdom, she has ever since relished a life of indulgence without bulge, satisfying yen without yo-yo on three meals a day.
Now in simple but potent strategies and dozens of recipes you'd swear were fattening, Mireille reveals the ingredients for a lifetime of weight control-from the emergency weekend remedy of Magical Leek Soup to everyday tricks like fooling yourself into contentment and painless new physical exertions to save you from the StairMaster. Emphasizing the virtues of freshness, variety, balance, and "always pleasure, Mireille shows how virtually anyone can learn to eat, drink, and move like a French woman.
Anatural raconteur, Mireille illustrates her philosophy through the experiences that have shaped her life-a six-year-old's first taste of Champagne, treks in search of tiny blueberries (called "myrtilles) in the woods near her grandmother's house, a near-spiritual rendezvous with oysters at a seaside restaurant in Brittany, to name but a few. She also shows us other women discovering the wonders of "French in action," drawing examples from dozens of friends and associates she has advised over the years to eat and drink smarter and more joyfully.
Here are a culture's most cherished and time-honored secrets recast for the twenty-first century. For anyone who has slipped out of her zone, missed the flight to South Beach, or accidentally let a carb pass her lips, here is a buoyant, positive way to stay trim. A life of wine, bread-even chocolate-without girth or guilt? "Pourquoi pas?
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This book started me on a journey to losing almost 20 pounds, very gradually and almost effortlessly. I've kept it off for several years. Once in a while a couple of pounds creep on and I recalibrate quickly, calmly and without losing any joy in what I'm eating. If you're ready for a "rapprochement" with food, this book is a marvellous starting point.
Now the rest: This book has helped me learn to cook really well. I have not got much experience cooking. For my first 30 years, I never cooked. Can you say thai delivery or frozen pizza?
Well...my confidence and achievements in cooking now, are worth noting! Yes, I still fumble around the kitchen and trip over all the big mystery kitchen supplies in there...except when I'm making these recipes. Yes I also bought the recipe book.
This book also intensified my appreciation for food while eating, as well as an appreciation for each food in it's season. For example, first time in my life, I'm enjoying plums. Why? Maybe because it's the first time I'm having them really ripe. Never thought I'd feel so good just eating a plum. She teaches you to eat, to prepare food, to understand seasons, to live in the moment, to feel the enjoyment of a chocolate, rather than guiltily sucking it down and then having another, neither of which you actually enjoy to it's fullest.
Ok, this is sounding a bit hippy-dippy now, right?
Too bad. This book really gives you a pass to enjoy the food you eat. To create sophisticated meals, SIMPLY and QUICKLY. To change your family's eating style, (eating your dinner one course at a time, increases appreciation of each food, cuts out calories and waste and increases your family time together!) To forgive yourself when you slip up. Oh and let's not forget, the pass to enjoy desserts and treats, without guilt.
I will forever credit Mireille Guiliano with teaching me how to create an amazing, pear clafoutis in less than 15 minutes. Also Champagne Chicken with rave reviews and I don't even eat poultry. She's changed not only my eating style but my lifestyle.
Here's a tip: to create meals to eat 1 course at a time, eat the salad, cook the main till it's almost ready. After the salad, then finish heating the main and serve.