French Women Don't Get Fat

French Women Don't Get Fat

Secrets for Enjoying Food, Having Fun, and Being Thin

Book - 2004
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Random House, Inc.
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.

A natural 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?

Baker & Taylor
A gourmand's guide to the slim life shares the principles of French gastronomy, the art of enjoying all edibles in proportion, arguing that the secret of being thin and happy lies in the ability to appreciate and balance pleasures.

& Taylor

A gourmand's guide to the slim life shares the principles of French gastronomy, the art of enjoying all edibles in proportion, arguing that the secret of being thin and happy lies in the ability to appreciate and balance pleasures, not in deprivation, in a guide that includes inspirational true-life stories, simple advice, and dozens of delectable recipes. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2004
ISBN: 9781400042128
Branch Call Number: 613.25 GU
Characteristics: p. cm


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Feb 22, 2019

This was a fun read. Hearing how serious the French are with food makes me so jealous. I wish our country had an appreciation like them. I love the life style that she promotes!

Aug 04, 2012

I bought this book years ago but it sat on my bookshelf until now. It is fun to hear about things from the author's perspective but as far as weight loss I don't think it has anything new. Drink water, walk a lot, and don't overeat. Regardless, it is still fun to read.

Apr 16, 2012

Excellent book that reminds us all to slow down & enjoy life. Tells her personnel story of coming to America and gaining weight then the struggle to return to the French lifestyle. Ends with some great tips and few recipes.

Oct 14, 2010

Banish diet books and get back the slimmer, youthful shape you deserve! It worked for me, anyway, a died in the wool food-a-holic.

Guiliano tells us the truths we already know. But she does it in a way that seduces us into a lifetime of healthy eating habits. A woman's metabolism changes over time. So, Guiliano advises, we must learn to adapt to our body's signals. As we develop a balanced relationship to food and life, we learn to take pleasure in being thin - by eating well!

After a lifetime of yoyo dieting, thanks to Guilano, at least one food crazy glutton (me) has finally stabilized at a realistic and healthy weight. This is one book on sensible eating that can truly make a difference.


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