Book review: French Women Don’t Get Fat

As you can see, I’m doing a little blog housekeeping to keep it fresh and organized! Plus, I love to play with new fonts and colors 🙂

I’ve decided to do away with my “Review” page and just post reviews (books and otherwise) as normal posts. They will always be categorized under “reviews,” so you can simply use the drop-down category box to the right to find them. This was an old review from that page I’m now posting under it’s new home. I absolutely love this book and Mireille Guiliano!

Book Review:

French Women Don’t Get Fat
Mireille Guiliano

I like to read diet/healthy living books in order to get different perspectives and apply the aspects I find appealing to my own life.  At times I also find good recipe ideas. Although I wouldn’t necessary classify this book as a “diet book,” it contains great ideas for maintaining a healthy weight while still enjoying food. Sometimes I get into an unhealthy eating rut and need something new to renew my sense of health and strength. A few times a year, I’ll do a detox of some sort. Guiliano includes a four-phase program that would be great for someone that needs to totally modify their eating habits. If that’s not the case for you, you could pick and choose different aspects of her program. I used the beginning of her program as a detox – I made her leek soup and ate only that, raw vegetables, fruit, and water for 3 days.

I loved Guiliano’s writing style and at times I felt as though I could hear a beautiful French accent reading the passages. Her perspective on healthy living is much in line with my belief that moderation is everything. The book includes great ideas for slowly modifying bad eating habits complete with easy recipes.  I loved the simplicity in her recipes – high quality ingredients with natural seasonings like coarse salt, fresh herbs, and lemon juice. She emphasizes moderation, light exercise, and rewards.  What makes her program unique, however, is the focus on the French art of ritual preparation and eating. As an American surrounded by the fast, eat-on-the-go cultural lifestyle, I find this especially appealing. She points out the simple indulgences we can find in beautiful cloth napkins and place settings, in small satisfying bites of our favorites foods, and in the simple act of sitting while eating.  Guiliano says, “Know thy food and know thyself.” I couldn’t agree more … really, shouldn’t we have a good idea of what we sustain our body (our temple) with? This line of thinking also supports her recommendations to eat in season and get plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, and water. “The rhythm of the season is a vital part of tuning our bodies to their equilibrium, cultivating well-being.” I couldn’t agree more.

Finally, Guiliano peppers the book with vivid and friendly stories about her early life in France.  I particularly enjoyed her memories about her family garden, eating freshly picked fruit, and wild mushroom picking. You may experience slight tinges of envy while reading about freshly picked strawberries and different varieties of berries and plums, straight from garden to table. Overall, Guiliano’s book was a pleasure to read and highly recommended. It is filled with easy to adapt tips and fresh perspective on eating, dieting, and living healthy. I’m looking forward to reading her other books soon.

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3 thoughts on “Book review: French Women Don’t Get Fat

  1. Claire @ Claire K Creations July 24, 2011 / 6:27 PM

    I’m just about to give my blog a bit of a makeover too. Yours looks great.

    I haven’t read this book yet but have been meaning to for ages. I do know the ‘always focus on whatever you’re eating’ rule and try to sit down and enjoy food like the French.

    • thequickanddirtycook July 24, 2011 / 8:56 PM

      Thanks Claire! Do read, it’s an easy fun read. Take Care!

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