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French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure | [Mireille Guiliano]

French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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?

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2004 Mireille Guiliano; (P)2005 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"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)
"A common sense diet based on both restraint and simple exercise, Guiliano's diet stresses that food consumption ought to be deliberate and pleasurable and done always sitting at table with appropriate napery." (Booklist)

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    Kristen CONCORD, NH, United States 04-21-12
    Kristen CONCORD, NH, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2011

    Thank goodness for audio books. I can cook, clean, and drive and still "read".

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    "Bon appetit!"
    What made the experience of listening to French Women Don't Get Fat the most enjoyable?

    I put off reading this book for a long time. I thought it was just another diet book. However, after reading a book where "French Women Don't Get Fat" was referenced I decided to give it a go. I ended up loving it. It's not a diet book, it talks about a way of life. A holistic way of living. I think it was filled with a lot of good advice and good recipes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Mireille of course!


    What does Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    How to actually say the french words.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This is non-fiction, so I don't know if moving is an accurate word to describe it. However, it did inspire me to eat leeks for the first time in my life (and as it turns out, I LOVE them!). I also started walking to work and drinking a lot more water.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, I loved this book, but I think it would be better to have a hard copy because of all the recipes in it. I listened to it first and then bought the hardcover.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jean White Marsh, MD, United States 11-08-11
    Jean White Marsh, MD, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Loving French and Food!"
    Would you listen to French Women Don't Get Fat again? Why?

    Yes, a matter of fact, after I listened, I had to own a copy (and I bought the cookbook too).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of French Women Don't Get Fat?

    The most memorable moment was when the writer returned from America (20 lbs overweight) and her father said she looked like a sack of potatoes.


    Which character – as performed by Kathe Mazur – was your favorite?

    The main character


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The love of food... that it's ok to enjoy and celebrate natural foods. You can strike a harmony with your food intake and daily activity level that is nearly effortless and sustainable for a lifetime.


    Any additional comments?

    I just love the french language and I can appreciate how it's sprinkled into this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Strauss 06-07-11
    R. Strauss 06-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Different way of thinking of things"

    I really liked the different views this book presented. Never again will I sit down mindlessly - without making that choice consciously - to eat a meal without looking at it and taking in the beauty. I have recommended this book to 3 others already.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel North Bay, Ontario, Canada 08-31-10
    Rachel North Bay, Ontario, Canada 08-31-10
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    "Fantastic!"

    Great recipes, that are also available on the author's website, and excellent information that's easy to apply to your everyday life to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Noel 07-07-12
    Noel 07-07-12 Member Since 2012

    Mom, Science Teacher, Kid at Heart. My 52 mile drive to work gives me time to finally stretch my brain. Audible has been a wonderful treat! Thanks Bob!

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    "Wish I had this book pre-college!"

    I wish I had read this book before going to college where, in the throws of constant stress and laziness, I developed bad eating habits! Mom's, this is a great book for a teenage daughter leaving home for college/returning home from college/living on her own for the first time.

    This isn't a diet book. This is a grown-up girl's guide to eating. Most of us aren't as lucky as Mireille Guiliano, who found a kind family doctor to help her reprogram her eating habits when she found herself over her ideal weight. Instead, most of us turn to the gym and dieting to quickly fix weeks/months/years of transgressions. This book offers a holistic approach to well-being and will help you form a new relationship with food.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathlyn Salt Lake City, UT, United States 07-02-12
    Kathlyn Salt Lake City, UT, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable Audio"
    What made the experience of listening to French Women Don't Get Fat the most enjoyable?

    I watch my weight carefully and found the French women's approach to be more self control over diet rather than more exercise in order to eat.


    Any additional comments?

    Throwing in a few French phrases makes it appealing for one who is trying to learn French as myself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katarzyna F. 05-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very inspiring and nostalgic!"
    Would you listen to French Women Don't Get Fat again? Why?

    The book brought back memories of growing up in Europe. The author is so right about how American eating habits vary from the Europeans. Lots of great recipes. I tried a bunch. So much fun.


    What other book might you compare French Women Don't Get Fat to and why?

    "Bringing up Bebe" - another look at French, mostly about parenting but a lot about eating and food habits. Very helpful.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Abby OSPREY, FL, United States 10-27-11
    Abby OSPREY, FL, United States 10-27-11
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    "Don't Get This Version"

    The narrator was awful! What was she reading, the phone book? To really enjoy this book, you must get the abridged version, read by Mireille Guiliano. Even when I am not thinking about a lifestyle change, I love to listen to her insights on life and food. She speaks about food the way most people talk about a lover, but it is impossible to enjoy when read by Kathe. Get the abridged and be happy!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Worcester, MA, USA 08-09-06
    Jennifer Worcester, MA, USA 08-09-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing"

    If hautiness, arrogance and condescension are your idea of a good read, then by all means download this book.

    I was really hoping for some nutritional and lifestyle revelations that would crack the code of why Americans seem to gain weight exponentially, while supposedly Europeans, and especially the French, do not. What is contained within this book was nothing new to me. If you follow nutrition, a sound lifestyle, and general healthy habits you know everything the author says in this book already. All of the information contained can be found elsewhere - in less arrogant or territorial nutrional books. There was a huge distinction in this book "Americans do this (BAD) while the French do this (GOOD)". I found myself insulted - the implication is that American's don't know how to take care of themselves. While it's true it seems as a culture we are on salt and fat overdrive, the sweeping generalizations left a bad taste in my mouth. If you eat a lot of junk food, don't exercise, never eat your fruits and vegetables and watch a ton of tv - then read this book - there may be insights into your lifestyle that you hadn't thought of before. But if you strive for a balanced diet, read the labels on everything before you buy, and were raised by an uber-healthy mom like I was, this book is just a regurgitation of all of the information you already know.

    The recipes, however, sound interesting and decadent - that is definitely a plus - if you can slow down and try to write them down while you're listening...

    18 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Raquel Alfaro Houston, TX 12-11-13
    Raquel Alfaro Houston, TX 12-11-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Just a recipe book!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less french words that sometimes they wouldn't give a translation to.


    Has French Women Don't Get Fat turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really but it was dissapointing.


    What does Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is very soothing, the narration was very good, but the content of the book definitely not.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None, is just a recipe book with a few tips on how to eat better when it should've been the other way around.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of a credit but I'm glad for Audible's return policy so at least I don't feel like I wasted my money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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