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

Mireille Guiliano
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2 Feb 2006

The book we've all (certainly every woman between 25 and 75) been waiting for. Classy, chic, convincing, funny, wise, well-written and very timely. It's the ultimate non-diet book, which nonetheless shows us how to eat with balance, control and above all pleasure. Chuck out all the radical diet books, think about what you eat and why, and then enjoy eating the right things (and some of the wrong ones) intelligently, and in smaller portions. Eat, like a French woman, with your head not your stomach.

Guiliano, French-born and bred, gets the tone absolutely right. She succeeds in that rare high-wire act of being really serious about her subject but without taking herself too seriously; manages to encourage and inspire and amuse, without being bossy or earnest. This is a book that will make you laugh out loud and yet have you following several of her practical precepts within days - everyone who reads it becomes evangelical(French women don't go to the gym, they climb the stairs...). It combines just the right balance of memoir, wisdom, wit, delicious recipes, and French common sense.Guiliano emphasizes the virtues of freshness, variety, personal taste, enjoyment and, above all, portion control (research shows that dishes served in US restaurants are 25% larger than those served in restaurants in France!).

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (2 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099481324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099481324
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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"Mireille's book is for the woman in search of a better, sexier, happier lifestyle" (Scotsman)

"Guiliano's advice is practical and sane" (New Statesman)

"A gentle and painless introduction to the French women's well-honed tricks to get your figure back - and then keep it" (Living France)

"Slender, elegant, well-spoken, sensible and unembarrassed by the frank embrace of stratagems" (Paris to the Moon)

"Reveals the secrets of French women's eating regimes. Reader, it all sounds pretty good to me" (Daily Express)

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How do French women do it? This is the book that unlocks the simple secrets of 'the French paradox' - how to enjoy food and stay slim and healthy. With a simple USP and a title that almost sells itself, it's guaranteed to be a bestseller.

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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fat American speaks 25 Feb 2005
By A Customer
As an overweight American woman of 31, I want to comment on this book. Never having been to Europe, I am not aware of the cultural food practices of Western Europe, but can tell you that America is a fat nation.
We too often eat garbage on the run, and inhale "low fat" foods en masse, and then wonder why we are fat and tired. I live in New Jersey, outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This was the "Fattest City in the US" not too long ago. It's true! People don't walk, they drive short distances and are often too "busy" for exercise.
I love the book because it exposes the lie of convenience foods and reinforces that Americans are overdosing on sugar and refined flours. I've heard several people, both Americans and Europeans compare the sugar content and portion size with European food. We are refined in our eating, but not in a food way. We are overprocessed and undernourished.
I have started buying "good food" and preparing meals from scratch. I have cut out packaged snacks and the like.
Guess What? IT WORKS! I have lost 10 lb and feel better than I have in a long, long time. I have less gastric discomfort (blush) and am generally feeling healthy and more fit.
I found the French viewpoint refreshing, not snobbish. I won't be cooking with $35 champagne, but gleaned lots of helpful tips from the book.
I really feel the book is geared towards the fast food nation, the USA. Let us eat our cake, if only a small slice!
Zaftig American
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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Most diets don't work. Why? Because the people who follow the diets are dieting. We deprive ourselves of the food we love until we reach a goal. That could take years! Or we eat the foods we love in minute portions, mere tastes. Does one half cup of dark chocolate ice cream satisfy anyone? If one chooses to stick with a diet program forever, an almost permanent state of slimness occurs. Voila! Forever is a long time to live with state the obvious. And usually somewhere between resolution and goal, comes the binge. But I won't go there. Almost all of us have experienced this seeming endless cycle of weight management. Dieting has become an obsession! According to Mireille Guiliano's fascinating and sensible book, however, one can moderate and modify behavior and eat sensually - like the French. Bid deprivation adieu. Savor the food and wine you love and loose the fat you hate.
"French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating For Pleasure" holds no secrets - no new weight loss methods are revealed here. REALLY! As a matter of fact, from page one, the author distances herself from all the popular fad diets. Mireille Guiliano, President and CEO of Cliquot Inc., is an extremely smart, savvy woman and tres chic to boot! Everything she writes here rings true, makes perfect sense and is beautifully penned. "French Women Don't Get Fat," (which is not totally true - I saw some pretty hefty women, even in Paris!), makes for a good read, provides food for thought, more than a soupcon of wit, and some wonderful recipes: Zucchini Flower Omelet, Aasparagus Tart, a Plum Clafouti made without dough, Salad of Duck a l'Orange, Grilled Peaches with Lemon Thyme, Chicken au Champagne, Croissants, and even Mousse au Chocolat.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute delight... 19 Nov 2006
By Kate G
I found this small, wise book an utter delight to read. Having visited France on many holidays, I have noticed the complete bemusement of French friends when I tell them of rushed work lunches stuffing a sandwich down crouched over a computer then later dashing off to the purgatory of the gym!

This stylish, intimate and very readable book has already reminded me of the things we all really know. I found the style funny, though oh-so-slightly arrogant in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. Yes, Mirielle has many criticisms of the American culture of TV dinners and huge portions, but none is malicious and all comes from her first-hand experience of both French and American ways of life.

I loved it and will be buying several copies for friends for Christmas.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my goodness!!! 31 Aug 2005
This book has completely changed my life and I cannot urge you to read it strongly enough!! Having battled with weight for all of my adult life including 2 pregnancies and a debilitating dependency on chocolate cheesecake which I grew to dread, my sister sent me this book! I am now a healthy and happy eater of all the things I love and only the things I love (having discovered a number of new ones previously untried) in, honestly very happy, moderation! This book has made food into a joy rather than a toil and given me back control! If I ever met this woman I would kiss her feet!!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Whenever I have traveled to France, I have found myself marveling at two things:
1. I usually lose weight even though I eat great meals and drink more wine than at home;
2. I see a smaller percentage of obese people (especially women) than in any other developed country I visit.
After much observation and discussion, I've concluded in the past that the French provide smaller portions of everything, don't go in for "all you can eat" buffets, eat less processed food, make things delicious so that they are more satisfying in smaller quantities, and walk a great deal compared to Americans. More recently, I've noticed that most of the food is nouvelle so there isn't much fat, sugar or starch in it.
Voila! That's exactly the conclusion that Ms. Guiliano makes as well as she recounts her journey from becoming a fat teenager as an exchange student binging on brownies in my current hometown of Weston, Massachusetts to prospering as a slim French woman married to an American in the United States. In addition, she is CEO of Clicquot, Inc. which means that she regularly indulges in Champagne rather than the red wine that so many believe helps keep the French slimmer.
As I read the book, I realized that Ms. Guiliano captured most of the best lessons of the South Beach Diet which I used successfully last year. The main difference between the recommended eating plans is that Ms. Guiliano has you start by creating an eating diary. With this diary, you figure out where you have bad eating habits. Then you begin to gradually reduce those eating habits in ways that leave you feeling comfortable and happy. The South Beach Diet briefly slashes (for two weeks) your intake of fats and carbs so that any insulin problems you have developed can be overcome.
If you wanted to use Ms.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for them!!
There are some good and helpful things in this book, but it's mostly preaching how wonderful french women are, and bashing Americans for being fat!!! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Surry
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and I love the recipes
I have Belgian blood with French relatives so a lot of what is in this book rings a chord with me. I'm not so bothered about following the suggested diet but I do like the recipes... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. Carol Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars French Women don`t get Fat.
Really liked this book,have bought it for other family too.Useful information, Am looking out for more of her books.It`s funny and informative.
Published 1 month ago by RitaJackson
5.0 out of 5 stars such good advice
I would recommend this book to all women, most of us need this sort of reminder/help to fine tune our lives at some point. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JNF
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
I have not read the whole book yet, but seems interesting one. I have always wonder how french women stay so thin and this book help to understand it.
Published 1 month ago by FinnishGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars The second
I just love these books. You can read it through and just enjoy, you can use the suggestions to help you lose those extra pounds and you can devour the recipes. Excellent.
Published 2 months ago by Gadowomam
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyable
For me, a bit too much of the author boasting about herself. Useful tip though re serving champagne as an aperitif, obviating the need to buy lots of different mixers, spirits etc... Read more
Published 2 months ago by miss kitten
4.0 out of 5 stars No real secrets...
A pleasant enough read - I enjoyed the ruminations on a privileged french childhood and the recipes are pretty good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Be inspired
First class read for everyday normal women. No fad diets just wholesome healthy meals and realistic goals. Loved its straight foreward approach found it motivating.
Published 2 months ago by Mary trainor
4.0 out of 5 stars Obvious but...
It's a pretty obvious self help book but, for those that need it, gives good context to the framework. The author comes across as likeable as well as a relateable working person.
Published 3 months ago by AbsoluteSpirit
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