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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: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,795 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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106 of 110 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2005
Format: Hardcover
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!
Best,
Zaftig American
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. H. on 16 Nov. 2005
Format: Hardcover
In a time when so many soi-dissant experts and opportunists climb on the French Diet fad bandwagon, it is refreshing to find a sensible French woman who with no degrees whatsoever nor boring scientific mambo-jumbo writes an entertaining, user-friendly book on what eating à la française is all about. This is the way we have been eating in my family for generations (I am of French origin) and I have never had a single overweight next of kin. Besides, Guiliano has simplified traditional French recipes which are delicious and easy to whip up in minutes. French people are hedonistic: they eat everything but slowly and in small portions. No cravings, no deprivation. Guiliano's is THE method. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Personally, I have read it for pleasure, but I'm sure that anybody who needs to lose weight should succeed once they get into the mindset proposed by Guiliano. Forget other books with their technical charts, survey facts and stats: this is a woman writing from experience and from the French kitchen standpoint. The only technical data you need to know is that according to European Union statistics French women are the slimmest women in Europe, weighing almost five kilos less than British women, even if British women are shorter. So let Guiliano see to your weight.
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71 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Catherine V. on 31 Aug. 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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80 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie on 28 Feb. 2005
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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 deprivation...to 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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