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4.0 out of 5 stars quite good, actually, 22 July 2009
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This review is from: French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure (Paperback)
i was prepared to be annoyed - the author got a couple of bad reviews, but was reasonably pleasantly surprised.

the ethos of the book is not just about slimming, being fit and healthy, but alot about pleasure, enjoying life's sensuality, including food. so that was quite refreshing.

i also liked the outlook of enjoying food, and her general weight loss/maintenance methods were much more to my liking than the more english/american way of losing weight which tends to involve lots of institutions, and measuring e.g. Syns and obsessive counting in Weightwatchers, Slimming World ,etc. Her idea of dieting - apart from the odd weekend of Leek Soup - seems very gentle and pleasant, away generally from hard strictures.

its also pretty well-written too and can be easily read in an hour or so.

i think she is proud of being french, but i think it was in a pleasant way, describing what the french were good at in her opinion, rather than militant xenophobia.

the recipes seem good too.

one thing though: i have heard it said that many french women are semi-anorexic. i don't know if thats true, but she doesn't mention that aspect, if indeed that is the case. french men "like" their women slim, and perhaps there is something a little tyrannical here?

but as i said, overall i enjoyed the pleasure principle and simple weight loss ideas/methods which vein through the book.
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