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French Kids Eat Everything: How our family moved to France, cured picky eating, banned snacking and discovered 10 simple rules for raising happy, healthy eaters by [Le Billon, Karen]
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Humorous as well as instructive, this culinary adventure will change the lives of parents and children alike . . . Karen Le billon and her children learn that it's okay to feel hungry between meals, turn to mindful eating, and learn the importance of enjoying one's food. (Patricia Wells, author of The Provence Cookbook)

This book is not only about how to teach children (and yourself) to eat well and happily for life, it's a book about how to help build and maintain the foundations of any civilized society. I loved it. Essential reading, whether you have children or not. (Laura Calder, author of Dinner Chez Moi and host of French Food at Home)

A wonderful - and important - book. One family's topsy-turvy culinary transformation becomes an in-depth exploration of the habits that have kept French kids loving food (and eating spinach) for centuries. (Elizabeth Bard, author of Lunch in Paris)

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Humorous as well as instructive, this culinary adventure will change the lives of parents and children alike ... Karen Le billon and her children learn that it's okay to feel hungry between meals, turn to mindful eating, and learn the importance of enjoying one's food. -- Patricia Wells, Author Of The Provence Cookbook This book is not only about how to teach children (and yourself) to eat well and happily for life, it's a book about how to help build and maintain the foundations of any civilized society. I loved it. Essential reading, whether you have children or not. -- Laura Calder, Author Of Dinner Chez Moi And Host Of French Food At Home A wonderful - and important - book. One family's topsy-turvy culinary transformation becomes an in-depth exploration of the habits that have kept French kids loving food (and eating spinach) for centuries. -- Elizabeth Bard, Author Of Lunch In Paris

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1958 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (3 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00828KCNW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My goodness, this is so true. If you have ever been to a French supermarket and really looked around, the first thing that usually hits you is the entire Cows tongue on special offer (always!) among other things. School lunches for kids are often varied and sometimes with nondescript items that on the foreigners frown at, the French kids don't look twice and just eat.

If you have a fussy eater this book offers some great guidelines, if you are trying to get your kid to eat like a French kid, good luck with that!

Tried and tested approach, more common sense and less mollycoddling approach is basically what it is about and unless you, as a parent, can also change your attitude and toughen up a little, no book is going to work, This is quite a hefty tome though. Do not expect to be able to flick through it and find a few recipes etc, it requires reading to be able to fully understand the necessary components required to take action and achieve results. To be honest, I had hoped for a more 'recipe' type book which showed dishes that could contain 'hidden' ingredients that kids would eat and get used to but really this book is more about doing it upfront and telling your child to eat or go hungry when it comes down to it.

It is in an almost novel like format and not an instruction/reference manual per se.
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The author's tale of how she got her fussy, complaining, junk food loving kids to eat real food was at once sobering and entertaining. I found myself reading voraciously, desperate to achieve the result promised in the title. The book is a personal story of a Canadian mother who decided to move to France in search of an idyllic country life, only to discover to her amazement that all the other kids there ate grown up food. Over time she discovered 10 rules to follow which she tried out on her family.

I was following most of the rules already, but there were 2 that I needed to work on. The main one for me was about snacking...once I put the new system in place, my daughter started to EAT ALL OF HER MAIN MEALS!!! So simple yet life-changing. This week my daughter actually ate carbonnade flamande, spinach fishcakes, aubergine salad, pumpkin soup and vegetable tart. Prior to this each meal was filled with arguments, threats, pleading...if you're reading this review you will know exactly the behaviour I'm referring to!

I was so happy to read about this mother's own struggles which so mirrored my own. I knew that if she could do it I could too, and I am giving myself a pat on the back now for following her advice. Give this book a go, it's not expensive and it may just change things for you. It's chatty and fun to read. The anecdotes feel like they are coming from a friend and a real person, not some amazing know-it-all smug perfect mother. Love it!
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I really enjoyed this book, having plenty of experience raising 3 picky eating kids in the UK (with loads of family in America). I found the insight into the French attitudes toward food and culinary education fascinating. The French attitude towards food as a celebration, a special event, and something to really learn about and cherish is very refreshing (versus the British and American attitude of maximum convenience and distraction and food on the run).

However, as a practical "picky eaters manual" or cure for individual kids, there isn't THAT much you can take away and implement. The author was transplanted to rural France and forced to totally change her family's lifestyle, supported by every single other person and institution around her (friends, relatives, schools, markets, restaurants, government).

There are certainly smaller changes that people in other places (ie UK, America) could learn from, for example limiting snacks, taking time over cooking and eating as a family, and teaching very young children about food, cooking and nutrition. But the food culture is just so different in France that it would be hard to make the same changes and have the same expectations of kids that she had in rural France (as she found when she went back to Canada).

Finally, I just have to say that although the variety of foods her kids got to love is very impressive, it just doesn't sound that FUN to be a French kid and to be expected to be a little adult from birth. I have spent a lot of time in France, and as the author points out, there just isn't a focus on making childhood fun and enjoyable. So while British/American parents may be overly indulgent and allow their kids to have worse manners, dirty clothes, eat hot dogs, etc., at least there is a bit more fun involved in being a kid.

So, something to learn for everyone and a really enjoyable read that I could easily relate to.
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My wife was stressed by our son's increasing fussyness at home and at nursery.

She loved the book as it related her failures as well as successes. The story format of the book also worked better than many 'how to' books.

It's early days but since making some changes inspired by the book, our son is eating better. It's not a complete transformation - he's a British toddler after all, but it's definitely an improvement.

The main things we've changed are:
Encouraging him to at least try different food
Offer no alternatives
Reduce snacks
Eat as a family

All common sense really, but we're all happier so far.

I'd recommend the book for anyone else with a fussy eater.
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