Book Review: French Women Don’t Get Fat

Time for a break from recipes to share one of the books I just finished reading.  It’s French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano.  I had heard about this book from a few different sources and wanted to know what all the fuss was about, so I grabbed it as soon as I saw it at my favorite used book store back home.


About the Author: Mireille was born in France, came to the USA as an exchange student in high school, returned to France with a few extra lbs., and now resides in New York as the co-founder and CEO of Clicquot, Inc.

Summary: A non-diet guide to living a healthy life.  No need for deprivation, just learn the French woman’s secrets to eating the foods you love without the guilt.  Mireille outlines steps for taking a food inventory, recasting, stabilization, and maintaining a balance going forward.

Things I liked:  I thought this book presented wonderful tips to living a healthy life.  There are so many quick fix diets out there that don’t last in the long run.  I agree completely that life shouldn’t be lived counting calories, instead you should enjoy the life that surrounds you-who cares if you eat some chocolate and bread along the way 🙂  I also loved that there are tons of recipes in this book!  I’m planning on trying a few of them, I’ll make sure to share them with you.

Things I didn’t like:  I had a basic understanding of how to live the lifestyle presented in this book before reading it, so it definitely felt repetitive at times.  Also, I had to catch myself from getting defensive of the generalization of healthy French women vs. fat, lazy Americans.  However, putting down that guard made me realize that Mireille, having experienced both lifestyles, is not in this to criticize anyone.

Would I recommend this book to others:  Yes, I would recommend this book to anyone looking to forget the fad diets.  It gives a refreshing look at how to enjoy the beauty of food with great tips and recipes.  Also check out the French Women Don’t Get Fat website.

Happy reading!

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