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

Version: Abridged
Author: Mireille Guiliano
Narrator: Mireille Guiliano
Genres: Health & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Diet & Nutrition
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: December 2004
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Overview

Stylish, convincing, wise, funny-and just in time: the ultimate "non-diet book, which could radically change the way you think and live.
French women don't get fat, but they do eat bread and pastry, drink wine, and regularly enjoy three-course meals. In her delightful tale, Mireille Guiliano unlocks the simple secrets of this "French paradox"-how to enjoy food and stay slim and healthy. Hers is a charming, sensible, and powerfully life-affirming view of health and eating for our times.
As a typically slender French girl, Mireille (Meer-"ray) went to America as an exchange student and came back fat. That shock sent her into an adolescent tailspin, until her kindly family physician, "Dr. Miracle," came to the rescue. Reintroducing her to classic principles of French gastronomy plus time-honored secrets of the local women, he helped her restore her shape and gave her a whole new understanding of food, drink, and life. The key? Not guilt or deprivation but learning to get the most from the things you most enjoy. Following her own version of this traditional wisdom, she has ever since relished a life of indulgence without bulge, satisfying yen without yo-yo on three meals a day.
Now in simple but potent strategies and dozens of recipes you'd swear were fattening, Mireille reveals the ingredients for a lifetime of weight control-from the emergency weekend remedy of Magical Leek Soup to everyday tricks like fooling yourself into contentment and painless new physical exertions to save you from the StairMaster. Emphasizing the virtues of freshness, variety, balance, and "always pleasure, Mireille shows how virtually anyone can learn to eat, drink, and move like a French woman.
Anatural raconteur, Mireille illustrates her philosophy through the experiences that have shaped her life-a six-year-old's first taste of Champagne, treks in search of tiny blueberries (called "myrtilles) in the woods near her grandmother's house, a near-spiritual rendezvous with oysters at a seaside restaurant in Brittany, to name but a few. She also shows us other women discovering the wonders of "French in action," drawing examples from dozens of friends and associates she has advised over the years to eat and drink smarter and more joyfully.
Here are a culture's most cherished and time-honored secrets recast for the twenty-first century. For anyone who has slipped out of her zone, missed the flight to South Beach, or accidentally let a carb pass her lips, here is a buoyant, positive way to stay trim. A life of wine, bread-even chocolate-without girth or guilt? "Pourquoi pas?

Reviews (11)

made me hungry

Written by TroyT from Oshkosh, WI on November 19th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Sure, it's slightly abridged but the information presented is spot on. Yep, I'm a male and I listened to this and enjoyed it. Mostly, I'm interested in any health related topic so figured I should know what this book was all about. So many things are practical, common sense in this book and with health in general. There were many things that my wife and I practice that were mentioned in this book. I highly recommend it. My wife is a French Teacher by trade too so our trips to France have definitely impacted our lives. We have learned to completely enjoy the simple pleasures in life...food,wine, cheese, chocolate, walking to a destination. Great book, fun to listen to and highly recommended to any woman that can't get off the "diet roller-coaster".

French Women Don't Get Fat

Written by Anonymous on December 14th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this book, although I really don't agree with all the advice given. The way the French live is interesting and may provide insights into good health, but for me this is not necessarily the role model for an average American.

French Women Don't Get Fat

Written by Sandra on December 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very interesting... Americans could learn a few things from this book.

The Skinny of French Eating Habits

Written by Mandi Chestler from Lake Oswego, OR on November 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A sensible, common sense approach to food, this is not a diet book. It is a philosophy of moderation that Americans would do well to practice. Read by the author with a delightful French accent, the audio is deliciously inspiring.

French women don't get fat

Written by Anonymous on January 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book was interesting. I think if someone lived in a large city like LA or New York where there were more open markets, a person could easily follow this eating plan.

French Women don't get fat

Written by Sandra from Whitby, ON on December 19th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I would agree with some of the other reviews - there were some helpful hints which we can all incorporate into our daily routines. With the heavy French accent it was difficult to follow at various points.

French Women Don't Get Fat

Written by Jessica from Glendale, AZ on October 31st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Included some very helpful tips that I have been able to incorporate, but sometimes the audiobook was hard to understand. The thick French accent makes it difficult to catch everything being said and I had to rewind a couple of times. Otherwise a nice "read"

Enjoyable book - some fresh ideas!

Written by Anonymous on January 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very enjoyable listen. It's an interesting concept - that we Americans "fight" food and guilt, while our French friends enjoy food and feel no guilt. As a previous reviewer wrote, there aren't startling new concepts here. However, it will make you look at what you already know in a new light. And listening to the author describe fresh food (especially fruit) or a glass of champagne is worth it! Very good!

French Women don't get fat

Written by Connie McKenna on January 23rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Inspiring. The information isn't necessarily new, but the idea of enjoying food in the ways she describes is really interesting. We have been "dining" the last few nights, instead of just eating dinner. Finding it easier to eat smaller portions. Enjoyable to listen to, really kept my attention.

good advice, great delivery

Written by KD on January 5th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a great book on food and lifestyle that every American woman ought to read. In it are some wonderful "tricks" that are commonly used by French women to eat well and live well without becoming fat. Face it, in America we don't know how to do that. Some of these are basic ideas we've heard over and over : drink more water, get enough sleep, add more steps to your day. The author explains little ways to do these things so life is healthier and more fulfilling without feeling like you have to sacrifice. There is SO MUCH information in this book, I had to listen 2 or 3 times to some sections to get it all. But the concepts are simple and attainable, and it is NOT a diet. Excellent book.

Author Details

Author Details

Guiliano, Mireille

Mireille Guiliano is the bestselling author of "French Women Don't Get Fat, " "French Women For All Seasons", and "Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire". 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.