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French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes, and Pleasure [Hardcover]

Mireille Guiliano
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Oct. 31 2006
For the legions of fans who asked for seconds after devouring French Women Don’t Get Fat, a charming and practical guide to adding some joie to your vie and to your table, every day of the year.

By letter, by email and in person, readers of Mireille Guiliano’s phenomenal bestseller French Women Don’t Get Fat have inundated her with requests for more advice. Her answer: this buoyant new book, brimming with tips and tricks for living with the utmost pleasure and style, without gaining weight.

More than a theory or ideal, the French woman’s way is an all-encompassing program that can be practised anytime, anywhere. Here are four full seasons of strategies for shopping, cooking and moving throughout the year. Whether your aim is finding two scoopfuls of pleasure in one of crème brûlée, or entertaining beautifully when time is short and expectations are high, the answers are here. And here too are 100 new simple and appetizing recipes that feature French staples such as leeks and chocolate and many more unexpected treats besides, guaranteeing that boredom will never be a guest at your table.

Woven through this year of living comme les françaises are more of Mireille’s delectable stories about living in Paris and New York and travelling just about everywhere else – in the voice that has already beguiled a million honorary French women. Lest anyone still wonder: here is a new compendium of reasons – both traditional and modern – why French women don’t get fat.

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Guiliano serves up second helpings of her popular approach to healthy living in this gracious outing (following 2005's French Women Don't Get Fat), framed with an emphasis on the pleasures of seasonality, local produce and personal style. Everything in moderation is this New York City–based Frenchwoman's secret to staying slim and bien dans sa peau (comfortable in one's skin). Always with a mind to portion control, she presents weekly menus and over a hundred recipes organized by season and sauced with casual, idyllic culinary reminiscences. Some of her simple, appealing recipes tap her French origins (Potato Gratin à la Normande calls for apples and soft, ripe Pont l'Évêque cheese), others nod to Americanized calorie-conscious taste (Turkey Scaloppine with Pesto) and some recipes reflect her proximity to New York City's Union Square Greenmarket (sautéed fiddleheads). A holistic fitness strategy (e.g., cycling as a mode of transportation) remains a theme and Guilano expands l'art de vivre to aging gracefully, entertaining and tying one's scarf with flair. The CEO of Champagne Veuve Clicquot, she also offers an excellent primer on wine. Guiliano's debut, which laid out a program, is more instructive, but the legions of readers fond of her encouraging, urbane voice will be happy to hear from her, though they won't learn any new secrets. 750,000 announced first printing; 12-city author tour. (Nov.)
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The author of the surprise best-seller French Women Don't Get Fat (2004) delves more deeply into her criticism of Americans' reckless consumption, encouraging them to eat for good health, for a slender figure, and for the happiness that springs from enjoyment of truly delicious food and wine. For Guiliano, worthwhile eating is inseparable from one's quest for honest pleasure. She believes most diets are self-defeating because they fail to appreciate one's need for the flavors and textures of good food; moreover, such diets tend to generate both poor nutrition and unappeasable appetites. Much more sustainable is a relaxed but intentional routine of three meals each day, where each mouthful gets savored for optimum delight. Avoiding snacks, especially ones high in sugar or salt, helps control appetite, as does regular drinking of water. Wine sipped with food, never by itself, also increases pleasure while providing some necessary nutrients, and cheese perfectly complements wine. Guiliano introduces a host of stimulating recipes emphasizing seasonal fruits and vegetables. Chicken cooked in pastis, leeks mozzarella, and figs with ricotta give some idea of the creativity at work here. Weeks' worth of seasonally informed menus ensure that even the most kitchen-challenged dieter can easily follow this Frenchwoman's generous, life-affirming regimen. Expect much demand. Mark Knoblauch
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it Nov. 14 2006
By David
Format:Hardcover
I like Mireille Guiliano. And I like this `follow up' book more than the original "French Women..." This book is much more practical. It contains a medley of ideas for enjoying your life while still controlling some of the habits that you might not be so proud of. It shows you how to outsmart your weaknesses and to be creative. Don't do diets! Avoid snacks, drink plenty of water, use seasonal fruits and vegetables, etc, etc. Most of all: THINK. Don't let your gut to overpower your brain. Guilliano provides a host of interesting creative recipes that will make you enjoy each bite without feeling guilty about it. Keep it up Mireille - 5 Star!

Another great book that I recommend is "Can We Live 150 Years?" Written by another European, with easy-to-understand language, presenting simple ideas for health, weight control, and longevity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, fresh and insightful July 15 2010
Format:Hardcover
To keep it short and sweet: what a great book! Full of recipes, insight, guidance and humor--you couldn't ask for more. Her writing style is simple and refreshing. This is the kind of book that can be a part of your collection for years to come for the recipes, the inspiration and a reboot!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The French Woman Is At It Again Nov. 1 2006
By Colleen O'Keefe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The French Woman is at it again. Her style and approach to life and food is so optimistic and real that one can not help but be charmed and uplifted. Different from the first book, this one has new recipes and meal plans and some gems of wisdom on how to stop mindlessly stuffing our mouths full of tasteless junk. I've already started to incorporate her "50% Solution", the concept of eating only half the portion you're given or sharing an entree with a tablemate. Her idea is that if you stop midway through a meal and reflect on how you are feeling, instead of eating the "whole enchilada" just becasue it's there, you will realzie that you are more than content. In doing so,you'll shave off a lot of calories and if this habit becomes a routine yout waistline will get slimmer. This isn't a "diet" book and it's not going to help you take off the extra pounds before Christmas; however if you follow the general principles you will lead a fuller life and realize that happiness is not found on a dessert plate.
73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keys to Enjoying Food, The Seasons, and Life Nov. 1 2006
By Linda Painchaud-Steinman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Mireille Guiliano does an even better job in this latest book than she did in "French Women Don't Get Fat."

While reading, I kept thinking about how many readers will be able to "see"

themselves in the kind of unconscious eating/living she describes.

To me, if there is one essential lesson to be taken from this book, it is this: SLOW DOWN and begin to live

and eat CONSCIOUSLY. It won't really cost you anything to do so, and it may just melt some unwanted

pounds from your body. And, if it DOES cost you a little bit more in money, is it worth that to have a LOT more in health, slimness, and enjoyment of life?

Good reading that teaches us a lot about good living!
67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Joie de Vivre Morphs into L'Art de Vivre Jan. 26 2007
By Diana F. Von Behren - Published on Amazon.com
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Judging by the amount of French lifestyle themed books out there, one can safely say that to capitalize on one's French-ness while selling an idea may equate to capturing a good chunk of good old American change. Mireille Guiliano, in her sequel to "French Women Don't Get Fat," does just that; like an elder more sophisticated sister, she imparts age old secrets of femininity from her older and more food savvy culture. "French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes and Pleasures," allows Guiliano to indulge in a little nostalgia while making her point. No matter that most of what she advocates smacks of common sense passed on to all of us by our respective grandmothers, in terms of diet and style, nothing seems to fascinate the American world more than that proverbial "woman of a certain age," chic, thin, successful--- she is the president and CEO of a major champagne company--- and French to boot---her prettily accented English amply peppered with the appropriate French bon mot making whatever she says seem all the more charming and laced with worldly albeit not weary wisdom.

As the title suggests, Guiliano uses a seasonal approach to life and food. Eating the best food in small portions requires knowing a little something about the marketplace. I may be able to purchase strawberries all year round, but do they taste as good as those obtained from a local farmer during early summer? If the taste approaches that of ambrosia, need I overeat, or will just a little explosion of taste suffice? Simply put, for Guiliano, better quality equals less quantity. Generally speaking, however, she advocates the 50 percent solution, where bisecting one's restaurant portion relegates a proper amount and two times the fun as the second half can be eaten as another meal.

Regardless of the timelessness of the information gleaned from this second book, Guiliano strikes the right chord simply because she has a passion for life. She has a well-rounded existence where she does not fixate on what the latest diet fad, drug or food factoid is imparted from the likes of the Good Morning America show. Instead of reading or watching about other people's lives, she lives out her own, hence enabling herself to tell her story and give examples, good and bad, about her choices.

Many reviewers have criticized Guiliano for including how-to information on scarf tying and for some advertorial comments regarding Clicquot wines. Again, the author here merely explains the accoutrements of her lifestyle; she wants only to indulge in her passion and to share it with the enthusiastic public who made her first book such a success.

Bottom line? Guiliano's dieting secret seems relatively simple. In fact, in many popular dieting diatribes, the same underlying theme pulses underneath the portion control, recipe considerations and menu planning: get a life with a warm focus where food, drink and other pleasures enhance rather than conquer. Anyone who liked "French Women Don't Get Fat" will definitely enjoy and appreciate "French Women For All Seasons."

Diana Faillace Von Behren

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real wisdom for men and women alike Nov. 26 2006
By dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I liked the author's first book very much,(obviously a lot of other people did, too). At the same time I felt she was somewhat constrained by having to keep things very basic, explaining what must have seemed obvious to her. I'm happy to find she lets herself fly in this book. While it carefully explains the principles of living well (and longer) without weight, this one shows you HOW to practice her philosophy in the context of actual daily living, in all four seasons. You will find a great deal of fresh information, recipes (I just made her mackerel for my kids' Sunday supper--simple and they loved it). There's plenty of guidance that you can use immediately (Her "fifty-percent solution", for instance, is small stroke of genius). But even more, the book conveys a real sense of integrated living, not so much a set of abstract do's and don'ts, which I sometimes felt with the first book. Call it French Women 360. Anyway, reading this book I realize I didn't completely understand how the mental part of living her way guides the physical part of well being--active management of pleasures, optimal sensory experience, etc. It's actually pretty deep stuff when you give it some thought. Anybody who thinks this book offers nothing new has, I suspect, missed a lot of things in both books and should probably re-read them. The author can be deceptively nonchalant when offering some very potent insights. Don't be fooled by the fact that she offers a dozen ways to tie a scarf (not something I personally needed!). In a way such elements are really just a parable for living intensely and not surrendering to the boredom of routine. The first book, I don't mind admitting, changed my life(20 lbs lost without pain, to be exact) . I'm still absorbing this one, but already I sense my awareness altered. Very impressive.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent undiet Nov. 16 2006
By Samantha Holloway - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
so i'm not the type to read dieting books, but when 'french women don't get fat' came out i snapped it up and devoured it in three days. and now this beautiful second morsel comes out and i do the same! this one is softer and less pretentious about the differences in a european diet verses an american diet, but it hammers home the same issues without seeming accusatory at all-- eat smaller, eat better quality, keep things simple and delicious, enjoy your food and your life, and a dozen other things that when you read them seem both a revelation and completely reasonable, like common sense you've somehow forgotten. and there are recipies! ever wanted to know what to do with duck or rabbit or skate? here are a few tried and true and still good-for-you recipies to help you! and it's all arranged seasonally, so those of us who like the changes in the world (or live in florida and want to be reminded of them!) can shift the eating around what's available and at it's best, and can get better in tune with the year and our bodies. even if you don't need to lose weight, or if you don't want to, it's a nice little reminder that life is good if you know how to look at it, and that we're worth the effort of finding happiness and enjoyment.
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