French Women Don't Get Fat

  • by Mireille Guiliano
  • Narrated by Kathe Mazur
  • 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
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.
A natural 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?

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What the Critics Say

"It's hard not to be enlivened by a [weight-control] book that celebrates both chocolate and bread, and espouses such wisdom as 'Life without pasta? Perish the thought'. (The Washington Post Book World)
"A common sense diet based on both restraint and simple exercise, Guiliano's diet stresses that food consumption ought to be deliberate and pleasurable and done always sitting at table with appropriate napery." (Booklist)

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Disappointing

If hautiness, arrogance and condescension are your idea of a good read, then by all means download this book.

I was really hoping for some nutritional and lifestyle revelations that would crack the code of why Americans seem to gain weight exponentially, while supposedly Europeans, and especially the French, do not. What is contained within this book was nothing new to me. If you follow nutrition, a sound lifestyle, and general healthy habits you know everything the author says in this book already. All of the information contained can be found elsewhere - in less arrogant or territorial nutrional books. There was a huge distinction in this book "Americans do this (BAD) while the French do this (GOOD)". I found myself insulted - the implication is that American's don't know how to take care of themselves. While it's true it seems as a culture we are on salt and fat overdrive, the sweeping generalizations left a bad taste in my mouth. If you eat a lot of junk food, don't exercise, never eat your fruits and vegetables and watch a ton of tv - then read this book - there may be insights into your lifestyle that you hadn't thought of before. But if you strive for a balanced diet, read the labels on everything before you buy, and were raised by an uber-healthy mom like I was, this book is just a regurgitation of all of the information you already know.

The recipes, however, sound interesting and decadent - that is definitely a plus - if you can slow down and try to write them down while you're listening...
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- Jennifer

Don't Get This Version

The narrator was awful! What was she reading, the phone book? To really enjoy this book, you must get the abridged version, read by Mireille Guiliano. Even when I am not thinking about a lifestyle change, I love to listen to her insights on life and food. She speaks about food the way most people talk about a lover, but it is impossible to enjoy when read by Kathe. Get the abridged and be happy!
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- Aya Hauberk

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-21-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape