French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating For Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano

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  • Poached pears

    • mharriman on January 01, 2019

      I made these mid day for a New Year’s Eve dessert, then refrigerated them until after dinner. Before serving, I melted some semi- sweet chocolate and poured about two tablespoons on the bottom of the each dish, put the pears and a bit of the wine mixture on top of the chocolate and added a scoop of French vanilla ice cream to the side. Topped the pears and ice cream with a drizzle of remaining melted chocolate. A delicious dessert! And it was easy.

  • Chicken au Champagne

    • mharriman on December 13, 2019

      Very good with roasted carrots from V is for Vegetables. I made some changes: I used skin on bone-in thighs since my grocer only carried skinless, boneless breasts when I shopped. The author shamelessly promotes the champagne for the company she works for, and at $40 a bottle, I opted for a less expensive champagne, one made in France but not Champagne, France, so I can’t discuss how great the chicken would be with her champagne. I found that basting the chicken every 10-13 helped keep them moist and tender. Another change I made was roasting at 375 degrees instead of 450, mainly because I was roasting carrots at the same time for 45 minutes. Both the chicken and carrots were nicely done at 45 minutes. So, 450 degrees for 45 minutes seems too long for the chicken. These were good, but we decided they were especially good paired with the roasted carrot recipe we had with them. The author suggests a brown rice and mushroom accompaniment. I’m glad I went with a side that had more pop.

  • Cauliflower gratin

    • mharriman on August 06, 2021

      T and I liked this version of Cauliflower with cheese sauce. I used 2% milk and a mix of pecorino/ Parmesan cheese for a lighter taste texture. Using the 2% milk didn't create a thick sauce as in a traditional whole milk and flour roux would have, but the thinner outcome suited us fine. Instead of broiling to brown the top at the end, I put my casserole dish in a 500 degree oven for six minutes with same outcome. Paired well with roasted salmon.

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  • ISBN 10 0375710515
  • ISBN 13 9780375710513
  • Published Dec 26 2007
  • Format Paperback
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Vintage Books (Knopf)

Publishers Text

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.

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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