French Kids Eat Everything

How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy,

By Karen Le Billon
(William Morrow & Company, Hardcover, 9780062103291, 305pp.)

Publication Date: April 2012

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Moving her young family to her husband's hometown in northern France, Karen Le Billon is prepared for some cultural adjustment but is surprised by the food education she and her family (at first unwillingly) receive. In contrast to her daughters, French children feed themselves neatly and happilyeating everything from beets to broccoli, salad to spinach, mussels to muesli. The family's food habits soon come under scrutiny, as Karen is lectured for slipping her fussing toddler a snack"a recipe for obesity!"and forbidden from packing her older daughter a lunch in lieu of the elaborate school meal.

The family soon begins to see the wisdom in the "food rules" that help the French foster healthy eating habits and good mannersfrom the rigid "no snacking" rule to commonsense food routines that we used to share but have somehow forgotten. Soon, the family cures picky eating and learns to love trying new foods. But the real challenge comes when they move back to North Americawhere their commitment to "eating French" is put to the test. The result is a family food revolution with surprising but happy resultswhich suggest we need to dramatically rethink the way we feed children, at home and at school.




About the Author
Karen Le Billon, a professor at the University of British Columbia, was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 in 2011. A Rhodes Scholar with a PhD from Oxford University, she has published five academic books and "Getting to Yum", a guide and cookbook on taste training for kids. She and her family divide their time between Canada and France.
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