French Women for All Seasons
French Women for All Seasons
A Year of Secrets, Recipes, and Pleasure
Knopf, Hardcover, 9780307265234, 368pp.
Publication Date: October 31, 2006
By letter, e-mail, and in person, readers of Mireille Guiliano’s phenomenal best seller, French Women Don’t Get Fat, have inundated her with requests for more of her cunning but simple secrets to living the good life, the ways French women manage to enjoy wine, chocolate, and many other seductive pleasures without gaining weight. Mireille’s answer? This buoyant book brimming with fresh advice and seasonal stories—on food bien sûr (more than 100 delicious new recipes) but also on many other aspects of living that should bring us pleasure, such as picking a wine, dressing well, even arranging flowers.
French women not only stay slim while relishing life to the fullest, they also have the longest life expectancy in the Western world. And now Mireille shows us how they attune themselves to the rhythms of the year. Together with a bounty of new dining ideas and menus, she offers us a treasury of tips on style, grooming, and entertaining, all designed to focus the mind on sensory pleasure for maximum enjoyment. Here are four seasons’ worth of strategies for shopping, cooking, and exercising, as well as some pointers for looking effortlessly chic. 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 inspiration you need is here. Taking us from her childhood in Alsace-Lorraine to her summers in Provence and her busy life in New York and Paris, this book of scrumptious Gallic wisdom and wit shows how anyone anywhere can develop a healthy, holistic lifestyle.
In the voice that entranced more than a million honorary French women, Mireille demonstrates that there is indeed an art to joyful living, and that equilibrium—being bien dans sa peau and true to one’s individual nature—is the key to a long and healthy life. Full of sage, irresistible advice on everything from decanting to detoxing, from yogurt to yoga, French Women for All Seasons is an essential guide to savoring all life’s moments—in moderation, in season, and, above all, with pleasure.
Praise for French Women Don’t Get Fat:
“French Women for All Seasons is like drinking a glass of good Champagne: light and bubbly, a brief and mildly invigorating tonic for the mind and soul . . . with some very good recipes.”
–Alex Kuczynski, New York Times Book Review
“You’ve heard it before. . . . But somehow, when the advice comes from Mireille Guiliano, you actually listen. A perfect, slim (and slimming) read for dieters and bon vivants alike.”
“She spurs readers to give up the guilt and dieting extremes, to eat smarter and more joyfully. . . . Her writing, like her three-meals-a-day diet, is all part of her joie de vivre.”
–Women’s Wear Daily
“The past few years have been dominated by ‘scientific’ diets . . . I welcome this break from the usual kind of quick-fix diet book . . . Will this book transform one’s eating habits? Its good sense is unanswerable – and, personally, I love the bit about not going to the gym.”
–Lynne Truss, bestselling author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves
“Mireille Guiliano’s book is slender, elegant, well-spoken, sensible, and unembarrassed by the frank embrace of stratagems – just like the French women whom she holds up to the reader to admire and, if we can, to emulate.”
–Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon
“French Women Don’t Get Fat is not only charming and witty, but useful. It made me want to run out and buy a pound of leeks and a bottle of Champagne!”
–Sharon Boorstin, author of Cooking for Love and Let Us Eat Cake
“Through stories and recipes, Mireille Guiliano shares her tricks, just like a good girlfriend should. And since it reads like one big juicy secret, you’re inclined to listen.”
–The Globe and Mail
“A charming, humorous look at the healthy food habits that French women have had for years.”