French Women for All Seasons (Mirelle Guiliano) – Book Review

French women for all seasons : a year of secrets, recipes & pleasureFrench Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets: Recipes & Pleasure by Mirelle Guiliano
Age: Adult
Genre: How-To / Cooking
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf, 2006
ISBN: 0307265234
350 pages

Published a year after French Women Don’t Get Fat, Mirelle Guilano returns with more insight into why the French woman is thin and healthy and why Americans are fat and lazy.

I know that’s a terribly mean synopsis, but I found Mirelle to be a little high on her horse based on the success of Why French Women Don’t Get Fat. The same elements that bugged me in French Women Don’t Get Fat, bugged me in this book. Why did I pick it up then? For the recipes. For the 10+ instructions and methods of tying a scarf. For getting another reminder of the simple changes I can make to my diet and my habits to live a healthier life.

The recipes in the book were well written, easy to follow using basic and simple ingredients. I did skim the sections of the book where Mirelle would go on and on about how the French are better than Americans. I am aware of how crappy our processed foods and addiction to high fructose corn syrup is. All I really wanted from this book was the recipes, but I was pleased to see the various sections of scarf tying. If French women are known for nothing else, it is their love of scarves. That was something I saw aplenty when in Paris in April. So many different methods of tying scarves too! I love the way the book is divided into different seasons, with a week’s worth of menu options at the end of each chapter.

Living in California, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area, I tend to forget how different the rest of the nation is from my little hub. I love going to farmer’s markets, to experimenting with food, walking, exploring, etc. I sometimes forget that the rest of the nation doesn’t have all the same options and variety that I have here. It is something I shouldn’t take for granted. California is one of those special states with a plethora of climates that make it a fantastic place to grow fruits and veggies. My husband even has a garden growing on our apartment balcony: basil, mint, tomatoes, oregano, rosemary, parsley,  green beans, bell pepper, etc. We are always picking leaves and sprigs from the containers to add to our meals. It’s not difficult to eat healthier. In a little over two years, I went from eating corn dogs for dinner, to making crock-pot dishes, and eating game hen at restaurants. Food is supposed to be fun and nourishing, not something to worry about.

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Book 38 of 2011

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