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French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes, and Pleasure

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Publisher Comments:

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 sur (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 creme brulee 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 artto 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.

Review:

"Guiliano serves up second helpings of her popular approach to healthy living in this gracious outing (following 2005's French Women Don't Get Fat), framed with an emphasis on the pleasures of seasonality, local produce and personal style. Everything in moderation is this New York Citybased Frenchwoman's secret to staying slim and 'bien dans sa peau' (comfortable in one's skin). Always with a mind to portion control, she presents weekly menus and over a hundred recipes organized by season and sauced with casual, idyllic culinary reminiscences. Some of her simple, appealing recipes tap her French origins (Potato Gratin à la Normande calls for apples and soft, ripe Pont l'Évêque cheese), others nod to Americanized calorie-conscious taste (Turkey Scaloppine with Pesto) and some recipes reflect her proximity to New York City's Union Square Greenmarket (sautéed fiddleheads). A holistic fitness strategy (e.g., cycling as a mode of transportation) remains a theme and Guilano expands 'l'art de vivre' to aging gracefully, entertaining and tying one's scarf with flair. The CEO of Champagne Veuve Clicquot, she also offers an excellent primer on wine. Guiliano's debut, which laid out a program, is more instructive, but the legions of readers fond of her encouraging, urbane voice will be happy to hear from her, though they won't learn any new secrets." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Guiliano serves up second helpings of her popular approach to healthy living in this gracious outing (following 2005's French Women Don't Get Fat), framed with an emphasis on the pleasures of seasonality, local produce and personal style. Everything in moderation is this New York City — based Frenchwoman's secret to staying slim and bien dans sa peau (comfortable in one's skin). Always with a mind to portion control, she presents weekly menus and over a hundred recipes organized by season and sauced with casual, idyllic culinary reminiscences. Some of her simple, appealing recipes tap her French origins (Potato Gratin la Normande calls for apples and soft, ripe Pont l'vque cheese), others nod to Americanized calorie-conscious taste (Turkey Scaloppine with Pesto) and some recipes reflect her proximity to New York City's Union Square Greenmarket (sauted fiddleheads). A holistic fitness strategy (e.g., cycling as a mode of transportation) remains a theme and Guilano expands l'art de vivre to aging gracefully, entertaining and tying one's scarf with flair. The CEO of Champagne Veuve Clicquot, she also offers an excellent primer on wine. Guiliano's debut, which laid out a program, is more instructive, but the legions of readers fond of her encouraging, urbane voice will be happy to hear from her, though they won't learn any new secrets. 750,000 announced first printing; 12-city author tour. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Chicken cooked in pastis, leeks mozzarella, and figs with ricotta give some idea of the creativity at work here. Weeks' worth of seasonally informed menus ensure that even the most kitchen-challenged dieter can easily follow this Frenchwoman's generous, life-affirming regimen." Booklist

Review:

"[As] lifestyles go, this is a pretty fun and healthy one. After all, 50 million French women can't be wrong." San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Born and raised in France, Mireille Guiliano first lived in America as an exchange student and came back for good early in her professional career. She is president and CEO of Clicquot, Inc., whose headquarters are in New York, and a director of Champagne Veuve Clicquot in Reims. Married to an American, Mireille lives most of the year in New York and makes frequent trips to Paris as well as across America.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307265234
Subtitle:
A Year of Secrets, Recipes, and Pleasure
Author:
Guiliano, Mireille
Author:
Nichols, R.
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Diets - General
Subject:
Diets
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.60x5.82x1.23 in. 1.15 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Guiliano serves up second helpings of her popular approach to healthy living in this gracious outing (following 2005's French Women Don't Get Fat), framed with an emphasis on the pleasures of seasonality, local produce and personal style. Everything in moderation is this New York Citybased Frenchwoman's secret to staying slim and 'bien dans sa peau' (comfortable in one's skin). Always with a mind to portion control, she presents weekly menus and over a hundred recipes organized by season and sauced with casual, idyllic culinary reminiscences. Some of her simple, appealing recipes tap her French origins (Potato Gratin à la Normande calls for apples and soft, ripe Pont l'Évêque cheese), others nod to Americanized calorie-conscious taste (Turkey Scaloppine with Pesto) and some recipes reflect her proximity to New York City's Union Square Greenmarket (sautéed fiddleheads). A holistic fitness strategy (e.g., cycling as a mode of transportation) remains a theme and Guilano expands 'l'art de vivre' to aging gracefully, entertaining and tying one's scarf with flair. The CEO of Champagne Veuve Clicquot, she also offers an excellent primer on wine. Guiliano's debut, which laid out a program, is more instructive, but the legions of readers fond of her encouraging, urbane voice will be happy to hear from her, though they won't learn any new secrets." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Guiliano serves up second helpings of her popular approach to healthy living in this gracious outing (following 2005's French Women Don't Get Fat), framed with an emphasis on the pleasures of seasonality, local produce and personal style. Everything in moderation is this New York City — based Frenchwoman's secret to staying slim and bien dans sa peau (comfortable in one's skin). Always with a mind to portion control, she presents weekly menus and over a hundred recipes organized by season and sauced with casual, idyllic culinary reminiscences. Some of her simple, appealing recipes tap her French origins (Potato Gratin la Normande calls for apples and soft, ripe Pont l'vque cheese), others nod to Americanized calorie-conscious taste (Turkey Scaloppine with Pesto) and some recipes reflect her proximity to New York City's Union Square Greenmarket (sauted fiddleheads). A holistic fitness strategy (e.g., cycling as a mode of transportation) remains a theme and Guilano expands l'art de vivre to aging gracefully, entertaining and tying one's scarf with flair. The CEO of Champagne Veuve Clicquot, she also offers an excellent primer on wine. Guiliano's debut, which laid out a program, is more instructive, but the legions of readers fond of her encouraging, urbane voice will be happy to hear from her, though they won't learn any new secrets. 750,000 announced first printing; 12-city author tour. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Chicken cooked in pastis, leeks mozzarella, and figs with ricotta give some idea of the creativity at work here. Weeks' worth of seasonally informed menus ensure that even the most kitchen-challenged dieter can easily follow this Frenchwoman's generous, life-affirming regimen."
"Review" by , "[As] lifestyles go, this is a pretty fun and healthy one. After all, 50 million French women can't be wrong."
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