Synopses & Reviews
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?
From the Hardcover edition.
"Best Everyday French Cookbook" -- T. Susan Chang and#160; From Wine Enthusiast magazine: and#160; For those who struggle to find enough time to craft an inspired dinnertime meal without slaving for hours, this simple and delicious approach to French home cooking allows even the busiest people to taste joie de vivre. and#160; From Wine Access magazine: and#160; Truly easy and truly delicious recipes, all inspired by Moranvilleand#8217;s love for all things French. Moranville may be American, but she has lived and travelled extensively in France and#8212; and along the way, sheand#8217;s picked up plenty of great stories and recipes about one of her favourite places. and#160; From The Chicago Tribune: and#160; The Bonne Femme Cookbook delivers a message that good, fresh, vividly flavored French cooking is possible wherever you live. -- from Bill Daley's book review and#160; From Publishers Weekly: and#160; This book is an enjoyable read. Each recipe comes with an inviting introduction and some brief anecdote or tip to get you excited about making the dish your own and living a small piece of la belle France. and#160; From The Des Moines Register: and#160; This new cookbook by Wini Moranville, who reviews restaurants for The Des Moines Register, is getting thumbs-up reviews for breathing affability into classic French recipes that traditionally can seem snobby and stand-offish. At last, hereand#8217;s a book about French cooking that doesnand#8217;t require a culinary arts degree or frequent visits to Paris or Provence for ingredients. and#160; From The Dallas Morning News: and#160; Sure, there are classics -- like gougand#232;res, cand#233;leri rand#233;moulade and boeuf bourguinon, but Moranville often brings really smart ideas to them. For instance, she solves the sticky problem of tough meat in the boeuf bourguignon by using boneless short ribs. Of course! Why didn't I think of that? And along with a traditional choucroute garni -- a dish that takes hours to prepare -- there's a "choucroute garni Mardi soir" -- a relatively quick, very easy version. and#160; Are we hungry yet? -- from restaurant critic Leslie Brenner and#160; From Shelf Awareness: and#160; [Wini] marries her love of French cuisine with innovation and practicality, appealing to busy home cooks and would-be foodies who canand#8217;t spend all day at the stove. While not all the recipes are quick or light, they all bring the flavors of France to the American kitchenand#8211;with fewer calories, fewer dirty dishes and a lot less prep time. and#160; From Relish: and#160; Many Americans see French cuisine as something the French were born to masterand#8212;and we were destined to fail at. But Wini Moranville, wine expert and author of The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food The French Women Cook Every Day, believes that Americans neednand#8217;t fear the French kitchen. They just need to learn the bonne femme ("good wife") style. and#160; From St. Paul Pioneer Press: and#160; This book is long on charm and short on complicated recipes. Wini Moranville, restaurant reviewer for the Des Moines Register, dispels the notion that French women come home at night and cook elaborate meals with a pound of butter. Even for the French, it's about fresh, healthy and fast. They use boneless, skinless chicken breasts; make a pan sauce for almost any dish; stock their pantries with olives, capers, lemon and Dijon mustard; and partake in the everyday pleasure of eating cheese. Moranville's good writing and anecdotes (such as ordering an aperitif is the secret password to getting a good meal at a restaurant) are an added bonus. -- from Kathie Jenkins, Pioneer Press restaurant critic and#160; and#160;
"[Cizmar] encourages you to take a hard look at yourself -- and why you've gained or can't lose weight -- at the same time as he scrutinizes himself. Reading the book feels like entering into a fitness pact with a friend, not at all like the miserable time I signed myself up for a personal trainer at Bally's who made me cry three times a week . . . The book is endlessly useful in a variety of ways." -- Houston Press "Science-based and infused with 'snarky jokes,' Cizmars plan will particularly appeal to 'hipsters' seeking a nongimmicky, foolproof way to slim down while enjoying some laughs." -- Publishers Weekly "A well-researched, serious book about how to lose weight that will appeal to folks not interested in joining in the 'Organized Dieting' movement." -- Santa Barbara Independent "Full of lively writing and sound advice." -- Oregonian
In her delightful tale, Guiliano unlocks the simple secrets of the 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.
Simple, Splendid Food that French Women Cook Every Day; 250 recipes that focus on simple, fresh ingredients prepared well
Here is authentic French cooking without fuss or fear. When we think of French cooking, we might picture a fine restaurant with a small army of chefs hovering over sauces for hours at a stretch, crafting elegant dishes with special utensils, hard-to-find ingredients, and architectural skill. But this kind of cooking bears little relationship to the way that real French families eat-yet they eat very well indeed. Now that the typical French woman (the bonne femme of the title) works outside the home like her American counterpart, the emphasis is on easy techniques, simple food, and speedy preparation, all done without sacrificing taste. In a voice that is at once grounded in the wisdom of classical French cooking, yet playful and lighthearted when it comes to the potential for relaxing and enjoying our everyday lives in the kitchen, Moranville offers 300 recipes that focus on simple, fresh ingredients prepared well. The Bonne Femme Cookbook is full of tips and tricks and shortcuts, lots of local color and insight into real French home kitchens, and above all, loads of really good food. It gives French cooking an accessible, friendly, and casual spin.
A humorous and appropriately snarky weight-loss and lifestyle guide for hipsters looking to shed pounds and stay cool.
ARE YOUR SKINNY JEANS STARTING TO FEEL A LITTLE SNUG?
You dont have the right clothes for the gym. You dont do protein powders, wonder berries, or green tea. The idea of going without beer makes you weak in the knees.
But theres no denying you are one. fat. hipster.
Lucky for you, Martin Cizmar has come up with the least awful diet plan of all time. The Chubster way. It revolves around calorie counting (deal with it) and enjoyable undercover exercise (urban hiking and gum chewing). Martin gives you the tools to become a self-sufficient weight-loss machine capable of functioning in any environment. From frozen dinners and drive-through menus, ethnic eating to microbrews, hell point you to the responsible choice, steer you clear of the real diet killers, and dispel some of the myths giving you that tire around your waist. Like: That Stella youre holding? It has more calories than Guinness.
Dieting is never fun, but with Chubster, weight loss doesnt have to cramp your style.
About the Author
Wini Moranville grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa, graduating with a B.A. in French and English. She subsequently moved to New York City, where she worked for Sociand#233;tand#233; Gand#233;nand#233;rale (a French bank), Elle magazine, and Oxford University Press. She was later transferred to the Oxford, U.K., branch of this publisher, where she worked as a publicity manager. She obtained her M.A. in English from Iowa State University in 1993; in 1994, she began her present career as a food and wine writer/editor. Her food stories have appeared in lifestyle magazines including Better Homes and Gardens, Country Home, Simply Perfect Italian, Holiday Appetizers, Holiday Celebrations, Holiday Menus, Creative Home, Indulge magazine (a luxury lifestyle magazine in Fort Worth, Texas), and DSM (a luxury lifestyle magazine in Des Moines). She has also served as a writer and editor for numerous cookbooks under the Better Homes and Gardens imprint, including the past three editions of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. Since 1997, she has also written over 500 restaurant reviews for The Des Moines Register. In addition to the dining column, she writes occasional pieces about wine, food, and travel for this newspaper. In recent years, Moranville has added wine and culinary and wine travel to the topics that she covers regularly. She currently writes a monthly wine column for Relish magazine, a food magazine launched in February 2006, with a circulation of over 15 million, distributed through daily newspapers nationwide. Moranville is a member of the James Beard Foundation, and has served as a Restaurant Awards panelist since 2005.