French Women for All Seasons
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French Women for All Seasons

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From the author of French Women Don't Get Fat, the #1 National Bestseller, comes an essential guide to the art of joyful living—in moderation, in season, and, above all, with pleasure.



Together with a bounty of new dining ideas and menus, Mireille Guiliano offers us fresh, cunning tips on style, grooming, and entertaining. Here are four seasons' worth of strategies for shop...more
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Published October 31st 2006 by Vintage (first published January 1st 2006)
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Danika
Jan 30, 2009 Danika rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Francophiles
I'm not quite done with this book, but I have a few comments already. First: the good. Some interesting recipes and I certainly agree with her idea of enjoying what's local and in season. She's obviously not the 1st person w/ this idea. I also think she's right on as far as enjoying and savoring food versus stuffing yourself. It's not worth eating crappy food and the good stuff deserves to be appreciated. I also like her section on wine- lots of good info here, esp for someone who doesn't have a...more
Helynne
Mireille Guiliano's 2006 followup to her 2005 best-seller French Women Don't Get Fat is again filled with tasty, low-calorie recipes for not only a slimmer, but also a more elegant, French-style eating. She also reiterates her advice to control food portions (even cut them in half!) and advocates exercise and attitude changes over the years so that one will always feel bien dans sa peau (comfortable in one's own skin). "The body acccustomed to less finds that indeed less is more," the author st...more
Jill
I really like her books because she focuses on eating for pleasure, but in moderation with local, seasonal, organic foods. She talks about how, essentially, the French do not have the puritanical mindset when it comes to food, so they are able to eat what they like and make allowances for that in other areas of their consumption because they can be honest with themselves about their eating. In this book she has more recipes, and includes ideas for entertaining, exercising, and dressing with the...more
Natalie
I read this, as well as French Women Don't Get Fat, and I browsed them, rather than truly reading them. I enjoyed the laid back tone, which indulged my desires as a francophile to become more francophile. The recipes, I admit, I never tried, but I loved reading them! I enjoyed the simplistic advice about portion control and eating simple, healthy foods in the first book. I enjoyed the descriptions of European ways of daily life, like walking and drinking fresh lemonade, etc. etc. that were infus...more
Zelda
It is my worst kept secret that I don't exactly admire post-Enlightenment France. Well, that and the fact that I rarely ever floss (bringing me into alignment with another European country with whom I have issues). Still, I don't want to throw out the bébé avec l'eau de bain. Americans are a remarkable, brilliant people but we are a young country and we are still sorting some things out culturally and included on this list is how we should eat. It is becoming abundantly clear that we are doing i...more
Jenn
Well - I appreciated the lush descriptions of the growing up in the French countryside stories. And I like the ideas of eating and lifestyle. But the main issue for me - she lives in a Neiman-Markus world and I'm in a Target world. My pocketbook can't afford a lot of her lifestyle suggestions. Yes I can eat less and I try to eat healthy and well. But this lifestyle is less attainable in the US....we don't shop for food daily or have places to bike all the time. And while I liked her "the best XX...more
Sarah Bringhurst Familia
I picked this one up for free, and it's been sitting in my bathroom for the past month, so I've leafed through most of it.

In the interest of full disclosure, I haven't read the book that put Guiliano on the bestseller list, French Women Don't Get Fat, although I was aware of its basic premise. It's hard for me to imagine anyone really being able to take her seriously. Giuliano's tone is supercilious at best. Her constant exaggerated descriptions of her own self-control (the chocolates she didn't...more
Jen
I always feel a little ridiculous admitting that I've read (and own a copy of) French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, but I love the way Mireille Guiliano writes about food. Coming to love eating and cooking relatively late in the game (mid-20s), I enjoy reading about healthy eating from someone who obviously loves good food.

Mireille is all about enjoying your pleasures and indulgences, but in moderation. Nothing new, of course, and my dietician friends have been ranting...more
Sherry
As others have already voiced here, I too was rolling my eyes as I read her recommendations on cutting your banana in half or eating just "magical leek soup" (i.e., broth) for a weekend as a cleanse. Also, the occasional descriptions on how to tie scarves in nifty ways seemed to come from left field even if appearance and fashion were a secondary focus of the book. That said, after having read this cover-to-cover I can appreciate the overall collection of simple recipes, insights into French cul...more
Allison
I love her books and pretty much all of her common sense advice rings true to me. It's mostly things people might already feel to be true but I feel like she gives me the courage to have that relationship with food that I know is the best for me. I feel as though even though I don't live in the NYC/Provence/Paris world that she lives in, there are ways to incorporate what she says into my life. A lot of people found this book to be too stuffy or feel as though she thinks she's superior but she's...more
Kartini
There were some useful take-aways, such as the Pleasure Principle which reminds us to savour every morsel and eat mindfully. The 50% rule, to pause every time you've eaten half of what's on your plate, and think about whether you want to continue eating, then if you DO continue eating, to eat only half of what remains, then half of that, is also helpful.

Sadly, living in Singapore, I can't take advantage of buying fresh local produce (since we import everything). The many mentions of the Union Sq...more
Rachel
I just remembered I'd read this as I was thinking today how weird it is that my "guilty pleasure" reading category is the "how to be like a French woman" mini-oeuvre. For some reason I find these books unaccountably soothing, possibly because they transport me to an alternate universe in which I'm effortlessly superior to my real self in every way.

In this universe, though, I'm embarrassed to admit to reading these things.

On a practical level, I didn't try any of the recipes in this book (yes, th...more
Jen
Great recipes and a well laid out argument for mindful and healthy eating. Eating well and living well is not rocket science (the closer you get to the ground or the animal the better off you are, usually). Her suggestions on how one should tie one's scarf were too much, but very French.

Guiliano's quaint stories are almost up there with the scarf suggestions, but it is probably just me being jealous...I never went hunting for edibles with my great aunt or watched my father race his pigeons.

Kathryn
Love the recipes, most of all. And the general attitude that life is to be savored, not stressed over. The Lord is in agreement:

Doc & Cov 59:
18 Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;
19 Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.
Carrie
Jun 25, 2010 Carrie marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
As much as I loved loved LOVED her first book, I just couldn't finish this one. I think this book was written more for a French audience. And I will never be French, and sadly I will never learn to wear a scarf in any of the many ways she describes in this book.
Anne
Cute book, different style of writing than I'm used to reading. Loved the recipes. Loved how she not even once bashed Americans!
Tanya Marie
Suggesting that you half a banana and save the rest for later and then eating the half with fork and knife is well, twisted. She comes across so uppity and very disgusted by American women which was offensive by her tone. I agree with several points made about portion size and how life's stress can drive everyone on the planet to eat on the run but honestly, she thinks France is supreme and fears that our ways are creeping across their border but she stands strong. She transformed her husband to...more
Suzan
I read most of the first book (French Women Don't Get Fat). While staying at a friend's home in Paris. Found this gem at "The Dollar Tree"! Who can resist a hard cover book for only $1. So far, I am loving this as I did the first. It really is a good book for describing a "fully aware" way to look at the world. With all your senses at play. Perfect book for me right now. The recipes look intriguing too. I will let you know. Two described how to use fiddlehead ferns! I looked at them at the farme...more
Chris
I had not read the original book and though there are several references throughout this book about it, it was not an obstacle. In all fairness, I initially approached it as 'a book to read' and not as a 'self-help' book so I was probably off-kilter from the start. The highlights of the book were the recipes. Some of them look scrumptious and I will try at least a few. The one thing Mirielle and I would definitely agree on is leeks—we both love them. That is where our ways part. I am not a veget...more
Bloodorange
While I haven't read (and after reading this, have no intention of doing it) the first book, it seems pretty obvious to me that 'French Women for All Seasons' was written to milk the 'French Women...' cow just a little more. The very structure indicates it's all about odds and ends; the "seasons" part is the decent lifestyle mag fare; the recipes are ok, but mostly nothing to write home about, and the iritating scarf-tying tips punctuate every chapter. The three chapters that follow feel like ac...more
A.J.
I seem to be on a run of books written by bossy people - first Joel Salatin and now Mireille Guiliano. I liked a lot of this book (I've not read her 'French women don't get fat' yet) - the parts about eating seasonally and the recipes particularly. But other bits seemed to shout 'smugness' at me in a loud (French-accented) voice. It's lovely that the author has homes in Provence and New York and that she is on good terms with the proprietors of a two-starred Michelin restaurant. But I could prob...more
Kristin Mack
I enjoyed learning how to incorporate French culture into my life. I didn't read the first book, FWDGF, but many of those points were touched on in this one. It read less like a diet how-to and more like a pleasurable lifestyle. The recipes are a great addition and helpful for planning seasonal meals. The wine section is extremely informative.
I picked this up at the library used book sale and will keep it on my shelf.
Karen Hutcherson

Quite an entertaining read.

There is actually a sample menu of the typical French women's diet. It is very healthful and light, allowing room for the incredibly decadent deserts and breads….. There are some amazing recipes in the book also.

Belinda
This book was fine. I'd have gone 2.5 stars if it was possible (why no half-stars, goodreads?), but no higher. I liked Why French Women Don't Get Fat, even if the message wasn't incredibly revolutionary (eat less! eat real food! move more! drink more water! Seriously, Mireille really really wants everyone to drink more water). French Women For All Seasons just felt like the same-old same-old, except now Mireille Guilano has a house in Provence where she summers which, honestly, made me like the...more
Sheena
This book is not as good as "French Women Don't Get Fat" and the oft repeated phrase will make you cringe fairly quickly as you progress through the pages. This one is a real slog to get through and basically repeats everything covered in the first with a lot more padding. I found the section on wine to be the most interesting and informative. Despite the fact that I do applaud her sentiments and the sound principles of moderation, I heartily dislike this woman. She really is a condescending sni...more
Ashley
I happened to be at Sherry-Lehman the same day that Mireille was doing a book signing there, and bought this out of curiosity (not to mention she was standing right there and I didn't want to be rude). This book is a bit fluffy, and I found myself skimming over nearly all of it. The redeeming factor is the end when she discusses wine and entertaining. The wine section is one of the most clear-cut and helpful guides I've found, with information that would be helpful to even the most clueless of b...more
Kerry
At times I could almost sense Mme Guiliano standing across the room shaking a finger at me, and letting me know that I am not French enough - nor will I ever be. But, I really enjoyed the book over all. Guiliano's section on wines was exceptional, some of her included recipes are very good, and I am tempted to try tying scarves a few different ways than I normally do.

I have not read her first book, but I believe that at least the essence of Guilano's message carries over into this book - don't o...more
mac
Jul 30, 2007 mac rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Francophiles & others
I read most of this book over the course of a morning - and really loved most of it. It's filled with healthy, balanced ideas about eating and indulging. It got me back to basics and really re-inforced some ideas that I hold about quality of food, lifestyle and attitude over quanity.

It's a book that I plan to purchase and refer to from time to time- not only for the awesome recipes contained within it, but also for the cncepts that will often need refreshing. There is also a great chapter dedic...more
Jeanette
so this is basically her first book, but includes a little more info, like a section on wine tasting, and entertaining. and a thousand different ways to wear a scarf. she's entertaining to read, and has some great ideas- but she's more geared towards the neiman marcus crowd- where i'm more in the target crowd! the book is split into different deasons, which is great- but honestly, i buy what i can for as cheap as possible! and we dont have farmers markets year around. still fun to read though an...more
Lisa
Mireille Guiliano writes in a warm and friendly tone, as if you had an older sister or cousin (that was French, cultured, intelligent, wise, and happened to be the CEO of Veuve Clicquot)It's a great book if you're looking to bring some je ne sai quoi to your life or simply woul dlike to learn how to slow down and live a little bit more like the Europeans do. The occasional recipes won't impress any huge gourmands but the simple bits of advice and light way of looking at life makes this an easy r...more
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