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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 sho
ebook, 231 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Vintage (first published January 1st 2006)
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But one small bite of the first one was enough to tell me these truffles were not very good, let alone first-rate. I discreetly left the rest on my saucer. An observer might have imagined that I was exercising astonishing self-control, but it was really quite easy to pass on something that offered little or no pleasure.

This book is a big step-down from Guiliano's first book, French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure. Let's break it down:

- Exercise is not a compensat
Jan 25, 2009 Danika rated it it was ok  ·  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
Aug 06, 2009 Helynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2011 Zelda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Bringhurst
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
Nov 02, 2008 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 08, 2007 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 06, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 01, 2013 Sherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2013 Sheena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 21, 2009 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2015 Vivienne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-up
It was disgustingly arrogant, so no, thank you. I've never finished this book.
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
Apr 26, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 11, 2008 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: toolbox
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.

Jan 10, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 30, 2009 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.
Feb 02, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I particularly enjoyed the three day per month diet of leek soup. And if you get really hungry you can eat a leek. Delightful. The only good point is that it certainly evoked a lot of emotion, mostly disgust.
Jul 15, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Could. Not. Do. It.
El título no me gusta. Dentro del libro hay recetas, tips para vivir "a la francesa" y algunas anécdotas de la autora.
Apr 20, 2015 Tk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the original by a long shot. Still nice, but not as good.
Jan 07, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book, different style of writing than I'm used to reading. Loved the recipes. Loved how she not even once bashed Americans!
Dec 25, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
brb moving to France...
Note: this is not a review of the recipes in the book as it will take me a while to rid myself of the distaste for the authors pretentious tone that permeates this book, before I can try the recipes. If any piece of writing was more appropriate for the hashtag #firstworldproblems I know of no other. If you have a job or kids or normal friends or crazy friends or any sort of real life, just think of her life examples as quaint fairy tales.

It reminded me of that idyllic picnic in Mad Men where yo
Jul 18, 2016 Agnese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: franču, receptes, 2016
Ja viens no vārdiem, kas tradicionāli asociējas ar francūzieti ir "šarmanta", tad šo apzīmējumu pilnīgi noteikti var attiecināt uz Mireiju Giljāno, un tas jūtams it visā, ko viņa dara. Šarms, ar kādu viņa strādā un atpūšas, bauda ēdienus, degustē vīnus, uzņem savās mājās viesus, apmeklē restorānus, rūpējas par savu fizisko formu, runā par bērnību, burtiski staro no grāmatas "Francūzietes visos gadalaikos" lappusēm, un par to arī mans augstais novērtējums, jo lielākā daļa piedāvāto recepšu ir nek ...more
Mar 05, 2017 Evelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I did flag about a dozen recipes that I would like to try, I was disappointed in this book. The tone the author took was insulting, I felt. While she did make valid points, she came across as very judgemental and superior.
Mar 02, 2017 Daniela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Slightly arrogant, trying to ride on the same wave of hype as French Women Don't get Fat. "Hey, here's how to tie a scarf and be happy for the rest of your days!"
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I didn't have high expectations from this book. I just like her lighthearted style, and if I pick up an interesting tip along the way, all the better. Easy reading.
I love her little anecdotes about growing up in France and how they enjoyed the pleasures of the seasons. Most of the recipes are too rich and heavy in animal products for me, but I wasn't reading it for the recipes anyway.
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Internationally best-selling author Mireille Guiliano was for over 20 years the spokesperson for Champagne Veuve Clicquot and a senior executive at LVMH as well as CEO of Clicquot, Inc., the US firm she helped found in 1984 and was its first employee. Her first book, French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, became a runaway best seller around the globe in 2005. She followed u ...more
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