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3.00027367268747 out of 53.00027367268747 out of 53.00027367268747 out of 53.00027367268747 out of 53.00027367268747 out of 5 3.00 (7,308 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mireille Guiliano Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9781415927021
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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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • I recognized things from my own French background and discovered quite a bit more. An important and fascinating book for all those people out there who’ve ridden the vicious diet roller coaster to failure. Nicole Miller
  • Not only delicious, but a true story from one of the greatest ladies in the world. Chef Emeril Lagasse
  • French Women Don’t Get Fat is not only charming and witty, but useful. It made me want to run out and buy a pound of leeks and a bottle of Champagne! Sharon Boorstin, author of Cooking for Love and Let Us Eat Cake
  • The past few years have been dominated by ‘scientific’ diets . . . I welcome this break from the usual kind of quick-fix diet book . . . Will this book transform one’s eating habits? Its good sense is unanswerable–and, personally, I love the bit about not going to the gym. Lynne Truss, bestselling author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, The Times (London)
  • Part Proustian memoir, part guide to living well, part recipe for Miracle Leek Soup, this book announces its distance from the Zone, the Atkins and all the rest on the very first page . . . Even the most skeptical and envious woman will find it hard to hold out against the charms of a beautifully written book that features both chocolate and love as key ingredients in a balanced diet. Allison Pearson, The Daily Telegraph (London)
  • Mireille Guiliano's book is slender, elegant, well-spoken, sensible, and unembarrassed by the frank embrace of stratagems–just like the French women whom she holds up to the reader to admire and, if we can, to emulate. Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon
  • It’s hard not to be enlivened by a [weight-control] book that celebrates both chocolate and bread, and espouses such wisdom as ‘Life without pasta? Perish the thought.’ Lily Burana, Washington Post Book World
  • The perfect book for the more literate dieter . . . A blueprint for building a healthy attitude toward food and exercise . . . Full of down-to earth advice . . . We’d all be thinner (and happier) if we followed it. Miriam Wolf, San Francisco Chronicle
  • You’ve heard it before . . . But somehow, when the advice comes from Mireille Guiliano, you actually listen. A perfect, slim (and slimming) read for dieters and bon vivants alike. Marie Claire
  • Ah, Paris, the ideal destination for museum-hopping, couture shopping–and quick weight loss? Mais oui, insists Mireille Guiliano . . . For those who can’t hop a plane whenever their zippers won’t close . . . her new memoir-cum-‘nondiet’ book [is] filled with slimming secrets. Kim Hubbard, People
  • She spurs readers to give up the guilt and dieting extremes, to eat smarter and more joyfully . . . Readers can practically hear the rustling of fallen leaves beneath the narrator’s feet as she forages for mushrooms . . . Her writing, like her three-meals-a-day diet, is all part of her joie de vivre. Rosemary Feitelberg, Women’s Wear Daily 
  • Delightful . . . Hands down, this is the best of the newest crop of weight-control books. Nanci Hellmich, USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 4/12/2017

    " Guiliano's book contains advice, recipes, and child hood stories, resulting in a work that is both humorous and useful. I love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 2/18/2014

    " This is the best book I have ever read concerning diet. It helped me focus on eating for the rest of my life, not dieting. There are so many American eating thoughts that we need to get away from, and this book definitely helps. Plus, you can still eat desserts, cheese, and wine! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, even though I didn't agree whole-heartedly with every concept. However, I do agree that America has a problem with obesity and the consumption of food. This book is great if you don't want to be on a "diet." The book speaks more to the adaption of lifestyle changes. You can read the book and accept the concepts that work for you. I found quite a few ideas that I really took to, for example increasing my water intake. I feel that this book really speaks to health first and foremost and that is the reason that I enjoyed it. I also got some great fruit and veggie recipes from the book. Since I have spent a lot of time in Europe (particularly Italy) over the last 5 years of my life, I can say that Europe does have an understanding with food that I hope that has rubbed off on me as well. They have a love for the pleasures of food and the simple joy it brings without overindulgence. There are some concepts in the book I already adapted to my life but others that made me think back to my time in Europe and remember experiences I may have forgot and re-adapt them back into my life. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to shed some weight but not looking to deprive themselves. I do agree with the basic concept of the book, sometimes only a few changes in behavior can help you reap the benefits that crash dieting will never help you attain. You change a behavorial pattern for the better and you have a healthy, better you for a lifetime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Brown | 1/27/2014

    " Since I read this so long ago, I cannot recall enough detail to write a proper review. What I will say is that I enjoyed it immensely and found the theories espoused both sensible and practical. I will be reading this again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/26/2014

    " Loved it- it makes snese, so why don't I apply it!? Love the recipes as well- some are so simple. Makes me want to travel to Paris, sans kids of course!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simona | 1/26/2014

    " While it may not be the best book I've ever read, I have to give this book 5 stars for its content. It focuses on teaching you to change your attitude about food in order to lose weight. It's an easy read and just makes plain good sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria Morris | 1/25/2014

    " "French womn typically think about good things to eat. American women typically worry about bad things to eat." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 1/24/2014

    " Some good recipes, but geez, does this woman have all day to spend preparing and eating food? She most decidedly does NOT have young children. To not get fat, you drink water, eat vegetable soup for a weekend, and then eat tasty, diverse meals in small portions when you are hungry and hold yourself back from nothing. Good advice. But she's also a champagne exec and probably spends most of her time eating in chichi french restaurants. Not at 3 in the morning after being up with the baby for 2 hours and making do with whatever's there. No way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/23/2014

    " This could just as easily be called "Common Sense." Moderation in all things, use calories equal to what you consume, drink lots of water. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina Crisman | 1/16/2014

    " a pretty good read with some humor and easy to follow recipes. I will be trying the 2 day Leek Soup "diet" next weekend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K. East | 1/15/2014

    " Good reminders to drink more water, eat smaller portions, enjoy your food rather than inhaling it, eat in season, don't eat junk, savor your pleasures, bigger is not always better, quality over quantity and move more. It's worked for me for the last forty years. And I'm not even French. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eboni | 1/5/2014

    " Cute book, full of common sense tips that American women totally ignore. I didn't find the recipes appealing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Hearn | 12/28/2013

    " So far, this is a great inspiration for me. I have already noticed a difference in my eating... Guilt-free chocolate and wine! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 12/19/2013

    " Mireille is a bit full of herself, but charming. She has some good tips. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yuki | 12/10/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this book, but realize I've not cooked from it. Common sense advice about portion control, not feeling guilty about not finishing your dessert, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and snacking on dried soybeans instead of potato chips. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liza | 12/5/2013

    " interesting. makes sense. some good recipes... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabelle | 11/29/2013

    " Being French, I felt compelled to read this book. I enjoyed it. The author is very witty and funny. Very good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 11/3/2013

    " Lovely book complete with common sense, lots of recipes, good stories. It's not a diet book. And it shares my hatred of the gym. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 7/19/2013

    " Marvelous - well worth the time for anyone wanting to remain healthy and wise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chanika | 3/6/2013

    " A great book with fun French charm. One of the best diet books I have ever read! Very realistic and easy to follow diet advice! The recipes are amazing too!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 1/12/2013

    " I loved this book! Take it with a grain of salt and its a new outlook on daily habits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clueless Morgan | 10/8/2012

    " Loved listening to this book. Lots of great ideas, reminders and simple concepts. The French accent made it fun to listen to also! If nothing else and if only just for now, this book got me drinking water again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcy | 5/31/2012

    " There are alot of good tips for healthy living in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Torine | 5/16/2012

    " A fun read with common sense ideas... what makes this book more fun is that instead of only aesthetic mindfulness and avoiding "sinful" food, this is about being mindful of pleasures, self care, and indulging in food (which can never be sinful). As I'm a true Francophile- I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/7/2012

    " Probably 3.5. Very interesting take on how french and american women differ on how they approach food. Quick read and worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudine | 10/11/2011

    " ...well, because we DON'T get fat...it's interesting to read this and think about food. The French love food and I for one LOVE food, but us Frenchies don't get fat, thanks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 8/31/2011

    " I easily lost 5 lbs the week after I read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicia | 8/20/2011

    " I liked this book alot. I am still practicing some of the ideas she talked about. It is a healthy balanced way of looking at food and the way we eat.And she made it fun. I tried some of the recipes, very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 5/23/2011

    " I picked this up at my library in the fiction paperbacks. I was expecting a comedy/mystery. I was surprised to find it a diet book. Much was a repetition of things I've heard before, but it was explained it a fun, easily understood manner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/22/2011

    " Best non-diet book that actually works ever. Someday I'll learn to stick to it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 5/9/2011

    " An in-depth look at the French paradox. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri | 4/26/2011

    " I enjoyed the passages on different foods and drink the best. Some of the "French Women do and don't" got a bit old. But it was an enjoyable read -- especially as a "listen". Her accent and presentation are quite charming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margo | 4/12/2011

    " Interesting and intriguing. Includes recipes of great low fat foods to make. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 RH | 3/18/2011

    " Basically a common-sense reminder to drink water and move your butt and devote your attention to the pleasure and ceremony of food. I actually have a little bit left to read but I'm sick of seeing it up here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzie | 3/15/2011

    " Pretentious is the word that kept popping in to my mind as I read this. So much of what she says is obvious. She must really think we Americans are morons or at least she just treats us that way! Don't waste your time! "

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About the Author
Author Mireille Guiliano

Mireille Guiliano, born and brought up in France, is an internationally bestselling author, long-time spokesperson for Champagne Veuve Clicquot, and former president and CEO of Clicquot, Inc. She is married to an American and divides her time between New York and Paris and Provence in France. Her favorite pastimes are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

About the Narrator

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.