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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure: Mireille Guiliano

This book is so funny and weird and chatty and oblivious that I would recommend it to almost anyone. The author is French, but has lived in America for most of her adult life. She is the CEO of Veuve Clicquot, and her life is one big dinner party with plenty of champagne.
From this lofty vantage point, she is able to point out everything that is wrong with American eating habits. She's mostly right, but she skates right along the edge of obnoxious throughout the book. And yet it's a fun read! She recognizes and pokes fun of the American desire for a bullet-point list telling them exactly what to do, and instead provides a hopping, skipping memoir of a life well lved, with recipes.
It makes an interesting counterpoint to my collection of "depression lit" memoirs, and based on Mireille's advice I have begun drinking a citron presse (lemon water) every morning before I start in on the coffee.

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  • Just water with lemon? Tasty. I could do that. The place I get my hair cut has "salon water" which is water steeped for a while with lemon and cucumber. It's delightful.

    By Blogger evt1618, at 3:21 PM  

  • yeah, it's pleasant. small effort (keeping lemons on hand) leading to a measurable improvement in quality of life. and i'm running scared about dehydration's role in aging.

    By Blogger Anna, at 7:31 PM  

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