FRENCH WOMEN DON'T GET FAT: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure

Mireille Guiliano, Author, Mireille Guiliano, Read by , read by the author. Random House Audio $22 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7393-1656-6

Is it possible to fill up on chocolate croissants, butter and cheese and remain thin? According to Guiliano, who battled with her own weight after consuming such treats, it isn't, and anyone hoping to hear otherwise will be disappointed, but not surprised, by her commonsense prescription: be active (i.e., take the stairs instead of the elevator), eat three squares a day (always at the table, not on the go), carry a healthy snack for cravings, and take pleasure in the occasional indulgence. With her sophisticated French accent and enticing manner of describing even the healthiest of foods (like unsweetened yogurt, soy nuts and hazelnuts), Guiliano is certainly adept at making her weight-loss philosophy sound good. But in practice, some listeners may have trouble warming up to the wholesome foods that tease her palette. Someone who normally snacks on potato chips might be loathe to switch to soy nuts, and it's easier said than done to eat two bites of a brownie, savor the pleasure of those bites (as Guiliano says a French woman would) and then put the rest of it down. Though Guiliano's asides about her own life are entertaining and the recipe cards included with this audio contain such tempting and healthful treats as Mousse au Chocolat and Pumpkin Pie with Hazelnuts, many listeners may find themselves thinking "been there, tried that" by the end of this audio program. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Forecasts, Nov. 22, 2004). (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 02/07/2005
Release date: 12/01/2004
Genre: Audio
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