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Monday, April 12, 2010


“Cooking is pleasure and an integral part of what is called “l’équilibre alimentaire,”
a balanced approach to eating.”
—Mireille Guiliano in the French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook
We love love love love our Mover and Shaker Mireille Guiliano:

We loved her first three books:

Since we are in baseball season, if you think of the first three as a triple, you can think of this as a home run!  Book number four by Mireille makes even the least enthusiastic cooks among us excited about food preparation!  You won't need the encouragement for the eating part with these her first book, French Women Don't Get Fat, was genius in the realm of philosophy and ideology, this is its twin in the realm of real-life execution!    We have reviewed over 100 books, but this is the only one that has received its own countdown meter (see top right.)

We have said it once and we will say it again: if you could get the same feeling from reading a book that you do from drinking champagne, you get it from Guiliano's books.  Her charming style that boasts both creative simplicity and nutrition that will keep you in the classiest of designers' small sizes is achieved through recipes that will brighten your life, revive your spirit and to be direct, keep Americans in the shape they deserve to be in, or if they aren't that way, to get them in that shape!  We ascribe to her Water and Walking mentality (p. 267) and now are happy to know more about the actual recipes she loves and promotes.

If you are in your country house with ten burners on your stove or in your tiny Manhattan apartment, there is something for you in the French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook.  If you are a vegetarian or if you worship at the House of Del Frisco's, there is something for you in this work of art.  If you are a size 2 or a size 12, this is for you.  No matter what your sex, race, color or religion is, you eat, so you need this book.  The secret to success in the French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook is that it holistically looks at food as your friend and celebrates it: the difference being that the food in this book is pure, exquisite and natural.  It will invigorate your mind and spirit in addition to your body.

We love how it is organized by meal-breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc.  It is interchangeable and versatile and will be appreciated by the pickiest of eaters.  We are not going to give away the fabulous recipes because we of course encourage you to buy the book, but here are a few that are especially enticing:

*Soft Scrambled Eggs
*Magical Breakfast Cream
*Tricolor Omelet
*French Toast Edward Style

*Magical Leek Broth
*Haricots Verts Salad with Peaches (just Peachy!)
*Ratatouille (oh, this is how you make it!)
*Everything from Under the Sea

*Roasted Carrots and Pumpkin with Herbs
*Sweet Potato French Fries
*Tuna with Green Sauce (A bit Irish?)

There are many, many more that we love including the seafood selections.  Now that we look at our list, we see there are a couple of "Magical" items-this book will make you a Sorcerer or Sorceress in the kitchen!

The seafood has its own chapter.  Now when you read Peachy's Picks and see us ordering seafood and champagne, you know where we get our inspiration from, although admittedly we were like this before meeting Mireille.  The extra vote for it does count!

Seafood Star Recipes Include:
*Salmon with Endives and Oranges En Papillote
*Sea Bass with Sweet Spices En Papillote
*Cod with Fennel

Our favorite chapter begins on page 241: "Once in Awhile A Little Champagne."  The chapter devoted to our favorite magic in a bottle could not be written nearly as well by anyone but Mireille Guiliano.    You really cannot learn from a better teacher on the subject matter on "the foaming grape from Eastern France."  From vintage to house to harvest, your flutes will be singing and hitting all the high notes of champagne intelligence upon completion of this passage.  The Art of Opening a Bottle we recommend in particular!  You do not want to be the daft American who's cork goes flying across the room.  Turn the bottle, not the cork.  Best of all, this chapter includes recipes that you can make with Champagne.  If Peachy Deegan is not drinking Champagne, she would like to be eating it!  There are exquisite ides here such as Scallops Maison Blanche, and much more.  Peachy Deegan does not trust anyone that doesn't drink Champagne and eat Chocolate (strange, we know, but people that don't enjoy these do exist) - and the reverse is true too.  We definitely trust in Mirelle's culinary opinions!

Moderation is the key to success, and this is the Gospel of Mireille.  We know firsthand that she also loves chocolate  (that headlines the chapter on desserts), but she is diligent about the origins of food.  If more people just listened to her common-sense advice - like read the label! - indeed there would not have to be signs on the beaches that read "Keep Our Beaches Beautiful."  It is beautiful to eat well and treat your body with respect!  This means reading and using The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook.  For everyone that LOVED French Women Don't Get Fat, this is a play-by-play on how to succeed so your health will hit a home-run.

The signature illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to Mireille's recipes from the Food Gods and her musings.  Though many have a cliched opinion of thinking that cookbooks must be illustrated with photography, they would be wrong in this case and the illustrator R. Nichols successfully portrays the message creatively and intelligently.

We predict this will be another #1 New York Times bestseller, and Whom You Know highly recommends The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano.  Although we are Irish, this makes us want to be French!


The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the French Women Don’t Get Fat books offers a long-awaited collection of delicious, healthy recipes and advice on eating well without gaining weight!

Mireille Guiliano grew up in a family, as her husband once dryly observed, that was either eating or talking about food.  “True enough,” says Mireille, whose bio states that her favorite pastimes are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  “People always laugh when I’m introduced this way, but I do take enormous pleasure in and shape my life around meals.” 

Today, we live in a world that often seems fixated on reducing elements of our lives, singularly and collectively, to ten-second sound bites, to single-word or single phrase definitions and explanations.  It is an ugly sign of superficial times, Mireille fears.  And the lack of connection to food and cooking is what prevents many of us from finding balance, harmony and pleasure.  Mireille’s personal philosophy on food and eating healthily isn’t about “dieting” in the conventional sense, but more about eating sensibly and pleasurably.  It’s a cry, she claims, for sanity in an increasingly developed world where, ironically, the abundance of food has become a challenge to good health.

Cooking is a reality check for Mireille.  And THE FRENCH WOMEN DON’T GET FAT COOKBOOK (Atria Books; $26.99; April 27, 2010)—her very first cookbook—reiterates, expands, and vividly illustrates the principles that guide her eating and allow her to enjoy food and maintain balance and a healthy and consistent weight.  For years, Mireille’s millions of fans have asked for more of the meals and recipes she touched upon in her two French Women Don’t Get Fat books, and now with THE FRENCH WOMEN DON’T GET FAT COOKBOOK she offers more than 150 new recipes that are easy, quick, affordable, and delicious. 

Mireille Guiliano on eating for health—and pleasure—in our increasingly hectic world:

“I believe in pure and simple recipes.  Once in awhile, I enjoy long hours in the kitchen, but mostly a half hour or even less is enough to put three colors of food on a main plate.  (Even my mother’s braising and slow-cooking requires little work once the flame is on…the stove does all the work.)  I like to taste the pure flavors of balanced ingredients, which often results in small portions yielding high satisfaction. I like variety, which eating fresh foods in season can facilitate as well as the freezer section of the supermarket.  I like recipes that make a meal a sensual experience in that it speaks to all five of our senses.  And, of course, recipes need to yield food that tastes good (not as obvious as you might think when people and chefs are trying to be original).  It is all about pleasure and good health, you’ll see.”

In THE FRENCH WOMEN DON’T GET FAT COOKBOOK readers really will see how easy it is to create wonderful meals centered on Mireille’s mantra: “Minimum effort and stress for maximum results.”  Mireille maintains that cooking means connection and is a key to changing your relationship with food and pleasure, and until you understand and control what you are putting in your body, you are merely following a plan without a master: you

Divided into sections devoted to Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (not to mention dessert, chocolate, and Champagne!), THE FRENCH WOMEN DON’T GET FAT COOKBOOK also covers such topics as men, women, and children’s health, and the importance of getting kids started on the right track as early as possible.  Mireille includes the “must haves” for every kitchen, and offers easy-to-follow sample menus for all occasions—from everyday to Valentine’s Day.  By weaving in entertaining stories that reflect her childhood in France, her life in New York, Paris, and Provence, as well as her extensive business travel around the world, she adds a personal and engaging note that many cookbooks lack.

Mireille Guiliano’s vibrant personality leaps from every page of THE FRENCH WOMEN DON’T GET FAT COOKBOOK as she illustrates that it truly is possible to eat for pleasure and health and urges readers to head for the kitchen and cook. 

Mireille Guiliano is the author of French Women Don’t Get FatFrench Women for All Seasons, and Women, Work & The Art of Savoir Faire.  She is also the former CEO of Clicquot, Inc. (LVMH) and has appeared on countless national television programs, including OprahDateline, and the Today Show, and has been profiled in a myriad of publications, including the New York TimesTime, and Newsweek.  Born and raised in France, she is married to an American university president and lives most of the year in New York, Paris, and Provence, France.  To learn more about Mireille Guiliano and her work, visit her websites at: and

By Mireille Guiliano
Published by:  Atria Books 
ISBN:    978-1-4391-4896-9
Pages:   256
Price:   $26.99 US / $34.99 CAN
Pub Date:  April 27, 2010

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