French Kids Eat Everything ( And Yours Can, Too )

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French Kids Eat Everything ( And Yours Can, Too )

by Karen Le Billon

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. | May 14, 2013 | Trade Paperback

French Kids Eat Everything ( And Yours Can, Too ) is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.

"A must-read for teachers and parents."-Marion Nestle, author ofWhat to Eat

Moving her young family to her husband's hometown in northern France, Canadian Karen Le Billon is prepared for some cultural adjustment, but she doesn't expect a family food revolution. The fancy foods and snack-free culture she finds there are hard for her picky-eater daughters to handle. And equally hard for their mother, who is lectured-for slipping her fussing toddler a snack-"a recipe for obesity!"-and forbidden from sending a brown-bag lunch in lieu of the elaborate fourcourse-school lunches intended to teach children to love their veggies.

The family initially rebels, but Le Billon begins to see the wisdom in-a simple set of unwritten "food rules" that govern how the French foster healthy eating habits and good manners in babies and children. She observes-that French kids willingly eat everything-from fruit salad to foie gras, potato chips to snails, spinach to stinky blue cheese-and that this practice is considered normal by everyone, including the kids! Moreover, since diets are almost unheard of for French children, Le Billon discovers yet another version of the famous French paradox: while French kids love to eat, they are rarely overweight. And, intriguingly, although French parents spend just a few more minutes per day cooking than we do, their homemade meals are healthy and tasty, appealing to both adults and kids.

Combining personal anecdotes with practical tips and delicious, easy recipes (like Five-Minute Fish en Papillote, Baby's Vichyssoise, Crêpes, Zesty Orange Salad, and Mousse Au Chocolat,French Kids Eat Everythingis a humorous, provocative look at the way we feed our kids.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 in

Published: May 14, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443408387

ISBN - 13: 9781443408387

Found in: Family and Relationships

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent ideas and points I heard Karen on CBC radio on my way to school one night, I am taking holistic nutrition, the reason I started taking this course was my very picky son who only ate approximately 10 things. I was quite intrigued by her talk and bought her book the next day. I loved it, I loved the stories, the facts she got from her in-laws/relatives about how the french view food, I think we in North America could use this wise wisdom. I love the school lunches, I would pay $3 a day for my kids to eat so well, why can't we do that here. I love her tips on how to incorporate this way of eating into your life. Well everyone knows in this family when mom reads something we are all in trouble. I implemented a plan right away, Saturday night we had carrot soup, scallops, salad and rice. I set down a few rules about dinner as suggested in the book, didn't want to go overboard and away we went. The picky son, somewhat liked two things, didn't like one thing and loved one thing. I'll let you guess which ones, but it was an accomplishment, I wasn't going to be a short order cook anymore. I explained that we would have a meal once a week for the time being that he really liked, mac and cheese anyone, but mom was tired of cooking boring food and things were changing. He did go to bed hungary, but ate all of his breakfast and then some the next day, No snacking or a limited amount of snacking is suggested and I stuck to that, my kids have been hungry at all their meals so far, instead of sort of hungry. I am happy. I know it will be a long road ahead, but I hope to use most of the rules suggested in the book, taylor them to our family and see how it goes. If I can get the picky son to eat more vegetables, espically the green ones, that will be a big accomplishment for me and him.
Date published: 2012-04-16

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French Kids Eat Everything ( And Yours Can, Too )

French Kids Eat Everything ( And Yours Can, Too )

by Karen Le Billon

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 in

Published: May 14, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443408387

ISBN - 13: 9781443408387

From the Publisher

"A must-read for teachers and parents."-Marion Nestle, author ofWhat to Eat

Moving her young family to her husband's hometown in northern France, Canadian Karen Le Billon is prepared for some cultural adjustment, but she doesn't expect a family food revolution. The fancy foods and snack-free culture she finds there are hard for her picky-eater daughters to handle. And equally hard for their mother, who is lectured-for slipping her fussing toddler a snack-"a recipe for obesity!"-and forbidden from sending a brown-bag lunch in lieu of the elaborate fourcourse-school lunches intended to teach children to love their veggies.

The family initially rebels, but Le Billon begins to see the wisdom in-a simple set of unwritten "food rules" that govern how the French foster healthy eating habits and good manners in babies and children. She observes-that French kids willingly eat everything-from fruit salad to foie gras, potato chips to snails, spinach to stinky blue cheese-and that this practice is considered normal by everyone, including the kids! Moreover, since diets are almost unheard of for French children, Le Billon discovers yet another version of the famous French paradox: while French kids love to eat, they are rarely overweight. And, intriguingly, although French parents spend just a few more minutes per day cooking than we do, their homemade meals are healthy and tasty, appealing to both adults and kids.

Combining personal anecdotes with practical tips and delicious, easy recipes (like Five-Minute Fish en Papillote, Baby's Vichyssoise, Crêpes, Zesty Orange Salad, and Mousse Au Chocolat,French Kids Eat Everythingis a humorous, provocative look at the way we feed our kids.

About the Author

Karen Bakker Le Billon is a professor at the University of British Columbia, and was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 in 2011. A Rhodes Scholar with a Ph.D. from Oxford, she has published three scholarly books. For the past decade, she and her family have divided their time between Canada and France.