Book Review. “French Women For All Seasons – A Year of Secrets, Recipes & Pleasure”

May 7, 2009 • Lifestyle


Of course I read French French Women Don’t Get Fat when it first came out in 2004. In fact, I incorporated many of her tips into my lifestyle (like eating as many fresh foods as possible and avoiding processed foods whenever possible). Now author Mireille Guiliano has followed up her #1 best seller with an essential guide to the art of joyful living—in moderation, in season, and, above all, with pleasure. Actually it came out in 2006, but I just got my hands on it recently. French Women For All Seasons – A Year of Secrets, Recipes & Pleasure is a treasure trove of new dining ideas and menus, tips on style, grooming, and entertaining, arranged seasonally.

Broken into four seasons beginning with Spring, Guiliano shares her strategies for shopping, cooking, and exercising, as well as some pointers for looking effortlessly chic…much to the chagrin of her French friends. "How dare you give away OUR secrets to the world!" Thankfully she doesn't take their admonishments seriously and quells their fears by letting them know she hasn't told us everything…yet. Taking us from her childhood in Alsace-Lorraine to her summers in Provence and her busy life in New York and Paris, this wise and witty book shows how anyone anywhere
can develop a healthy, holistic lifestyle.

Here are some highlights:

—Easy, elegant, and naturally light meals for spring and summer: Vegetables with Yogurt Dressing, Sea Scallops and Leeks in Champagne Sauce, and Rhubarb-Strawberry Compote. For fall and winter: Skate with Capers, Stuffed Cornish Hens and Pears on Brioche. Plus there are tons more recipes to get you excited for fresh ingredients for all the seasons.

—Effortless, effective, and frugal French skin care secrets that require little more than a trip to the local pharmacy or your own refrigerator.

—Everything you ever wanted to know about wearing the endlessly versatile scarf—the French way.

—Simple-yet-essential secrets to buying, drinking, and enjoying great wines—Guiliano was for over 20 years the spokesperson for Champagne Veuve Clicquot and CEO of Clicquot, Inc., which she helped found in 1984. Few know wine as she does.

French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes, and Pleasure $10.17

– Lauren Dimet Waters

* Also, if you are in Chicago and attend our SERPICO Spring Soiree on May 14, a copy of the book is included in the gift bag with purchase!

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