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French Kids Eat Everything

How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters

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French Kids Eat Everything is a wonderfully wry account of how Karen Le Billon was able to alter her children’s deep-rooted, decidedly unhealthy North American eating habits while they were all living in France.

At once a memoir, a cookbook, a how-to handbook, and a delightful exploration of how the French manage to feed children without endless battles and struggles with pickiness, French Kids Eat Everything features recipes, practical tips, and ten easy-to-follow rules for raising happy and healthy young eaters—a sort of French Women Don’t Get Fat meets
Food Rules.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 23, 2012 – Part cultural study, memoir, and children's food guide, Le Billon's book is a breezy but practical volume for hurried parents looking to keep their kids well-fed. A mother of two young girls (Sophie and Claire), the author recalls the year her family lived in Pl neuf Val-Andr , France, her husband Philippe's hometown on the Brittany coast. She compares North American eating habits (e.g., fast-food consumption, constant snacking) to French norms they learned along the way "French parents gently compel their children to eat healthy food. They expect their kids to eat everything they are served, uncomplainingly." In due time, Le Billon (Eau Canada) drafts a set of rules for her daughters, strategies she believes readers can easily follow as well parents should "schedule meals and menus;" "Kids should eat what adults eat: no substitutes and no short-order cooking;" and perhaps most importantly: parents "are in charge of food education!" Her tone is straightforward, generous, and gentle. That Le Billon concludes with a small collection of kid-friendly recipes including a Five-Minute Fish en Papillote and Clafoutis (sweet cherry souffl ) makes this kid-friendly foodie manifesto all the more accessible.

Customer Reviews

Beautifully done

It is rare that you will ever come across a book that so beautifully captures the essence of both American and French food culture. Backed by statistics, and personal experience. This is a book that will inspire you to change. A must read for everyone.

French kids eat everything

Great book for mothers that want to start to feed their kids healthy things. I love the culture aspect of it. I now know why the french act the way they do. I have lived over in Europe now for two years and have learned a few new things from this book.

French Kids Eat Everything

The book contains good ideas and valid observations based on my time spent in France. (And I noticed only one error in the French - hooray)! I couldn't give the book more stars, however, because I found it needlessly wordy and repetitive. People who turn to this type of book are looking for information with a little narrative - not the reverse.

French Kids Eat Everything
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Apr 03, 2012
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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