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
Moving her young family to her husband's hometown in northern France, Karen Le Billon is prepared for some cultural adjustment but is surprised by the food education she and her family (at first unwillingly) receive. In contrast to her daughters, French children feed themselves neatly and... show more
Moving her young family to her husband's hometown in northern France, Karen Le Billon is prepared for some cultural adjustment but is surprised by the food education she and her family (at first unwillingly) receive. In contrast to her daughters, French children feed themselves neatly and happily—eating everything from beets to broccoli, salad to spinach, mussels to muesli. The family's food habits soon come under scrutiny, as Karen is lectured for slipping her fussing toddler a snack—"a recipe for obesity!"—and forbidden from packing her older daughter a lunch in lieu of the elaborate school meal. The family soon begins to see the wisdom in the "food rules" that help the French foster healthy eating habits and good manners—from the rigid "no snacking" rule to commonsense food routines that we used to share but have somehow forgotten. Soon, the family cures picky eating and learns to love trying new foods. But the real challenge comes when they move back to North America—where their commitment to "eating French" is put to the test. The result is a family food revolution with surprising but happy results—which suggest we need to dramatically rethink the way we feed children, at home and at school.
Publish date: April 3rd 2012
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Food And Drink
A fascinating look at one woman's "experiment" to move her family to France to explore how the French ate, among other things. So the author and her husband and two daughters move to a small village from where her husband came from. And they are in for an adventure.The author relates how she and her...
I received this book through Goodread's First Reads giveaway.This sounded interesting at first and I was really happy that I received this. I'm a firm believer of trying new things, especially at a young age, and trying something at least twice. I do like how the French found that multiple tries t...
I am so happy that my friend, DeAnna, recommended this book, and I am very happy that I read it. I love just love reading books about countries foreign to me, by a person who is non-native to that country - I just love this perspective - sort of a Stranger in a Strange Land perspective. I always e...
I really enjoyed the contrast in the French perception of food vs. those in North America. I am a picky eater (no fruit or seafood) and worry that my kids would inherit the same issues. Without reading this book, I might not have had the tools to prevent my future kids from sharing my anxious relati...