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French Kids Eat Everything

How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banished Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters
Le Billon, Karen (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
French Kids Eat Everything
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Combining personal anecdotes with practical tips and recipes, the author shares her observations on how the French foster healthy eating habits and good manners in babies and children, and tests ten French Good Rules for a family food revolution.
Authors: Le Billon, Karen
Title: French kids eat everything
how our family moved to France, cured picky eating, banished snacking, and discovered 10 simple rules for raising happy, healthy eaters
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 305 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Karen Le Billon ; [illustrations by Sarah Jane Wright]
Contents: Prologue
French kids eat everything (and yours can too)
Baby steps and beet puree: we move to France, and encounter unidentified edible objects
Schooling the stomach: we start learning to "eat French" (the hard way)
L'art de la table: a meal with friends, and a friendly argument
Food fights: how not to get your kids to eat everything
The Kohlrabi experiment: learning to love new foods
Four square meals a day: why French kids don't snack
Slow food nation: it's not only what you eat, it's also how you eat
The best of both worlds
The most important food rule of all
Tips and tricks, rules and routines for happy, healthy eaters
French recipes for kids: fast, simple, healthy and tasty
List of recipes. Soups and purees ; Salads and main courses ; Snacks and desserts
Summary: Combining personal anecdotes with practical tips and recipes, the author shares her observations on how the French foster healthy eating habits and good manners in babies and children, and tests ten French Good Rules for a family food revolution.
Additional Contributors: Wright, Sarah Jane
ISBN: 9780062103291
Branch Call Number: 394.120944 L444f 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Children Nutrition France Food habits France France Social life and customs
Topical Term: Children
Food habits
LCCN: 2011039807
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Mar 19, 2014
  • OPLBPO rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

New title suggestion: "I moved to France and realised that I was a doormat to my childrens' eating and nutrition whims - now I'm going to try to tell you what you probably already know because curious about this book"

spoiler alert: They moved back to Vancouver and lost most of the good nutritional practices (eg. Cupcakes are not a food group)

It is not a French Vs Nth America thing. It is the choice of a parent to abdicate nutritional responsibility for convenience.

Aug 20, 2012
  • ABluestocking rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I don't have children, but I really enjoyed how the author and her family adjusted from a childcentric N American focus, to a adult society in France. Examples such as, "kids eat what adults eat, no special foods/short order cooks", "you don't have to like it, but you do have to try it", set meals at the same time, every day; no distractions at the table, no tv, cellphone, computer.
This book has encouraged me to set the table, take time and enjoy the meal and not rush through it because I have other things to do.

Aug 01, 2012
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Puts forth some great concepts, would have liked more recipes to try out.

Spolier Alert!!!

French Food Rule #1:
Parents: You are in charge of your children's food education
This seems a little obvious because aren't parents in charge over most things their children learn?

French Food Rule #2: Baby Steps & Beet Puree

French Food Rule #3:
Avoid Emotional Eating: Food is not a pacifier, a distraction, a toy, a bribe, a reward, or a substitude for discipline
The question here is why would you feed your child if she or he is tired or whining? Or who would withold food as a punishment? Food should be viewed as nourishment. Not something to hold over your child.

IN some cases I believe the author places many Americans in the same box of too many generalizations, but the tips to help eat your children eat a variety of foods may inspire...

Jul 14, 2012
  • m2 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Really good description of a very different culture surrounding food.

Jun 06, 2012
  • jhahn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book so much I went out and bought a copy for my son and his wife.


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