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May 1, 2012

Book review: French kids eat everything and yours can too

Title: French kids eat everything and yours can too
Author: Karen le billon

This is a parenting book that has the advice woven into a nice memoir of a Canadian's year living in France with her French husband and two delightful daughters. Her focus is food---more importantly the differences between the eating habits of north American and French kids.

I love this book because it has a real honest feel. The author struggles with the culture and her kids don't immediately embrace the food either. She also struggles with her mother in law...which we can all relate to, right?
I envy the author for having a job where she can take time off and go live in France for a year and ultimately write a book about it!

She provides "rules" that she observes while in France and then applies them to her family. The rules provide the parenting part of the book but because she weaves it into the memoir it's not preachy. I worried that it would get preachy once she made her way back to Canada but although things don't always go her way with ther daughter's eating habits, she seems to be quite realistic with her expectations.

France transformed how she shopped for food, how she enjoyed food and her overall attitude to food. Not having the food power struggles with her daughters was particularly transformative. Imagine being able to relax at the table and enjoy the meal without engaging in a battle with your kids...and spending more than 10 minutes eating!

Her light humor and her naïveté (which translates to an almost childlike excitement and energy) to the French culture makes this book a real delight to read and the recipes are delicious!

Here's her website, but be sure to pick up her book, a baguette and enjoy!

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