French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Bakker Le Billon

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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.

"This book is not only about how to teach children (and yourself) to eat well and happily for life, it's a book about how to help build and maintain the foundations of any civilized society. I loved it. Essential reading, whether you have children or not."--Laura Calder, author of Dinner Chez Moi and host of French Food at Home



"It takes a brave couple to move two picky-eater kids into a French small town and convert them to foodie omnivores. We have much to learn from European food traditions, and the contrast between French and North American school lunches is a striking example. A must-read for teachers and parents."--Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and author of What to Eat


"A wonderful--and important--book. One family's topsy-turvy culinary transformation becomes an in-depth exploration of the habits that have kept French kids loving food (and eating spinach) for centuries."--Elizabeth Bard, author of Lunch in Paris


"Le Billon . . . strategically identified questions she faced while living abroad: Why were French kids tidier eaters? Why did they sit quietly at restaurants? Why did her daughter's teacher suggest she see a therapist when she wanted to pack her school lunch?"--BonAppetit.com

"Humorous as well as instructive, this culinary adventure will change the lives of parents and children alike. . . . Karen Le Billon and her children learn that it's okay to feel hungry between meals, turn to mindful eating, and learn the importance of enjoying one's food."--Patricia Wells, author of The Provence Cookbook


"Portrays the stark contrast between French foodways-- valuing communal meals, diverse foods and good taste-- and Americans' round-the-clock snacking and narrow, market-driven tastes...We now have the occasional course that lets us glimpse the soul nourishment that marks the French approach to food."--Portland Press Herald


Karen Bakker Le Billon is a professor at the University of British Columbia, and was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 in 2011. A Rhodes Scholar with a Ph.D. from Oxford, she has published five academic books and Getting To Yum, a guide and cookbook on taste training for kids. She and her family divide their time between Canada and France. Her website was named a Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Blog of the Month.

 

0.9" H x 7.9" L x 5.3" W

305 pages

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