French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure is Mireille Guiliano's light-hearted look at some of the possible reasons as to why obesity isn't as much of a problem for our female neighbours on the continent (and something I wrote about for handbag.com).
There aren't any real secrets, but if you've lost the way through dieting, bingeing, starving or whatever, then it can be a breath of fresh air to read something as common sense as this book.
Amongst some of Mireille's tips, she tells us that eating for pleasure is a joy and a must (had you forgotten that bit?) and that chewing food slowly, taking your time to taste and savour every bite of it, is another 'trick' to pick up.
The book is very focused on quality foods rather than processed, freshly prepared rather than yesterday's leftovers (but I love doing new things with what's left in my fridge, so this is one tip I'm going to ignore!) and eating lots of nutritious fruits and vegetables. She doesn't ban anything, but says eat some foods in moderation.
Promoting an active lifestyle, one that takes in the pleasure of food but allows balance, is the main 'secret' of the French woman, according to Mireille, and this book is a joy to read.
French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure (Vintage) by Mireille Guiliano. Paperback, 304 pages.