French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eatersby Karen Le Billon
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 happilyeating everything from beets to broccoli, salad to spinach,… See more details below
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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 happilyeating 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 mannersfrom 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 Americawhere their commitment to "eating French" is put to the test. The result is a family food revolution with surprising but happy resultswhich suggest we need to dramatically rethink the way we feed children, at home and at school.
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“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.”
“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.”
“A fascinating and valuable read.”
“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.”
“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.”
Meet the Author
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 three scholarly books. For the past decade, she and her family have divided their time between Canada and France.
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This is a great book if you want an alternative to our fast-food, beige American diet. I just finished a summer camp with a bunch of kids that proved challenging during snack time. I consistently heard from the K-3 crowd, "I hate that. I won't eat that!" You would think we were serving cow's tongue. Nope. We offered a variey of cheese, pretzels, fruit, and jello. I agree with the author that we need to reclaim our authority as parents. We can be gentle and assertive but whatever is served at dinner is what the family eats. I do have to comment on the quiche recipe. Although it is not a traditional recipe it does work and it is good. Since the flour is mixed into the quiche itself (and not as a pie crust) it gives it a sturdier texture and consistancy and is definately yummy and filling. The key is to add your own spices to suit your taste.
This is an easy read that will make you stop and think about your families eating habits.
This reads a bit like the Swiss Family Robinson for foodies and those of us who enjoy traveling to France. I particularly enjoyed the author's tenacity and creative spirit as she learned to make family meal pleasurable after a well-intentioned but unsucessful period of forcing the new rules abruptly. This is a family I want to cook for me and be my friends!
I wish I had this book when my kids were little. It has always been a struggle to get them to eat well. This book does offer practical advice and inspiration. I haven't tried the recipes yet but I plan too. I love the incite into the French culture, always interesting.
As a parent of a picky 6 year old, I found the book very interesting. It also gave me things to think about in how we all eat at home. Unfortunately, the quiche recipe is not edible as written. I don't think its like any quiche I've ever had, including in France, and we had to throw most of it away.
I really wish I read this book before my kids were born and I may have been able to get my kids to sleep through the night and not be such picky eaters. The French are very wise when it comes to rearing children. Very simple advice - nothing too complicated. I also love the idea of NO SNACKS. I've already starting using the French way of feeding my family.
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