Manger bien et juste

New Year’s Day has come and gone. Did you set resolutions? If you’re like most people, weight loss and improved fitness were high up the list of what you were going to change in 2012. In 2004, Mireille Guiliano’s book French Women Don’t Get Fat came on the scene with a refreshing combination of savoir faire and savoir vivre. She encouraged readers to take full pleasure in their food, but to always eat the best quality in moderation. Guiliano espouses Molière’s philosophy, “manger bien et juste” (mansjay beN ey sjoost), or “eat well and right.” It transformed her life in a way that is far more profound than a New Year’s resolution.

Cover of "French Women Don't Get Fat"

Cover of French Women Don’t Get Fat

The book went to #1 on the New York Times best sellers list, was translated into 40 languages, and has sold over 3 million copies. Guiliano followed with more wit and wisdom in French Women for All Seasons, and The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook, as well as the business and life-style book Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility that was instrumental in the idea behind this blog. She doesn’t just talk about food, but the secrets of French style and well-being. After all, we eat to live fuller lives, not the other way around. Put resolutions behind you this year and explore the French paradox of eating well while maintaining your ideal weight by eating right.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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