Title: The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook
Author: Mireille Guillano
Publisher: Atria Books, A Division of Simon & Schuster
Pages: 298, including your obligatory italicized French words, and an index.
I've been lax in posting reviews; after finding the Food Nanny cookbook that had so many great recipes (that I'm STILL trying!!!), I haven't had motivation to find new cooking fodder. I was poking around for French stuff for my kids (we homeschool) with French as the keyword, and LOOK at what I found. Of COURSE I ordered it through the library. I've been low-energy (ha ha, you can tell because I haven't posted hardly ANY recipes!!!) but the book is due this coming Thursday... I guess it's TIME. :D.
Things I Like About This Book:
Well. I like that there's an index. I like that there are many recipes to choose from. I like the idea that if I eat moderately what's in this cookbook that I could (finally!!!) lose weight. The book is chic with modern illustrations.
I liked the food she put into context. She said that probably the two most unhealthy foods are doughnuts and bagels... and with bagels, we load them with cream cheese, sometimes jam. We have cut doughnuts almost completely out of our diet (I have to say "almost" because my sister-in-law brought some homemade doughnuts over and we devoured them!!). Bagels, we don't eat very often. I like that she advocates eating breakfast, and that it be a balanced meal. We don't just eat carbohydrates and call it good. We need to have protein, maybe some fruit.
This leads to the ONE recipe we might use, Magical Breakfast Cream. It's healthy, it's complete, and it looks yummy, in spite of the flaxseed oil! :D
Things I Don't Like About This Book.
Man cannot live by modern illustrations alone. I liked one recipe and the rest were too fancy for me. Behold some recipe titles:
Fusilli with Spinach and Anchovies
Beet and Ginger Gazpacho
Carmelized Chicken with Vegetable "Pancake"
Prosciutto Wrapped Around Grissini
Mackeral with Curry and Leeks
I can't imagine my husband's face if I were to tell him we were eating "Prosciutto Wrapped Around Grissini!" Maybe if we were fancier folk. I am seeing a pattern to my cookbook reviews........ if it's too fancy, it's OUT. :)