French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters

French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters

by Karen 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062103314
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 302,293
File size: 2 MB

About 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 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.

What People are Saying About This

Elizabeth Bard

“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.”

Marion Nestle

“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.”

Lynne Rossetto Kasper

“A fascinating and valuable read.”

Patricia Wells

“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.”

Laura Calder

“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.”

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French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Hea 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
nyiper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
TERRIFIC!!!! Where and how did we go wrong with the entire eating "system" that has become what IS in North America? I am so completely impressed with how beautifully Karen describes her complete turn around and then adaptiveness when she returned to Canada. This is a book every new parent should have as a present and parents with older children need it to realize where they are and how they can change. Karen, you have made a wonderful place to start!
Mystic2lady More than 1 year ago
Bought the book because my daughter was puzzled as her 23 month old son suddenly does not want to eat the vegetables he had enjoyed before. I found her writing and the French way of eating to be more conducive to a healthier lifestyle. Am buying her books for both my children's families. Don't know how our eating got so wrong but her tips should help young families get back to a more balanced form of eating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read that will make you stop and think about your families eating habits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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