This was a delightful little book. It was written by a Canadian who moved her family to her husband’s small hometown in France when her two children were little. Surprisingly, a large percent of her culture shock revolved around food and food education for children. Expectations in France were very different for toddlers and children than they were in North America. The author shares her journey and revelations through amusing and easy-to-read anecdotes.
The book goes through a series of 10 French eating rules that she observed while in France. Since they are listed on the back cover, I don’t mind sharing them with you, but I do encourage you to read the book on your own for all the details.
- Parents: You are in charge of your child’s food education.
- Avoid emotional eating. No food rewards, bribes, etc.
- Parents schedule meals and menus. Kids eat what adults eat. No short-order cooking.
- Eat family meals together without distractions.
- Eat a variety of vegetables.
- You don’t have to like it, but you do have to taste/eat it.
- No snacking. It’s okay to feel hungry between meals.
- Slow food is happy food. (Eat slow).
- Eat mostly real food.
- Eating is Joyful ~ Relax!
I enjoyed reading this book, and it was quite thought provoking. I am guilty of a lot of things she mentions are “standard” in America — especially the emotional eating and snacking. I have recently been trying to “undo” a lot of unhealthy eating habits in my children, and I feel like this book has given me a few good places to start. I even copied several of her recipes, which she shared toward the end of the book, to try with my own children. 5 of 5 stars on Goodreads.