Bonjour to you, gorgeous French people. This week, I will be reviewing Chapters 3 and 4 from Mireille Guiliano's book French Women for all Seasons. I will continue reviewing this book every Friday in February for my French Friday's series, followed in March by Mindless Eating: Why we eat more than we think by Brian Wansink. Please join me every Friday for this series.
Bien, now that we have the formalities out of the way, let us journey to our outdoor cafe in Paris. Tie your scarves ever so nonchalantly around your necks, order your citron presse, make sure your make-up is impeccable and your dress is classic. Are we ready? Bon, let's begin.
Chapter 3: En Ete: Summertime Smiles
I actually had a difficult time reading this chapter this week as I am so ready for warmer weather I can actually taste it. Unfortunately, seeing as how it snowed just two days ago, it seems as if winter is going to hang around here a while longer. Reading this chapter on summer was practically torture for me. But alas, I endured for you, gentle readers.
In this chapter, Mireille discusses the attributes of summer that help French women stay slim. One need only embrace the bounties of summer to enjoy this season free from the fear of getting fat. French women embrace summer produce and make it the main focus of their meals. Their dress is light, but covered, as a nice pair of linen pants is often cooler (and a whole lot classier) than denim cutoffs. Jewelry is simple and of course, French women always have their scarves handy in case of getting chilled in an air conditioned building, and for looking chic. Mireille again talks about different ways to wear scarves in the summer. The following short video clip shows Mireille demonstrating how to tie a scarf skirt.
In this chapter, Mireille also tortures me by giving luscious sounding recipes featuring summer produce at the peak of its flavor and enjoyment. Oh summer, why do you tease me so?
Chapter 4: En Automne: Fall Ahead
In Autumn, we often get back to the busier routines of our year, the new school year, seasonal holidays, plus the chill in the air all conspire against us and make us naturally want to layer on a little extra insulation. Unlike bears, however that eat nothing all winter, therefore using their extra fat as energy, we seem to keep piling it on. Mireille talks about indulging (of course you can), but French women are very mindful of their indulgences and compensate for them. They also only indulge when it really counts, for example, for a luscious chocolate truffle, not a mediocre one. Again, she also gives us yummy sounding recipes for the seasonal produce of fall: potatoes, squash, cauliflower, pears and apples. Also, she illustrates more ways to wear a scarf. Inspired by this chapter, I started the day out today with a shoulder wrap scarf, but of course, being American, I failed to pull it off effortlessly. It looked more like my arm was wrapped in a sling. So I knotted my scarf around my neck loosely and it worked. It's all about improvising, isn't it?
Next week, we will read Chapter 5: En hiver: Winter Pleasures as well as Entr'act: The French Eat What? Until then, you gorgeous French people, A Bientot!