Booking It with the French Lady (October Check-In)

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Are you Booking It this year? Yesterday we discussed the “assigned” reading of the month, Not Your Mother’s Casseroles by Faith Durand.

Today, we’re sharing all the other books we’ve read over the last month. I’ve got some great reads to share from the French Lady.

The French Lady

My husband has a lot on his mind. So, if I tell him potatoes are $1.50 per 10-pound bag, he may share my joy at a good sale (or fake it really well) and then forget the information. The same is true for some of the books or blogs I read. I have pseudonyms for some of my favorites so that he can track with me and know who I’m talking about when I share some interesting tidbit.

This past month, I dived into a set of books by the French Lady.

OK, that’s not really her name. Her real name is Mireille Guiliano, author of a number of books about French and American culture, business, fashion, and food.

I first read French Women Don’t Get Fat years ago. While I don’t really love the title– too generalizing — I did love the humor and honesty that came shining through. I lived in France for a year, and many of her observations matched what I saw or heard from the French people I met. I reviewed French Women Don’t Get Fat awhile back.

Recently I saw the French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook at the library and that piqued my interest in the other books she had written. Almost the same week, her publisher wrote me asking if I’d like to review her two latest books. I seriously wondered if they had hacked into my library account as I had either checked out or reserved all four of her books:


The Overall Message

I have read or reread these four books over the last few weeks, referring to The French Lady several times in my talks with hubs.

I think I would rank Ms. Guiliano’s food writings as some of the major ideas to inform my eating habits. Enjoying good food and identifying levels of satiety are two of my goals for food, cooking, and eating. Much of what she says really resonates with me about healthful eating and enjoying good things in moderation.

While I might not cook all her recipes, they’ve served as inspiration for making my own versions of similar dishes.

One of my favorite books in my recent reread was Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir Faire. Ms Guiliano was the CEO of Veuve-Cliquot, a Champagne company. An older, experienced woman who broke some barriers when it came to business she offers advice to women (and men) about business sense and sensibility. As a work-at-home mom and the mother of future workers, I appreciated a lot of what she had to say, often quoting it to hubs.

She does get a little sexist in her assertions that women are better workers than men. As the mother of four boys, I hope that this is not true. I expect my boys to be responsible workers — at home and after.

If you’re new to her books, I suggest the first book first. But, you can certainly pick up any one of them and enjoy the ride.

Win a book!

I have copies of Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir Faire as well as The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook to give away,  courtesy of Atria books. Two winners, one book each.

To Enter:

Leave a comment on this post, telling us what you’ve been reading lately.

As always, feel free to link up your Booking It post as well.

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 8 pm PST. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize.

Disclosure: I have been provided with review copies of the two books being given away. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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  2. Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell. The first paragraph grabbed me and pulled me into this amazing story.

  3. Seems everyone was reading The Help lately… need to check that out 😉
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  4. Re reading the Outlander series, and have been checking out a lot of cookbooks from the library lately.

  5. I’m currently reading “Heart of Darkness” and “Swim against the Current”. I may or may not have read the former in school (its been twenty years) but I try to read a classic a month. The latter is a “feel good” kind of book about individual’s who run companies and get involved in politics making positive changes.

  6. I also just read The Help. As far as cookbooks go, Best Recipes Ever is a great cookbook.

  7. I recently finished reading Pre-Teenwise and Teenwise by Gary Ezzo and am now reading Sweet Journey by Teri Maxwell.

  8. I am currently reading Julia Child’s “My Life in France”, but I think I will check one of these titles out next!

  9. I have the French lady’s first book on a shelf. You have inspired me to finally read it.

  10. I love reading and am attempting to read 100 books in 2011. Failing, but am up to the 60’s. Right now I’m reading “102 minutes” about the events/peoples escapes from the World Trade Center on 9/11. Horrifying, compelling, frightening… you get my drift. Looking forward to reading one of these books.

  11. I just finished the Hunger Games series . Excellent though unfortunately sometimes too violent series that has given me lots to talk about with my oldest child.

  12. I’d love to read one of those books! Thanks for the chance to win!

    I’ve been reading some Julia Quinn (my favorite – I love period romance). And I’m in the middle of rereading Healthy Homemaking (Stephanie Langford).

  13. I am reading The Power of Six by Pitticus Lore. I try to read most of the books my teenagers are reading so we can talk about them.

  14. I’m currently reading a book by a christian counselour called “66 Love Letters: A Conversation with God That Invites You Into His Story “. It has really changed my view on a lot of things. I’m also beginning a book about counseling by the same author called “Understanding People”.

  15. In the last month I’ve read
    Doing Virtuous Business (fascinating)
    Salt in His Blood (great history and read aloud)
    Debt-Free U (attending college without debt)
    Married Mom, Solo Parent (excellent for those whose hubbies are not able to be involved parents)
    The first three are reviewed on my blog; the last one will be up next week.

    As for French Women Don’t Get Fat, I love it, especially the idea that the first bite always tastes the best, so why bother eating the rest.

    Annie Kate

  16. The last book that I finished was The Help. I couldn’t put it down! I am currently reading 2 books; Love and Respect, a recommendation from Dave Ramsey and The Well Trained Mind that I found on your site!

  17. I have been reading a lot of classical literature lately. All the books that made no sense to me in high school are really enjoyable to me now in my thirties.

  18. I am now reading “The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School” very delicious book! love books, cooking and cookbooks and this has all three!!

  19. I just finished reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (very good). I’m now reading Juliet by Anne Fortier.

    I remember when French Women Don’t Get Fat came out. It intrigued me. Though I too dislike the title a bit, it reminded me that much of Europe takes a different approach to food and meals – mainly French and Italian. Perhaps they are on to something!

  20. I’ve linked up what I’ve been reading recently, including some Jane Austen, Born to Run (love!), some neuroscience and a spiritual memoir.

    Right now I am reading Class Warfare, about reforming America’s public education system. It is interesting, to say the least!

    I would be delighted to win one of those books!

  21. I recently read The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson. It was surprisingly interesting and I learned a lot about unions and global commerce.

  22. Right now I’m read What’s Eating Your Child. I’m loving all the nutrition related information in it.

  23. I am into reading TraciePeterson books. She is a Christian Author and I love her series that are Historical Fiction. Both Song of Alaska (Series) and Alaskan Quest. I’ve got several books to start next. Take care…

  24. Lately I have been caught up with Mother Teresa. Her life is so full of wisdom I can hardly get enough. I have been reading A Simple Path and In the Heart of the World. Both offer tidbits and insight into her life of service and love and I have gleaned so much!

  25. Right now I’m reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro with my book club and I just finished reading Kristin Chenoweth’s book, A Little Bit Wicked which I loved.

    I read French Women Don’t Get Fat awhile back and really enjoyed it, I’d love to read her other books.

  26. I have been reading a book called Bittersweet talks about the sweet and bitter things in life and why both are important.

  27. I got a kindle for christmas last year. I have been reading the classics since they are free. I am currently reading pride and predjudice.

  28. I recently finished The Perfect Storm. The descriptions of the danger in modern times for those in the fishing industry makes me rethink what I buy at the store. The book itself is a little depressing, but it provides an excellent snapshot of a world I would never have come into contact with otherwise.

  29. Just finished reading Stephen King’s mega noval “Under the Dome”. A modern take on the “Lord of the Flies” in my opinion. I think his stories on how humanity can go off the deep end is more frightening than the made up stuff.

  30. I just finished Pick Another Check-out Lane, Honey — about using coupons to build a stockpile of groceries/household supplies. It was a bit over the top for me, but had good information.

    I have A Love That Multiplies by the Duggars waiting for me at the library today. I can’t wait to read that one! I really enjoyed the first one.

    I am currently reading Make It Fast, Cook It Slow from the library. I have little tabs on the pages I want to try. I have so many recipes tabbed, I may have to buy this one! 🙂

    I also just bought Teri Maxwell’s Sweet Journey — really looking forward to this one.

    I saw the French Girl’s Cookbook at B & N last weekend; thought it looked interesting. 🙂

  31. I have been reading The Illiad (yes, I’m following along with my daughter for her school work) and I just finished Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill. It’s a great book about reading only books from her own home library for a year. I love books about books!

  32. I have been reading Confident Heart. Great read! Look forward to reading some of your suggestions as well!

  33. I’m reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and I’m reading Living Sacrifice by Dr. Helen Roseveare (this is reallly good!) She was a missionary dr. in the Congo.

  34. I’ve been reading “The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity” by Donna Gates and Linda Schatz.

  35. Anne of Avonlea…for probably the 30th time. I needed a good book and hadn’t had any inspiration for a new good read so I went to the old standbys. 🙂

  36. I have been starting books and then stopping 1/2 way through. I can’t find one to hold my attention. I am actually going to the library today to get some more to try.

  37. The last book(a series of 3) that I have read “The Tightwad Gazette”by Amy Dacyczyn. Its splendid in the ideas and advice that works even though we are in this Internet age and everything is out there to BUY to simplify life…I have to checkout of the library again soon…

  38. My first ever comment on a blog before, although I’ve been following the Booking It series all year. 🙂 this month I finished No Country for Old Men. And I’m still trudging through Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship.

  39. I am reading the “Hunger Games” series. Found some great suggestions on books for when I am done with mine on this blog. Thanks Ladies!!!

  40. I’m enjoying reading:

    Where Two Ways Met by Grace Livingston Hill

    Henry and the Great Society by HL Roush

    Veganist by Kathy Freston

    All excellent books! : ) Thanks for sharing your reads too, those sound fun.

  41. I just finished “The 17 Second Miracle”. I really liked it. Not sure what I’ll pick up next. The Help was mentioned several times here, so maybe that’s next.

  42. I love Mireille’s books, but I don’t have either of these! Would love to win one.
    I just read Unbroken – amazing, inspiring , eye-opening WWII story; and Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants – just plain hilarious, fun and smart, too!

  43. I would love to win a grown up book considering I am a mother of 3 small boys and my readings lately have consisted of Scooby Doo, The Giving Tree {a million times this month alone}, and Purple as a Plum.

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  45. Unusual for me, as I love fiction, I’ve been consuming “You are Not a Gadget” by Jaron Lanier- really informative about internet culture, how it informs are interactions in general.

  46. I’ve just finished the Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld. I can’t possibly keep up with all the books my teens and tweens are reading, but I try to read some of them!

  47. Funny, I JUST finished Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire. Would love to read the other!

  48. I’m reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan – an excellent book!

  49. The book I am currently reading is The Sleeping Doll by Jeffrey Deaver. I have been reading the book since the summer, but with two little girls, I stay busy.

  50. I’m reading “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” right now and so far its a sweet story!

  51. I haven’t had much time to read books other than to my children lately. I’ve been working on reading my free subscriptions to Good Housekeeping but need to get into a good book.

  52. I am reading The Help and loving it! I have always wanted to read “French Women don’t get Fat” so I am excited to enter the contest. Thank you.

  53. How funny! I LOVE her books! I keep taking them out from the library (OVER AND OVER!)… She seems fun and sassy…

    I am reading Peace Like A River by Leif Enger… I like CLEAN books- so thanks for asking this questions – some new ideas!

  54. The last book I read for myself was The Help, which I loved. Otherwise it’s been children’s books….

  55. great!! i would love the cookbook. homeschooling two girls = i think it would be a fun one to start in

  56. I’m reading Seeking Peace by Mary Pipher, the author of Reviving Ophelia. This is the first book I’ve read by her and it is an interesting memoir. I’ll definitely read more of her books after this one.

  57. I have read french woman don’t get fat and really enjoyed it . I would love to try some recipes from the cookbook . My husband and I love french recipes. I just finished the happiness project . Also a great book.

  58. I finished reading The Help and am now reading How To Eat a Small Country.

  59. I am currently reading The Help and Grace for the Good Girl. Would love to read these!!!

  60. I am reading “Have A New Teenager by Friday” by Dr. Kevin Leman and loving it.

  61. I am bouncing between Unbroken (WWII story of capture and redemption) and Outdoor Photography….essays about the soul behind the beautiful photos of Galen Rowell) Both great for very different reasons!

  62. I haven’t got into any great reading lately, so this would be awesome.

  63. I picked up her first book when I was a teenager, intrigued by the fun title. Never read all of it, but for some reason have remembered it ever since. Would like a chance to read her cookbook!

  64. I’ve read her first book and loved it. I’m currently reading Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn. Very interesting book. Hmm..I see a recurrent theme here!

  65. Am about to launch into the Twilight series (begrudgingly, I might add).

  66. I read The Help a few weeks ago on vacation. I am starting the Bible in 90 days tomorrow. While I read it, I probably won’t be able to read a whole lot other than that, it’s pretty intense reading.

  67. The boxcar Children – to the kids.

    What Your “x” Grader needs to Know – for me….and a bunch of cookbooks!

  68. I just finished reading “Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson and am now reading the sequel “Forge”. GREAT youth historical fiction set 1775 – 1777.

  69. Right now I’m reading “The Help.” I refuse to see the movie before I read the book since the book is almost always better. For my kids, I’ve been reading “The Iron Dragon” Love to get ideas from all the other ladies here. Thanks!

  70. I’m a real bibliophile and usually have several books going on at the same time. The last book I’ve read cover to cover has been Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes. I’m currently reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

  71. don’t get to read much…blogs and martha stewart living, parenting magazines are about it.

  72. I just found an old erma bombeck book at a yard sale, its about her marriage so far i have really enjoyed it

  73. I have been enjoying reading “What Women Fear” by Angie Smith and “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp.

  74. I’m reading Selling to VITO to try to revive my husband’s business!

  75. I love the “French Lady’s” books because she advocates eating naturally as possible. I’m reading The Gresham series by Lawanna Blackwell.

  76. Lately I have been ready ebooks from Marcia Lynn McClure and yesterday I finished TWILIGHT and started NEW MOON!

  77. i dont get to read as many books as i would like to since my daughter was born, but i have been working my way through “a child called it.” pretty good so far.

  78. Finished 10 Habits of Happy Mothers. Loved it and inspired me to start a mommy group called Mamma Feliz!

  79. I am reading Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson. He is blind, but with his guide dog Roselle, he made it out of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. It’s a page turner!

  80. I am reading Black Heels to tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond. I love it!!!!

  81. Love her books! Haven’t read her cookbook yet so would love to get that one. I am working on “Nourishing Traditions” and “Large Family Logistics”. Thanks for the opportunity to win her books!

  82. Currently reading “Dirty Secret” by Jessie Sholl – a true story about a woman dealing with her mother’s hoarding problem. Earlier this summer I read the Hunger Games trilogy and The Help.

  83. I just read The Chocolate Lovers Club, it was very funny. I love to read it is my escape at the end of the day.

  84. I recently read “Sarah’s Key” and “Those Who Save Us,” continuing an interest in historic fiction set in the WWII era.

  85. Just reading a terrific book called The Weight Loss Diaires by Courtney Rubin – what a brave account of her battle with her weight.

  86. I just finished “Cutting for Stone” by Verghese…….and am also reading “Crazy Love” by Chan. Love to hear what everyone else is reading! thx 🙂

  87. I would love to win one of those–especially the cookbook. I actually just scored a copy of French Women Don’t Get Fat at a library close out sale…so I think it was 50 cents or something. I haven’t read it yet, but you’ve inspired me to prioritize it. I actually just finished A Homemade Life and loved it! I wanted to write about it and link up this month, but it doesn’t look like I’m going to get around to it!

  88. The last book I read was “Love & Respect” by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. It isn’t a cook book..but it is very good for marriage relationships.

  89. The only reading time I’ve had lately is with my son. We’ve been reading A Series of Unfortunate Events.

  90. I also read ‘French Women don’t get fat’ a few years ago and really enjoyed it. One thing really stuck with me on this note when I listened to “In Defence of Food” a few weeks ago.

    They did a study/survey and showed people from America and France a piece of chocolate cake and asked them what word came to mind.

    Americans said-guilt, (and other words similar)
    French said-Celebration! (and other worlds like that)

    I want to be in the French camp on this one. Enjoy great food, in reasonable amounts… must of the prepackaged junk isn’t great food…

    The last book I did a review on was The Day The World Came To Town –9/11 in Gander Newfoundland” by Jim Defede.

    I loved the book and what it says about who we can be.

    Here is the link to my post:

  91. I’m reading the Bible, also some stories from the sophomore lit book. I teach sophomore English. No time for fun reading right now… but in a few months when I finish grad school I have a stack I can’t wait to dive into!

  92. I’m reading Blink by Ted Dekker. I rarely read fiction so it’s fun reading purely for pleasure.

    1. Love that book! That was the first Ted Dekker book I read. “Three” and the books of “The Circle Trilogy” are all great too.

  93. I am reading “A Chance to Die” by Elisabeth Elliot, a biography of Amy Carmichael. It is changing my heart with regard to how I look at people, my time, and my possessions. The Lord gave her quite a gift in ministry, but we are all called to have high view of God and Scripture.

  94. I’m reading Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands, How to Homeschool by Gayle Graham and America Test Kitchen’s Family Baking Book, right now. 🙂 creedamy [at] yahoo [dot] com

  95. I recently read “At Home” by Bill Bryson. It was fascinating!

  96. My readings lately have been mostly Dr Seuss or cardboard books. I really need to start reading “adult” books again! LOL

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