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Mireille Guiliano Interview, Author of French Women Don’t Get Fat


Mireille Guiliano, author of numerous books including French Women Don’t Get Fat and The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook reveals her guilty secret and her no. 1 never eat food…

Internationally best-selling author Mireille Guiliano was a long time spokesperson for Champagne Veuve Clicquot and former President and CEO of Clicquot, Inc. (LVMH). Recognized as “an ambassador of France and its art of living,” by the French daily Le FigaroUSA Today further dubbed her “the high priestess of French lady wisdom.” Mireille is the French woman who shares what she’s learned about how to “recast, rethink and ultimately master the diet and lifestyle tricks of les Femmes Françaises” and live a life of va va voom…

Mireille Guiliano Interview

At school I was bad at….?

Math and gym. Still don’t like numbers and/ or machines…

What French Character, living or dead, real or fictional would you most like to meet?

Too many, but today it would be French writer Marie-Henri Beyle  (23 January 1783 – 23 March 1842), better known by his pen name Stendhal and/or Italian composer  Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936), maybe because I am in Rome at the moment, my second favorite city after Paris!

What’s your Guilty Secret?!

Dark chocolate with coffee as well as citron pressé (French lemonade)…

Are there any foods you advise to never eat?!

I’d say junk food especially cup cakes as I have helped too many young women understand what it does to your brain, cravings from a day to a few weeks depending on your unique metabolism and time of the month. Definitely not worth it plus the taste is disgustingly over sweet.

Is it possible to explain “The French Paradox” in a few sentences?

French paradox…any fresh good food is ok in moderation. Diversity is key, plus as I explain in my non diet books French women who don’t get fat have a combo of proteins/carb/fat in each meal, that is truly the secret…

When you are in Paris where do you like to eat when you want to go somewhere authentic and friendly?

Too many choices it’s almost impossible to say but the last time I was in Paris I had a simple and delish lunch at the new La Grande Cremerie in the 6th, loved it!

Do you have any tips for women who work long hours and don’t have time to cook?

Plan and prepare… best is a big pot of soup to divide and freeze and always have a meal. Ditto eggs, so good for you and so easy to make a variety of dishes, serve with a good piece of bread and a salad – et voila!

Read our review of The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook
Mireille Guiliano’s Chicken en Croute Fiona Style – a deliciously quick and easy to prepare chicken dish with citrus flavours…

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