Today I have two lovely book recommendations for all of you. Both of these books have to do with how to live life as a Parisian woman, but as they were both written by different Parisian women, they have very different ideas on how to do that. Both are great reads that make you feel good about yourself, while simultaneously changing a few key aspects about your life.
The first of these books is called “French Women don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano. This is probably the best diet book of all time, in that it tells you never to diet or exercise. In a nutshell, a french woman lives an active life (filling her day with housework, her job, going out) and only eats the best of any food. For example, if you would crave a burger, you wouldn’t run to McDonald’s. You would find the best beef to be found, the most juicy tomato, the finest cheese….making this sort of effort for each one of your meals results in you eating healthier, and gives you more activity while making the meal. She also talks about foods you should be eating more of, and how great it is to eat out. Also, she gives many lifestyle tips from the view of a french lady – a french woman always dresses up, even to just take out the garbage, as you never know who you will meet along the way. This book changed the way I think about food…it is and should be one of the most enjoyable parts of life. Fighting that fact while trying to lose weight is fruitless. To enjoy life, enjoying your food is a critical part of that.
The next book I’m going to recommend is perhaps over-recommended lately. In case you haven’t already guessed, it’s “How to be Parisian wherever you are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits” by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, and Sophie Mas. It is a brilliant, funny, and uplifting read. It doesn’t talk about food so much (in fact, these women do limit their food and diet….like I said, every Paris woman has a very different idea on these things from what I can tell). What it does do, is it paints a vision of a rich, full, life. This life is full of messiness, mistakes, love, and laughter. It guides you through the web of contradictions that make up any woman, Parisian or not. They go through parenting, style, men, sex, and give advice and anecdotes on each. It’s a lovely read, and makes a great gift!