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Mireille Guiliano, born and brought up in France, is an internationally bestselling author and a long-time spokesperson for Veuve Clicquot Champagne. For more than 20 years she was president and CEO of Clicquot, Inc. (LVMH). She is married to an American and lives most of the year in New York and France (Paris and Provence). Guiliano is the author of French Women Don’t Get Fat, French Women for All Seasons, and Women, Work & The Art of Savoir Faire. Her favorite pastimes are breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Her books have appeared in 37 languages.
With careful appreciation for the slipperiness of generalizations, the American in me feels compelled to observe that* French women typically think about good things to eat. American women typically worry about bad things to eat.* French women eat smaller portions of more things; American women eat larger portions of fewer things.* French women eat more vegetables. French women eat a lot more fruit.* French women never let themselves be hungry. * French women never let themselves be stuffed.* French women enjoy wine regularly, but with meals and only a glass (or maybe two).* French women get a kick from champagne, as aperitif or with food.* French women drink water all day long.* French women do stray, but they always come back, believing there are only detours and no dead ends.* French women think dining in is as sexy as dining out.* French women will dress to take out the garbage (you never know).* French women walk everywhere they can.* French women know one can go far with a great haircut, a bottle of champagne, and a divine perfume.* French women know l’amour fait maigrir (love is slimming).* French women eat for pleasure.* French women don’t diet.* French women don’t get fat.
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