I wouldn’t call the Tiny Dancer a picky eater but I wouldn’t say that she eats everything. She loves fruit and some veggies so I can’t complain. She definitely doesn’t live on a carb/cheese diet though that does play a big part in her diet. After reading Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman, I was intrigued by how well French children ate. Shortly after I wrote my review for Bringing Up Bebe I heard about French Kids Eat Everything – a book devoted solely to how/why French kids eat the way they do.
I reached out to the publishers for a copy to review and they sent a copy to me. French Kids Eat Everything is the story of author Karen Le Billon’s move to France with her family. While abroad, she took up the challenge of broadening her children’s palettes and adopting the French method of food training and eating.
Growing up as a first generation child of an Italian family I saw many similarities in the way French and Italian children are brought up (there are differences too). Mainly, the emphasis on cooking whole foods, taking time out to savor a meal, eating together as a family, and incorporating vegetables and fruit in every meal were a big part in how I grew up, and I have been trying to convey the same lessons to the Tiny Dancer. But there were many aspects I didn’t know about such as the “no snacking rule” and the “try everything once” rule.
In French Kids Eat Everything, Karen Le Billon breaks the French method down into ten rules. She also gives helpful tips and hints to incorporate these methods in the U.S./Canada where the cultural difference sometimes work against you. I found this book highly informative and hearing Karen Le Billon share her personal errors and trials gives this book a human touch and makes you realize that it’s ok to make mistakes along the way.
You can purchase French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon on Amazon.com.