I started following Karen Le Billon on Twitter before I even knew she had a book called, “French Kids Eat Everything”. Her tweets about kids’ eating habits and food info made her someone I was interested in and was like-minded in the idea of simple home-cooking not only for physical sustainability, but in teaching kids about food and cooking basics. Also, Karen and I are both Jamie Oliver, Food Revolution advocates.
Karen Le Billon is a Canadian-born author and teacher who is married to a Frenchman. Her book is a memoir about her experience living in her husband’s hometown, Brittany in France.
Quickly after moving to France, Karen learned how picky her girls were in their food choices versus French kids. Her book chronicles what she and her family have learned about the way the French eat in comparison to the way we eat in North America.
French Kids Eat Everything explores the differences in food education and upbringing in France versus our side of the world, as well as topic of ”taste training”; how to introduce new foods and flavors to your young ones. The book also dives into the school lunch system and all that we are NOT doing for our children. Did you know that French school-children only have 10 minutes for lunch? That’s 5 minutes less than our kids, yet the kids do not see not one frozen or prepackaged item! You’ll have to read the book to read about it!
I also love that the book includes some great and simple French Recipes for Kids. To many, attempting to cook French food can sound so intimating and complex. But like so many other amazing cultural cooking, it is made with the simplest (and some of the cheapest) ingredients – just my style of cooking. Recipes like Lentil Apricot Soup, Gratin de Choufleur (Cauliflower Casserole), Zesty Orange Salad and Le Pommes au Four (Spiced Baked Apples), only sound like food you would find in a restaurant, much less for kids!
This book is entertaining, educational and will encourage and challenge you to stand up for real food and get cooking for your kids!
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