If you were asked what the French are known for, you would probably respond, “fashion and food”. Maybe I should say “couture and cuisine”. Recently I read French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano. At the end of the book the author contrasts the eating habits of French and American women. Here’s a portion of her bullet list:
- French women eat more vegetables and a lot more fruit.
- French women eat three meals a day.
- French women never let themselves be hungry.
- French women never let themselves feel stuffed.
- French women honor mealtime rituals and never eat standing up or on the run. Or in front of the TV.
- French women think dining in is as sexy as dining out.
- French women love to entertain at home.
- French women care enormously about the presentation of food. It matters to them how you look at it.
On the subject of fashion she writes:
- French women adore fashion.
- French women will dress to take out the garbage. (You never know).
- French women know one can go far with a great haircut, a bottle of Champagne and a divine perfume.
I’ve heard that French men find older women attractive and desirable, ascribing to them an aura of worldliness and seductiveness. According to Mireille, a French women is bien dans sa peau. She is comfortable in her skin–a quality to be admired and emulated and one that other’s find appealing. Hmmmm, I haven’t thought much about perfume lately. I think the French are on to something.