Well, aren't French women smart

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If you want to get rich, write a book about how to lose weight.

Mireille Guiliano, author of "French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure," did just that and, well, I think she's doing all right.

Since the book came out earlier this year, she has been invited on Oprah, been reviewed in The New York Times and become a national best-selling author.

Compared to many of the books that sit next to it on the store shelf, this is not a diet book. It is an examination of a culture that can somehow manage to eat bread, cheese, chocolate and pastries -- and still avoid the problems our country has with obesity.

Guiliano filled her book with recipes for French food, mixed with stories about smaller portions, healthier living and homemade yogurt.

She compares French attitudes to American ones:

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. Ameri-can women eat larger portions of fewer things.

French women don't care for hard liquor.

French women walk everywhere they can.

French women take the stairs.

French women don't diet.

By the end of this book, you'll love French women or loathe them. Either way, you'll have a few more good recipes and an urge to sit with your friends for hours at a cafe with a bottle of wine and something sweet.

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