French Children Don’t Throw Food
By Pamela Druckerman Transworld Books RRP $14.00
Look teaches you how to imitate every classic French style, from the grandeur of a château to the simplicity of rural living. With its detailed, easy to follow instructions, DIYers can adapt and achieve their own version of the French look in any home or apartment.
Part one features eight different French styles, while part two focuses on different rooms of the home, from the living area to the bathroom. Learn how to distress furniture, make country-style cushions, gild a table top, or add simple finishing touches such as a little posy of lavender. No project is too demanding or intimidating, and the beautiful photography is inspirational. A must-have reference for every Francophile DIYer.
I purchased this book on a friend’s recommendation but wondered, “Why would I want to read this? I don’t have toddlers; my children are (hopefully) much too wise to throw food anymore!” But I bought it anyway, and loved it. Have you ever wondered, “Why are French mothers more likely to be seen in skinny jeans and not in tracksuit pants?” Or, “Why do French children happily eat what is put in front of them?” This book is full of fascinating and funny answers.
Pamela Druckerman is an American woman raising three children in Paris. Bemused by the relatively easy lives of the French parents around her, she slowly realises that they teach their children civilised behaviour through subtly expressing their expectations. A good read for parents of young children, and anyone else who, like myself, is never too old to learn!