French Women Don’t Get Fat: Putting it into Practice


In “French Women Don’t Get Fat” author Mireille Guiliano writes that her “Dr. Miracle’s Magical Leek Soup” is such an adventure for most palates that you will have a hard time seeing it as a prison ration. To all those women (and men) on either side of the Atlantic who are currently boiling up a batch of leeks, may I extend my deepest condolences!

I have just bought and cleaned two pounds of leeks and simmered them for the prescribed thirty minutes. My partner has opened up all the windows but I think at this point the entire apartment building is permeated with the fumes of boiling leeks. The first sip of this concoction of boiled water did not conjure up any sense of adventure. More like desperation. To anyone else in a kitchen anywhere in the world, be it Paris, France or Paris, Texas, DO NOT feel guilty if you find yourself running for the Swanson canned beef broth, the leftover pork dumpling soup from your local Chinese restaurant, the soy sauce, salt, etc. that you’ve dug out from your cupboard to doctor this magical soup. After these slight ‘adjustments’, my partner and I began the first evening of our 48 hours ‘leek soup’ cure. A nice glass of wine added to soften the shock of it all.

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3 thoughts on “French Women Don’t Get Fat: Putting it into Practice

  • Laurie

    Hurray for the truth tellers of the world!! Long may they live – sans green soup. Loved your story.

  • Colleen

    I too participated in the leek ritual.
    I was fine until about 7PM on the first day, when I became extremely nauseous. The mere thought of eating more leeks was actually what sent me over the edge.
    I’m wondering if I did something wrong?
    Is it possible to get food poisoning from fresh, well-washed leeks?

  • parisgirl

    It’s now 2007 and I’ve just finished reading Mireille Guiliano’s second book ‘French Women for all Seasons’. Some of the recipes look very tempting – like a potato/apple gratin topped with Pont L’Eveque cheese. This is definitely not a weight loss formula – but anyone who has been somewhat revolted by the leek soup remedy will be happy to know that the trend now is ‘no diet’. Yeah!!! That being said, I just whipped up a batch of carrot soup (with yes, one leek), an onion and some minced garlic. If any one wants the recipe, let me know and I’ll do a special carrot soup post!

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