Weight watcher: chef to the rescue

I got on the scales this morning. It wasn’t pretty. If I carry on like this, my year in Périgord may end up a lifetime in comfortable slacks.

I have all the excuses in the world – or at least in France. Firstly, there was the long, wet winter, which at times it seemed only a generous helping of pommes dauphinoise could alleviate. Or a crème brûlée. Then there were the all-butter croissants and pastries. Finally, there came my birthday and several hundred pounds’ worth of cheese.

Of course, all of this has been washed down with wine – a rich Cahors here, a supple Burgundy there…

So it’s with some relief that I discover that multi-Michelin-starred French chef Michel Guérard has recently updated his classic 1976 cookbook for slimmers, La Grande Cuisine Minceur.

His new book, Eat Well and Stay Slim: The Essential Cuisine Minceur, contains 140 dishes full of French flavour – but almost all at under 250 calories. That will certainly help if I can manage to get back to sticking to the 5:2 diet.

Guérard was a founder of nouvelle cuisine. His resort at Eugénie-les-Bains in Landes is a popular destination for spa-goers keen to sample his healthy gourmet cuisine.

In short, it looks as though I’ll be able to carry on eating the foods I like without the need for an elasticated waistband. For now.

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3 thoughts on “Weight watcher: chef to the rescue

  1. We can offer some DIY exercise? great for the waistline…………………….

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  2. Now THAT is the book I need to read. Although I always lose weight in France no matter what I eat because I walk to much.

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