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Mireille Guiliano (born on April 14, 1946 in Moyeuvre, France) is a French-American author and former CEO of Clicquot, Inc. (LVMH)

Mireille wrote the #1 bestseller French Women Don't Get Fat, (Knopf 2005) followed by the bestselling French Women for All Seasons (Knopf 2006). She runs a popular website, frenchwomendontgetfat.com, which offers advice, recipes, and a reader forum to complement her French Women books.

In Fall 2009, Atria books will release Mireille's third book, Women, Work & The Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility.

Mireille has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, CBS' The Early Show, NBC's Dateline, CNN and Night Talk on Bloomberg TV. She has been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, TIME, Newsweek, The Robb Report, Business Week, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine and dozens of other publications.

She frequently contributes articles on food, wine, travel, and lifestyle to a wide range of publications, including Town & Country and The Quarterly Review of Wines. She has authored essays for Newsweek, Bon Appétit, and Nespresso magazines, as well as the third chapter of Parisiennes (Flammarion 2007).

Mireille belongs to The Committee of 200 and works with groups promoting business opportunities and education for women.

Early Life and Education

A native of Francemarker, Mireille grew up amidst cooks, chefs, and restaurateurs in provincial France. She fell in love with the English language as a young girl in school and was chosen to study as a foreign exchange student in Weston, MA, for her senior year of high school. While living in the U.S., she also fell in love with chocolate chip cookies and other American processed foods, gaining enough weight that when she returned home to France; her father told her she looked like 'a sack of potatoes.' Her family physician, dubbed by Mireille in her best-selling book as "Dr. Miracle," came to the rescue. Reintroducing her to classic principles of French gastronomy plus time-honored tricks of the local women, he helped restore her shape with a fresh understanding of food, drink, and living. This story is the basis of her first novel, French Women Don't Get Fat.

Mireille completed her secondary education in Parismarker, where she studied French and English literature at the Sorbonnemarker and languages at the Institut Supérieur d'Interprétariat et de Traduction. Mireille holds the French equivalent of a master's degree in English and German and a certification as a translator/interpreter. She also has a command of Italian and several other languages.

Career

Prior to becoming a full-time author, Mireille was for over 20 years the spokesperson for Champagne Veuve Clicquot and a senior executive at LVMH as well as CEO of Clicquot, Inc., the US firm she helped found in 1984 and was its first employee.

Mireille is one of the few women to rise to the top of the luxury industry and is well-known for her business success. Under her leadership, Veuve Cliquot grew its U.S. marketshare from less than 1% to 25%.After publishing French Women Don’t Get Fat and French Women for All Seasons, Mireille decided to retire from Cliquot, Inc. (LVMH) and follow her new passion to become a full-time writer.

Personal life

Mireille currently resides in Manhattanmarker with her husband, Edward, president and CEO of the New York Institute of Technologymarker, and makes frequent trips to their homes in Paris and Provence for business and pleasure.

Books

Mireille's first book, French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure was a #1 bestseller in the US, as well as a best seller in many other countries. In less than six months, well over 1 million copies of the book were printed and it has been translated into 37 languages. In her book, Mireille recommends bread, Champagne, chocolate, and romance as key ingredients to a balanced diet and lifestyle. She has called it the ultimate non-diet book, and French Women Don't Get Fat unlocks the secrets of the French paradox. By emphasizing freshness, variety, balance, and above all, pleasure, Mireille demonstrates how virtually anyone can learn to enjoy food while staying slim.

In the fall of 2006, Mireille followed up with French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes and Pleasure. Devoted to l'art de vivre (the art of living), the book contains 100 additional recipes that feature French staples such as leeks and chocolate. While her first book enabled readers to enjoy a healthier relationship with food, French Women for All Seasons sought to enable readers to enjoy a healthier relationship with life. In both, through her personal stories and illustrations, she espouses living life to the fullest by embracing quality, sensitivity, seasonality, and pleasure while maintaining a healthy equilibrium.

In Fall 2009, Atria Books will publish Mireille's third book, Women, Work & The Art of Savoir Faire. The book is a guide for women in business, exploring issues of balancing career and personal life, risk taking, career advancement, leadership, branding, etiquette, mentoring, communication skills, and personal relationships. It draws on the insights and experiences Mireille garnered over her thirty-year career in business, including a long stop as CEO of Clicquot, Inc. (LVMH). As in her other books, Mireille leads with the message that life, even in business, should be a pursuit of pleasure.

Current projects

Due out in 2010 is a cookbook by Mireille, another follow-up to her successful French Women series.

In September 2008, Hilary Swank’s production company bought the film rights to French Women Don’t Get Fat and plans to adapt the book to a romantic comedy, incorporating Mireille's lessons on French living.

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See also

French Paradox

Wine and health

References




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