In Paris for a weekend visit, Elizabeth Bard sat down to lunch with a handsome Frenchman–and never went home again.
Was it love at first sight? Or was it the way her knife slid effortlessly through her pav? au poivre, the steak’s pink juices puddling into the buttery pepper sauce? Lunch in Paris is a memoir about a young American woman caught up in two passionate love affairs–one with her new beau, Gwendal, the other with French cuisine. Packing her bags for a new life in the world’s most romantic city, Elizabeth is plunged into a world of bustling open-air markets, hipster bistros, and size 2 femmes fatales. She learns to gut her first fish (with a little help from Jane Austen), soothe pangs of homesickness (with the rise of a chocolate souffl?), and develops a crush on her local butcher (who bears a striking resemblance to Matt Dillon). Elizabeth finds that the deeper she immerses herself in the world of French cuisine, the more Paris itself begins to translate. French culture, she discovers, is not unlike a well-ripened cheese–there may be a crusty exterior, until you cut through to the melting, piquant heart.
Peppered with mouth-watering recipes for summer ratatouille, swordfish tartare and molten chocolate cakes, Lunch in Paris is a story of falling in love, redefining success and discovering what it truly means to be at home. In the delicious tradition of memoirs like A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun, this book is the perfect treat for anyone who has dreamed that lunch in Paris could change their life.
Elizabeth Bard went to Paris and fell in love with a Frenchman and with Paris. This book is her memoir of the early days of their romance, their marriage, and their life in Paris. She does a wonderful job of keeping the story light and enjoyable even as she deals with the more difficult issues that she faced as an American choosing to live in a different country with a different language and a significantly different culture. Living in Paris is obviously much different than just visiting, but living in Paris with a French husband is also much different than living in Paris with an American husband as expats. On top of everything else, she is also a young woman trying to figure out what to do professionally. It is a very personal story that also provides insight into finding friends in a new city. It is never easy to build a new circle of friends from scratch. The undertaking is even trickier with language and cultural issues. There is no whining as our author embraces her choices and works to make them successful. The book is full of recipes which is terrific since so much of her French life is around the table. I enjoyed revisiting so many familiar places in Paris and in Brittany. Her writing makes you feel as if you are walking at her side in the market, at Galeries Lafayette, or Dehillerin or sitting at her table. This book ends with another big transition as they move to a small town in Provence. We will be heading to that area in a few months so I am sure that I will enjoy her next book with a personal interest again. I bought the book on a Kindle deal, and it was more than worth the purchase price.
- Title: Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
- Autor: Elizabeth Bard
- Publisher (Publication Date): Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
- Language: English
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