Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard
A Love Story, with Recipes

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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 pavé 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 soufflé) 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.
 

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Elizabeth Bard is an American journalist based in Paris. She has written about art, travel and digital culture for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Wired, Time Out and The Huffington Post. She makes a mean chocolate soufflé.
 
Published January 21, 2010 by Little, Brown and Company. 339 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Cooking. Non-fiction

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American journalist Bard traces her relationship with her French husband from the first lunch date to the present, framing the narrative around mouthwatering menus.

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If you enjoyed the Julia Child romance that made the More news, photos about J...

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If you enjoy food and have either been to Paris or fantasize what it's like, this is a book for you.ProsPresents a practical, engaging look at the differences between American and French culturePlenty of delicious recipes, broken down into mostly-understandable language for beginning cooksConsThe...

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Elizabeth Bard dishes up her cultural observations and reflections in an engaging, conversational style.

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I adore books about France – thanks for the great review!.

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Bard certainly tells a wonderful tale of building a new home and life with her French husband, and their relationship is supportive and admirable.

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I'm sure I would like it, whilst being insanely jealous that it appears everyone else in the world seems to be able to move to Paris and then write a book about it.

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