I Love France #1 Aug 18


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For this #1, I would like to recommend a book that sounds really good. I have not read it yet, but a friend of mine has, and I trust her judgment in that matter.


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’spink 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. [GOODREADS]

I had the opportunity to leaf through it at a local bookstore, and it does look very good. The only reason I delay reading it right now is the number of books received from publishers/authors I have to review! If you love France and cooking, this is for you!

If you are not convinced yet, you can watch the book trailer.


Here is the author self-presentation:

Elizabeth Bard is an American journalist and author based in France. Her first book, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes has been a New York Times and international bestseller, a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” pick, and the recipient of the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best First Cookbook (USA). Bard’s writing on food, art, travel and digital culture has appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Wired, Harper’s Bazaar and The Huffington Post.

She has a wonderful yummy blog!

And you can also follow her on Facebook, or on Twitter

9 thoughts on “I Love France #1 Aug 18

    • wow, you are first!! I’m so thrilled, thanks for posting, and to see that this works! I’m curious: how did you find me?
      I like your blog and am now following you.
      2 more things related to your most recent posts: The Housekeeper and The Professor is on my list for the Japanese Literature Challenge, and yesterday night, I watched a live webcast interview of the author of the Girl Who Fell from the sky. really neat, especially to see all the common points between the life of the author and Rachel’s.


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